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Ashwellthorpe, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16


8 Bedroom Detached House For Sale

Ashwellthorpe Hall, mentioned in Sir Nicholas Pevsner's 'Buildings of England' as dating from the Tudor period with later additions by Lady Berners in 1831 and 1845. The current hall was built around 1600 by Sir Thomas Knyvett. Sir Thomas played a key role in averting the November 5th burning of the Houses of Parliament and was the man who arrested Guy Fawkes. There is an extensive history that is available upon request.

Ashwellthorpe Hall is a stunning Grade II listed, partially moated country house with Elizabethan origins. Set within approximately 18 acres of gardens (sts), Ashwellthorpe Hall also offers a lake, orchard, folly, meadows, ice house, a stable block and a self-contained two storey coach house.

The beautifully proportioned and presented accommodation provides impressive ceiling heights and an abundance of natural light. To the front there is a fine imposing portico that leads through to the charming entrance hall, complete with York stone flooring and a hand-crafted solid oak staircase leading to the first floor.

The main reception rooms are to the south and west sides and comprise an elegant dual aspect drawing room with two floor to ceiling bay windows with shutters, a central marble fireplace and intricate plaster mouldings. The atmospheric formal dining room has a central marble fireplace, a floor to ceiling bay window and intricate plaster moulding. Doors lead from the dining room through to the truly impressive billiard room. This is a room of amazing proportions with intricate plaster and wooden mouldings, a bay window and a central fireplace.

Other rooms of note include the well-appointed library with solid oak bookcases, inner reception hall, cloakroom, study and a well fitted modern kitchen/breakfast room, with underfloor heating and access into the family room, which is completed by a wood burning stove. There is a wide range of domestic rooms to the rear including a former chapel (please see the floor plan for further details). Beneath the centre of the house lies the extensive cellar and boiler room. Particular key features of Ashwellthorpe Hall are the truly impressive octagonal chimneys, stepped gables and stone mullioned windows.

The main staircase leads to a fine spacious first floor landing with plenty of room to create a reading nook or library, if required. This floor provides access to eight excellent bedrooms, all with en-suites, aside from two bedrooms that have the use of the family bathroom. Two of the bedrooms also benefit from separate dressing rooms. A further staircase leads to the top floor, where two further bedrooms and an en-suite can be found.

OUTSIDE The grounds extend to approximately 18 acres (sts). Ashwellthorpe Hall is approached via the choice of two entrances, one with brick pillars and one to the rear with a brick feature arch, both with wrought iron gates.
To the front there is a gravelled terrace with fine views to the south. Steps lead down to the sweeping lawn, where there are a variety of specimen trees including a fine Lebanese Cedar. To the far reaches of the south there is a wooded area and lake. To the west there is a post and railed meadow/paddock and woodland. To the west there is an extensive paved terrace with a folly and a low-level 17th century wall. Meandering walks lead through the grounds and past the moat, where an ice house can be found. In addition, there is a well stocked orchard. To the north there is a self-contained two storey coach house that comprises storage, garaging and workshops to the ground floor, with two bedrooms, a sitting room and bathroom. In addition, there is a detached 'L' shape stable block including three complete stables. The rear entrance leads to a walled garden where plenty of parking can be found as well as access to the coach house and stable block. To the far north, there is a further meadow/paddock.

LOCATION Ashwellthorpe Hall is situated on the edge of the village of Ashwellthorpe. The village provides a 13th Century church, village hall and public house, there is also the extremely good Wreningham Primary school only 1 mile away. The village is situated approximately 4 miles to the south east of the popular market town of Wymondham and only approximately 5 miles from the A11 for those looking to commute to Cambridge or London.. Wymondham is a bustling town, famous for its Abbey, and offers direct train links to Norwich, Cambridge and London, Kings Cross. Wicklewood Primary School is approximately 1 mile away and has is rated outstanding in the Ofsted report and both Wymondham College and Wymondham High are minutes away. Wymondham provides excellent facilities including a Waitrose supermarket and an interesting array of boutique shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. The Cathedral City of Norwich is approximately 8 miles away and offers a number of sought after schools and colleges as well as a large number of restaurants, shops, supermarkets and services.

COUNCIL TAX Ashwellthorpe Hall - Band H.
The Coach House - Band A.

SERVICES CONNECTED Mains water, electricity, drainage and oil-fired central heating. Superfast broadband connected.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING Ashwellthorpe Hall - An Energy Performance Certificate is not required for this property due to it being Grade II listed.
The Coach House - Rating to be confirmed.

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Old Bank of England Court
Queen Street
Norwich, Norfolk

01603 761441