Architect: Miljana Salinovic
Stanhoe Cottage, Norfolk, UK
From £950 per week
This 300-year old cottage was comprehensively remodelled and extended by architect Miljana Salinovic during 2015-16. The design is inspired by the original cottage and the traditional flint-walled barns and ancient churches of north Norfolk.
Traditional materials are used in a modern way throughout the house to adapt the cottage into a contemporary living space. Steel frames are introduced to openings within flint walls preserving the unique texture. The external chalk wall at the rear of the property has remained untouched and a new extension is clad in charred cedar – designed to connect the cottage’s past and present.
Interior finishes are a combination of exposed original chalk, new stucco walls, tiled floors, oak timber, steel stairs and window frames, resulting in a clean, calm space.
The windows have been carefully positioned to offer consistent daylight and to maximise on the rural views. The 50cm-thick original walls, bolstered by additional contemporary insulation, keep the house cool during summer and warm during winter.
Stanhoe Cottage has three double bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house is set in one third of an acre of grounds, with uninterrupted countryside views to the north and south.
The entrance hall leads on one side to the kitchen, which occupies the entire ground floor of the original house, while on the other side the living/dining room runs through the new extension.
There are three distinct patio areas: a morning-sun trap at the front (connected to the kitchen through glass doors), a side patio which adjoins the living/dining space and a private gravelled patio at the back.
The grounds are carefully landscaped in keeping with the local area. The gradient between the front and rear of the site is delineated by traditional gabion walls, with planters, paths and steps framed by oak timber sleepers.
The gravelled area at the front of the property can accommodate up to three cars.
Stanhoe is a quiet village in north-west Norfolk. A farming community existed in this location since Roman times. The Saxons gave it the name Stanhoe (“stony hill”), and by the 13th century the village was prosperous enough to build its own church – The Church of All Saints.
Stanhoe Cottage is a five-minute drive from Burnham Market and a ten-minute drive from the sandy beach at Brancaster. Beaches at Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea are 15-20 minutes by car. The Sandringham Estate is a 15-minute drive, whilst Clay and Holt are approximately 40 minutes away.
There are several restaurants and pubs nearby in Brancaster, Burnham, North Creake and Thornham. An award-winning pub, The Duck Inn, is only a five-minute walk from the cottage.
King’s Lynn is the nearest major railway station, and is a 30-minute drive from the cottage. There is a car rental company within a short walk of the railway station. There is an hourly service to and from London King’s Cross (approximately a 90-minute journey). Cambridge is 50 minutes away on the same line for connections to the Midlands and the rest of the country.
Jan-Mar £950 per week
Apr-Jun £1,250 per week
Jul-Aug £1,570 per week
Sep-Oct £1,250 per week
Nov-Dec £950 (Christmas and New Year £1,570 per week)
Short breaks are available throughout the year at 70% of the weekly rate, excluding peak season
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