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The Old Mill, Honingham


Property Summary

A wonderful Georgian residence with

river frontage

Beautifully renovated with original

character throughout

Four Bedrooms ; Two Bathrooms

Two Receptions ; Conservatory

Wonderful Breakfast Kitchen with

separate Utility

External Home Office ; Walled gardens ;

0.3 acres

The Accommodation extends to

approximately 2,385sq.ft..

Gently Down the Stream

‘A striking home, a wonderful

retreat with river frontage to make

the package complete. Enjoying a

central location within a wonderful

village surround you can pass some

time by the river’s edge amid the

mesmerizing grounds. The house

is just as stunning with rooms so

spacious and bright, bearing the

features of its past that to this day

can still delight’

The Old Water Mill at Honingham, which was a

typically Norfolk wooden structure, was dismantled in

the 1950’s but fortunately the mill house still remains

as the principal village dwelling. Parts of the house are

believed to date from the 1700’s and there are various

hidden features; the Victorian plastered ceiling in the

sitting room hides the original Georgian reed and

rough plaster ceilings and we believe the fire surround

in that room also to be an original.

The property plays an important part within the

villages history which we have come to appreciate.’

A Part of History

The current owners began their search for a house

nine or so years ago, their criteria being a generously

sized but easy to maintain detached period property

with large gardens in a small village within very easy

reach of Norwich.

‘We wanted to have neighbours around us but

didn’t want to be overlooked and we were in no

rush to buy’

After viewing many properties they eventually

happened upon the Old Mill and knew straight away

it was exactly right for them.

River Frontage

The river (with a 150 ft frontage) and gardens

have provided enormous fun over the years, from

a marquee on the top lawn for our daughter’s

18th birthday party to bonfire parties and family

barbeques the river has played an important part

in the current owners lives.

‘We particularly love warm summer evenings

when we sit in ‘the hidden seat’ and watch the

bats darting over the river to catch flying insects’.

The river offers an abundance of wildlife. Well

stocked with trout which leap to catch flies in a

flash of silver, the beautiful water lilies and reeds,

both the moorhen and mallard families and the

electric blue damsel flies hovering over the water

is an experience that cannot be matched on a lazy

summers afternoon.

‘This really is an oasis of calm!’

Fabulous Walled Gardens

The patio enjoys the sun all day and with French

doors leading from the kitchen the owners make

the most of this fantastic sun trap. There’s a

wide variety of birds that feed underneath the

holly tree, from greater spotted woodpeckers

to the tiniest of finches, they all drop seed on

the ground which is pecked up by the resident

pheasants and the moorhens which bring their

chicks up for a feast.

The conservatory opens off the dining room to

both the patio and the top lawn on the east side of

the house which has wide borders planted with a

variety of perennials and honeysuckle. A large area

of jasmine grows on trellising whilst the lawn offers

a great place for a spot of badminton! Behind the

laurels and birch trees is a paved parking area with

tall wooden electric gates leading into Mill Lane.

Formal Entertaining

Inside the house the current owners have

stamped their authority. They have retained the

open fire in the sitting room, wonderful for

The property plays an important

part within the villages history which

we have come to appreciate.’


toasting crumpets on cold winter afternoons,

and have converted the fireplace in the dining

room to a Franco Belge woodburner. Wilton

Renaissance carpeting is used throughout the

downstairs and there is a matching runner on the

staircase, all chosen for its high quality and muted

colours to match the Farrow & Ball décor, used

extensively throughout the house to give a soft

and calm feel.

‘We like to think that we have contributed greatly

to the Old Mill House in terms of retaining and

enhancing its original character.’

In the kitchen the tiled floor is heated for

comfort apart from the utility room, which has its

original pamment tiles. The worktops, splashbacks

and island are polished steel grey granite to

complement the beech fitted kitchen, which has

LED energy saving underlighting. The Worcester

and Bosch combi boiler (oil fired) was put in

seven years ago.

