Rural property in Norfolk
Published Nov 15th 2019
4 mins read
is very well known for its wonderful open spaces, vast greenery and picturesque
landscapes. A large proportion of the land is occupied by working farms, there
are also many country estates, equestrian properties, barn conversions and
small holdings; rural property in
Norfolk is hugely popular.
Many are drawn to the rural lifestyle available in Norfolk, there is a great sense of space and the population is much less condensed than many other counties; this is a major attraction for those that live here and for those that aspire to live here.
Barn conversions in Norfolk
conversions and old character farm buildings that have been renovated are a
popular type of rural property in Norfolk, over time many have been either sold
to developers and converted or converted by landowners and then sold. These styles
of property have always been attractive as typically offer modern open plan
living with characterful original features and in a rural setting.
the opportunity arises for a buyer to purchase an unmodernised barn which requires
total conversion, this can often arise when a larger property is being sold in
Norfolk country homes
houses are of varying size, scale and stature. In period homes the original
landowner’s own importance was reflected in the scale of the house they lived. The
house or estate was and still is a significant reflection of their wealth and
status at the time of building.
farms are now managed on behalf of the owner and it is not always the instance
that the farm owner lives on the farm themselves. This gives rise to the
opportunity for the larger houses without the attached farmland to be sold; they
are increasingly very popular as they provide large family houses with
outbuildings and typically boast far reaching views and large gardens.
Country estates in Norfolk
are many large estates in Norfolk, some of these will never be sold as are held
by the families and will be handed down to future generations however some
country estates and farms do become available from time to time.
Buying a working estate that will be a source of income as well as a buyers main residence must be a well-considered purchase as it will require a skilled team to work year round to ensure its yield is successful. Gaining robust advice on all matters from applicable tax to public footpaths is strongly recommended before committing to purchasing a working estate; whilst they can be incredibly rewarding it must not be a lightly considered endeavour.
many instances smaller residential and amenity estates can often work
exceptionally well as equestrian properties and are converted for such use.
Norfolk farms for sale
types across East Anglia and specifically Norfolk are widespread and varied. About half of the county is used to grow
cereals such as wheat or barley. Root crops such as sugar beet account for a substantial
proportion of the land and typically are used as part of a crop rotation for
enriching soils. Potatoes and pulses make up the balance of the farmed land.
is also well known for rearing pigs and this form of farming takes up a large proportion
not used for arable and is scattered across the county.
much of Norfolk is occupied by working farms these types properties rarely
become available. Working farms can be varied in their sources of income, they
may have long term agreements in place with other landowners or local farmers; a
purchase of this nature is usually multifaceted, whilst we can assist in
sourcing these types of properties we always advise our clients to seek the
assistance of other specialist professionals throughout the course of a purchase.
cottages that were originally built for farm workers but over time have been
sold from the farm might appeal greatly to those seeking a smaller home in a rural
Listed property considerations
rural properties often have masses of character and this is a very attractive
part of home ownership in Norfolk. A number of these older properties are
listed which means they are protected from being demolished or changed without
permission so that their integrity as part of history remains intact for future
generations to enjoy.
embarking on the purchase of a Listed property it is hugely important to
understand that potentially, given the age and importance of these important
buildings the costs of upkeep will be great and there is a certain
responsibility with the ownership of these properties.
are three types if listed buildings:
- Grade I – these are buildings of exceptional
- Grade II* – these are buildings that are
- Grade II – these are buildings that are of
National Heritage list (NHLE) is responsible for the listings and its main
purpose is to protect these buildings for future generations to enjoy as have
many generations enjoyed over time. The protection means that if works are
required, both internally and externally then permission is required to do
anything, whether this be to change a window or sign off for the exact material
that will be used to repair the cladding say of a Tudor house.
Rural homes for sale in Norfolk
are many types of rural property in Norfolk to be considered, from barn
conversions on the edge of the broads to stately homes with sea views.
opportunities stretch from north to south and east to west of the county and
with our detailed knowledge of the county we can advise on all aspects
including particular geographies. Whether you’re looking for a working rural
property or one to simply live in as a home we can help find the perfect
property. To talk to a member of our team
regarding your search for a rural property in Norfolk please contact us.