A stunning Victorian estate has gone on the market complete with acres of pristine land, a separate guest house and something that you might not expect: a reinforced nuclear bunker!
‘The Old Rectory’ is a brick and flint property sitting comfortably in the beautiful Breckland District. Heading to the middle of the 2.2 acre estate, we find the main residence: a striking Victorian house.
Sitting as it does beside an elegant turning circle, the house immediately makes a grand impression. Originally built around 1840, the property has a number of period features, including mahogany doors and brass handles.
The unique appearance of the house comes from the flint used in its construction, a material that is used far more rarely in the present day. Despite the property not being listed, it is certainly elegant in its age; to say nothing of the beauty of the wider grounds.
All of the property’s five bedrooms are comfortably sized doubles, each with excellent views and good storage. The master bedroom has both its own ensuite bathroom and dressing room, as well as stylish floor to ceiling windows.
One of the biggest draws of the Old Rectory is the beautiful grounds. Outside of the generously sized sitting room is a large paved terrace and southwest facing garden. Other features include a kitchen garden, an orchard of pears and apple trees and several finely kept lawned areas.
In addition to the main house, the property also features the smaller one bedroom ‘Coach House’. The annexe comes with its own private terrace and outside seating area, along with an open plan kitchen, breakfast and living area.
While the additional house is already a draw, what really makes the Coach House attractive is that planning permission has already been granted to extend it.
As impressive as the rest of the property is, the basement is what really takes us by surprise. Just in case the future owners have to deal with an apocalyptic event, they can head down to the property’s reinforced concrete nuclear bunker.
While the views might be sub par, the shelter comes complete with its own generator, water butt, full ventilation system and a 10-inch-thick door. Once inside, residents can use wiring to pick up radio waves and a handy provided device to measure nearby radium levels, letting them know when it will be safe to venture outside.
In case the owners plan to be in the shelter for a while, they can also pop into the nearby wine storage cellar to grab a few bottles before the bombs drop.
Just up the road from the village of Garvestone, the Old Rectory has excellent access to nearby schools and shopping facilities. Future residents will also be just 15 miles from Norwich and 45 minutes from the beautiful Norfolk coast.
The property is currently available with Strutt & Parker for an asking price of £1.2m.
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