A look inside Norwich's Gothic rectory - for sale for £950,000

PUBLISHED: 10:15 13 February 2016 | UPDATED: 08:35 17 February 2016

The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory


Property editor Caroline Culot visited the Old Rectory, Rosary Road for sale with Jackson-Stops & Staff where Joan Collins once partied but unlike the famous actress, she didn't dance on the kitchen table.

This stunning flint, former rectory built in 1863 is an absolute marvellous find. It served St Matthew’s church but, situated down a slope, is almost completely obscured from view with just its set of rather majestic black iron gates and the tops of a fine set of chimneys giving a clue to its existence.

This house was a magnet for some of TV and film’s most famous actors and actresses. Joan Collins once danced on the kitchen table at a party there and Sir Alec Guinness made a visit to the garden shed among a host of celebrities attending soirees and after filming meetings held at the house by its former owners, the late Avril and Bill Brennan.

The Brennans had bought the house from the church at auction and just fell in love with it, transforming it over 30 years into a welcoming family home.

The house itself is very Gothic in style boasting some lovely twisted chimneys and with many nods to the ecclesiastical in its shuttered window shapes and boasting an attractive front bay and recessed porch. Inside, off an ample, very attractive hallway are the principal reception rooms, a lovely bright drawing room and dining room and a country style kitchen off which is a laundry room leading into a large studio/workshop.

The house has seven bedrooms in total with the potential to create a self contained annexe and what makes it rather special is the fact it is central to its plot.

A really interesting garden with lots of trees envelops the house with intriguing little walkways and undiscovered areas yet of course you are in walking distance of the railway station and the city centre.

So, after 10 years in property, I am still uncovering fantastic property gems - and this one I think will attract considerable interest as it’s a one-off.

It is intriguing, interesting and full of character like the people who made it their beloved home.

• The Old Rectory is for sale for a guide price of £950,000 with Jackson-Stops & Staff. An open day is being held on Saturday, February 20 from 10am-2pm. You need to book an appointment with the agents to attend this by contacting them on 01603 612333.

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