Family Living

Upstairs there are four bedrooms whilst the fifth

bedroom was converted to an en suite bathroom

for the master bedroom. With Thomas Crapper

w.c., and wash basin and a Kohler roll-top castiron

bath big enough for two adults! in order to

keep the overall period feel and this room is also

under-heated for comfort.

‘Our family has really enjoyed living here and we

will all be sad to leave’.

The main bathroom with Villeroy and Bosch

sanitary ware, stone tiles, smoked mirror and

chrome offers a more contemporary feel.

‘We like to think that we have

contributed greatly to the Old Mill

House in terms of retaining and

enhancing its original character.’

‘We wanted to have neighbours around us but didn’t want to be overlooked

and as we were in no rush to buy’


Accommodation

You take in the cream elevations from

the street, the path is accessed through

wrought iron gates leading to the front

door, you move through into the…

Main Reception Hall

Georgian panelling can be found to the

entrance hall with stairs to your right

leading to the first floor, below which is a

large storage cupboard.

A door immediately to your left takes you

through into the…

Sitting Room

A stunning formal room, its character a

combination of further Georgian panelling,

a wonderful open fireplace with intricate

surround, decorative cornicing and a ceiling

rose, whilst large sash windows to both the

front and side elevations allow natural light

to filter into the room whilst also offering

pretty views out over the walled gardens.

Continuing past the staircase a further door

to your right offers access through to the

downstairs Cloakroom. Beyond here is the…

Breakfast Kitchen

French doors lead out to a fabulous south

facing terrace, kitchen cabinets can be found

to three aspects contrasting beautifully with

the darker granite work surfaces with an

island found to its centre. Integrated within

the kitchen is a dishwasher, a free-standing

Belling range with extractor hood above

and stainless steel splashback, a double

stainless steel sink and additional space for

an American style fridge freezer. You also

note the timber panelling to the walls with

the high ceiling above enhancing this already

large space.

Set just off the kitchen is the…

Utility Room

Here you have a continuation of the timber

cabinets found to one wall, integrated within

is a butler sink and space for a washing

machine. Pamment tiles can be found

underfoot whilst a door offers external

access out to the side of the property

where you have views over the river.

Beyond the kitchen you have access through

into the formal…

Dining Room

Another stunning room returned to its

former glory by the present owners, the

focal point within the room is its beautiful

marble fireplace with woodburner set

within, above you notice the decorative

cornicing and picture rail, whilst a window

offers pretty views out over the terrace,

gardens and river.

A door leads from the dining room into the…

Conservatory

The conservatory wraps around the eastern

and southern parts of The Old Mill and

offers pretty views out over the walled

gardens, it also enjoys its own independent

access out to the rear terrace.

Returning to the main reception hall you

move up the stairs to the first floor, directly

in front of you is access through to the…

Master Bedroom

As you enter the room a built-in wardrobe

can be found to your right hand side

containing a gun cupboard. This is a

tremendous size room reflecting the sitting

room found below, three sash windows

offer pretty views out over the gardens and

the village, whilst also providing a plenty of

natural light. Once again a feature fireplace

can be found to one wall with woodburner

set within, whilst twin ceiling roses can be

found above. A door to the rear corner of

the room offers access through into the En

Suite Bathroom complete with roll-top bath

and high level w.c., and not forgetting the

timber panelled walls.

Returning to the landing and found opposite

is the…

Main Bathroom

Recently renovated, the white three piece

suite, which includes an overhead shower

found within the bath, contrasts beautifully

with the natural stone coloured tiles.

Continuing to the rear of the property

you discover…

Bedroom Three

Blessed with views out over the river, this

pretty room with part sloping ceilings also

enjoys timber floors and the relaxing tones

of the running water.

Bedroom Four

Another light room, its south facing nature

ensuring sunshine for the majority of the

day, its also blessed with possibly the best

views out over the river and gardens.

