Imposing Grade II listed village house with good outbuildings
The villages of Horstead and Coltishall adjoin each other and offer a wide range of facilities and services including a pre-school and school taking children to 11 years of age, doctors surgery, butchers, pharmacy, hairdressers, public houses and eateries including take-away restaurants, small supermarket and deli and boutiques.
There is a good community spirit within the two villages and there is a drama group, a lovely tithe barn which forms a village community centre, three churches and the Horstead centre which is part of the Diocese community run by trustees. The village is approximately 8 miles from Norwich with regular bus services and 3 ½ miles from Wroxham, the centre of the Norfolk Broads Network. There is an attractive mill pond within the village of Horstead and the River Bure separates the two villages.
The Forge is circa 1586, listed Grade II with later additions and alterations and is in the main of timber frame construction with the main roof being thatched.
The property ceased being the forge after the Second World War and was acquired by the present family in 1974, from which time a considerable amount of renovation and restoration work has taken place. Some of the major works include the re-thatching of the roof in 2012 finished in reed with a fire break, re-wiring in 1995 which is checked every 5 years and the upgrading of the plumbing. Other works include re-fitting of the kitchen during the 1990s and the replacement or renovation of many of the windows. Much of the accommodation was re-modelled which included the addition of two first floor bathrooms. The property is steeped in charm and character with many original features remaining including a magnificent fireplace in the drawing room with a wood burning stove and a lined chimney. The heating system is mains gas which serves radiators and we draw your attention to the floorplans for a full explanation as to how the accommodation is arranged.
Works also extended to the outside of the property including to The Forge, which was re-roofed including the adjoining building, which also had a new floor installed. The old forge is now used as a garage and the adjacent building as a storage room which could be used as a work from home office if required, subject to the normal planning consents being obtained.
The house is featured in the history of Horstead and Stanninghall by Millican and is well presented.
The house is approached via a gravelled drive with ample parking for several vehicles and passes the former forge building which still has the original bellows in place and is now used as garage. The adjoining building is currently used for storage but could be used, subject to the normal planning consents being obtained as a work from home office or for other purposes. There is pedestrian access on the west side of the house to the private garden at the rear which has an attractive paved area immediately behind the house and then a terraced garden leads away from the rear of the property with an attractive central seating area, mature hedging and trees marking the boundaries, a gazebo and summer house as well as garden shed and a screened vegetable garden. The gardens and grounds in all extend to 0.3 of an acre (est).
Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage.
Broadland District Council: Band F.
The Forge owns the driveway to the neighbouring cottages and grants a right of way.
Fixtures & Fittings
All fixtures and fittings including fitted carpets and curtains are specifically excluded from the sale, but may be available in addition, subject to separate negotiation.
Strictly by appointment with Savills. If there is any point which is of particular importance to you, we invite you to discuss this with us, especially before you travel to view the property.