An opportunity to own a piece of history in the charming town of Downham Market has become available for £890,000.

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The Priory on London Road is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 17th century, with more sympathetic restorations and more recent renovations – including a sauna and gym – blending the old with the new.

Eastern Daily Press: The Priory dates back to the 17th centuryThe Priory dates back to the 17th century (Image: Fine & Country)

A plaque on the exterior of the house reads: “This is almost certainly the oldest residential property in the town – listed as 17th century”.

However, it adds that “any connection with a religious establishment is speculative.”

Eastern Daily Press: Period features are found throughout the homePeriod features are found throughout the home (Image: Fine & Country)

Eastern Daily Press: The plaque on the side of the property explains its historyThe plaque on the side of the property explains its history (Image: Fine & Country)

The four-storey property’s accommodation totals an impressive 4,201 sq ft and exhibits elegance and period charm throughout.

Selling agent Fine & Country said: “Exposed beams, intricate mouldings and impressive fireplaces create a captivating atmosphere throughout the residence.”

From the entrance hall, the large kitchen/breakfast room provides a lovely space for gatherings and includes a recently installed five-oven triple electric AGA in ‘aubergine’ colour and an integrated Neff oven.

Other contents such as a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge and freezer may all be available by separate negotiation.

Eastern Daily Press: The kitchen/breakfast roomThe kitchen/breakfast room (Image: Fine & Country)

Eastern Daily Press: The cellarThe cellar (Image: Fine & Country)

There are also a large Bosch fridge and freezer, which are included, in the cellar. The kitchen benefits from an adjoining utility room too.

The property’s dual cellar provides ample space for storage, or “perhaps the perfect opportunity to create a unique entertainment area”, says Fine and Country.

Eastern Daily Press: The libraryThe library (Image: Fine & Country)

A cosy library with exposed beams and built-in shelving is located at the end of an internal hallway off the kitchen, and a dining room with fireplace adjoins this room, as well as one of The Priory’s eight bedrooms, which has an en suite.

To the other side of the entrance hall is another bedroom, currently used as a study, and the gym space with attached sauna and WC, leading to another bedroom with en suite at the end of this ‘wing’.

Eastern Daily Press: One of the ground-floor bedroomsOne of the ground-floor bedrooms (Image: Fine & Country)

Eastern Daily Press: The home comes with a saunaThe home comes with a sauna (Image: Fine & Country)

A set of stairs in the gym rises to the first floor, which has been transformed into a principal bedroom suite comprising bedroom with en suite to the front, a separate WC and another room, currently used as a large dressing room with built-in cupboards, to the rear. This dressing room could be converted into a bedroom, if desired.

Eastern Daily Press: The first-floor bedroomThe first-floor bedroom (Image: Fine & Country)

Eastern Daily Press: The en suite off the first-floor bedroomThe en suite off the first-floor bedroom (Image: Fine & Country)

Eastern Daily Press: The grand drawing roomThe grand drawing room (Image: Fine & Country)

Stairs off the ground-floor inner hallway take you to the second floor, where there is an impressive drawing room with feature fireplace, exposed beams and large sash windows letting in plenty of natural light. A Blüthner grand piano in this room may be available by separate negotiation.

Also on this floor is a bathroom and another bedroom with a built-in wardrobe.

Eastern Daily Press: One of the property's eight bedroomsOne of the property's eight bedrooms (Image: Fine & Country)

Stairs on the main landing rise to the loft space which has been divided into a storage room and two bedrooms, one accessed off the other and with an en suite.

Stepping outside, The Priory’s grounds are described as a “tranquil outdoor oasis”, comprising an area of lawn dotted with mature trees and a sunny courtyard that’s perfect for a morning coffee or al fresco evening meal.

Eastern Daily Press: The property's grounds include an area of lawn and a sunny courtyardThe property's grounds include an area of lawn and a sunny courtyard (Image: Fine & Country)

Eastern Daily Press: The rear gardenThe rear garden (Image: Fine & Country)

Secure, off-street parking is located to the rear of the property through a gate.

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Downham Market is home to a range of shops, cafes and restaurants, all within walking distance. The town lies on the edge of the Great Ouse fens and has rail links to London, Cambridge and Ely.

For more information, please contact Fine & Country.


The Priory, Downham Market
Price: £890,000
Fine & Country, 01553 769100