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Suton, Wymondham, Norfolk

5 bedrooms, Guide price £675,000

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A Grade II Listed moated Elizabethan house of great architectural and historic importance, standing in just under 6 acres.

Gonville Hall is a rare and exciting opportunity to own a unique piece of British history. Dating back to the 16th century, it is a moated Elizabethan house of great architectural and historic importance.

It offers all of the charm, elegance and proportion you would expect from a country house and boasts a beautiful and secluded setting, while being close to the extensive amenities of Wymonham and Norwich. The location also benefits from great road, rail and air links with London less than 2 hours away.

DESCRIPTION The property comes to the market for the first time i…

A Grade II Listed moated Elizabethan house of great architectural and historic importance, standing in just under 6 acres.

Gonville Hall is a rare and exciting opportunity to own a unique piece of British history. Dating back to the 16th century, it is a moated Elizabethan house of great architectural and historic importance.

It offers all of the charm, elegance and proportion you would expect from a country house and boasts a beautiful and secluded setting, while being close to the extensive amenities of Wymonham and Norwich. The location also benefits from great road, rail and air links with London less than 2 hours away.

DESCRIPTION The property comes to the market for the first time in about 50 years and offers up a unique opportunity for buyers to acquire an historic house, which was renovated and restored back in the mid-1960's, including a scheme of restoration and extension, bringing the property back to life whilst retaining the central character. Now 50 years on the property is ready for the next phase of re-arrangement to make it suitable for modern day living.

The property was first Listed in December 1950 and is arranged around a timber framed core, now mainly brick with a number of pantiled roofs. The house will appeal to a wide cross section of buyers looking to acquire a fine and historic property with well arranged accommodation on two floors, with scope to extend and renovate, particularly on the second floor, and carry on the work that was started some 50 years ago.

The accommodation works well, with three main reception rooms including library, drawing room and dining room on the ground floor, all linking in with the kitchen and ancillary rooms, together with five bedrooms arranged on the first floor. The second floor provides a number of attic rooms which could be incorporated into the property, subject to the relevant planning being forthcoming.

The entrance hall area is a major feature, being light and airy with access to the library, drawing room and through to the inner hall and dining room. The turning staircase to the first floor was added back in the mid-1960's and fits in with the property extremely well. The drawing room features a wonderful central fireplace and there is plenty of light from the front and side, with a separate door to the terrace.

The dining room, which is approached from the inner hall, has a great deal of exposed beams with door to side of property and access to the kitchen. It may be that in the future buyers would want to incorporate the dining room and kitchen area into one large farmhouse style open plan area, subject to the necessary planning consent and listed building consent being forthcoming.

The first floor bedrooms work well, with a number of double bedrooms and it is an advantage to have the upper annexe area with its own staircase. There is no doubt that there is scope for future work in the two attics which could be incorporated somehow into the main house, again subject to the necessary planning consent being forthcoming.

The property is certainly ready for its next custodians and has a lovely feel and will be of great interest to buyers looking to acquire a property of great character and charm.

HISTORICAL NOTE Previous owners include Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and the land was formerly owned by Robert and William Kett, who were involved with Kett's Rebellion all those years ago.

LOCATION Gonville Hall is situated about a mile from Wymondham on Suton Lane and is approached via a shared drive (in the ownership of the neighbouring farmer) and the main drive leads up to the side of the property with a turning circle at the front.

DIRECTIONS Proceed out of Norwich on the main A11 trunk road and branch left for Wymondham. Continue on the old Wymondham Road, going over the traffic lights towards the old London Road and at the mini-roundabout turn left into Suton Lane. Continue along Suton Lane for a short while and turn immediately right into the drive leading up to Gonville Hall.

The Accommodation Comprises:-

On the Ground Floor:-

ENTRANCE HALL Located at the front of the property and a major feature with access to the library, drawing room and steps down to inner hall with doors to dining room and further rooms including kitchen and ancillary rooms. Turning oak staircase to first floor with twin alcoves forming a feature and door to separate store/closet. Radiator.

