4 Bedroom Link Detached House For Sale
Built circa 1875 on the hillside of the wealthy Thorpe Hamlet area of the city of Norwich, known as the 'Richmond of Norwich', Irstead House is a Grade II listed Italianate villa. Charles Hornor, a prominent Norfolk land agent, commissioned the build as an impressive extension to his older house (now No. 4 Cotman Road), to provide extra bedrooms for his large family, whilst also gaining two extra light-filled reception rooms looking out over the beautiful Yare valley, and a striking new facade.
Elegant throughout, Irstead House is a perfect example of late Victorian Italianate architecture. Whilst the property provides amazing ceiling heights and room proportions, there is still a sense and feel of comfortable living. Flooded with natural light, an abundance of period features are on display, with ornate cornicing and mouldings, and in the drawing room a fine fireplace with a wood burning stove, perfect for cold winter nights. During the summer months, double doors take you to the west facing raised terrace and beautifully landscaped garden. If it's entertaining you enjoy: the kitchen is perfect: A great sociable space with double doors taking you to the east terrace.
The first floor provides two elegant bedrooms, en-suite shower room and separate family bathroom, whilst stunning views can be taken in from the two bedrooms on the top floor.
A parking area and double garage are neatly tucked away behind gates, leaving the remainder of the grounds an Italianate haven to be enjoyed. Meandering grass walkways pass well stocked borders, clipped box hedging defines and well positioned trees provide privacy. The stone balustrading and ornate stone steps on the raised terrace to the front are the perfect complement to the array of graceful planting.
NORWICH This ancient city has been home to writers, radicals and fiercely independent spirits for over a thousand years, and today continues in its legacy as an enclave of culture and creativity. It's perfectly preserved medieval streets are home to a thriving community of small businesses, a vibrant food scene and an established arts culture. It is also a gateway to a county that continues to inspire people with its unspoilt landscapes, open spaces and big skies.
Named as one of the best places to live in 2021, Norwich lies approximately 20 miles from the coast at the confluence of the River Yare and the River Wensum, the latter still bending its way through the heart of the city. In the 11th Century, Norwich was the second largest city in the country, and today is still the UK's most complete medieval city. Strolling through the historic cobbled streets of Elm Hill, whatever the season, the Tudor architecture retains its character and beauty. Laced with merchant's houses, thatching, individual
homes, speciality shops and small cafes, you'll be led toward the 1,000-year-old Norwich Cathedral.
The outdoor market in the centre of the city champions local makers and brings locally grown produce direct from farm to table. Surrounding the market are series of cobbled streets known as 'the Lanes' that are home to a plethora of independent businesses, and the city is also home to historic traders like shoemakers Bowhill and Elliott, or Jarrolds, whose family- run department store has been trading since 1770.
To the north of the city the University of East Anglia is a remarkable example of brutalist architecture, a striking juxtaposition of the natural and built environment designed by Sir Denys Lasdun. The campus is also home to the Sainsbury centre, a permanent collection of modern and ethnographic art, gifted by the Sainsbury family and housed in Norman Foster's first public building. The presence of the University, as well as the celebrated Norwich University of the Arts, play a huge part in the cultural and creative life of the city, as does the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, who each year brings a host of international artists and performers to the venues and streets of the city.
Property types in Norwich are incredibly diverse, from city-centre Victorian properties, converted mills and barns, townhouses and luxury new-builds. Central to the city, Newmarket Road is noted for it's selection of grand houses, and the 'Golden Triangle' neighbourhood is a favourite with families. There are also an array of beautiful rural villages within a short drive, notably Stoke Holy Cross to the south, Surlingham to the east, or Bawburgh to the west, where larger rural properties and small estates are often brought to market.
Norwich itself is the only city in the country to fall within a national park, the Broads, and several city boatyards house sailing craft to make the most of the water that spreads across the county. Beyond the city lies the tranquillity and seclusion of Norfolk's wetland reserves, ancient woodlands and unspoilt coastline. The county boasts 83 miles of coast, spanning seaside towns and windswept beaches. Further south lies Britain's largest pine forest in Thetford, a small wilderness close to home.
And when the bright lights do call, trains to Liverpool Street take just 90 minutes, and the city's airport flies to a number of UK destinations, as well as direct to Amsterdam.
Whether they were born here or discovered it later in life, Norwich residents are evangelists for the city, it's community and its way of life.
This is a city that reveals itself the longer you stay - a city to fall in love
with - a city to be a part of.
SERVICES CONNECTED Mains water, electricity and drainage.
Gas fired central heating.
COUNCIL TAX Band F.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING An Energy Performance Certificate is not required
for this property due to it being Grade II listed.
AGENT'S NOTE This is a freehold property.
PROPERTY REFERENCE 38844
No EPC available for this property
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