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Magazine (The)

Sedgeford, Norfolk

A former Civil War arms store dating back to 1642 and now offering comfortable family accommodation for five on the Norfolk coast.

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The Magazine is a detached, Grade II listed, historic and cosy abode situated in the heart of rural West Norfolk, in a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, three miles from the coast. The Magazine is surrounded by the wide open spaces and huge skies that characterise this part of England.

On the lower ground floor there is a large fully equipped kitchen with a quarry-stone floor and a wood-burning stove. The stairs lead to the open plan sitting/dining room, distinguished by three sets of church-style windows, which look out onto the surrounding lawns. A further wood-burning stove contributes to the snug feel. Also on the ground floor there is a bathroom and a twin bedroom, both with slit windows. A further set of stairs provide access to a single bedroom and a double bedroom at the top of the house, which have pitched ceilings and wonderful exposed beams. 

The house is in an elevated position surrounded by lawns facing onto the Peddars Way, an ancient Roman path and now a National Trail. The Magazine exudes history amidst the quiet beauty of Norfolk.

There are some steps to enter The Magazine on both the lower ground and ground floors plus a steep staircase to the first floor.

Dog Allowed - Yes 

Oil central heating plus 2 wood burning stoves

All Vivat Trust properties have a TV, DVD player and CD player plus fully equipped kitchens with oven & hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine. In addition The Magazine provides the following facilities.

Bath with electric shower over the bath
iPod station
Garden with outdoor furniture
BBQ (charcoal not included)
Off road parking for 2 cars

The house dates back to 1642 when it was built as an arms store for use in the Civil War by the Royalist Sir Hamon Le Strange of Hunstanton Hall (hence its name of Magazine). Built out of the distinctive local carstone the main part of the house was constructed in the style of a chapel to mask its true purpose. Rumour persists of the existence of an entrance to a secret passageway leading to the sea,  constructed to aid escape and covertly move munitions during this fraught period of English history. Since then ownership of the Magazine was passed down through the Le Strange family before falling into disrepair and finally being restored to the comfortable house it is today.

Location: Sedgeford, near Hunstanton, Norfolk 

Interesting Towns: Hunstanton, Burnham Market, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Fakenham and King's Lynn 

Historic Attractions:  Castle Rising Castle, Sandringham, Holkham Hall, Houghton Hall, Blickling Hall (NT), Felbrigg Hall (NT), Oxburgh Hall (NT), Castle Acre, Creake Abbey (EH) and SHARP archaeological dig (Jul-Aug) 

Activities:  Golf at Royal West Norfolk Golf Club and Hunstanton Golf Club, sailing at Brancaster and Hunstanton and bird watching at Snettisham and Titchwell Marsh Reserves (RSPB), Scolt Head Island and Pensthorpe Gardens, Seal trips at Blakeney National Nature Reserve and walking along Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path 

Local Events:
May: Houghton International Horse Trials, Houghton Hall
July: Holkham Country Fair & Sandringham Flower Show
August: Burnham Craft Fair & North Norfolk Music Festival
September: Game and Country Fair Sandringham & Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival
November: Christmas Fair Sandringham


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