Property Flirt: A Norfolk Manor with quirky secrets
This amazing house has links with both Buckingham Palace and Holkham Hall. Oh, and did we mention the secret doorway in the library?! Dive on in for serious Period property porn...
In the market for a Grade II listed, 17th Century Manor House with eight bedrooms? Nope, us neither, sadly – but that doesn’t mean we can’t go for a virtual snoop!
The extraordinary Manor House in Bintree, which is on sale now, makes a fittingly striking first impression. On arrival you pull up a sweeping driveway, curving around a natural pond.
The whole house is kitted out in a luxurious, country-cool style, but you’ll want to head straight to the “gothic revival” style library. (It was designed by John Simpson, the architect who created the Queen’s gallery at Buckingham Palace, which clearly equals instant bragging rights for any new owners.)
Very thrillingly, the library also has a secret door behind a bookcase – and it’s not just a little cubby-hole back there. Instead, behind the bookcase you’ll find a full wing of the home – complete with sitting room, dining room, kitchen, cloak room and shower room.
Upstairs, there’s a doorway connecting the two wings of the house, which has six bedrooms and three bathrooms overall. Two of the bedrooms have swish “dressing rooms” attached (so Downton Abbey), which you could easily convert into more bedrooms, too.
The huge gardens are pretty glorious, featuring a large vegetable garden with beautiful views out over the countryside. There’s also a walled garden which was landscaped and designed by the ultra-renowned Anthony King Deakin.
In another fun, kooky touch, an old ice-house on the grounds has been converted into a party room or a comfy chill-out spot, complete with the obligatory fire pit.
Need even more space? No problem. There’s a sweet guest cottage in the grounds, also known as Blacksmith’s Cottage, which has its own sitting room, two bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom. The previous owners have been renting it out as a chic holiday let.
And if all that’s not enough, things – incredibly – get even better. The house comes with tennis courts, a swimming pool, a red brick barn, stables, a feed store, tack rooms, paddocks and meadows. Perfect for sporty horse-lovers, or just living up that Lady of The Manor lifestyle (a gal can dream).
The property belonged to the Coke family, of Holkham Hall (on the coast about 30 minute’s drive away), until the late 1960s – so it’s steeped in grand local history. It’s also in a wonderful rural location, near idyllic Bintree Wood and not far from fabulous boutique pub (and Muddy fave) The Brisley Bell.
Take a look at the house on the Sowerby’s website for more pictures and cool details, and to find out the price. Though, as you may have guessed by now, you’ll need deep pockets for this one…