This fantastic house, overlooking the Salthouse Marshes on the north Norfolk coast, is a reinvention of former farm workers cottages by the acclaimed architect Carl Turner.
Only recently completed, the comprehensively refurbished house is arranged over two floors with a large studio / annexe building in the garden. The ground floor is occupied by four good-sized bedrooms, with the master bedroom being housed in an extension designed by Turner. This bedroom overlooks the garden at the rear and has the benefit of an en suite bathroom. The design of these spaces will be familiar to anyone who has followed Turner’s residential work, most notably his Slip House in London which won the prestigious RIBA Manser Medal. They feature elegant poured concrete floors, exposed services and bespoke joinery.
The first floor has been designed as one open plan space with a living area at one end and a kitchen / dining area at the other. The uninterrupted views across the marshes to the sea from this floor are wonderful. The living area is fitted with a Morsø wood burner. The beautifully-detailed bespoke kitchen has been designed by Turner specifically for the space. There is under floor heating powered by an air source heat pump throughout. The house is fitted with fibre broadband.
The studio / annexe building, designed by Turner as well, is a deceptively large space with a fully glazed façade which affords far reaching views. It is currently divided into two areas, a workshop at the rear and a north-facing studio at the front. There is a WC fitted in between the two areas (which has space, and plumbing available, for fitting a shower). The studio also benefits from a Morsø wood burner.
The shingle garden has been laid with decks for sitting and dining and broad steps leading up to the studio. There are great views from the garden and in good weather it gets plenty of sun.
The property can be found on the Coast Road that runs through the village of Salthouse in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It overlooks the Salthouse Marshes, a large coastal area managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust which is renowned for its variety of birdlife, drawing in visitors from all over the world. Superb walks across the marshes to the front or across the heath to the rear can be done from the house.
The north Norfolk coast is one of the UK’s best-loved holiday destinations thanks to its spectacular beaches (most notably at Holkham), beautiful countryside and also superb places to eat and drink. In Salthouse and the neighbouring village of Cley there are good pubs (The Dun Cow, The George), delicatessens and food shops (Picnic Fayre, Cley Smokehouse, Cookie’s Crab Shop). The larger town of Holt has a broader range of shops and services, including some notable antiques and vintage shops.
Salthouse can be reached by bus from Sheringham on the regular Coasthopper service. Trains from London to Sheringham, via Norwich.
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
Carl Turner established his eponymous practice in 2007, but his experience goes back before that with his acclaimed work with Turner Castle Architects. Turner has been involved in the design of numerous celebrated houses for notable clients that have been widely published in the architectural press. Frequently referred to as one of the UK’s best young practices, Carl Turner Architects (CTA) has made residential work a particular focus of its output. Turner was at the vanguard of the recent trend towards architects not only designing but building as well. CTA works frequently as a contractor, meaning that Turner has innate understanding of the practical issues of building, as well as the more poetic ones.
Carl’s most celebrated house, Slip House in Brixton (pictured), won the prestigious RIBA Manser Medal in 2013.