I was scuppered at the last minute for a property this week as the one I was going to feature has disappeared from the market only a week after being put on. It was a beauty and reasonably priced at just £425,000 which is probably why it was snapped up so quickly.
So I scoured the interweb for another, even more spectacular place and found it 11 miles from Norwich, deep in the Norfolk countryside.
At the end of a long, tree-lined driveway is Hill House, a superbly renovated Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse which seamlessly blends old with new. If you like period properties but also have a penchant for contemporary style then this one's for you.
The original part of the property has everything you'd expect from a 17th century home - beams, open fireplaces and a dining room complete with wood panelling. But it is the modern extension at the back that provides the real wow factor.
From the central hallway, time travel through the centuries in to the fantastic open plan kitchen/breakfast room which features a traditional Aga juxtaposed with top of the range Miele appliances. No expense has been spared here! Full width sliding doors lead out on to a sunny terrace but the pièce de résistance for me are the Crittall doors which take you through to a bright and informal living room.
This room forms the lower half of a two storey extension, the top half of which houses the master bedroom suite complete with dressing room. On the rest of the first floor there are a further four bedrooms and another four on the second floor.
Georgian properties are often sought after because of their large windows that allow light to flood in and this one is no exception. With its abundance of glass on the ground floor and use of elegant neutrals in the bedrooms I think even on the dreariest mid-winter day Hill House would be bright and airy - no need for a SAD lamp here!
If you do find yourself craving natural light however, you could always take a saunter around the four acres of grounds, perhaps plucking some fruit from the orchard as you go. There is plenty of flexibility outside too, with large expanses of lawn providing ideal areas for a swimming pool and tennis courts but I'd be more inclined to use the land for paddocks. Rather handily, planning permission for all of these has already been granted so no arguments there!
To sum up, Hill House is a complete all-rounder catering for all tastes. For the ultimate country pile just add horses!
Available for sale through Savills for £1.325m