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Steeped in history, preserved for the future: The story of The Lodge, Drayton

Published: 17/09/2021

Hidden Talent Homes is opening the doors to this historic building and Sowerbys can't wait to show you inside...

Where one chapter begins, another ends, but with affectionate attention to detail memories of the past can intertwine with the future - and this is exactly what Hidden Talent Homes have done at The Lodge, Drayton.

It's been a journey of loving care to reach yet another milestone in this extensive restoration project, but Sowerbys are delighted to launch East View and Treetops, two apartments tucked graciously within the east wing of the historic lodge.

Originally built as a private house, Drayton Old Lodge dates back to 1914.

Though this chapter in its life was short lived with it soon becoming a home for nurses working at nearby Hellesdon Hospital.
But it is the story of the land the Lodge sits on that really captures the imagination, shaped even further back in history.

Standing poignantly on the development today is a listed monument: the original ruins of a 15th century lodge built for a knight, Sir John Fastolf.
The building is believed to have been a strategic lookout and hunting lodge, located on the brow of the hill overlooking the Wensum Valley.

In 1459 the lodge was left to the Paston family; at this time the Duke of Norfolk coveted Caister Castle and the Duke of Suffolk had designs on Drayton, besieging it with a view to taking it over.
The Lodge was annihilated by the duke in 1465, following a dispute with the Pastons. Today a few parts remain.

One of those parts will continue to sit proudly alongside the 1914 dated building and additional new homes set to be completed in the coming phases of the development.

 In more recent history, this magnificent building was used as a business centre and an extension was added in the 1960s.

The main house has witnessed many happy days when it played the part of a wedding venue with ceremonies held inside and receptions in marquees on the grounds.
It can expect to host many more happy moments, becoming a dream home for new owners soon.

The transformation The Lodge has undergone with Hidden Talent Homes is unprecedented, with minute attention to detail.

Retaining as many original features as possible The Lodge has been transformed into a selection of homes with private gardens, communal grounds and parking.

Caution has been taken at every stage, even down to removing the tiles on the former NHS wing of the building by hand and carefully rehoming any resident bats – they too have called this place home.

Working alongside experienced ecologist Christian Whiting and Natural England the team ensured the safe passage of the roosting bats to the roof of a new garage space built to specification and solely dedicated to their comfort.

Inside the new roost are bat boxes including a maternity roosting box for the Brown Long-eared roost. The woodland site has also had additional bat boxes placed within to offer alternative space.

Now almost two years into the project the quality of finish is clear.

Treetops, a luxurious one bedroom apartment is tucked peacefully on the top floor of the historic building with wonderful dual aspect views.

Below, on the first floor, is East Views, equally delivering views of the surrounding countryside while accommodating two bedrooms.

Both apartments feature a range of neutral colour palettes including stone, deep greens and rich blues, alongside shaker style kitchens with quartz worktop and breakfast bar, video intercom and private parking.

With oak doors, antique brass ironmongery and bespoke fitted wardrobes and feature media stations with bespoke joinery, the attention to detail here is second to none.

The doors will be open to both apartments on October 2nd for by appointment viewings.
If you would like the get a sense of this historic property for yourself, call our Norwich branch on 01603 761441.