Norfolk Property ? Not All Norfolk Country Cottages
Norfolk, though justly famous for its lovely country cottages, is not all about the thatched roof and white washed wall. No – in addition to Norfolk country cottages, Norfolk property spans a wide and varied menu of building types and property locations: fens, moor land, country village, old farm. Whatever kind of country house and garden one can imagine, one can find it in Norfolk.
It’s little wonder, then, that certain Norfolk estate agents have done so well. Any agency clever enough to spread itself out over the gamut of Norfolk properties is able to appeal to a wide variety of customers: and to retain the loyalty of the locals by ensuring that new comers to the county are spread out in a sustainable way, rather than taking over whole villages in one mass migration.
Sustainability is a big word at the moment – and the variety of Norfolk properties, including of course the famous Norfolk country cottages, makes the county a unique location for countryside emigration.
Unlike any other county in Britain, Norfolk has access to pretty much every type of bucolic landscape and life style – including seaside living; farmhouse living; river side living; old cottage dwelling; moor and flatland living; and even occupying old mills, oat houses and post offices. What that means is that richer incomers, who often destroy whole swaths of countryside by taking them over and forcing the locals out through raised prices and unsustainable property costs, can come into the county without fear of swamping any area into oblivion.
Agents like Sowerbys, which has made itself popular with locals and newcomers alike, are able to portion out Norfolk properties and Norfolk country cottages on a responsibly sustainable footing – allowing new money to come into the area without causing such a sudden upset in the balance of things that everything falls apart. A little injection of money in any country county is always welcome, after all: it’s only when that money floods all the existing jobs and property out of an area that it becomes a problem. Norfolk, with its wide selection of dream locations and proximity to London, is (thanks to the careful ministrations of agents like Sowerbys) rapidly becoming a kind of model county – and example of the ways in which the moneyed incomer and the local can exist harmoniously.
So what kind of Norfolk property is being offered? In addition to traditional Norfolk country cottages (some of which are big enough to house an army), agents like Sowerbys are offering genuine conversions of farm houses, barns, stables, wind mills and grain stores. There are also more modern town house style dwellings – brick built, double glazed country mansions set within easy reach of train stations or main roads. The more adventurous migrant can settle on the broads, away from the attentions of too many passersby – or occupy an old oast house whose squat bellied form has been turned into desirable dwellings.
Norfolk properties, those famous Norfolk country cottages included, are a rare thing indeed – a proper marriage of beauty, style and sustainability. From one of the country’s most varied and affluent counties, one supposes it’s hardly surprising, Surprising or no, it is very welcome.