Take a look inside Valley Farmhouse in Holt - on sale for £700,000
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Tucked away, within a stone's throw of Holt, Valley Farmhouse and its flint barns offer a myriad of exciting possibilities.
Turning off into Valley Lane, on the outskirts of bustling Holt, you enter a pocket of peace within gently undulating surroundings.
Here, nestled in grounds of just under half an acre, is a six-bedroom period farmhouse, together with an adjoining flint barn, a granary and various other outbuildings.
While the farmhouse, which is believed to date back to the 19th century, clearly needs some modernisation and improvement, it could make the most fantastic family home, together perhaps with an annexe and other converted outbuildings.
Subject to the relevant planning permissions too, however, there is also an exciting development opportunity here, with the potential of creating up to five holiday homes perhaps.
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Currently being marketed by Strutt and Parker, at offers in excess of £700,000, Valley Farmhouse is to be sold by informal tender (with offers to be returned by 12pm on Tuesday, November 29) and it is truly fascinating to imagine just what the eventual buyer might end up doing here.
Valley Farmhouse is thought to have once been home to a farm manager, who would have overseen the work on much of the surrounding land in times gone by.
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The property was then purchased by one Arthur Wordingham in 1915, and formed part of a small arable and pasture farm; it has remained in the same family ever since.
The main house, which has some exposed beams and pamment flooring, is currently made up of three reception rooms on the ground floor, together with a pantry, larder and bathroom. Upstairs there are six bedrooms, plus a cloakroom.
With some upgrading, opening up and reconfiguration of the space, living and sleeping accommodation to suit the needs of a modern day family could certainly be created here. Rooms are already bright and airy, with many enjoying pleasant green views.
Perhaps most intriguing, however, is the prospect of opening the farmhouse up into the adjoining barn. With its fabulous height, beautiful brick and flint work and exposed beams, this barn could become a magnificent vaulted ceilinged drawing room. Equally it could add a further two storeys of living space to the house or could incorporate a stunning mezzanine level.
Standing in the secluded and pretty garden behind the house, looking back at the property, with its exposed brick and flint rear wall, it is also possible to picture the entire building as either two semi-detached homes or possibly even three holiday units.
But that is far from being all. Down at the bottom of the garden, where there is an outlook over the field next-door, Valley Farmhouse yields yet another secret.
Here there is a pretty, two-storey, granary, which once again holds scope for conversion. It does not take a lot of vision to imagine this as a charming self-contained cottage, with an open-plan living area, bedroom and bathroom – or perhaps even as an upside-down house, where the inhabitants will be able to relax in the evening, after a busy day at the beach, watching the sun go down over the countryside.
Adjacent to the garden is an expanse of courtyard, which could quite easily become a parking area for those living or staying here. Running along next to it are former piggeries or stables and, while far less of these remain than of the barn and granary, there are clear footprints which might be able to be built upon. And there are original materials that could possibly be salvaged and reused.
Although Valley Farmhouse sits on the edge of a residential area, it does feel very private. It sits comfortably within its own grounds and the garden enjoys leafy, mature borders. There are also some open-front parking bays.
Nevertheless, the appeal of this property will obviously extend far beyond everything that is here on the site. If ever there was ever a case for 'location, location, location' – then this is it.
Valley Lane is situated off the A148 and Valley Farmhouse can be found in a dip at the bottom of a quiet turning. Yet just a few minutes' walk from here is the centre of Holt, one of Norfolk's best-known and highly desirable market towns.
Renowned for its excellent shopping and restaurant facilities, it is also, of course, home to the Holt Festival and Gresham's School, with other private and state schools in the town and surrounding area.
From here it is also just four miles or so to reach Blakeney or Cley on the coast, where you then find yourself in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is famous for its bird-watching and its seals, and where there are stretches of stunning beach and marshland.
However the buildings at Valley Farmhouse end up being enjoyed, it is nice to think of them coming to life again and giving those who stay or live there access to this fabulous part of the world.
• Valley Farmhouse in Holt is on the market with Strutt and Parker at offers in excess of £700,000