An introduction to Shire Cottage
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A charismatic and beautiful 18th century beamed cottage,situated in a superb rural area in a quiet country lane and nearby fields. With many original features it sits in its own 1/3 of an acre landscaped garden with two covered ponds and small orchard.
This 18th century former tied cottage, which has been maintained to a high standard, sits in a beautiful landscaped garden. Although it has every modern convenience it exudes character, with examples of original flint walls and old bread oven still in situ. Large inglenook fireplace in lounge with wood burning stove, which gives this property an olde world charm. North Lopham is a small village in south Norfolk, once famous for its lace making, which has, amongst other things, a duck pond and norman church.
Although located in a tranquil setting it is a short drive from the bustling town of Diss which is centrally located to visit Suffolk and Norfolk. With it's many shops, cafes, restuarant and golf course. Steeped in history this former market town is characterised by it's many period buildings featuring a 14th century tower at st.Mary's church. Many examples of georgian architecture and a six acre picturesque Mere lake with fish in abundance. Diss is also noted for it's famous auction rooms, which have been featured on TV and makes an ideal day out for antique and bric-a-brac hunters.
Local attractions include Bressingham steam museum and gardens. Five miles of steam railway rides set amongst picturesque gardens. Banham Zoo 5 miles and the monster indoor play park and swimming pool all within a ten minute drive.
A half an hour drive brings you to historic Bury St Edmunds with it's abbey ruins and cobbled stoned shopping area, local markets Wed and Sat.
20 minute drive brings you to Thetford Forest with it's woodland walks, wild life hides and adventure playground. Catering for all the family there is a national cycle route, bicycle hire and picnic areas. Trail maps can be obtained from the High Lodge Centre. In the other direction you will find Norwich City with it's Cathedral and castle museum, city walls and excellent shopping, there is also a puppet theatre.
The National trusts, Ickworth House and Blickling Hall are all within easy reach. Other interest are the waveny broads with its boat hire or a fifty minute drive brings you to Southwold with it's sandy beaches and famous pier. The north Norfolk coast with it's nature and bird reserves makes wonderful days out. Driving south to Lavenham with it's half timbered houses and Kentwell Hall at Long Melford with it's Tudor recreations is a must
Village pub? Within walking distance.
Golf course? Local course situated in Diss 6 miles.
Fishing? A lake situated in Redgrave about 4 miles.
Snetterton race track? About 8 miles from the cottage they also have a big market on a sunday worth a visit.
Sky diving? An old airdrome at Old Buckenham 6 miles.