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4 Bedroom detached house Brandon Road, Watton £475,000

Spectacular Disraeli House is a fine example of a grand Victorian property, with high ceilings, elegant fireplaces and other magnificent period features

Disraeli House has a long and proud history as one of the most prominent houses in Watton but to the current owners it has simply been a splendid home. They moved to the impressive three-storey house approximately 16 years ago and have enjoyed the incredible space it has afforded them, as well as its abundant character and unique ambience. "This is such a lovely house," one of them explains. "The sun streams through the large windows, making the rooms light and inviting. In the winter, we light the multifuel-burner, and it becomes wonderfully warm; in summer we absolutely love being out in our garden, which is walled and fenced and therefore very private - it is also very colourful, when everything is in bloom."

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Although Disraeli House is largely Victorian, parts of it are likely to be much older, the owner explains. "There is a section which is made of flint and was originally called Bleak House; when we dug down in the yard, we came across the foundations of stables that were attached to it in those days," she says. "In the 1860s and 1870s, when Benjamin Disraeli was prime minister, someone from Kensington came and built on to it and made it into a large Victorian house." It was this grandeur and period elegance that first appealed to her, she recalls. "I saw a picture and just fell in love with it. Then when we came to see it, I knew I wanted to live here."
BEAUTIFUL FEATURES
The couple decided to rent close by while renovation work was carried out on the substantial home for approximately a year. They wanted to retain the character of the house and so where possible features were restored or carefully replaced. "We had a bespoke leaded fanlight window made with a portrait of Disraeli on it to go above the front door; stained glass windows for the landing were made in the exact style of the originals and we have kept an old Norwich range in the dining room as a feature." Other work saw new windows and bathrooms fitted and the multifuel-burner installed. "We have even kept a fireplace in our en suite bathroom, which dates back to when the room was used as a bedroom," she adds.
AMPLE SPACE
The reception hall at Disraeli House, which features a Victorian tiled floor and wooden staircase, leads to the spacious, double aspect drawing room. "Even though this is a very large room, it is where we tend to sit in the evenings because we like it so much," she admits. "There is also a sitting room, however, which is nice to use when family come to visit and want to watch the rugby!" With French windows on to the garden and the multifuel-burner to light on cooler days, this is a superb year-round room. Also at ground floor level are the dining room, cloakroom and kitchen breakfast room. The kitchen opens into a pantry and utility room. Upstairs, the galleried landing, with its stained glass window, leads to three of the beautiful bedrooms and the family bathroom; the master bedroom has an en suite bathroom. The fourth bedroom is situated on the second floor. "This would originally have been the servants' quarters but today it makes a lovely bedroom."
HAPPY TIMES
With its generous reception space and gardens of approximately one-fifth of an acre, the property has been an outstanding place to welcome friends and family. Many happy celebrations have taken place both inside and out, the owner says. "We often have people to stay here and have had lots of great family occasions. Christmas, especially, is always wonderful, as we have space for an eight foot tree in the drawing room."
UNIQUE CHARACTER
Disraeli House is a quiet place, which affords exceptional privacy. Yet, the owners agree, it is also a superb location for exploring Norfolk and other picturesque surroundings. From here, it is possible to head off into Thetford Forest or to the coast for the day. "We also love being able to spend time in Norwich, Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds," she says. "This house is very well placed." Sad to be downsizing and leaving their exceptional home, they know its new owners will appreciate its beauty and individual character as much as they do. "This is a very special house - it is one of those properties that you really have to see for yourself to understand just how wonderful it is," she adds.
SETTING THE SCENE
Set on a plot of approximately one-fifth of an acre, and with feature wrought iron railings and gates, Disraeli House provides off-road parking for up to 12 cars. The gardens are enclosed and planted with beautiful mature trees and shrubs. There is an immaculate lawn for children to play on and a sunny terrace for outside dining.
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