Take a look inside Dormer House - on sale for £695,000

Dormer House

Dormer House - Credit: Archant

Set in quiet South Walsham, spacious Dormer House is an impressive home, which has more than a secret or two to reveal – and it's on the market for £695,000.

At the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, in tranquil South Walsham, sits a home which has been lovingly extended, enhanced and made perfect for its owners in every way.

From the outside, Dormer House looks much like any other substantial, executive home but inside it opens up to reveal a beautifully finished interior and a collection of very special features.

The spacious property, which was built by its current owner, offers significantly more living space than sleeping accommodation: this is a house which has been designed for relaxing, entertaining and offering its inhabitants all the comfort they could wish for.

Upon stepping through the front door visitors find themselves in a large reception hall, with a beautiful solid oak floor and ample space for a sofa and other pieces of furniture.

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To the right is the area where much of the living goes on – the dining room, kitchen breakfast room and then the garden room.

The dining room has more than enough space to seat family members and guests on special occasions; beyond it is the kitchen, with a central island, where people can pull up a chair to chat to the chef or have a cup of coffee perhaps.

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Both rooms have generous proportions and the large kitchen feels even more roomy thanks to its high vaulted ceiling and dual aspect. Both rooms also open up on to the first of many even more exciting and distinctly individual features at Dormer House: an incredible covered terrace.

Anyone who loves outdoor living or entertaining will surely covet this space, which has a real slate floor and clear roof, and wraps around this corner of the house. Here not only have dozens of people dined in the past, but they have also danced to the music of a live band, also set up under cover of the roof and with plenty of room for their instruments and equipment.

From the terrace it is possible to admire the immaculate garden and to sit out well into the evening, enjoying the sound of the gentle rustling of the four palm trees that thrive in this sunny space.

In addition to the French windows from the kitchen and dining room, another set of doors – oak this time – open on to the veranda. Stepping through these, visitors should once again be prepared to be wowed.

This extension to the house takes the form of a beautiful green oak and brick garden room; it is a stunning space with a pamment floor, under-floor heating and a magnificent exposed brick inglenook fireplace, where a great log fire worthy of a grand country home roars invitingly at one end.

Comfortable seating, an enormous wood pile and a wall of windows overlooking the garden combine to further tempt people in to sit awhile.

The service side of the house is on the other side of the kitchen, which also adjoins the garden room. Here there is the fabulous advantage of a walk-in pantry and very generous utility, storage and boot room space and there is also a gated staircase leading down to the owner's pride and joy.

Here, when he extended the house, he created a simply beautiful subterranean space, which is not only his wine cellar but also a place to sit round the table with friends to share a bottle or two by candlelight. With its quarry tiled floor and brick arches you can only imagine how atmospheric nights like this must be.

Back through the kitchen and dining room is another welcoming space. This is used as a study, library or even snug but roll back the carpet and lift the hatch in the oak floor and yet another wine store is revealed. This one has a spiral stair design and winds its way down a good three metres.

Returning to the reception hall visitors can either head into the large drawing room or towards the sitting room or second study. The drawing room is a large, bright room, with two bay windows overlooking the garden at the back: this has a tranquil ambience and again makes a great entertaining space.

The room now used as a second study or sitting room has a cosier air. Once the main dining room to the house, it retains its oak panelling and open fire and looks out to the front and back of the property.

Throughout Dormer House there are all sorts of wonderful storage areas, from the deep cloakroom by the front door to the beautiful oak-fronted cupboards in the study area.

Upstairs there are currently four bedrooms, one of which has been opened up from two former rooms but could easily be divided again should new owners require more separate spaces. One guest room has an en suite shower room and there is also a family shower room.

The master suite fills one end of the house, enjoying a dual aspect as well as a spacious bathroom. The bedroom, which has been exquisitely decorated in Laura Ashley, is filled with light and has a sense of being far removed from the rest of the house.

Dormer House has been designed and built to offer everything its current owners desire yet could still be taken further by its next inhabitants.

This is a home that already offers wonderful opportunities for both indoor and outdoor living and is a place for the quiet pursuit of hobbies and the enjoyment of spending time with family and friends.

It has seen lots of changes over the years and it will be fascinating to see just how it evolves further as it enters the next chapter of its intriguing story.

• Dormer House in South Walsham is on the market with Brown and Co at a guide price of £695,000. For more information call 01603 629871

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