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Eye on the market

When I first put pen to paper on this, I was thinking, finally, the sunshine has arrived and it’s actually warm! Less rain on the weather app. Okay, there is some rain, but not a complete day of it. We are in the UK, after all! In North Norfolk, with its sandy soil, 10 days…

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Natural Swimming Ponds

Owners of Natural Swimming Ponds gush about the gin-clear water, health benefits and aesthetic values of their ponds, but are they truly as great as they claim? Garden Designer Jane Scott Moncrieff is an enthusiast …. With prices for regular swimming pools now around the £100,000 mark, a natural pond can be a cheaper alternative.…

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In Conversation with…Harry Cory Wright

Harry Cory Wright is a visual artist celebrated for his large-scale photographs and paintings of English landscapes, waterways and coastal scenery, with a special focus on the saltmarsh around Burnham Overy Staithe, in north Norfolk. Harry’s images show the power of the elements and a sense of place, and ‘other’, capturing the fleeting moments between…

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A Greener Blueprint

A couple in north Norfolk who are looking to downsize to a smaller home are very keen on energy efficiency.  The house they are selling through Bedfords has solar panels installed “and with every house they look at to buy, they are looking to put on solar panels, if the property doesn’t already have them,”…

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In Conversation With… Rosie Dunthorne

Thornage Hall Independent Living is a north Norfolk non-profit charity providing long-term independent living support, as well as learning and working environments for adults with learning disabilities. The sleepy grounds of the stunning north Norfolk estate and biodynamic farm sit just a few miles inland from the coast and award-winning market town of Holt. Built…

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In Conversation with… Buffy (Peter) Willcox and Kate Bagnall-Oakeley – Erpingham House Peonies

We talk to Buffy and Kate and about their entrepreneurial expertise in expanding their traditional farming techniques, the delight and popularity of their most recent development into peony production and what the couple do when they infrequently get some space away from work with their two children. Buffy is a traditional cattle farmer, with some…

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In Conversation with… Neil Thompson

Nestled on the outer harbour of Wells-Next-The-Sea, on the north Norfolk coast, Neil Thompson Boats is a small family-run business that produces beautiful, bespoke handcrafted sailing boats, built to order by exacting specifications. Just ten minutes from the famous Morston and Blakeney harbours, NTB is perfectly positioned for anyone who’s dream is to sail off…

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In Conversation with… Gavin Lane

Gavin is Deputy President of the CLA (Country Land and Business Association), a forward-thinking and well-respected membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales, and which purposefully champions and defends the interests of 28,000 family farms, estates, smallholdings, rural businesses and country homes across the country. Within the CLA,…

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In Conversation with…Steffan Griffiths

Norwich School is an independent, co-educational day school for pupils aged between four and eighteen. With an ethos rooted in the historic and beautiful surroundings of Norwich Cathedral Close, the school prides itself on traditional values and inspirational teaching in a nurturing, safe environment. There is a vibrant, loving atmosphere of mutual respect amongst pupils…

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In Conversation With…Claire Cullens

Norfolk is an abundantly beautiful county, with a diverse landscape and a wealth of historic, medieval architecture. The people of Norfolk are as diverse and fascinating as the landscape, yet whilst maintaining a reputation for being naturally hardy and ingenious, many face enduring difficulties both socially and economically. With a seasonal economy and an ever-increasing…

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In Conversation with…Joe Oldfield

Norfolk-based and UK-made Oldfield Outfitters was formed in 2009, by Joe Oldfield and is the antithesis of fast fashion and very much a family business. Classic 1930s designs using original vintage patterns are made for the modern physique and lifestyle, whilst celebrating the golden era of fashion. Creating an innovative and iconic collection that lasts…

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In Conversation with…Graeme Taplin

Graeme Taplin is a successful drone photographer based in Norfolk, who captures unique aerial perspectives for a wide range of businesses and private clients across the UK. Graeme’s stunning photography and videography of beautiful landscapes, seascapes and architecture across Norfolk showcase and celebrate our coastal areas, waterways and estates. His landscape photography of south Norfolk…

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In Conversation with… Diane Fish

We were lucky enough to chat with Norfolk’s long-standing independent firm of financial advisors, Smith & Pinching’s Associate Director, Diane Fish, who specialises in mortgage lending, equity release and personal protection. We’ve got the lowdown on what she does to help people who are looking to buy in the county. As well as some crucial…

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Test your Norfolk know how

Think you have what it takes to know more about Norfolk than Nelson? Well lets find out…   Scores: 0-3: Sure you’re not from Suffolk? 4-7: Now you’re torcing… 7-9: Let’s be havin’ you! 10: Prize turnip!   1. Which has changed more times in the last 5 years, UK Prime Minister or NCFC manager?…

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Spring is on its way

Aren’t the lighter evenings wonderful?  The beginning of March heralds the first time since the clocks went back in October that the sun won’t set until after 6pm.  Spring is on its way – even if the mercury still stubbornly refuses to rise high enough to dust off the garden furniture. If you can bear…

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Market News

Image credit: Savills UK Market News You don’t need to look too far into the news to see the endless gloomy reports of instability across the UK housing market. It’s been a roller-coaster of a time. Kwarteng’s mini budget sent shock waves through the UK’s currency market and since then the replacement of Kwarteng with…

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How does your garden grow?

