THE HOUSE The intricate splendour of Riverscourt is in its exquisite combination of Arts & Crafts character with striking modern design. Sitting beautifully within its landscaped grounds of over an acre and a half and looking out across the River Yare, and the Norfolk countryside beyond, it is a glorious example of creativity and imaginative architecture.
Inspired by the original cottage, yet incorporating spectacular modern design, hi tech features and environmentally friendly elements, this has been created through careful consideration with planners, architects and expert craftsmen, and has more than doubled the size of Riverscourt.
Today, commanding such magnificent views – and enjoying semi-rural seclusion, as well as proximity to the city, and major road connections – Riverscourt is a truly exceptional home. Evoking the exclusive properties designed at the turn of the 20th century, on the banks of the River Thames and in the Home Counties, by the likes of Philip Webb and Edwin Lutyens, it is a rare Norfolk find.
Not only does it offer an outstanding lifestyle and supreme standard of living, but it stands at the gateway to the beautiful Norfolk Broads, providing a perfect base from which to enjoy the incredible natural surroundings and unrivalled beauty of the area.
THE GROUNDS The beautiful, landscaped grounds at Riverscourt, which were designed and constructed by the the current owners, include immaculate front and back gardens, complete with lawns, seating and entertaining areas and mature trees and shrubs. Limestone and other natural stone, as well as Portuguese Calcada tiles have been used to create attractive terracing, walls, steps and paths throughout.
At the front of the property there is a large Gabriel Ash, western red cedar greenhouse, complete with under-floor heating. There is also a walled kitchen garden and a large driveway with parking for more than 10 cars. Here the lawn is ideal for tennis, badminton or croquet.
Behind the house, the expansive terrace, with its barbecue area, complete with built-in Portuguese oven, gives on to exquisite stone steps that sweep down to another large lawned area. Here – as at the front of the property – there is ample space for a marquee and for summer garden parties.
Next to the river is a thatched boathouse, hand-built from Norfolk oak. This has large, wooden sliding doors to front and rear and a small kitchen area. Space has also been created here for storage and for owl boxes. There is a slipway to the Yare river and plenty of space for mooring along the frontage.
At the end of the garden, which has a carefully designed lighting system, are two decked key headings for picnicking during the warm weather or for fishing.
SITUATION Just a 10-minute drive from the centre of vibrant Norwich, pretty Surlingham is an ideal place to live for anyone seeking a country lifestyle, as well as city comforts.
The quiet village nestles on the doorstep of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, Britain’s largest protected wetland and home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the country. Here there are some 125 miles of navigable waterways to explore by boat, as well as foot and cycle paths, and bridleways.
From Surlingham, it takes just five minutes to get to the main A47 road, and from here there are connections to the A11 and on to the M11, Stansted Airport and London.
Norwich itself has a wide range of major high street shops, department stores and shopping facilities, as well as restaurants, cinemas, theatres and other leisure facilities. There is a station with mainline trains to London and other major destinations, and an international airport.