Abode's Building of the Week
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Located between the bustling Norwich City Centre and the tranquility of Whitlingham Country Park, within a walking distance to the Norfolk Broads, Whitlingham Hall has a location that few places in Norfolk can beat.
A Brief History
What we now know as Whitlingham Hall Estate has had not only multiple names, but multiple uses too. The first building is dated back to 1784, when Colonel Money built a property as a new house, as well as laying out plans for a small park. He called the building Crown Point after the time he fought at the battle of Crown Point during the American War of Independence. By 1817, the park was extended to roughly 31 hectares.
In 1861, a new, Elizabethan-style mansion, was built by Sir George Gilbert Scott for Sir Robert Harvey. Formal gardens are also set out in this time. Just over a decade later in 1872, it was passed on to the Colman family, who we all know as the famous mustard manufacturers. This already very large house was further extended, and the gardens were also given an update too after 1901.
Whitlingham Hall continued to be used residentially as a home to the Colman family until 1955 when the purpose of the building changed drastically. Between 1955 and 1999, both the house and grounds alike became part of the Whitlingham Hospital as a place for recovery and care.
The building is now used for residential purposes once more, as of 1999, when it was sold to property developers. In 2003 Whitlingham Hall was divided into separate luxury apartments and houses by the P J L Livesay Group. The Grade II listed building is still in beautiful condition and those living in any of the properties within the gated community can still enjoy the beautiful 7 acre grounds and gardens today.
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The main house is composed of red brick with ashlar dressings. The roof is made up of plain tiles and distinguished multiple ridge stacks. All of these features add a Renaissance resemblance and feel to the architectural exterior of the property. In addition to this is the stunning Victorian conservatory. With a thin iron composition, the conservatory was renovated in the late 20th century.
Despite the building too being renovated, some magnificent original features remain, including pieces of medieval stonework. Not only do residences get a beautiful mix of historic elements and modern elegance, but another stunning feature that comes with the apartments within Whitlingham Hall is the breathtaking views. Complete with a lake and a fountain, who wouldn’t want to wake up to a view of the Norfolk countryside?
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One example of the kind of luxury you get with living in Whitlingham Hall is one of Abode’s current rental properties. This 4-bedroom apartment to let looks out to the front of the property, complete with an ornate balcony that overlooks the stunning Norfolk countryside.
Other features of interest include the grand fireplace and the marble bathroom, complete with Jacuzzi bath and double shower. Take a look at this luxury living apartment in Norwich for yourself at the pictures below, and click HERE for further details.