The long dry summer of 2022 is surely portentous of significant changes to the UK’s climate in the future.  As a garden designer, I now propose drought tolerant planting widely and my clients are surprised at the variety of plants which will thrive without watering. Many people mistakenly think cacti and succulents are the only…

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A for location D for design

Norfolk is renowned for its beautiful flint and timber homes with period features, however heat pumps and solar panels are rapidly becoming as sought after as exposed beams and flagstone floors as the cost of energy spirals and climate change becomes more pressing. Energy bills are set to be high this winter despite the government’s…

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Norwich- A Fine City

Cambridge tends to dominate the limelight but it is Norwich, another East Anglian university city, that is attracting the attention of homebuyers. With the Oxbridge stalwart out of the reach of all but those with the deepest of pockets Norwich’s star has been in ascent.   Described in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide as:…

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Where Cash is King

Remote windswept beaches aside, what do North Norfolk and the Outer Hebrides have in common? Despite being in different countries and more than 600 miles apart they are the top two places in the UK where you will find cash buyers. Around 56 per cent of home buyers in both locations came armed with the…

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What to See and Do In Norfolk

Between Norfolk’s extraordinary coast, pretty brick-and-flint villages and superb seafood, there’s a wealth of places to visit, shop and eat. Here are a few ideas for your next visit to Norfolk. Holkham Beach, Wells-next-the-Sea With more than 90 miles of coastline, it can be hard to stand out in a crowded field of excellent beaches,…

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Energy Efficiency and Your Home

We all know we must take to make our homes more energy efficient, reducing both running costs and our carbon footprint. The government’s recent Heat and Buildings Strategy has outlined a number of measures, including phasing out gas and other fossil fuel boilers and replacing them with renewable technology, such as air source heat pumps.…

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Saving the sale

2020 was a year like no other for the residential property market. The election late in 2019 saw the end of market uncertainty caused by Parliamentary deadlock on Brexit. The result was a buoyant start to 2020. Whilst the pandemic undoubtedly caused a brief halt in proceedings whilst everyone considered what this meant for property…

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Behind-closed-doors

Driving through the countryside picking out houses and fantasising about living in them is a popular pastime, sadly for some potential buyers it is in danger of remaining little more than a dream scenario with so little to buy. Fear of Covid and constraints such as home working and homeschooling has meant that the number…

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Springtime and your garden

Spring is the time when most people start thinking about their gardens, even more so this year, having been confined to our homes for so long.   Your garden can be an extension of your home; an extra living space, a peaceful place to relax, a social space for entertaining friends and family, something beautiful…

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The Great Cover-up

Since the 13th May, when the housing secretary announced that Britain’s property market was ‘back in business’ if government guidelines were followed, the biggest aspect of moving home that has many people anxious is house viewings. Opening up the market ‘Opening up the housing market is not just great news for home hunters and estate…

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Getting Closer To The Great Houses Of Norfolk

I recently read a fantastic article in The Times by Jayne Dowle about the best UK seaside towns and dropped her a line to discuss it in further detail https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/where-to-buy-property-beside-the-sea-the-top-performing-coastal-towns-in-the-uk-hwk2r5szx We got talking and her knowledge of the Norfolk area is fantastic, so I asked her to work on a piece with me about the…

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More bang for your buck

What does £1 million buy you in London or Norfolk? The London Market The London housing market has undoubtedly found it difficult to navigate its course over the past year, with sales volumes at their lowest level since the global financial crisis. In the regional markets however, the impact of Brexit uncertainty has been less severe.…

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Pick your poison

The perils of rural life I think sometimes it is easy to forget how lucky we are to live along the coast. Be it Norfolk or Suffolk. The incredible scenery and wide expanses of sky and sand, make this area a much sought-after location. With many families now relocating here from the hustle and bustle…

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Last minute Christmas

When does exchange FOLLOW completion? As that time of year is fast approaching, I increasingly sense there is an underlying level of competitiveness when it comes to Christmas shopping, in particular when it has been completed, wrapped and labelled. The more efficient (or should that be officious?!) among us have written a list (and checked it twice), categorised who has…

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Presenting property

If Christmas spend were property, how much would Norfolk be purchasing? Christmas is fast approaching, a time for giving and receiving, eating and spending time with family and friends. Across the UK it is estimated that each household spends over £825 on Christmas, of which over half is on gifts. The UK are the highest spenders on Christmas…

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Home or investment?

How does Norfolk property stack up among investment assets? With the Governor of the Bank of England asserting house prices may fall by a third in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, how does property across Norfolk stack up as an investment asset? According to the latest edition of the Knight Frank Luxury Investment…

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Let’s be having you

What links Norwich’s favourite chef and parapet gable ends? My favourite TV ad at the moment has to be the one featuring our very own Delia Smith. Excitedly shoving an onion up the backside of a chicken prior to roasting. While Kevin Bacon (who never seems to age) is extolling the virtues of watching football…

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Naming ceremony

Our home, for many our most valuable asset and one that, similarly to a child, we nurture and tend during our custodianship. It is traditional after the birth of a child to have some form of ceremony, whether a baptism, dedication or naming ceremony to welcome them safely into the world. It appears too that…

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Born and bred in Norfolk, there are very few people who know East Anglia as intimately as me, and there are even fewer who know the inner workings of the region’s property market.

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Since 2010 I have been supporting buyers such as yourself, helping those looking to move to the area find their ideal home. From £800,000 to £5 million and beyond, I can help your relocation dreams.