Inside Norfolk's most expensive house - on sale for £3.75m

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:14 05 February 2016

Fishers at Burnham Overy Staithe is one the market for £3.75m.

Fishers at Burnham Overy Staithe is one the market for £3.75m.


Property editor Caroline Culot takes a look at the house which is currently the most expensive on market in Norfolk.

Sail from your doorstep – Fishers is a property that probably comes onto the open market only once in a generation.

Built in the 1930s with substantial later additions, the current owners have lived there since the 1970s and only now reluctantly feel they should downsize.

Their lives have revolved around the constantly changing vistas from the north side of the house and it is unlikely they will ever be able to find another north Norfolk property with views as breathtaking.

It is difficult to tear yourself away from the window or first floor balcony as there is always the quintessential scene of small boats, fisherman collecting cockles, a beautiful sunset or stormy skies. And you can enjoy looking at the ever changing seasons from the warmth of your home.

Your friends and relations will be queuing up to spend time with you birdwatching, sailing and walking the coastal path.

The house certainly has space to cater for guests with five bedrooms in the main house (two of which can be separated off as a self-contained annexe with its own kitchen, living room and bathroom).

There are also two further self-contained one and two bedroom apartments in a separate building which are currently run as holiday lets.

So how does it command such a prestigious price tag? Well, its location is hailed as one of the best in the whole of Norfolk. Admiral Horatio Nelson learned to sail in the harbour at Burnham Overy Staithe, it is believed.

The location is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and between it and the sea, the river spreads out into a tapestry of tidal creeks that flow through saltmarshes and finally out to sea between a gap in the sand dunes known as Burnham Harbour.

The beach is a good mile’s walk from the village and, therefore, totally unspoilt and peaceful with vast expanses of golden sands and wide, open skies.

A ferry service from the village takes you to Scolt Head Island (tides and weather permitting) which is run by English Nature where you can while away a few hours picnicking, relaxing and enjoying the vast array of flora and fauna on this idyllic offshore four mile long barrier island. It is all of this which people crave, especially those from the capital and this desirability has of course pushed up prices.

It is currently listed as the most expensive house on the open market, closely followed by one other for sale with Savills for £3.5 million and then five others between £2million-£3million, the kind of price tags not long ago just not achieved in Norfolk.

Tim Hayward, of Jackson-Stops & Staff, said: “Location is everything. In London, W1 prices per square foot are about £1900, in EC4 nearly £2000. Properties in unique locations whether it is London, Courcheval, Cornwall or Norfolk will always command a premium price.

“Fishers has probably the best view along this coastline looking straight down the creek to Scolt Head Island and Gun Hill commanding a £900 per square foot price tag. Half the price of London and I would argue well over twice the value.”

• Fishers, Burnham Overy Staithe, is for sale for a guide price of £3.75 million with Jackson-Stops & Staff

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