5 Bedroom Detached House For Sale
Family living and entertaining are what 'Lower House' has enjoyed over more recent years. The Georgian style accommodation is vast, the grounds are manageable and the views are beautiful.
Originally the property formed three houses and was bought in separate lots by our vendor, who ultimately transformed the properties into one beautiful, detached residence, boasting spacious rooms, blending the period with more contemporary open plan living on a grand scale.
The access off St. James Green is via a shingle driveway leading to double timber gates and a further drive with ample parking and garage. The reception hall is enhanced by its staircase and stained glass window. This space boasts the feeling of grandeur and sets the scene for the spacious accommodation throughout. Where dining can be formal or relaxed and cosiness can be created in the panelled sitting room with its open fire and floor to ceiling bay window. The open plan living space is dominated by the kitchen with its island and underfloor heating to its slate floor, plus sitting and dining areas. Access to the rear walled courtyard ensures more of the sociability 'Lower House' has to offer.
The first floor boasts the principal bedroom suite, with its delightful fitted wardrobes and drawers to its dressing room, a full bathroom suite including a free standing bath and walk in shower and a stunning three bay window that overlooks the village cricket club. A further four double bedrooms, ensuites and a family bathroom with another freestanding bath and a pretty stained glass window.
The house nestles into its plot and our vendor always "enjoyed the sound of leather on willow" from the principal bedroom, as it overlooks the cricket pitch. The enclosed, walled courtyard, with its range of outbuildings is perfect for alfresco entertaining and for children to play. The gardens are mainly lawned, interspersed with mature trees and native hedges.
Castle Acre is a stunning village, boasting a wealth of historical interest, not least the castle ruins, which our vendor and his family have enjoyed in all weathers, including sledging down the steep slopes. They have also enjoyed the plentiful dog walking territory. But above all else "alongside the amenities, the village has the beating heart of a community."
CASTLE ACRE As you sit on the pretty village green and watch the world go by at a gentle pace, it's incredible to think that Castle Acre once played a major role in history. Yet the Norman ruins of Castle Acre Castle and Castle Acre Priory, respectively east and west of the village, are reminders of the village's grand ancestry when royalty would regularly arrive at the Bailey Gate and enjoy days spent hunting in the deer park.
The priory, now the charge of English Heritage, once housed a community of monks until Henry VIII disbanded monastic houses in 1537. You can still admire the beauty of the church gable and cloisters - run your fingers through the scented plants in the herb garden which the brothers would have used for daily cooking and healing centuries ago.
For a restorative moment today, head to The Ostrich which has been serving locals since the 1800s and was recently renovated by local building firm Grocott & Murfitt as a fantastic gastro-pub. Enjoy a bite and a reviving glass and wander along the High Street to Castle Antiques & Collectables to discover a curio or chic addition for your home.
At the meeting point of the Roman Peddars Way, the River Nar runs to the south of the village, leading east to Newton and on to the hamlet of Fiddler's Green. Follow the Massingham Road north west and you'll happen upon Castle Acre Water Tower, saved by photographer Dennis Pedersen who bought the once derelict wreck for just £25,000 and turned it into a contemporary spaceship-inspired family home with panoramic views over barley fields.
Of course there are plenty of traditional period homes, many lining the village green where pretty flint cottages are covered in rose blooms in the height of summer, along with newer properties to be discovered. With a local store and Post Office, a popular caf鬠fish and chip shop and even a small, independent bookstore, it's easy to see why so many people find their forever home in Castle Acre.
SERVICES CONNECTED Mains electricity and water. Drainage to mains and septic tank. Oil fired central heating.
COUNCIL TAX Band G.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING D. Ref:- 7607-0001-6203-9699-2210
To retrieve the Energy Performance Certificate for this property please visit https://find-energy-certificate.digital.communities.gov.uk/find-a-certificate/search-by-reference-number and enter in the reference number above. Alternatively, the full certificate can be obtained through Sowerbys.
PROPERTY REFERENCE 39243
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