For sale – Country cottage with land in south Norfolk, NR16 1RZ

Lots has happened since my last post last year. Crikey, was it really last year?

Sitting on my backside with a broken ankle on a foot stool for six weeks gave me plenty of time to ruminate. After three horse-related accidents in as many months, which necessitated an ambulance on two occasions, I decided I didn’t want to ride out alone any longer. I didn’t want to live alone any longer either.

Solution: Move to a bigger property so that my dear friend, currently living in Italy, could move in with me with her horse and four cats. Our destination is Wales where, hopefully, we will be able to afford a property to house us all.

Consequently, my much-loved country idyll where I have lived happily for 23 years, is up for sale.

Charming bijoux, equestrian property nestling in the south Norfolk countryside situated 13 miles south of the fine city of Norwich and  8 miles from Diss, which has a direct rail line to London’s, Liverpool Street station (90 mins).  The cottage, believed to date from around 1886, is situated on the edge of a small village that has an excellent village shop, post office and butchers. The primary school is about half a mile away.

1.2 acres subject to survey with a further 3.8 acre (sts) meadow by separate negotiation.


back elevation web

Accommodation comprises:

First floor
3 bedrooms;
Two fitted cupboards in one bedroom and a fitted cupboard on the landing;
Third bedroom is currently used as an office;
Toilet and wash basin;
Velux window on the landing

bedroom webpage

Ground floor
Dining room with a woodburning stove and oak flooring – stairs to first floor;
Lovely sunny, south west facing sitting room with French windows onto a paved terrace;
Kitchen with fitted units and breakfast bar and ceramic tiled floor;
Utility room with plumbing for a washing machine, vent for a tumble drier, large fitted cupboard and ceramic tiled floor;

bathroom web
Downstairs bathroom with vanity unit basin, bidet, low level toilet, bath with a power shower over, ceramic tiled floor and the hot water cylinder in linen cupboard.

Dining room web page

kitchen web

There is a substantial porch outside the kitchen door with cupboards to one side and boot rack/shelf to the other.

Elderberry Cottage front elevation web

All windows and doors are UPVC double glazed (except the porch window which is wood double glazed)  – all still well within their guarantee – and there are radiators in all the rooms. Oil fired central heating.


Boiler is housed in an outhouse adjacent to the cottage.
Plastic 1,000 litre oil tank.

Well maintained barn  (that had planning permission for an extension to the cottage, which has now lapsed) with electricity and tap;

Stables web
Two approx 11′ x 12′ wooden sectional stables with wide concrete apron in front, both with rubber matting and kickboards up to four feet – one has 4′ high stockboarding on all four walls and door;
Part brick and clay lump stable currently being used as a rug room and wood store;

Large feed room and garden store;
10×8 wooden garden shed;
10×8 Rhino greenhouse with toughened glass and
A 40mx20m drained manege. The post and rail paddocks are divided into two.
There is electricity to all the stables, feedroom and barn. The yard is concreted.
Large south west facing garden with mature shrubs, rose trellises/arches and a veg patch.


The property is not seen from the lane and is approached by a long drive.

Drive web

A secure 3.8 (sts) acre amenity meadow, fenced, part post and rail, with water and a solid, double field shelter, is available by separate negotiation. This is situated a short walk from the property and is not on a road but along a RUPP (road used as a public pathway) which allows for vehicular access. It is a lovely, free-draining, peaceful field, divided into two by post and rail fencing and surrounded on two sides by arable fields and has mature trees and hedges around its boundary. The RUPP  finishes just past the field and continues as a footpath outside two sides of the of the field boundary.