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Modern bungalow near Norwich with fish pond INSIDE on sale for £825,000

PUBLISHED: 09:31 15 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:54 15 June 2018

Parson's Mede, Yelverton. Pic: Cat Scoles for www.jackson-stops.co.uk

Parson's Mede, Yelverton. Pic: Cat Scoles for www.jackson-stops.co.uk

See inside this bungalow designed by a German POW which has a fish pond INSIDE the living room. Property editor Caroline Culot went to visit Parson’s Mede, Church Road, Yelverton, near Norwich; for sale for £825,000.

This single storey house was built in 1982, designed by a man described as one of life’s real characters, the late Heinrich Wilhelm Wessel, who was very well known in the village of Yelverton, so much so that people still refer to Parson’s Mede as ‘Harry’s house.’ Heinrich, or Harry as he was known
by locals, was believed to be a German POW during the second world war and stayed in the UK, marrying and settling down in Yelverton, just south of Norwich.

He was very community spirited, attending many local events, and was in his 80s when he sold the property to the current owners. He passed away in 2008.

Parson's Mede, Yelverton. Pic: Cat Scoles for www.jackson-stops.co.ukParson's Mede, Yelverton. Pic: Cat Scoles for www.jackson-stops.co.uk

Parson's Mede, Yelverton. Pic: Cat Scoles for www.jackson-stops.co.ukParson's Mede, Yelverton. Pic: Cat Scoles for www.jackson-stops.co.uk

What is remarkable is that Heinrich was ahead of his time in design terms, creating a really contemporary home that is fashionable today.

One of the unusual features it has is a fish pond which comes inside the property from the outside - so you can feed the Koi carp and tench from the comfort of your own living room! I saw this recently at the Ideal Home Show where there was a fish pond arranged around a bathroom - yet Harry had come up with this idea nearly 40 years ago!

Parson's Mede, Yelverton, showing the interior fish pond. Pic: Cat Scoles for www.jackson-stops.co.ukParson's Mede, Yelverton, showing the interior fish pond. Pic: Cat Scoles for www.jackson-stops.co.uk

Parson's Mede, Yelverton. Pic: Cat Scoles for www.jackson-stops.co.ukParson's Mede, Yelverton. Pic: Cat Scoles for www.jackson-stops.co.uk

The house was designed on a large open plan design, again ahead of its time, and with some more continental touches such as a large laundry room situated away from the kitchen, the trend in German houses, and he had thought of everything, putting plug sockets half way up the wall and designing all kinds of specialist storage spaces including a cupboard that is exactly the right size for a vacuum cleaner! While the current owners have updated the property over the 21 years they have lived there, they haven’t changed what Harry designed so it stands testament to his creativity and vision all those years ago.

The single storey house sits at the end of a long drive and offers palatial accommodation inside with a large hall leading into a sitting room and a separate dining room but what is so appealing are the views from large sliding doors and windows of almost 2.3 acres of gardens, mainly lawn with many established trees including figs, apples and even olives. This home, as one can imagine, is host to wildlife; unusual birds, deer and the occasional heron, hence the netting over the pond! Apparently the land the house was built on used to be meadows for grazing cattle and is very good for growing plants and trees!

The house has got four-five bedrooms, with one currently being used as a study, and two bathrooms which have been updated so they are very modern.

It’s in a good location, close to the city centre and southern bypass. A house which has stood the test of time!

For more information contact Jackson-Stops on 01603 612333 www.jackson-stops.co.uk

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