Top places to live in Norfolk Reepham
Vibrant mid-Norfolk market town with lovely architecture between the Bure and Wensum valleys. Muddy Award winning indie shops, gorgeous countryside walks and great local pubs. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Fantastic, lively local community ideal for families. Good schools, great independent shops plus a multi-award winning boutique hotel and restaurant. Plus, it’s only half an hour to the coast and, in the other direction, the fine city of Norwich.
Muddy favourite The Dial House is a destination ‘Bistronomy’ restaurant on the beautiful market square. The cool, eclectic furnishings are for sale too. (Farmyard is its Norwich sister.) Family-run Kings Arms – aka ‘The Kinger’ – has been serving hearty grub since 1667, the place to mardle over a pint. The Crown has a pool table, jukebox, street-food pop-ups and family-friendly tournaments – anyone for snail-racing? Don’t all rush at once. Station Café on the Marriott’s Way is a sweet treat for families seeking cake on weekend bike rides. V’s Café does ridiculously good loaded fries. And, in a 500 year old barn on the edge of town is the All Day Brewing Company Taproom serving delicious beer plus weekend pizzas & curries. 4 miles away in lovely heritage village Heydon you’ll find fabulous 2021 Muddy Award-winning Heydon Village Tea Shop and Husk Woodfired Bakery whose summer Friday night pizzas on the green are a must.
Reepham’s buzzing with lively independents. Planet-kind Koti Store stocks refills plus beautiful vintage and locally made gifts including lovely jewellery from Peggy Silver Design. Top quality handmade furniture and irresistible home accessories aplenty at fantastic Kerri’s Farmhouse Pine, voted favourite Interiors Store 2021 by savvy Muddy readers. Next door’s another Muddy Award winner, Cushion Cottage – exquisite furnishings in unique fabrics from small indie designers. For total one-offs, head for Reepham Antiques, also home to furniture restorers Butler and Castell or Rococo Loco for French brocante finds. Cottage garden bouquets and cute succulents available from Flower Folk Florist and perfect presents aplenty at Jane Bygraves Studio Ceramics. A stroll away, there’s cool stuff going on at Salle Moor Hall Farm and up the road, Park Farm is home of yet another Muddy Award winner – Candi’s Chutney (so good!) and Muddy finalists Mindful Mixology (so naughty!). You’re also a gentle cycle ride through country lanes to Heydon – ditch the allen keys and check out Avocet Antiques for brilliantly curated, fabulously stylish sustainable pieces with stories to tell.
Back in town, we adore the retro threads at Vintage Vegas in The Dial House. Motto is ‘Life is short, wear sequins’. You know it. Reepham rocks.
Reepham is on Marriott’s Way, a lovely 26 mile route through woods and fields following disused railway lines, ideal for weekend strolls and cycling to work in the city. Wholesome family pleasures include Field of Joy, a magical social smallholding with an after-school club. Welcoming adults and children, Reepham and Salle Cricket Club have their home ground on the picturesque green at Salle, a village 1.5 miles out of town. Thomas the Tank Engine fans will love heritage steam train events at Whitwell and for creative rainy days, stock up at Scrapbox, a brilliant local charity selling resources reclaimed from landfill for art/craft activities. And there are cool film nights just 3 miles away in pretty Wood Dalling, an idyllic village popular with artists and film industry folk, one of the Top 10 quietest places in England according to the Telegraph. Shhh!
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
££356,556. On average, terraced properties sell for £195,000, semi-detached £312,333 and detached £398,222.
Plenty of excellent private school options within 30 minutes drive including Norwich High School for girls, Norwich School and Town Close in Norwich city centre, Gresham’s in Holt and Langley in Taverham. In town, Reepham offers education all the way to 18 with an Ofsted Good primary school with Outstanding early years provision, Good High School and an Outstanding 6th form College with results among the top 2% in the country. Their allotment scheme is truly inspirational.
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Once a Medieval place of pilgrimage, Reepham is one of only two sites in Europe to have three churches, St Mary, St Michael and All Saints, which was destroyed by fire in 1543 (you can still see a small part of the wall in the churchyard). In summer, spires of jewelled hollyhocks grow everywhere, turning the whole town into a dreamy cottage garden.
Norwich is 14 miles away, about 30 mins by car. There’s also a bus route, albeit with limited evening and weekend service. It’s 130 miles and a 2.5 hour drive to London or the train from Norwich is 1 hour 30 mins direct into Liverpool Street.
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