£1,295,000, 4 bedrooms


Key features

  • Exceptional Coastal Residence
  • Over 3,000 sq.ft. of Accommodation
  • Superb Independent Guest House
  • Stylish and Elegant Interior Design
  • Beautifully Landscaped Grounds
  • Gated Secure Parking
  • Stunning Coastal Location

Property Description

A truly sensational period coastal residence in the heart of Stiffkey.

The Old Townsend Arms is a fine 18th Century former coaching inn with an illustrious local history that, in recent times, has been transformed into an exceptional private residence with detached guesthouse and all set in glorious gated grounds. This unique home commands a prominent position within the eclectic coastal setting of Stiffkey yet provides a remarkably private environment. Nestled between the Norfolk Coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and The Stiffkey Valley, An Area of Special Scientific Interest, this special property offers the rarest of opportunities to really enjoy the wonderful location.

In addition, a separate piece of land with river frontage opposite the house which is available by separate negotiation.

STIFFKEY The Old Townsend Arms is nestled in the heart of the historical and highly desirable coastal village of Stiffkey. This enviable positon provides an amazing environment set between the rugged Norfolk Coast and the glorious undulating landscape of the Stiffkey Valley. Stiffkey is a pretty Norfolk coastal village between Wells-next-the-Sea and Blakeney. The village is famous for its 'Stewkey Blues', a local blue cockle. It has an excellent pub, the Red Lion, with real ale and good food. There's also a charming general store and newsagents. The village is very well placed for exploring all that the North Norfolk coast has to offer and there is excellent sailing and superb coastal walks nearby.

ACCOMMODATION Nestled between the Norfolk Coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and The Stiffkey Valley, An Area of Special Scientific Interest, this special property offers the rarest of opportunities to really enjoy the wonderful location. Having been extensively renovated, remodelled and extended by the present owners the property boasts a stunning interior that has been finished to an exceptional standard throughout with impressive formal receptions, lavish bedrooms and bathrooms all with a stylish and elegant interior design.

The main residence is set across two floors and briefly comprises; Entrance hall, stunning vaulted formal drawing room, impressive open plan living room that flows seamlessly through to a bespoke kitchen/breakfast room, ornate vaulted and glazed dining/garden room and a lavish ground floor bedroom suite that features a superb bath/shower room. The first floor offers two further individual double bedrooms both with feature-vaulted ceilings and a further luxurious bathroom.

Stepping outside you are greeted by exceptional established gardens that feature multi-level sun terraces surrounded by colourful beds bursting with specimen shrubs and flowering plants that have been cleverly carved into the undulating landscape. Further features include a rustic 'garden kitchen' with hand-made pizza oven and sheltered dining space. Steps from the main sun terrace lead up to a delightful lawned garden area that is peppered with a variety of trees and established borders.

In addition to the main residence is a substantial detached guesthouse, which cleverly incorporates a three bay cart shed/garaging. This superb and highly flexible space boasts a wonderful open plan living area and fitted kitchen that features a high vaulted/beamed ceiling and dual aspect views over both gardens and the Stiffkey Valley. A spacious double bedroom is serviced with a luxurious en suite shower room. Private double gates accessed from the coastal road open onto a spacious courtyard area with parking for several cars and access to the triple bay cart shed.

SERVICES CONNECTED Mains electricity and water, heating via LPG Gas and Wood burner, private drainage.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING To be confirmed. The reference number or full certificate can be obtained from Sowerbys upon request.

To retrieve the Energy Performance Certificate for this property please visit and enter in the reference number.


DIRECTIONS From Wells-next-the-Sea take the A149 Coast Road towards Stiffkey, on entering Stiffkey, pass the Red Lion and the property will be found after a short distance on the left hand side.

AGENT'S NOTE An additional separate garden plot of around 0.5 acre (sts) with superb river Stiffkey frontage and several outbuildings is available by separate negotiation. Please enquire further at Sowerbys Wells-next-the-Sea office.

" I just wanted to say a big thank-you to you both for your efforts and patience in getting the barns let out. It’s a big weight off our minds knowing that we have got some good people in there – and at the price we wanted – and on a 24 month contract. Thank you! "
Geoff Somner, Landlord – November 2014