The Thatched Cottage, Shipdham - Fine & Country

The Thatched Cottage, Shipdham - Fine & Country

The Thatched Cottage,


• A sympathetically Renovated and Extended Cottage found within

the village of Shipdham

• Four Bedrooms ; Two Bathrooms

• Three Receptions

• Beautiful Breakfast Kitchen with Aga ; Separate Utility

• Character includes Exposed Brick, Beams and Pamments ;

Stunning use of Green Oak

• Off Street Parking for Several Vehicles ; A Range of Outbuildings

The Accommodation extends to 2,360sq.ft

Thatch Of The Day

“From its thatched elevations to

its centre of village location this

beautifully renovated and

extended cottage combines the

old with the convenience of

new. Throw in some

outbuildings and a good size

garden too and you really do

have a fabulous home especially

for you!”

Beguiling Rebuild

Mentioned in the Doomsday book, The Thatched

Cottage has been transformed through many shapes and

forms since. With just two inglenook fireplaces, one 17th

the other 18th century, left standing at either end, the

property was completely knocked down in the 1980’s,

only to rise again like a phoenix to its splendid

current-day form. The swathe of original beams

throughout the house resonate a traditional country

theme, and all the room’s doors are made from the

original floorboards of the old house, “it’s lovely to think

that as much of the original house has been re-used,”

commented the current owners. All photographic

evidence of when the property was rebuilt remains with

the house, providing a fascinating insight to its heritage

and former life.

The flow of the house is wonderful, it’s

all logically laid out, with everything

where you’d expect it to be.”

Love At First Sight

The minute I walked in, I knew it was the house for me,

it has all the advantages of a new build but with a very

old, traditional look. Having moved up from London, and

being married in Lavenham, I was looking for something

special and instantly fell in love with the olde-worldy

charm, coupled with the new extension, massive green

oak windows and openness in the kitchen. It’s a great mix

between cosy, modern and nice and airy.” Needing to

move to be nearer parents, the current owners wish they

could simply “pick the house up and move it!”

Everything that needs doing has been done – and more -

from a new ridge on the thatch to the installation of a

wood burner and a new fully controllable Aga with the

innovative AIMS system.

Window On The World

The massive green oak window that runs the height of

the house at the back, taking in both kitchen and master

bedroom aspects, creates a fabulous openness. “I love

being in the kitchen, having breakfast with my son and

watching the birds out in the garden, teaching him what

the birds are is very special.” Likewise, the uncluttered

view from the master bedroom window is very

impressive with the evening sun seeping in to combine

with under floor heating, which results in a cosy, yet

sumptuous family home.

Great For Guests

Huge rooms afford plenty of entertaining space and lots

of friends have been to stay. “I’ve had eight friends over

to stay at once and all could join me in the kitchen while I

cooked, so I never felt out on a limb. It’s certainly a place

for sharing.” A previously empty room, has been turned

in to a study, with Strachen fittings, providing an excellent

office, with plenty of space for tidily storing books, CDs

and DVDs. The dining room also has ample proportions

with a massive great inglenook fireplace. “The flow of the

house is also wonderful, it’s all logically laid out, with

everything where you’d expect it to be.” With a lovely

garden and outbuildings, including a shed which houses

the lawnmover and BBQ furniture, there’s no shortage of

storage room. There’s even a spacious 7m x 3.5m barn,

“which would make a lovely kids den if we weren’t

moving.” The good sized garden is private with a

vegetable patch, lots of mature trees and a weeping birch

standing proud in the middle which looks stunning in


Welcoming Community

The house is situated in the centre of the village which is

very well facilitated with a good primary school, a post

office, two village shops, a doctors surgery and a

hairdressers, not to mention lots of garages! There’s also

an active and friendly community, “we get the Shipdham

news every month which keeps us informed of what’s

going on.” Everything’s within walking distance and

Dereham with its fabulous leisure centre, bowling,

swimming, library and big supermarkets is just five to ten

minutes away.

The Accommodation

You take in the thatched elevations before moving

through into the…

Reception Hall

You note the pamment tiles underfoot along with a large

storage cupboard and the downstairs cloakroom. You

move off to your left through a door into the…

Sitting Room

Stunning beams and studwork can be found within the

room. Windows provide plenty of natural light as well as

views out over the gardens. Beyond the sitting room is



The current owners have incorporated Strachen oak

veneer book shelves and a work station area to two

aspects. There are large windows providing plenty of

natural light with the part vaulted ceilings enhancing your

feeling of space.

Returning to the sitting room you move through to


Dining Room

Similar to the sitting room, it is full of original character.

You note the fabulous original front door with further

character including exposed timbers and beams, whilst

windows once again offer a front and rear aspect.

From the dining room and also accessed off the main

reception hall is the…

Breakfast Kitchen

This superb space is the centre piece of the home and is

forms part of the new two storey extension, which was

built in 2007. This space is a combination of new and old

with pamments combining with brick tiles to the floor,

whilst green oak forms part of the extension. Kitchen

cabinets can be found to three aspects contrasting

beautifully with the black classical granite work surfaces.

