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 195
7, 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. Original furnishings were combined with modern ones throughout the property, so retaining the property’s history and telling the story. 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 room and shower were built and a hot tub installed together with 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 and were approved for having meet the criteria of the Walkers Welcome Scheme, Cyclists Welcome Scheme and Mobility 1. We scored 100% on cleaning.
This year we have qualified for the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence! Winners will be announced at the end of May 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 our website.