Take a look inside Marshmans Cottage near Acle on the market for £900,000
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Set on the banks of the beautiful River Bure, close to the tranquil nature reserve of Upton Marshes, Marshmans Cottage is a private haven right at the heart of the Norfolk Broads.
Currently on the market with Pymm & Co at a guide price of £900,000, it is set in grounds of approximately seven acres, with some 300m of private river frontage, as well as mooring and fishing rights.
Marcus De Souza, branch manager at Pymm & Co's Brundall office, says the five or six-bedroom property is believed to date back to the 1850s and to have once been home to those who worked on the marshes around it.
'It certainly has a lot of history and is in a wonderful area for anyone who enjoys wildlife watching,' he says.
'The current owners frequently see heron and other birds because it is so tranquil here.'
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The property has been extended and enhanced by the owners. The period cottage has been enlarged through the addition of a barn-style extension, which sits comfortably with the original building and within the rural surroundings.
Today, the spacious ground floor accommodation includes a large, triple-aspect sitting room, with doors on to the garden from two sides and an inglenook fireplace and wood-burning stove.
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There is also a long dining room, which also has an attractive fireplace, together with another a reception or family area and a sun room.
The large kitchen breakfast room has a flagstone floor and vaulted ceiling with beams. This leads into the utility room.
There is a cloakroom on the ground floor, as well as a study or bedroom, with an en suite shower room.
Upstairs, the generous galleried landing gives on to five bedrooms, each of which has stunning views.
The master bedroom has an en suite shower room, as well as a private balcony to sit out on and take in the views.
There is also a family bathroom, with a bath and shower, on the first floor.
'The interior of the house has been completed with great care and attention by the current owners,' says Marcus. 'There are features here such as wood that has been pulled out of the river, restored and made into beautiful beams.'
Originally, Marshmans Cottage would have been accessed via the river only, but today it is approached up a long track.
The grounds include gardens, meadow land, an ornamental pond, a wildlife pond and a small dyke.
'Again, the current owners have carried out a lot of work here, digging the ponds and landscaping the grounds; they also built the quay head themselves so they could moor boats.'
Outbuildings include a barn, wood store, garage, greenhouse and workshop.
Part of the main barn is currently undergoing refurbishment, offering the possibility of creating a self-contained annexe. Subject also to the relevant planning permissions, there is potential to further extend the main house.
'The owners were planning to do this at one stage,' Marcus points out. 'But the annexe itself could be a great addition anyway: it could be ideal for holiday guests or a long-term let perhaps.'
Marshmans Cottage, which is approximately one mile from Acle, certainly holds great potential for whoever lives here next. There is space to keep horses or ponies should new owners wish to, but above all it could be a home for water or nature lovers.
'It is worth noting that to our knowledge there has never been any flooding here,' Marcus adds.
'Marshmans Cottage could be an idyllic place to live if you enjoy boating or fishing – it is a beautiful home to live in and you would be able to head out on the water whenever you chose.'
Marshmans Cottage, near Acle, is on the market with Pymm & Co at a guide price of £900,000. For more information call 01603 717717 or visit www.pymmand.co.uk