We have now sold our Cob home in Norfolk and moved to a stunning location on the south coast. However, White Cottage, where the story all started, is a stunning example of a cob home and is as close to paradise as you can get, and the pictures of this amazing cob house below are still worth a look. An award winning cob and strawbale eco home, nestled on the edge of the remote and breathtaking Filby Broad, it’s enveloped in nature and offers total peace and tranquility. It is the perfect holiday or second home/lifestyle home.
The home’s unique and curvaceous extension was built by the famous cob building woman Kate Edwards and has appeared on a Channel 4 documentary, BBC One and Two. And journalists from the Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Independent, Sunday Times newspapers and Country Living magazine to name a few, have written about the sublime setting and design of this one off home.
A long winding track across the UK’s largest common in the heart of the Norfolk Broads leads you to White Cottage. On arrival you’re greeted by the exquisite thatched facarde of the original cottage which dates back about 400 years. As you walk across the sweeping lawn, the view across the water is revealed – you’ll see gulls, cormorants, kingfishers and wild swans in abundance. Facing out towards the water is the cob and strawbale extension, thatched with local reed from the surrounding marshland. The extension is as sustainable as you can get and built with such passion and attention to aesthetic detail, you’ll be struck by its beauty.
A cob porch with living sedum roof, leads into the cob and bale entrance hall with stained glass roof, which throws colourful reflections across the lime plastered walls.
Turn left into the large farmhouse style kitchen diner, recently renovated and including original brick floor. Downstairs in the original cottage is also a generously sized family bathroom with shower and bath, plus a utility room with access to the back courtyard.
Upstairs are two recently renovated adjoining bedrooms with a true story book magical appeal. New carpets, natural clay paints and lime plaster have been used.
The other half of the property is the new cob-bale extension which was finished about 5 years ago. A 22 ft long sitting room with French doors looks out across the garden and water. Its voluptuous cob fireplace and solid cob staircase with banister made of wood from the grounds, add to the sculptural essence of the room. Solid oak floor boards, clay tiles and a deep wooden window sill of lime wood add to the mix of textures and natural materials. An arched window in the West wall with bespoke wooden shutters ensures you never miss a sunset, the room being bathed in pink hues in the evening.
Upstairs in the new extension is one very large bedroom with the best views in the house – windows on three sides look East over the water, South across the marshland and North over farmland.
The land outside is about 2/3 acre. A small orchard, large shed, and two pizza ovens are in the garden. The current owners keep a wooden sailing boat, rowing boat and several canoes for enjoying on the Broad as the property enjoys private access to the Trinity Broads, with no need for a licence. Two excellent waterside pubs and restaurant can be reached by boat from the property.
Shed of the Year – cob studio by the water.
The amazing hidden gem you discover as you venture towards the water is the cob studio with turf roof looking out across the lake. It appeared in Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year 2016 and impressed presenter and architect George Clarke. Built into the studio wall is a pizza oven making it the dream spot for entertaining. It’s also perfect for artists and writers to retreat to for inspiration or could function as the dream home office space.
The house has its own private water supply and water purification system – all recently installed and the bore hole has been relined. There is electricity to the house and private drainage.
Campaign for Rural England have given the home 2 awards for its unique design and green credentials.
Rare plants and animals.
Bitterns can be heard booming in the distance, the rare swallowtail butterfly is regularly spotted in the garden and Norfolk Hawker dragon flies sit along the top of the gates in the sunshine. The Broad at the bottom of the garden is designated a Specific Site of Scientific Interest.
The perfect home for sailors, nature lovers and artists.
This home is a dream come true for anyone passionate about sailing, nature, birds and fishing. Also ideal for writers, artists or anyone wanting to lead the good life. Yet it is only 30 minutes from the city of Norwich with it’s fantastic cultural offerings. The breathtaking sandy beach at Winterton-On-Sea with its rolling sand dunes and seals, is a mere 15 minutes away. The glorious North Norfolk coast is easily accessible too. Two well regarded waterside local pubs can be reached by boat from the garden. The award winning gastro pub in the village is also short walk away across the fields.
The Filby Broad at the bottom of the garden is part of the Trinity Broads as gives you access to Rollesby, Ormesby and Lily Broads as well. No motor boats are allowed on Filby Broad (except electric outboards) and most days on the water you won’t see another soul. Just the rare birds and otters. It has exceptional water quality and is one of the few remote inland water havens of its kind still left in the country.