3 Bedroom Apartment For Sale
Many aspire to live in a grand country house, but very few these days have the funds nor the need for all the space. Therefore when the trend arose for developers to convert substantial country homes into apartments and smaller homes it not only preserved their heritage but gave many more people a taster for country house living on a manageable scale.
One such property is Rackheath Hall on the outskirts of Norwich. Superbly converted in 2000 into grand apartments and an associated development of mews houses next door, it provides a perfect environment for those wishing to enjoy grandeur and space set in established communal gardens with the maintenance looked after. It is easy to see why it appeals to those wishing to downsize responsibility but not space, or to those who want a 'lock up and leave' due to spending parts of the year abroad. Both of these attributes appealed to the current owners when they bought Apartment 4 in 2017.
The apartment has provided its owners tranquillity in a small friendly community, and positioned at the head of a very long drive offers countryside living with convenient access to Norwich city centre. Our vendors loved the imposing grandeur of the hall, with its impressive communal reception hall and elegant staircase.
The apartment itself is superbly proportioned and arranged over two floors. The owners have loved spending time in the sitting room with its very large sash window overlooking the balcony and taking in views of the gardens beyond.
Arranged over two floors, the apartment gives the feel of living in a house within a house. The bedrooms on the upper floor are all vaulted with outstanding exposed timbers. The generous principal bedroom suite is so well appointed and has an en-suite bathroom and dressing room. The space in the apartment is more than ample for entertaining family and friends, and in the summer months there are few things better than socialising in the delightful communal grounds without the worry of having to maintain them.
Their time at Apartment 4 has been a wonderful period in the lives of its owners and, having invested heavily in the upgrading of the property, it's ready for a new owner to enjoy, as they embark on their own new chapter.
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.
To the north of the city the University of East Anglia is a remarkable example of brutalist architecture, and the campus is also home to the Sainsbury centre, a permanent collection of modern and ethnographic art, gifted by the Sainsbury family.
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 its selection of grand houses, and the 'Golden Triangle' neighbourhood is a favourite with families. There is 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.
When the bright lights 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.
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 electricity, water and drainage. Gas fired central heating.
COUNCIL TAX Band E.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING An Energy Performance Certificate is not required for this property due to it being Grade II listed.
TENURE Leasehold, with a term of 125 years from 2000, and a part share of the freehold. There is an annual service charge of £2,400.00 and an annual gardening charge of £500.00.
AGENT'S NOTE Please note that Rackheath Hall does not have a lift.
PROPERTY REFERENCE 40666
No EPC available for this property
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