Finest view in town

Although I live in Norwich, fairly centrally so at that, I am blessed with a beautiful outlook to grassy acres interspersed with magnificent trees where an unruly parade of birds, from small finches to a green woodpecker, flirt, canoodle and squabble.

Although I live in Norwich, fairly centrally so at that, I am blessed with a beautiful outlook to grassy acres interspersed with magnificent trees where an unruly parade of birds, from small finches to a green woodpecker, flirt, canoodle and squabble.

This view is the reason my husband and I bought the house which, in other respects, scored no more than six on our carefully compiled list of 10 'must haves' in any property suitable to be considered as our next home.

As it was for us, so it is for thousands of other homeseekers who cannot stick to the rules they have set themselves and decide to buy, for irrational or emotional reasons, because they fall in love - overwhelming - with one aspect of the whole.

And this, I wager, is how it will be at St Mary's in Vicar Street, Wymondham, as interested parties take in the setting and situation of this five/six-bedroom property which overlooks the Abbey Church of St Mary's and stands - close to the lane but with more than half an acre of garden - on the quiet outskirts of this historic market town.


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The former beer house, now a highly flexible family home, comes to the market this week, through Warners of Wymondham, at a guide price of £600,000. Selling agent Annie Edwards says there have been inquiries ahead of its launch because properties in this part of the town rarely come to the market.

“People tend to make these 'forever' homes because it is such a beautiful spot. You look out on the Abbey church in one direction and your own lovely garden in the other. Imagine the pleasure this must give.”

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In addition to the view and the serenity of the setting, there will be the delight of church bells on Sundays and a grandstand view of brides arriving for their wedding! Apparently the Abbey church is lit at night for special events and anniversaries, which is another visual treat in store for the house's new owners.

St Mary's would benefit from a little upgrading and redecoration, but it is essentially a generous family home with five double bedrooms first-floor - plus a bathroom and box room which could be a bath/shower room.

An earlier owner extended the property to provide a ground-floor bedroom, built corner on to the garden, which has an adjoining shower room. The present owners use this area as a family room and it is ideal for many purposes including office/study.

Space is not a problem for a young or teenage family, since four children can have a bedroom of their own without encroachment on the splendid principal room which is 18ft 11in x 14ft 10in maximum. Overall, the internal floor area adds up to more than 2500 sq ft, plus a double integral garage, which provides for good-sized reception rooms, including a 23ft 11in x 14ft 2in sitting room with French doors to delightful gardens stretching well away from the house to shrubberies and adjoining farmland.

In addition to rooms mentioned there is an entrance hall, kitchen/breakfast room with Aga, a walk-in pantry, utility and cloakroom.

The 0.69 acres of garden are mainly lawned with a sun terrace close to the house, and a vegetable garden and grassed orchard with fruit and other trees.

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