It's not often an eight-bedroom manor house dating back to the 17th century is available to rent – which makes The Grange in Heydon, near Aylsham, a very rare opportunity indeed.

On the market for £4,200 per calendar month, the house is described by letting agent Sowerbys as “a remarkable country home combining period beauty with versatile family living, able to easily accommodate multi-generational requirements”.

Sowerbys believe the original part of the property dates to the 1690s, boasting Flemish architecture and originally constructed as a principal farmhouse in the village.

Eastern Daily Press: The front door opens to a large formal entrance hallThe front door opens to a large formal entrance hall (Image: Sowerbys)
Eastern Daily Press: The formal dining roomThe formal dining room (Image: Sowerbys)
The property has since grown in both size and stature thanks to a “sympathetic Victorian extension”, with the red brick and steep pitched roofing said to be typical of the property’s period.

The front door opens to a large formal entrance hall with stone flooring and high ceilings, plenty of natural light and views across the front gardens. The hallway leads to the main reception rooms and a grand staircase to the first floor.

To the right is a spacious kitchen and breakfast room. The kitchen has a comprehensive range of units, along with an Aga, integrated oven and butler sink. It leads through to a useful boot room, laundry room, pantry and nursery.

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A formal dining room sits to the left of the entrance hallway, featuring period wooden flooring, an open fireplace, decorative surround and wood panelling.

Continuing through the dining room, a small hall provides access to a drawing room and library room which are currently used as the main living areas, both with fireplaces and period detailing.

Eastern Daily Press: The large kitchen has an Aga, integrated oven and butler sinkThe large kitchen has an Aga, integrated oven and butler sink (Image: Sowerbys)
Eastern Daily Press: All of the bedrooms have their own distinct characterAll of the bedrooms have their own distinct character (Image: Sowerbys)
Completing the ground-floor accommodation are an office, located off the dining room, and a WC off the main hallway.

One of the most useful features of The Grange is a self-sufficient apartment wing connected to the main residence, comprising two bedrooms, a kitchenette and its own living area.

Providing privacy but still integrating with the main home, Sowerbys say it is “ideal for extended family members, older children seeking independence or housekeepers”.

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The remaining bedrooms in the main house are generously sized, each with their own distinct character.

Most of the bedrooms enjoy views of the surrounding walled and landscaped gardens, with the master bedroom incorporating a dressing area, second living area and large en-suite bathroom.

Outside, beautiful gardens wrap around the home, with mature trees, manicured lawns, flower beds and hidden areas that give it an “almost secret garden feeling”, according to Sowerbys.

Eastern Daily Press: Beautiful gardens wrap around the homeBeautiful gardens wrap around the home (Image: Sowerbys)
Eastern Daily Press: Hidden areas create a 'secret garden feeling'Hidden areas create a 'secret garden feeling' (Image: Sowerbys)
The outdoor space can be enjoyed sitting in the well-positioned garden room, which is ideal for al-fresco dining.

The Grange also has a range of useful outbuildings, including garages, potting sheds, storage barns, gardening sheds, kennels and a large entertainment barn that has hosted many family and community events over the years.

There is also a tennis court, which will require maintenance if used.

Eastern Daily Press: The garden roomThe garden room (Image: Sowerbys)
Heydon is best known for the Heydon Estate, home to the Grade I listed Heydon Hall.

The village itself is centred around a traditional village green, which is overlooked by the village church and popular Earle Arms pub. There is also a range of boutique businesses including tearooms, a beauty salon and an antiques shop.

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Heydon is around 13 miles from Norwich and close to the market towns of Aylsham, Reepham and Holt. The north Norfolk coast is also easily accessible from the village.

For more information, contact Sowerbys.


The Grange, Heydon

Price: £4,200 pcm

Sowerbys, 01362 693591