Grace and elegance in gorgeous Holt in this £2.5m Old Rectory

PUBLISHED: 11:32 07 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:51 07 August 2015

Old Rectory in Holt

Old Rectory in Holt


Property editor Caroline Culot enjoyed a visit to the Old Rectory in Holt, for sale for £2.5 million with Strutt & Parker.

If you have ever parked your car just down the road from Holt town centre and wondered what was behind the large gates behind you, I had the upmost privilege of finding out.

I was given a tour of the Old Rectory which is the property that stands in just over six acres. It is an absolutely prime spot - imagine you can walk out of your front door, down the drive and up the road and be at Byford’s for breakfast!

The rectory stands proudly in its plot and I was given a very comprehensive tour by the owner who, since he bought it in 2007, has left absolutely no stone, or should I say pamment or original floorboard, uncovered.

This house has been restored and updated to absolute perfection with a considerable amount of the hard work not visible - floors have been taken up and relaid, en suites have been cleverly created from really difficult shaped spaces most of us would simply not tackle and it has every type of water you could wish for, filtered and not filtered!

As I say, much of the work cannot be seen but it has been done with love and care all the same such as putting in a warm roof system with extensive insulation, new lead work, some new ceilings, it has been completely re-wired, re-plumbed and many new hardwood sash windows installed.

The top floor, which often owners of these types of large country houses leave for storage, has been completely converted to offer a suite of beautifully presented bedrooms with en suites, boasting lovely wooden floors, some original exposed beams and brickwork and pretty views over the gardens.

I really liked the fact this house has not been over-modernised, however, but I did really fall in love with the pale pink marble en suite bathroom - very luxurious!

I really admire the owner for his devotion to detail; he has gone to incredible lengths to match pamments, restore blocked up windows and basically do everything he possibly can to make this a fabulous home which will stand the test of time for a future family. I feel a little sad that some of his hard work may never actually be appreciated by a new owner - I really hope the buyer is given the detailed visit I was and then they will know everything that has been done!

In total, there are nine bedrooms in this house as well as a coach house. It has a very interesting history, believed to be the second oldest property in Holt, after Byfords.

The front part of the house was probably rebuilt and completed in about 1720 with the middle section of the house mentioned in Norwich archives as surrounded by a moat between 1000 - 1500!

The Tithe Barn, no longer part of the property, is a little further down Letheringsett Hill.

The house was occupied by various rectors of the Parish Church of St Andrews in Holt until it was sold in 1962, the last clerical occupant being the Reverend John Southern who was highly regarded in the area.

The property was then purchased by Sir Roy and Lady Harrod who had moved to Norfolk on his retirement from Oxford and remained their home for the rest of their lives.

For me, this was a joy to visit, I also enjoyed a stroll around the grounds which includes a kitchen garden and you get that lovely feeling of privacy yet you are only down the road from Holt centre and close to Letheringsett the other way and the north Norfolk coast.

•The Old Rectory, Holt, is for sale for £2.5 million with Strutt & Parker on 01603 617431.

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