A charming Georgian rectory with a separate converted barn, cottage and converted stables.

The Old Rectory, Cottage & Stables The Old Rectory is a fine Georgian house believed to date from the mid 18th century, and is of 5 bays, built for the Reverend Edward Atthill, a Rector of Sparham from 1763 to 1790. The house is not listed, however is mentioned in Nikolaus Pevsner’s Buildings of England as being of historical importance. The house is of mellow red brick elevations under a pantiled roof and has been restored by the current owners back to its original form, following the removal of two bow windows, which were added to the southern façade. Of particular note are the fine, full height sash windows and the attractive portico with Doric columns at the main front door. The house is south facing and has delightful views over gently undulating countryside and parkland. There are excellent ceiling heights throughout and working shutters along with some fine period features. The drawing room is double aspect and has a superb marble fireplace and delightful views. There are also fine fireplaces in the dining room and sitting room. Of particular note is the substantial kitchen/breakfast room which was designed and built by Bryan Turner Kitchens and has a four-oven Aga, Neff appliances and granite work surfaces. There are double doors to the conservatory, which has tiled flooring and is double glazed. Also located off the kitchen is a substantial utility room and larder leading to the back door and secluded courtyard with a wood store, greenhouse and other general storage. The Old Rectory has flexible accommodation and there are 6 bedrooms, one of which is currently used as a games room. The master bedroom has a good quality en suite bathroom with delightful views to the south and the remainder of the bedrooms are primarily doubles, with one single bedroom and the potential to create more en suites if required.

Immediately situated to the north east of the house is the detached cottage, currently used as an office, which would be ideal for use as an annexe or to provide additional useful income as a let property.

There are 3 bedrooms, one bathroom and a small kitchenette upstairs and three additional rooms. The cottage is in good condition and could easily be converted back to a dwelling.

Also to the north east of the Old Rectory and located across a substantial gravel parking and turning area are the converted stables. The detached stables comprise 4 bedrooms and 1 bathroom with 2 sitting rooms and kitchen. These would be ideal either as a home office, accommodation or a variety of uses.

Rectory Barn Rectory Barn is a substantial detached barn conversion with its own access from Well Lane.

There is a spectacular dining hall, which is full height showing the superb timbers and vaulted ceiling and galleried landing above. Downstairs there is a sitting room, study and kitchenette, along with a WC. The accommodation is flexible.

On the first floor there are currently 4 bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom, and a separate shower room and WC. The barn has been well finished, and is constructed of brick with flint elevations under a pantiled roof.

The barn is approached via its own gravelled driveway, with a parking and turning area and access to the garaging and outbuildings, which are of red brick elevations under a pantiled roof. The barn has a wood burning stove in the dining/reception hall and at the rear of the property is a terrace that overlooks the delightful walled garden which is mainly laid to lawn and has some rose beds. The Barn offers good sized family accommodation over two storeys.

Rectory Barn is located behind the Old Rectory and, with the erection of a fence and hedge, could be completely independent and is on a separate title with separate services.

This property has 2.74 acres of land.


The Old Rectory is approached via a gravel driveway with a parking and turning area to the east of the house, which continues through a fine pair of brick piers to an additional parking and turning area also giving access to the Cottage and converted Stables. Should additional garaging be required there is plenty of space.

The Old Rectory has areas of formal and informal gardens, woodland walks, superb topiary, and of particular note are the fine specimen trees including spectacular beech, copper beech and oak trees. The woodland is under planted with spring bulbs and there are well kept areas of lawn to the south of the house and east of the Cottage and Stables. Also of note in the formal gardens are well kept yew hedging, flower beds and shrub borders, a Palladian plinth and some spectacular gunnera to the west of the conservatory. From here there is also a west facing terrace with direct access from the french doors of the conservatory and kitchen/breakfast room.


The Old Rectory, Sparham, the Cottage, the Stables and Rectory Barn occupy an elevated location in the village of Sparham, which has a superb church and is near the villages of Lenwade, Bawdeswell and Lyng, all of which have useful village amenities. About 3 miles to the north east of Sparham is the Georgian market town of Reepham, which provides a good range of local amenities, including local shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes. Norwich, the regional centre, is about 12 miles to the south east and provides a comprehensive range of amenities, a regular rail service to London Liverpool Street and an international airport which is conveniently located for Sparham on the northern side of the city.


From Norwich head north-west on the A1067 Fakenham road heading through Lenwade. Continue for about 2 miles and turn right signposted Sparham. Continue up a slight incline and the drive to the Old Rectory will be found on the left hand side. For Rectory Barn continue into the village and turn left opposite the church.

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Other features

  • The Old Rectory
  • Reception hall
  • Drawing room
  • Sitting room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen/Breakfast room
  • Conservatory
  • Utility room
  • Larder
  • WC
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms (1 en suite)
  • Shower room
  • Outbuildings
  • Courtyard
  • Long gravel driveway
  • Formal and informal gardens
  • The Cottage
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Currently used as offices
  • The Stables
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Sitting rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Currently used as offices
  • In all about 2.4 acres

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Ref: NOR160222

Sparham Norfolk NR9

Guide Price

Ref: NOR160222

Sparham Norfolk NR9

Guide Price