- Beautifully restored with attention to detail
- Large range of outbuildings including former coach house, old dairy and old smithy
- Fine views over parkland
- Amazing period detail
- Stunning family home
- EPC Exempt
An impressive and recently restored Grade II listed manor house dating from the 17th century.
Morningthorpe Manor is situated in the small hamlet of Morningthorpe close to the village of Fritton with its attractive common and about 2 miles from Long Stratton where there are good everyday shopping facilities. Norwich, the cathedral city and regional centre of East Anglia, is about 10 miles is renowned for its excellent shopping, schooling and leisure facilities, a mainline railway station and its own airport with most international destinations available via Schiphol. The town of Diss approximately 10 miles also has a mainline railway station has regular 30 minute trains to London with a journey time of about 90 minutes.
Morningthorpe Manor is a most impressive and picturesque country house dating from the 17th century although substantially enlarged during the 1850s. The house still retains some fascinating period detail including the original 17th century staircase. The house has many distinguishing architectural details and is built of mellow red brick under a pantile roof with stepped gables and octagonal corner turrets with moulded brick pinnacles and onion shaped finials.
The house was originally the home of the Rope or Roope family until 1686 when it was inherited by The Howes family who owned it until it passed by marriage in circa 1886 to Commander Thomas Holmes. After the First World War, it was brought by Cyril Grosvenor Sargent and then the previous owner purchased the property in 1990. Around this time significant restoration and refurbishment was carried out including reroofing the main house and former kitchen wing, as well as overhauling the roofs of the coach house and outbuildings. The current owner has continued with the restoration and refurbishment by upgrading the wiring systems and installing a new heating system extending to the second floor. Further improvements include installation of a new bespoke kitchen and the refurbishment of the bathrooms, all finished in high quality white fixtures and fittings. A new en-suite bathroom was installed on the first floor adjoining the master bedroom and also a further bathroom was added on the second floor. The property has also been subject to major recent redecoration and has been re-carpeted.
The house has extensive and well arranged accommodation as can be seen from the floorplans with three principal reception rooms including the fine library/drawing room and a library hall which leads towards the recently refurbished kitchen/breakfast room with Aga. This leads into an attractive conservatory overlooking the grounds and countryside beyond. There are the usual domestic offices and on the first floor, rooms have recently been remodelled to now provide a stunning master bedroom with large adjoining bathroom, four further bedrooms and two bath/shower rooms, all served by a large mezzanine landing with wonderful stained glass windows. On the second floor, there is an extensive range of further bedrooms and accommodation including six bedrooms and a newly installed bathroom.??In addition, the old kitchen wing is now a fine guest wing incorporating two bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. There is also a particularly fine set of traditional outbuildings including the coach house and stable block with a large barn, extensive garaging and stores. These are also traditionally built of red brick with crow stepped gables and a pantile roof.
The house is approached from the northwest by two interconnecting drives; one leading to the front of the house with a large gravelled parking and turning area and enjoying excellent views across the grounds and countryside beyond. The second leading to the kitchen entrance, also with a large gravelled parking area.
The gardens and grounds are an outstanding feature of the property and are arranged as follows; situated to the west of the house there is an area of lawn leading down to a pond and protected by mixed woodland to the west. Situated to the south of the house, there is an area of formal lawned garden which is divided by a ha-ha to the south, separating the garden from the surrounding parkland which is overlooked by the house and over which there are fine views to woodland beyond. To the east, there are extensive areas of formal lawned garden bordered on two sides by magnificent mature yew hedges. There are fine views to the east over the surrounding parkland and towards the north of the church with its round Saxon Tower. Adjoining the house to the east, there is a secluded paved terrace area. Situated to the northeast there is a further area of lawned garden with some espalier apple trees and in general, the gardens and grounds contain some magnificent mature trees including horse chestnut, copper beech, oak and beech.
Located to the north of the house there is a magnificent group of farm buildings comprising a very fine crow stepped and gabled coach house and stable block with a range of single storey buildings adjoining. There is a further large gravelled courtyard area situated to the west of the main barn and which is accessed from the main drive through gates leading through an arched entrance. The buildings are traditionally constructed of red brick under pantile roofs. For the layout, please refer to the floorplans. There is a further gravelled area situated between the main house and the farm buildings. The land in all extends to about 3.67 acres.
Acreage: 3.67 Acres
Leave Norwich on the A140 Ipswich Road and after driving through the villages of Newton Flotman and Tasburgh, turn left onto the B1527 signposted towards Hempnall and Bungay. After a short distance, take the first right down a small lane which is unnamed. Follow this lane continuing bearing left and at the first junction, keep left towards Fritton and Hempnall. At the next small junction by a grass triangle, bear right signposted ‘Shelton 1¾ miles and Long Stratton 1¾ miles’. Follow this lane and after passing the church on the left hand side and then a cottage, take the second drive to Morningthorpe Manor on the left hand side. This will lead to the front of the property. The postcode for the property is NR15 2QL.
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