A paradise secluded family home set in about 12 acres within 3 miles of Holt and the sea
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Franklins Farm is a substantial and well-appointed period farmhouse, which is not listed, believed to date originally from the early 1700s with significant additions. The house is of brick and flint elevations under a pantile roof and has been modernised and extended by the current owners, ultimately providing excellent family accommodation over three floors. The house is double glazed throughout, has areas of underfloor heating, whilst retaining many period features including exposed beams and a charming inglenook fireplace in the reception hall. There are excellent ceiling heights throughout the house and delightful views over the surrounding gardens and grounds. Franklins Farm sits well in its grounds and has been finished to a high standard. Of particular note is the kitchen/breakfast room which has a tiled floor, granite and wooden work surfaces and an oil fired Aga. Via glazed double doors, which give a relaxing open plan feel, is the garden room which has delightful views over the swimming pool, rear lawn and grounds beyond. The garden room has underfloor heating and provides an excellent family space. In the drawing room there is light to three aspects and French doors opening out onto the garden plus an open fire with a pamment hearth. The accommodation is extremely flexible with a number of inter-linking doors which can be left open or shut as is required.
The principal bedroom is east facing and has double doors on to a balcony which gives fine views over the gardens and grounds. There is a generous en-suite bathroom and plenty of hanging space in the numerous wardrobes. Five of the bedrooms are good sized doubles with the sixth being a smaller room on the top floor. The landing on the first floor is also of particular note because of its generous size and the exposed period brickwork of the chimney.
Adjacent to the main farmhouse is a substantial converted barn currently used as a Pilates studio with accommodation above. This barn has underfloor heating, double glazing and is finished to a high specification with a good degree of insulation. There is a study/office, an entrance hall, an open plan studio measuring about 36 x 16 and a kitchen, much of which has had very little use since installation. On the first floor there is flexible bedroom accommodation and an en-suite shower room. The large area could be used as an open plan sitting room. This converted barn forms part of a planning permission which was granted in 2016 under application number PF/16/0090. The remainder of the application can be actioned if required and is for the conversion of the barn/garaging to additional accommodation. Please contact us for further information.
Oil fired central heating with the barn having underfloor heating throughout and the house partly underfloor heating. Mains water and electricity, private drainage via a klargester sewage treatment plant.
This property has 11.5 acres of land.
Franklins Farm is approached via a gravel driveway which sweeps through the grounds ending in a parking and turning area adjacent to both the house and barn, there is a secondary parking area to the west of the range of barns.
Franklins Farm sits well in its grounds most of which are laid to lawn interspersed with a mixture of broadleaf and coniferous trees, bushes and shrubs. There is a charming south facing terrace adjacent to the house which is bordered by lavender and flower beds and can be accessed from either the dining room or the reception hall.
To the north-east of the house is a fenced swimming pool complex which has a pool house with power and water, which forms a wonderful entertaining and recreational space in the summer months. The swimming pool is heated via a heat exchanger. Further to the north is a recently re-laid high quality En Tout Cas all-weather tennis court and further to the north-east is a large Bacon agricultural building with concrete floor, electric roller shutter doors, power and water and plenty of space for grounds care equipment or boat and car storage. This could also double up as American style stabling if required.
To the east of the house is an extremely well kept sports field which has been used for cricket matches, golf, rugby and football practice in the past, however this could be fenced and used for horses if required.
To the northern part of the property there are a number of paddocks, a separate access via a hardcore track leading to the agricultural building. There are three ponds, one of which is believed to be the source of the River Glaven and an area of recently planted woodland which provides a fantastic habitat for wildlife.
Just to the north of the house and converted barn is a vegetable garden with a number of raised beds, a formal stable used as a garden store and an orchard.
Franklins Farm is situated in one of the prettiest and most unspoilt areas of North Norfolk yet within easy reach of the charming Georgian market town of Holt (2.5 miles) which provides excellent shopping, schooling and leisure facilities. Greshams School is located in Holt and caters for private education from ages 4-18, and Beeston Hall Prep School (3.5 miles) is also close by. The fantastic north Norfolk coastline, much of which is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is easily accessible and provides a wealth of leisure pursuits including walking, sailing, golf and bird watching. There are a number of first class pubs and restaurants in the area and Norwich, the regional centre, is about 19 miles to the south and has a comprehensive range of amenities. The excellent Norwich Airport, to the north of the city, provides both domestic and international flights.
Bodham is an excellently positioned north Norfolk village with great local facilities, including a village shop with post office, traditional Norfolk village public house and direct bus service into Sheringham and Holt. It has a lovely community feel including local playing fields and a community centre. It features very easy access to Sheringham Country Park with great local walks and views, complemented by the local Weybourne steam train station a short walk away. Holt is one of the most attractive small towns in Norfolk in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The town existed before the Norman invasion but was destroyed by fire in 1708. It had to be rebuilt and we're very lucky that the timing meant that the Georgian style was used. The main street is lined with colourwashed Georgian buildings, many of architectural importance. There are tea and coffee shops, lots of antique and curio shops, food shops and delicatessens, banks, independent shops and, of course, historic Gresham's School founded in 1555. The North Norfolk coast at Blakeney is six miles away due north. There is good sailing, golf, bird-watching and many good beaches nearby. The North Norfolk Steam Railway has its terminus on the outskirts of the town and connects Holt with the seaside resort of Sheringham six miles away. The cathedral city of Norwich is just twenty-six miles distant. From Norwich there are direct trains to London Liverpool Street and Norwich Airport is a convenient worldwide gateway via Schiphol Airport.Read all
- - 6 bedrooms in the main house
- - 2 additional bedrooms in the converted barn
- - planning permission for more accommodation if required
- - 12 acres
- - within 3 miles of the centre of Holt
- - close to the beautiful North Norfolk Coast
- - high quality tennis court
- - fenced swimming pool complex
- - equestrian potential
- - not listed
- - immaculate playing field
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