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…

In Conversation With… Laura Robinson

Burn Valley Vineyard: It’s a family affair Laura Robinson is just back from the Royal Norfolk Show, a two-day agricultural and rural living show that allowed people such as Laura a fantastic opportunity to showcase their produce. As one of the family founders behind Burn Valley Vineyards, Laura has a lot to talk about. The…

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.…

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…

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,”…

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…

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…

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,…

In Conversation with… Jane Cave

Antiques expert Jane Cave and her partner Ed Masters have recently converted a derelict barn in Norfolk into a five-bedroom luxurious family home and the couple are planning on putting it up for sale in 2024. Estimated to go for over £1 million, East Barn was a project the couple undertook with confidence, having invested…

In Conversation with…Hannah Springham

FARMYARD – THE FINEST BISTRO IN NORWICH It’s a damp, grey November morning when we pop in for a coffee and chat with Hannah Springham, co-owner alongside husband and Chef Patron Andrew Jones, of Norwich’s award-winning Farmyard Restaurant. Hannah (also a TV producer and mum of two) is immediately engaging, with a signature slash of…

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…

In Conversation with… Jane Steward

The Norfolk revival of an ancient and fascinating fruit tree It’s a beautiful, bright September morning when we join Jane at her kitchen table in Norfolk to discuss the much-overlooked medlar tree and her kitchen-garden business, Eastgate Larder. The kitchen’s bay windows overlook a large expanse of sun dappled lawn, edged with ancient copper beeches,…

Tis’ the season for shopping

Welcome to the enchanting world of Norfolk’s Christmas markets, where festive magic comes to life in the heart of this picturesque county. Step away from the bustling high streets and immerse yourself in the warmth and charm of the top five Christmas markets in Norfolk. From the historic Holkham to the artisanal delights of Creake…

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…

A Buyers (agents) market

A very nice house in Norfolk had been offered privately for £2m – in six months, not one bite from a buyer.  And then, last week, the price was cut to £1.65m, leading to a sudden flurry of interest.   Despite the dreary headlines, buyers are still keen to find a new home this autumn. …

The Garrulous Jay – Degradation

Are A levels, and exams more widely, fit for purpose in the 21st century? Thursday last week saw the publication of this year’s A level results. As had been widely expected, grades were down materially from 2022 as Ofqual sought to return them to pre-pandemic levels. Partly as a result of this 20-30% of students…

In Conversation With…Davina Barber

We talk to local art curator Davina Barber about her career to date, raising thousands for charity, the Norfolk and London art scene and her favourite exhibition spaces, as well as her most loved spots in Norfolk to spend time. Davina spent much of her childhood adventuring within the county’s expanse of beaches and magical…

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…

In Conversation with…Charles Inglis

This week we talk to Charles Inglis, Chairman of the Norfolk Churches Trust bike ride, who has been at its helm for over a decade. Launched in 1983, this annual community gathering has raised a staggering total of over £4 million for Norfolk Churches, to ensure against losing any of the county’s remarkable ancient buildings.…

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…

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…

In Conversation with…Caroline Marten

Spring and Summer call for celebration of all things floral, so what better way to mark this than with an exclusive interview with one of Norfolk’s leading floristry designers, Caroline Marten, founder and owner of Lockwood and Lily. Caroline is available to book for private parties, events and celebrations.   ‘I always go a bit…

In Conversation with… Galton Blackiston

On a grim, snowy day in March accompanied by a fair amount of treacherous driving, we visited Galton Blackiston, Michelin Star chef patron and owner of north Norfolk’s country house hotel and fine dining restaurant, Morston Hall. Tall, softly spoken and unpretentious with an occasional Norfolk lilt to his otherwise well-spoken accent, Galton is easy…

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?…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Riverside Norwich

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:…

EV Chargers- what you need to know

Most of us see the sense in ditching diesel and petrol and embracing fully-electric and hybrid vehicles, as the latest figures on sales of new plug-in vehicles from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) prove. More than 25 per cent of overall vehicles sold in the UK last month had a plug, with battery-electric…

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…

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,…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

New ways to heat a country house

I’ve recently been speaking with Jayne Dowle, an independent Property writer and we got onto the subject of more sustainable living, specifically heating your home, especially as many more of us are spending longer in it. Jayne put pen to paper and wrote this fantastic piece for the blog, which I hope you’ll enjoy.  New…

A New Normal for Norfolk

Where is the fastest growing market for homes costing £1 million or more? Is it:  a. Kensington & Chelsea b. Yorkshire or c. Norfolk ? Do you want to phone a friend? No need, you’ve guessed it. The million-pound answer is: c. Norfolk. Sales of homes in this price bracket, in this corner of East…

August- Summer’s silly season

August used to be known in the newspaper industry as “silly season” – in the doldrums of summer there was so little news that almost anything, however off beat, could make its way onto the pages. In the property market too, August was one of the quietest months, with many people on holiday and few…

Time in the garden

Right now we are all spending, if we are lucky enough to live in the country, more time in our gardens and enjoying having our very own space to enjoy. Many people say to me when they are looking at houses, that they love gardens, but what are they going to do with all that…

Face coverings

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…

Move to the right side of the tracks

We asked freelance Property Writer Jayne Dowle to give us her insights into commuting to the capital from Norfolk. Having written for The Sunday Times, Grand Designs, House Beautiful and The Times, Jayne knows how to spot the best bits of any area. By Jayne Dowle https://bit.ly/2uJaU6R For all of its sense of splendid isolation,…

Holkham Hall Image © Holkham Estate

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…