Norfolk Broads home with 'Jurassic Park' views for sale

Large brick-built period house with fenced off garden on edge of Norfolk Broads common

Claypits, Barton Turf, is for sale at a guide price of £550,000 - Credit: Savills

A four-bedroom home overlooking a wildlife haven on the Norfolk Broads has come up for sale at a guide price of £550,000.

Selling agents Savills describe the property, which is known as Claypits and overlooks Barton Turf Common, as a “delightful period home”, located only a short walk away from the nearby staithe.

The home is currently owned by Laurence Castle, chair of RICS Norfolk, and with the help of Norfolk Wildlife Trust and volunteers from the village he regularly records the nearby fauna and flora.

Large home with white rendering, pale blue painted door and window frames and timber extension

The property has off-street parking - Credit: Savills

Aerial view of large brick built period home with white rendering, fenced off garden and sweeping Norfolk Broads common

The property overlooks Barton Turf common - Credit: Savills

Rear of large family home with blue timber-framed conservatory, sweeping lawns, patio area with magnolia tree

The gardens are mainly laid to lawn - Credit: Savills

View over Barton Turf staithe with mooring point and day boats in the distance

The property is just a short walk from Barton Turf staithe - Credit: Savills

Charming living room with huge brick built hearth and open fire, a fabric sofa and a huge bay window with seat

Inside the living room at Claypits, Barton Turf, which has a huge brick built fireplace - Credit: Savills

“I first approached Norfolk Wildlife Trust with the idea of carrying out an ecological survey in 2008,” he said. “There is a fantastic diversity of plants and animals and I thought it would be a good way to help list and preserve the wildlife.

“Everyone has been hugely supportive – especially Helen Baczkowska and Gemma Walker from NWT. The whole village gets involved, there’s a lovely community feel and we hold regular working parties and workshops.

“It’s been wonderful to have the common on our doorstep. You never know what you are going to see early morning – we have visits from birds of all descriptions, geese and deer.

"Friends from London say it’s a bit like Jurassic Park, especially when the mist rolls in from Barton Broad.”

Dining area with table and chairs to seat six, tiled floor and sofa in conservatory sitting room

Inside the dining room at Claypits, Barton Turf - Credit: Savills

Rustic Shaker-style kitchen with range-style cooker, extractor, butler sink and tiled floor overlooking dining table

The kitchen is open-plan, leading to the dining area - Credit: Savills

Open-plan dining room leading into a garden room with doors open into lawned garden

The garden room overlooks the garden - Credit: Savills

Garden room with door open to lawn garden and panoramic windows offering lovely views

Inside the garden room at Claypits in Barton Turf - Credit: Savills

Charming double bedroom with bed, dressing table and timber-beams on the ceiling

One of four bedrooms - Credit: Savills

Since living there, Mr Castle has made a number of improvements to the house, which faces south and west and enjoys plenty of natural light.

It offers a good mix of comfortable living space and period details and would appeal to a wide range of buyers – in particular, families or those looking to relocate to somewhere more rural.

Highlights include the rustic kitchen, which opens out into a good-sized dining area, and the garden room which offers lovely views over the gardens and across the common.

There is also a comfortable sitting room, featuring an open fireplace and distinctive bay window, as well as four first-floor bedrooms. The master also includes a well-appointed bath/shower room.

Lovely gardens sit to the west of the house and are mainly laid to lawn, although they also include a patio area and a beautiful magnolia tree. There is also off-street parking.

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For more information, contact Savills.

The Common, Barton Turf
Guide price: £550,000
Savills, 01603 229256,

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