An attractive period village house in immaculate condition with spacious accommodation throughout
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Kensington House is a beautifully presented period house dating back to 1480 and is an original timber framed Norfolk four-bay hall house with rendered brick cladding. The property was once purchased by Sir James Bailey who was a prominent parliamentarian and London hotelier who originated from the village of Mattishall. Sir Bailey bought it for his mother and named it Kensington House in reference to the location of his hotel group. The property was fully renovated and extended by the current owners in 2004, in a way that was sympathetic to the original fabric of the building but also in keeping with modern day standards. This is exemplary in the scattering of exposed beams and brickwork, juxtaposed alongside modern luxuries such as double glazed wooden windows throughout and underfloor heating across ground level. Inside is a welcoming and spacious rear hall with travertine flooring which leads into a large kitchen breakfast room fitted with bi-fold doors out to a rear terrace, electric Aga and original Bryan Turner kitchen. Across the hall is a wonderful wood panelled dining room that leads through to a large sitting room, both with hessian carpet flooring and inglenook fireplaces. The ground floor also enjoys a large home office, utility room and downstairs shower room. To the rear of the property is a spectacular sun room with stone flooring, pitched ceilings, French doors to rear terrace, original mullion windows and staircase to the first floor.
Upstairs, there is a principal bedroom with double aspect windows and en suite bathroom with separate shower unit. There is a good sized secondary bedroom with fitted wardrobes with a separate family bathroom, also with walk in shower unit, directly adjacent. There are two further double bedrooms and a laundry cupboard on the landing providing excellent family and guest accommodation and storage.
This property has 0.63 acres of land.
Outside, Kensington House is approached via a pillared gravel drive leading to the front of the house and double cart shed with adjoining single garage currently used for storing garden equipment. Above the garage block is a converted loft space accessed by an external wooden staircase which could be fitted for use as a home office, studio, or further ancillary accommodation to the house. The house is edged with some beautifully planted flower and shrub beds bordered with box hedging as well as flowering wisteria and grapevine pergola. The garden is designed to create a number of different areas from which to enjoy, such as the Mediterranean styled rear terrace garden, a hedge lined lawn alongside the drive with a number of trees, another more formal garden mostly laid to lawn but with hedge and lavender borders, and a well-positioned evening terrace perfect for a sundowner and barbecue.
Kensington House is situated on the western edge of the popular village of Mattishall which has a good range of amenities including two village stores, post office, public house, doctors surgery with pharmacy, butcher, fish and chip shop and junior school. The market town of Dereham (4 miles) provides further amenities and a range of supermarkets. Wymondham (10 miles) has a Waitrose supermarket and railway station with regular services to Cambridge, connecting on to London Kings Cross. Norwich, the regional centre, has a comprehensive range of educational and cultural amenities, an international airport and a mainline railway station to London Liverpool Street.
From Norwich head west on the A47 towards Dereham and Swaffham. After the dual carriageway ends at the Easton roundabout continue for 1 mile and take the first exit at the next roundabout signposted Mattishall. Follow this road through Mattishall and Kensington House can be found on the left hand side, immediately after Kensington Lodge Farm.Read all
- Detached House
- Period Property
- Not Listed
- Edge of Village
- Immaculately Presented
- 3165 Sq/Ft
- 0.63 Acres
- Triple Garage Block
- Original Bryan Turner Kitchen
- Mediterranean Courtyard Garden
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