Taking centre stage within the kitchen is the Aga, whilst

you also discover the double butler sink and larder fridge

as well as space for a range of white goods. French doors

lead out to the rear terrace, whilst almost floor to ceiling

windows offer panoramic views out over the formal


Found just off the kitchen is the…

Utility Room

Here there is plenty of room for storage as well as space

for a further range of white goods. A wall mounted boiler

can be found to the corner of the room, whilst within the

work surfaces you discover an additional sink unit.

You move up the stairs to the first floor, to your left you

discover the…

Main Bathroom

The white bathroom suite contrasts beautifully with the

tiled walls and consists of a WC, a Jacuzzi bath and a

shower cubicle along with his and hers wash basins. You

also note the recessed display area, a heated towel rail

and a dormer window offering a southerly aspect.

Beyond the main bathroom, a door takes you through

into the…

Master Bedroom Suite

Upon entering the room, the en suite shower room can

be found immediately on your left, which includes a WC,

a bidet, a wash basin and a walk in shower cubicle. You

also note the heated towel rail to one wall. Beyond the

en suite, the room opens up to form a stunning space

dominated by its exposed green oak timbers. The gable

end consists of almost entirely glass offering views out

over the grounds and village. Additional windows to two

aspects provide plenty of natural light, whilst you also

discover built in wardrobes to one wall. The master

bedroom, similar to the breakfast kitchen forms part of

the extension to the property.

Returning to the landing you move past the staircase into

the original part of the cottage. To your left a door takes

you through into…

Bedroom Two

Loads of original character in here! The vaulted ceilings

enhance this already impressive space, with exposed

trusses and beams found above along with the exposed

brick of the chimney breast which rises through to the

ceiling. Once again windows to three aspects provide

plenty of natural light.

Bedroom Four

Although this is the smallest of the bedrooms it is still a

good size for a child. A dormer window offers views out

over the street, whilst once again sloping ceilings and

exposed beams take centre stage.

Returning to the landing you discover a deep storage

cupboard before moving through into…

Bedroom Three

Almost identical to bedroom two, this can also be found

within the original cottage with character including

exposed beams, trusses and brick whilst windows offer a

double aspect once again.

The Outside

Thatched Cottage can be found centrally within the

village of Shipdham and is accessed via a shingle drive

with off street parking available for three vehicles. Beyond

the drive double timber gates afford access into the

formal gardens where additional parking can also be

found. The gardens are laid mainly to lawn with a

selection of mature trees found throughout including

both weeping willow and silver birch. Additional garden

beds can be found dotted around the garden, whilst a

rear terrace can also be found off the breakfast kitchen.

To the far corner of the garden is a small range of brick

and tile outbuildings, which the current owners are

currently using for storage. Subject to the necessary

planning permissions these outbuildings could be used for

a range of different purposes. The current owners have

also incorporated raised vegetable gardens along the rear

boundary. It is from the rear garden that you take in the

picturesque views back towards the cottage including the

triangular glass mentioned earlier. It is also worth noting

the original well, which can be found just off the terrace

enclosed by box hedging.

"We instantly fell in love with the olde-worldy charm, coupled with the new extension, massive green oak windows and openness in the kitchen.

It’s a great mix between cosy, modern and nice and airy.”

"The uncluttered view from the master bedroom window is very impressive with the evening sun seeping in to combine with under floor heating,

which results in a cosy, yet sumptuous room."

Floor Plans

Energy Graphs Additional Information

LOCAL AUTHORITY Breckland District Council


Gas Central Heating, Mains Water, Mains Drainage


On The Doorstep How Far Is It To?... Directions

The Thatched Cottage can be found within the village

of Shipdham which has an enviable range of amenities

not generally associated with village life. It also enjoys

easy access to the market town of Dereham, with a

large range of amenities including two superstores, a

newly constructed leisure centre, a good range of

shops, library, cinema, hotels and restaurants. You

also have easy access on to main trunk roads into

Norwich, Kings Lynn and out of county areas.

Shipdham can be found 18 miles south of Fakenham

and 20 miles west of Norwich. Often described as

the gateway to the north Norfolk coast the thriving

market town of Fakenham has the famous Fakenham

Race Course, Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park and the

Thursford Collection right on its doorstep, for more

information go to

The cathedral city of Norwich offers a wide range of

cultural and leisure facilities, and a variety of good

skills both in the public and private sectors. Norwich

also benefits from its own rail line link to London

Liverpool Street and an International Airport.

Leave Norwich travelling west on the A47 Southern

Bypass. Leave the bypass at the East Dereham exit.

From Dereham take the A1075 Watton Road. Upon

Reaching Shipdham, The Thatched Cottage can be

found on your right hand side (No. 41 Market Street)

clearly signposted with a Fine and Country For Sale


For those with satellite navigation the postcode is

IP25 7LZ.

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