Grassmere was originally Boughton’s village shop and post office. Boughton is a small village in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated east of the small town of Downham Market, south-east of the larger town of King’s Lynn, and west of the city of Norwich. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.
From early times Boughton consisted of two Manors, Overhall and Netherhall. The two manors already existed in the 10th and 11th centuries and there would certainly have been two manor houses or home farms. However, no trace of the original survive but it is, perhaps possible, to guess at their original position. As older manor houses became ruined or dilapidated it was usual to rebuild the new buildings on the existing site and this would happen several times over the centuries. It is therefore likely that the manor of Overhall is, today, represented by the buildings of Hall House and Hall Farm, which were originally one property, to the south-west of the pond and the manor of Netherhall represented by Manor Farm House and the farm buildings of Church Farm to the north-east. It is significant that both of these buildings and their farmlands were owned by the Lord of the Manor, until 1919. Boughton was mentioned in the Domesday book under the old heading Buchetuna.
My husband and I have lived in the area for over twenty years. Knowing the village of Boughton well and attracted by Grassmere’s unique rural setting, overlooking the village pond, we didn’t waste time buying it when it came on the market.
Owned and built by the Sowerby family in 1957, Grassmere became the village Post Office and shop for a number of years. After Mr Sowerby passed away the business closed down. Years later Mrs Sowerby, then in her eighties, sold the property to us.
In need of refurbishment and with our experience in this field, we redesigned the house for todays living. In order to maintain and complement the character of the property we chose attractive mid-century modern decor beautiful things collected and loved over the years. Original furnishings were combined with modern ones throughout the property and the house was equipped to make guests feel comfortable and at home.
To add interest to the property the outside buildings, overlooking the garden, were converted into a Spa. A steam / shower and a hot tub were installed together with a space for guests to relax.
A website was designed and in August 2014 we were live and ready for guests.
One year later we were awarded 4 Star Gold (exceptional quality and customer service) by Visit England 2015/16/17 and were approved for having meet the criteria of the Walkers Welcome Scheme, Cyclists Welcome Scheme and Mobility 1. We scored 100% on cleaning.
Last year we were given a Trip Advisor “Certificate of Excellence 2017″
Grassmere accommodates 8 people. It has a good sized garden with a BBQ area and enough off road parking for three cars. The property also benefits from a children’s play area situated in the village.
Bookings can be made directly through this website.
Press Release Editor: Maxime Thorne / 2018
WEST NORFOLK’S SECRET GEM – THE GRASSMERE HOLIDAY HOME & SPA IN BOUGHTON
Norfolk is justly famous for its unique buildings, slower pace and peace. Nowhere represents all this beautiful county has to offer than Victoria McDonell’s stylish creation – the Grassmere Holiday Home & Spa, in the quiet village of Boughton. What makes Grassmere so very special is not just the comfortable, top quality furnishing, fittings and décor but a truly unique feature – a private Spa retreat in the secluded garden. Add to Grassmere’s charms its location in a Conservation Area and a recognised SSSI, and the perfect leisure idyll is complete.
After three years of delighting holiday-makers looking for somewhere special to escape from their daily hustle-and-bustle lives, Victoria is now inviting people to hold family events and ceremonies such as Baby Naming, Marriage Blessings and Wedding Vow Renewal in this large but intimate house and garden. And with 2018 and 2019 enquiries from people looking for a retreat in which to pursue their favourite past-times with friends or family, Grassmere is set to have painting groups, well-being weekends, meditation & mindfulness retreats, and more added to the long list of reasons why guests love Grassmere so much.
Since opening in 2014 Grassmere has received national awards from organisations people turn to when selecting their holiday destinations to read reviews before deciding. Most recently Trip Advisor awarded Grassmere a 5* Certificate of Excellence and for the past four years Grassmere has been awarded 4* and GOLD in recognition of exceptional quality within the star rating bands by VisitEngland Self Catering Accommodation quality rating.
In addition, this beautiful house and garden is accredited by the Mobility Welcome Scheme for older and less mobile guests, plus the Cyclists Welcome Scheme and by Walkers Welcome. This is a perfect holiday home whatever your needs, hobbies or sport may be.
Victoria’s vision was to renovate this large, mid-20th century house, a quiet, peaceful and high quality home where up to eight people can enjoy Norfolk at its best. The house is a blend of comfort with beautiful things collected and loved over the years by owner Victoria. An environment that is glamorous, yet she hopes will put people immediately at ease. Just yards outside the garden gate is a typically English duck pond, a children’s play area is adjacent to the driveway and the large back garden is surrounded by trees and shrubs that have made Grassmere popular with bird watchers and water-colour artists since the beginning.
If there is one phrase that applies to this open plan, light and welcoming house it surely must be, “Welcome – come in, exhale, then relax, rest and restore yourself. One visitor in January added to this by saying the last ‘R’ word should be Return because that is what she and her family plan to do often!
With a clear view in her mind that Grassmere should be suitable for whole families across the generations, Victoria designed one large, en-suite bedroom down-stairs with no discernible difference in floor levels throughout the whole ground floor. This has made it ideal for people with mobility issues thanks to the very large wet-room and easy access around the dining table and kitchen. On the upper floor are three more generous bedrooms, featuring luxury beds and linens plus additional bathrooms. Stairs are gate protected for the benefit of Grassmere’s youngest guests.
There is nothing that hasn’t been very thoroughly planned so that Grassmere is a haven of perfection whether it is used for a quiet week away, a long-weekend for friends or even as the ‘base’ from which wedding guests can get ready in comfort. In fact, Grassmere is so generously proportioned that it would be ideal for any bride and her entourage before or after the wedding.
With so much to offer from the beautifully decorated house with top notch fittings and furniture, free wifi and ample parking to the Spa Retreat with its inviting jacuzzi, lounging area and steam room, the pricing is uniquely affordable.
The Grassmere Holiday Home & Spa OPEN ALL YEAR can be viewed on its website at http://www.grassmerenorfolkhols.co.uk/