An opportunity to purchase a historic former gatehouse on the edge of a country estate has come up in Redgrave, near Diss, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

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Park Lodge is on the market with Bedfords estate agents at a guide price of £450,000. A unique and secluded single-storey property, it sits in the grounds of the former Redgrave Hall in gardens designed by the famous gardener and landscape architect Capability Brown.

Eastern Daily Press: Park Lodge sits in the grounds of the former Redgrave HallPark Lodge sits in the grounds of the former Redgrave Hall (Image: David Carpenter)

Redgrave Hall was a grand red brick mansion originally built in 1545, with the grounds being redesigned by Capability Brown in the late 18th century. He created the sweeping parkland, serpentine lake and octagonal folly which are still in place today.

Eastern Daily Press: The property enjoys parkland and country viewsThe property enjoys parkland and country views (Image: David Carpenter)

During the Second World War, Redgrave Park was used as the 65th General Hospital for the US Army. But the mansion, having fallen into a state of neglect, was demolished after the war to raise funds which could be put back into the estate, and only the footings and foundations remain today.

Park Lodge is the former gatehouse of Redgrave Hall located at the curved wall entrance to its grounds. The two-bedroom bungalow sits in its own grounds of approximately a third of an acre and enjoys parkland and country views.

Eastern Daily Press: The light-filled living room with curved bay windowThe light-filled living room with curved bay window (Image: David Carpenter)

The property has oil-fired heating and replacement double-glazed windows, with a central entrance hall providing access to the rest of the accommodation, comprising a sitting room, kitchen, conservatory, two bedrooms and shower room.

The light-filled double-aspect sitting room is positioned to the front of the property and features a curved bay window and a brick-faced fireplace with matching hearth and wood burning stove.

Eastern Daily Press: The modern kitchenThe modern kitchen (Image: David Carpenter)

Next to the sitting room, the modern kitchen is fitted with bright, white wall and base units and a one and a half bowl sink, and also has a built-in eye-level double oven, built-in fridge freezer and dishwasher. An alcove which previously housed a fireplace is now fitted with a cupboard with hob over and extractor above.

A small inner lobby off the kitchen leads to the more recently constructed conservatory, which enjoys views over the property’s charming garden and the parkland beyond.

Eastern Daily Press: One of the property's two bedroomsOne of the property's two bedrooms (Image: David Carpenter)

One of Park Lodge’s two bedrooms is currently used as a dining room, while the other has a built-in wardrobe. Both are served by a shower room with a tiled shower cubicle and electric shower, pedestal wash basin and low-level WC.

Outside, Park Lodge benefits from its own gravelled parking area and a large purpose-built workshop with electricity connected which sits in a quaint little orchard.

Eastern Daily Press: The garden features mature planting and established border hedgingThe garden features mature planting and established border hedging (Image: David Carpenter)

The formal and private rear garden has been carefully maintained and enjoys well-established border hedging, mature planting, multiple storage spaces and a patio for al fresco dining.

Bedfords notes that the property has a right of way over Redgrave Hall’s drive, and the curved entrance wall’s upkeep is the responsibility of Redgrave Hall.

Eastern Daily Press: The patio off the conservatory is ideal for al fresco diningThe patio off the conservatory is ideal for al fresco dining (Image: David Carpenter)

Redgrave Park is a private park with woodlands, pasture and a 45-acre fishing lake. It has been known to host public events and is available to hire for outdoor activities.

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The wider village of Redgrave is just five miles away from the market town of Diss. It has its own assortment of with amenities including a public house and activity centre, and Diss has a main line train station providing access to Norwich and London.

For more information, please contact Bedfords.


Park Lodge, Redgrave

Guide price: £450,000

Bedfords, 01284 769999