Bedroom Two

Another wonderful size room, twin sash

windows can be found to the rear elevation

whilst a wrought-iron fireplace can be found

to the far wall, once again you have views

over the river and gardens.

The Office (12’2” x 12’1”)

A versatile timber built office can be found

to the corner of the garden using the river

as its backdrop. The office contains power,

light and a phone lines.


‘This really is an oasis of calm!’

The Gardens

The Old Mill is slightly set back from the

road and is bordered from the street by

a combination of brick walling, wroughtiron

fencing and mature wisteria. Its cream

elevations catch the eye with its black front

entrance door slightly off-set to its right.

There is an area of lawn to the front of the

property with a stone path leading to both

the front door and side access, parking to

The Old Mill is found on Mill Lane with

automatic doors offering access to the rear

of the property, in particular a large block

paved area offering parking for many vehicles.

The property’s eastern boundary consists

of a pretty high level brick and flint wall,

the majority of the rear garden is laid to

lawn and can be found on both its southern

and eastern boundaries. The walled garden

contains deep garden beds to two aspects

and is dominated by its wonderful wisteria,

a climbing rose can also be found to the

elevations of The Old Mill, a timber storage

shed can be found just off the drive providing

additional storage, mature laurel offers a

divide between the rear drive and gardens

and is accessed by trellising and pathways

draped in climbing vine. Immediately leading

off the rear of The Old Mill is a south

facing terrace, from here you have access

by steps, down to the river where you

discover separate areas of lawn which lead

down to the river, which acts as the western

boundary. Also to the western side of the

main residence is an additional terrace,

which is accessed from both the front of the

property and the utility room, once again

steps lead down to the banks of the river,

here you also discover the organic vegetable

garden which is under wraps until autumn,

there is also a potting shed and an additional

timber storage shed. In all the land extends

to 0.4 acres.

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Energy Graphs

Floor Plans

Gross internal floor area approximately 2385 sq ft.

Additional Information

Local Authority -

AGENTS NOTES

The floor plans are for illustrative purposes only. All measurements walls

doors window fittings and appliances their sizes and locations are shown

conventionally and are approximate only and cannot be regarded as being a

representation either by the Seller or his Agent.

© Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

These particulars whilst believed to be accurate are set out as a general outline

only for guidance and do not constitute any part of an offer or contract.

Intending purchasers should not rely on them as statements of representation

of fact, but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to their

accuracy. No person in the employment of Fine and Country or Norfolk

Country Properties Ltd has the authority to make or give any representation or

warranty in respect of the property.

We would also point out that we have not tested any of the appliances

and purchasers should make their own enquiries to the relevant authorities

regarding the connection of any services.


On The Doorstep

Honingham has its own public house – Ye Old

Honingham Buck and is within close proximity

to a number of local amenities including

supermarkets, golf courses, a range of

schooling and access for the A47 which leads

you into the town of Dereham or Norwich

City centre.

“It feels very secluded here yet we are just a

minutes drive from the bypass. We can be at

the supermarket or in Norwich in no time at

all. Access to the hospital and the university

from here is also good - and there are

connections to other major roads.”

How far is it to?

Norwich is approximately 7 miles east of

Honingham with its wide range of cultural and

recreational facilities. It also boasts very good

schools in both the state and private sectors,

as well as a main line rail link to London

Liverpool Street and an international airport.

The expanding market town of Dereham is

approximately 11.5 miles to the west with

its modern shopping centre, churches, public

houses, swimming pool, fitness centre, ten-pin

bowling and golf course.

Directions

Leave Norwich on the A47 southern bypass

heading west towards Swaffham. At the

second roundabout take the first exit

signposted Barnham Broom and Mattishall.

After a further 300 yards take the turning

to your right proceeding into the village of

Honingham, whereby The Old Mill can be

found to the centre of the village on your left

hand side.

For those who have satellite navigation the

postcode is NR9 5BL

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Central Office

27 St. Andrews Street

Norwich NR2 4TP

Tel: 01603 221 888

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