Inside a £1m Edwardian home off Norwich’s Newmarket Road
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I'm constantly intrigued by our fascinating and beautiful properties, many of which like this majestic Arts & Crafts Edwardian home, exist hidden from view. Situated at the top end of Newmarket Road, although you can partly see it from the front, you can no longer access it from there - instead you drive down Poplar Avenue and approach it from the rear side.
Once you have driven up the long drive, it's incredibly impressive how grand and substantial this house is, tucked away in a location all of its own which is private yet right on the Newmarket Road. Built in 1907/8 as a villa, its surroundings have, of course, changed with the times but do not be deterred by the fact it is close to the busy end of Newmarket Road because it is so set back in a large quiet plot and honestly when you see it, you will probably fall in love with it just like the owners did eight years ago.
That is because it boasts some very fine architectural features including a partially castellated front section and original leaded lattice windows, some with stained glass panels.
Its name gives a clue to its striking oak panelling which is a real theme inside notably in the formal dining room and hallway which boasts a magnificent staircase with the most gorgeous large stained glass window reaching almost from floor to ceiling.
The drawing room boasts a fantastic plasterwork ceiling which is a joy to see for anyone appreciating such stunning architectural details and so beautifully preserved. But this is very much a working family home and will, of course, meet the needs of many families whose children can walk to some excellent private schools nearby while mum and dad drive in to the city for work (or you could cycle or even walk) or venture out of the city, straight onto the dual carriageway leading to the A11 and Cambridge and beyond.
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And in addition to its original features, this house works well for a modern family too because it boasts a super contemporary kitchen which the current owners remodelled with Porcelanosa floor tiles, a glass topped island and corian work surfaces.
Downstairs there are many different areas so you can lose yourself and find a quiet corner away from the rest of the family if you want to - including a garden room and drawing room and upstairs, there is a clever use of the large landing space off which are five double bedrooms, all with period features including picture rails and high ceilings. An interesting original feature is an Art Deco tiled bathroom in yellow contrasting the more contemporary feel of the master bedroom suite with a slightly less colourful en suite!
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The master bedroom goes over an extension to the property at the rear so you feel enveloped by the garden outside and the views from the windows are really pretty. The surprise is indeed the interesting gardens which surround this home.
You have an outdoor swimming pool and you can walk down to the original front entrance where possibly a horse and carriage once may have brought the owners home before the motor car.
This is a stunning home right on the doorstep of the city and you can see over rooftops for miles from the front bedrooms – yet somehow once inside, you feel so far away from the city. A really intriguing find.
•Oakcroft, Newmarket Road is for sale with Fine & Country for £1.05 million. Contact the agents on 01603 221888 for more information.