A Georgian house in England with a wavy garden wall, an outdoor pool, tennis court and a boating lake, listed last week for £2.5 million (US$3.1 million).
The six-bedroom Grade II-listed house named Bracon Lodge sits on the edge of Bracon Ash village, eight miles southwest of the city of Norwich. It has a commanding white-brick front and stands on a 23-acre property, which includes pristine formal gardens and parkland.
Bracon Lodge, which has 17th-century origins and is mentioned in the Pevsner Architectural Guides, is notable for its segmented, Doric column-supported porch and for having one of the region’s finest crinkle crankle garden walls—an unusual type of wall with alternating curves, according to its listing.
Inside, it has a Georgian-era staircase, open fireplaces, two formal reception rooms with far-reaching views across its grounds, a china room for storing dinnerware, and a larder just off the kitchen. Modern fittings along with new wiring, plumbing and a private water supply have been installed by its owners, according to its listing.
The restored 6,771-square-foot property was purchased 11 years ago by Karen Keable , an artist, and her husband. Kevin , who previously worked in the oil industry, according to local news site epd24.co.uk. “It’s so quiet here, you don’t hear anything just the birds,” they told the site .
The owners, who were not available for comment, bought the home in 2009 for £975,000, according to property record. They are selling it to build their own home on a nearby five-acre site, according to epd24.co.uk.
Tom Goodley , of Strutt & Parker Norwich, the agency handling the sale, said Bracon Lodge has “everything a family could want when it comes to toys—the beautiful walled gardens, swimming pool, tennis court and boating lake. My favorite part is probably the crinkle crankle wall, it’s one of the finest I've ever come across.”
In 1765, Bracon Lodge was bought by lawyer John Corbould , who enlarged it in 1789 and built the serpentine garden wall, according to its listing.
Bracon Lodge’s gardens include three walled sections, the largest of which is just off the house and features a terrace and an outdoor pool, according to the listing. Adjacent to it is a former coach house formed of a garage and storage rooms. Elsewhere on the grounds, there is a block of eight stables, herbaceous borders, two parterres, a rose arch with wisteria, a kitchen garden, an orchard with a mature mulberry tree, a tennis court, and a lake. Its grounds, meanwhile, are visited by barn and little owls, red kites, woodpeckers, nightjars and kingfishers.