The Artist’s House is a beautifully renovated and lovingly finished late Victorian town house in the centre of Overstrand, yet just a few minutes walk from the beach, via a private gate. It is a charming house with a fascinating story and boasts the most impressive of en suite bathrooms on the top floor.
The house was both the home and studio of renowned local contemporary artist John Midgely (hence the name - The Artist’s House) for many years until the current owners purchased the property and commenced a comprehensive programme of both stuctural and cosmetic refurbishment to create the lovely home presented today.
On entering the property through the front door there are two reception rooms off to the left, with the main sitting room to the front of the house with a bay window and original fireplace. Immediately adjacent, through large original wooden doors is the second reception room; currently a quiet space to sit and relax with a very pretty enclosed porch and door leading out to the rear courtyard garden.
The open plan kitchen / dining room is along the corridor from the reception rooms, towards the rear of the property. This lovely, newly fitted kitchen features a stone worktop with a ‘leather’ finish, giving it a uniquely soft feeling. There is plenty of space for a large dining table and chairs. Off the kitchen is a small hallway with a door to the courtyard garden and the ‘secret’ stairs leading up to a bedroom above. Leading from this hallway is the small utility area and a further door to the downstairs shower room.
The four bedrooms are arranged over two floors above. Up the main stairs with funky Margot Selby designed carpet, there are three bedrooms on the first floor. A fabulous double room to the front of the property, flooded with light from the tall bay window and a lovely feature fire place with an en suite shower room. This was the original artist’s studio. Adjacent is another lovely double room, with a window out the rear and a smaller original fireplace. This room has a unique feeling of calm about it which is finished off by the charming cherub light by Jim Lawrence.
Also on the first floor is the fabulous family bathroom, decadent in every way with both a separate shower enclosure and Jacuzzi bath featuring colour changing lights, a quirky heated towel rail shaped like coat hangers and the clever wall hung shell sculpture that is actually a radiator. Off this bathroom is the smallest of the bedrooms which is still ample in size for a single bed, bedside tables, wardrobe, chest of drawers and chair. It is down from this room that you find the ‘secret stairs’ to the downstairs shower room.
Upstairs again to the second floor there is the truly lovely eaves room. A large double bedroom with good ceiling height throughout and full of light from the large windows, leading to the truly stunning en suite bathroom. With a Lefroy Brooks suite including a freestanding bath in the centre of the room, toilet and a vanity unit with marble top by Porter. There is also an impressive full room-width shower tray, tiled with mosaics and a central shower screen and large rainfall shower head. The clever arrangement of two water tanks in the Artist’s House ensures great water pressure throughout the house and plenty of hot water to all the bathrooms.
The window to the rear of the top ensuite looks out over the rooftops of Overstrand and towards the lane at the back of the terrace; which leads to one of the quirkiest aspects of this house; down to the locked gate at the rear of the grounds to The Pleasance. It is a striking piece of architecture in line with the Arts & Crafts heritage of The Pleasance itself and makes a very unusual way to unlock the short walk down to the beach!
To the front of the property there is unrestricted parking on the lane, used principally by residents only and to the rear there is a place to park by the back fence on the unadopted private lane.
There is a great brick built garden shed attached to the back of the house and a pretty, fully enclosed courtyard garden with plenty of space for outside dining furniture, loungers and BBQ.
The gate to the rear of the garden leads to the private lane, the ‘Narnia’ gate and to the beach beyond, just a few minutes walk away.
Holiday Let Opportunity
Holiday Let Potential Income: £35,000 - £42,000
Potential Occupancy: 25 - 30 weeks pa.
Occupancy: 7 in 4 Bedrooms
The Artist’s House is currently earning income as a holiday let and is marketed by leading local holiday cottage agency, Norfolk Cottages. In 2019 the property achieved an income of £tbc with tbc nights occupancy. The current owners, whilst happy for their second home to generate some income also use the property a great deal, as do their friends and family; so these figures could be improved upon. The potential figures above are based on the same peak week rental of £1650 but with greater occupancy over peak times.
Being finished to such a high standard throughout, having such an interesting story, offering beautiful bathrooms, quiet spaces and benefitting from being so very close to the beach and the village centre all work together to make The Artist’s House an ideal choice for a holiday on the North Norfolk coast.
The location of The Artist’s House in the centre of Overstrand yet on a quiet road away from traffic, is quite unique. The terrace itself and the unadopted lane to the rear of the properties adjoin the famous arts and crafts retreat - The Pleasaunce with its beautiful main house, manicured gardens, cottages and associated outbuildings all of which are quirky and interesting. Once home to Lord & Lady Battersea. It is through this lovely estate that the owners of The Artist’s House can walk down to the beach.
Overstrand is situated between Cromer and Mundesley, the village is rich in history and boasts very lovely sandy beaches which contribute to its popularity with second home owners and holiday makers alike. There are also a wealth of lovely walks and unspoiled countryside all around making it a popular destination for bird watchers and nature lovers too.
Alongside the Pleasaunce there are other architectural gems like Overstrand Hall and the village has hosted figures from history including Sir Winston Churchill and Jessie Boot, founder of Boots the Chemist.
There is the great White Horse Pub and the Cliff Top Café if you fancy a bite to eat, and the crab shed where you can pick up fresh crab and lobster in season.
Cromer is just five minutes drive away from sleepy Overstrand and there you can find larger supermarkets, the train station, shops, cinema and all the fun that a traditional seaside resort brings.
Services: Mains Electricity, Gas and Drains
Heating: Gas Central Heating
Council Tax: North Norfolk District Council. Band D
EPC Rating: E (note: from before the renovations took place)
Viewings: Strictly by appointment with Big Skies Estates