LIBRARY Views to the front with shutters. A room of great character with built-in bookshelves with cupboard beneath, featuring a central fireplace with curved brick surround and pamment hearth with cast iron hood. Radiators.

DRAWING ROOM A bright and airy room with door to dining room and separate door to terrace and side garden. Featuring a central brick fireplace with pamment hearth and built-in corner cabinet.

INNER HALL L-shaped with access to store, cloakroom and dining room, with door through to utility room.

DINING ROOM Door through to kitchen. Side window. Door to side of property. Built-in cupboard. Radiator. Cork floor.

CLOAKROOM Window to side. Vanity unit. Space for hanging coats. Door leading to separate WC.

STORE Space for stationery and other purposes and adjoining the cloakroom.

UTILITY ROOM Window to side. Range of low level and wall mounted cupboards with sink unit. General storage space. Radiator. Strip lighting. Door to back hall.

KITCHEN Windows to side and rear. Wall mounted and low level cupboards and drawer units. Work surfaces. Space for kitchen table. Plumbing for dishwasher. Double bowl stainless steel sink unit. Space for fridge. Two oven Aga. Telephone point. Exposed beams. Part tiled walls.

BACK HALL Door to rear garden. Secondary staircase leading to first floor and annexe area.

On the First Floor:-

UPPER LANDING Doors to bedroom 1, bathroom and bedroom 2.

BEDROOM 1 Window to front with views of the meadow. Door to side store with staircase leading to attic bedrooms. Exposed beams. Vanity unit. Radiator.

BATHROOM Vanity unit. Bath unit. Low level WC.

BEDROOM 2 A double bedroom with window to front. Built-in cupboards with hanging and storage space. Separate door to bathroom. Radiator.

BEDROOM 3 A double bedroom with window to side. Built-in cupboard providing hanging and storage space and vanity unit.

BEDROOM 4 A double bedroom with window to side. Built-in cupboard. Central fireplace with disused cast iron surround.

L-SHAPED LANDING Access back to main landing. Door to shower room and access through to first floor annexe. Airing cupboard with hot water cylinder and slatted shelving.

SHOWER ROOM Window to side. Low level WC. Individual shower unit. Wall mounted wash hand basin.

FIRST FLOOR ANNEXE

LANDING AREA Doors to bathroom, kitchenette and bed/sitting room. Secondary staircase to ground floor.

BATHROOM Window to side. Bath unit, low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, heated towel rail, cupboard.

KITCHENETTE Window to side. Sink unit with cupboards beneath. Radiator. Electric cooker point.

BEDROOM 5/SITTING ROOM Windows to side and rear. Connecting door to bedroom 4 and access to rear portion of the roof space.

OUTSIDE The grounds are a major feature of the property and amount to some 6 acres in total or thereabouts, subject to survey, with formal garden area around the house with meadows beyond. A range of single storey outbuildings are included at the side of the property and these are currently used for garaging and general storage purposes.

The property is approached via a shared drive leading up to the entrance with a drive leading up to the front of the property and down past the side, with plenty of hard standing for vehicles.

The partly moated gardens, particularly at the rear, provide a buffer with parkland/meadowland the other side and consequently the property has a great deal of privacy.

SERVICES Mains water and electricity are connected to the property. There is no mains gas. Private drainage system.

COUNCIL TAX Band G

PLANNING MATTERS Buyers should be aware that land between London Road and Suton Lane, Wymondham will be developed in due course. Details of the proposed residential development are available on the Local Government website and the vendors agents are able to provide interested parties with information relating to this.

AGENT'S NOTES: (1)The photographs shown in this brochure have been taken with a camera using a wide angle lens and therefore interested parties are advised to check the room measurements prior to arranging a viewing.

(2)Intending buyers will be asked to produce original Identity Documentation and Proof of Address before solicitors are instructed.

Viewing strictly by prior appointment through the selling agents' Norwich Office. Tel: 01603 629871. These particulars were prepared in May 2019. Ref. NRS6560

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