4 of the most picturesque village properties for sale in Norfolk
- Credit: Durrants
For some, the idea of leaving the city behind and heading out into the countryside to take up residence in a small village is terrifying, for others it's a lifelong dream.
Regardless of your take on the matter, there's no denying that the properties you find in small villages are some of the most beautiful around - think ivy creeping up the walls, original period features, thatched roofs and breathtaking views of rolling fields.
Norfolk is made up of charming villages filled to the brim with properties just like these, properties that make you crave simple pleasures and hark back to a different time.
From farmhouses to converted former school buildings, there are a great selection of idyllic village homes currently on the market across the county, one of which is Chestnuts Cottage, a three-bedroom Grade II listed chocolate box style house in Alburgh.
Located in the Waveney Valley, the South Norfolk village of Alburgh has a population of just over 400 and is home to one of the best primary schools in the country, moreover the town of Harleston, which has a range of shops and amenities is only a few miles down the road.
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The property itself, a timber framed thatched cottage marketed by Durrants, is on the market for a guide price of £475,000 and boasts one attic bedroom and two double bedrooms, (one with an en-suite), a spacious sitting room, dining room, fitted kitchen, utility room, conservatory, ground floor shower room and picturesque views over surrounding farmland.
If you're looking for something a little more unique, The Old School on Bale Road in Gunthorpe, a small conservation village ideally located between the two market towns of Fakenham and Holt, may be more your cup of tea.
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The two bedroom conversion in North Norfolk is on the market with Sowerbys for £650,000 and offers buyers the once in a lifetime opportunity to leave their mark on a piece of Norfolk history.
Commissioned in 1868 by the Gunthorpe Estate, The Old School is a Grade II listed property made of flint and limestone and is comprised of an entrance hall, guest WC, split level reception area featuring a snug, kitchen, sitting room and dining room, double bedrooms a bathroom and shower room.
Other notable features include an oh so inviting ornate front door, the dramatic original vaulted ceiling, tripartite windows and the property's stunning enclosed wrap around grounds. If that's not enough to hook you, the North Norfolk coast at Cley-next-the-Sea is a mere four miles away.
The rural village of Gissing could also be a nice choice for those making the change from city to countryside, with a population of under 300 and a location in close proximity to Diss, a market town with large supermarkets and good transport links to the likes of Norwich, Ipswich and London.
One stand out property for sale in this village at present is Red House Farm, a six-bedroom detached period home on Rectory Road which is being sold by William H Brown for £795,000.
The handsome house was built in 1860 and sits within five acres of grounds, offering a range of outbuildings, including former piggeries and a brick barn, as well as a function building/annexe.
The property is comprised of an entry hall (with original servants bells still in place), a library, lounge, conservatory, cloakroom, family room, kitchen/breakfast room, bathroom, shower room and upstairs sitting area.
For those looking for a little more from their area, Ludham, a medium sized broadland village could be the perfect choice, with a pub, good sized shop, tea rooms and gift shop all on your doorstep, as well as striking river views.
Currently for sale here is Broadmead Farm, an elegant mid-18th century period property set in 3.7 acres of land which is being used as two family homes but could easily be converted back into one large house.
Offered by Sowerbys for £895,000, the thatched six-bedroom property boasts amazing views across to Turf Fen Mill and a number of outbuildings including a large barn, old stables and cart barns.
Other pretty places to consider moving to in Norfolk include Holkham which boasts a beautiful beach and is home to popular film location Holkham Hall, Blakeney a coastal village on a National Nature Reserve where your neighbours are likely to be some adorable seal pups, and The Burnhams, a group of adjacent villages full of quirky shops, eateries and quaint cottages.
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