Shangri-La, Waxham, nr Stalham, Norfolk
Waxham (near Stalham), Norfolk
Shangri-La is situated right on Norfolk's north-east coast in the tiny village of Waxham, which sits around 5 miles from the market town of Stalham. This stunning contemporary holiday property, located within an acre of private grounds, is practically sitting on the sand, with the sandy Waxham Beach just a minute's walk from the door.
This property's name is evocative of a utopian paradise, and if your idea of heaven is a holiday spent relaxing in a cool, contemporary beachfront holiday home which occupies its own gorgeous landscaped grounds, then look no further.
Constructed in 2017/18, Shangri-La sprang to life from the footprint of what was a typical beach-side 'shack' and, under the keen eye of award-winning Mole Architects, has been re-interpreted into the contemporary, low-key, environmentally-aware stunning piece of art now standing in its place. This striking house wouldn't look out of place on the Pacific coastline, but it looks just as fine nestled beside the sand dunes of wonderful Waxham beach.
Inside this PassivHaus (it heats itself), you will find the latest technology and design features; fumed engineered oak flooring, washed plywood walls, wash (stage) lighting uplighters alongside eclectic modern light fittings. Reclaimed beach hut 'jigsaw' feature walls add interest and a splash of colour, high vaulted ceilings create a feeling of space and light floods in from the expansive glazing on the south-facing elevation affording sublime long distance views across the coastal plain towards the Broads. The main living accommodation is an open plan living space, comprising kitchen, dining and relaxing areas with sliding doors to the patio. There is a small, separate TV/kids room as well as a utility area. Two of the three generous-sized bedrooms have glazed doors onto the covered terrace, and there are two bathrooms, one of which one is en suite. The icing on the cake? Open the windows and doors and you can hear the sea as waves roll onto the nearby beach.
Shangri-La sits in extensive grounds of around an acre which have been landscaped to combine manicured lawn alongside grass meadow areas. Trees and shrubs surround the garden and are a magnet for birds who happily set up home here, and their song is always evident. A private gateway takes you through to the path that leads over the dunes to the beach which stretches as far as the eye can see.
Waxham is a small East Norfolk coastal hamlet sitting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is mainly known for Waxham Hall and Great Barn, a fully restored, magnificent Elizabethan barn. The beach is often referred to as one of the UK's best beaches, but still remains peaceful and quiet, even in high summer months. A little way down the coast is Horsey, the main breeding area for colonised seals, but seals are also a very common sight at Waxham. If you swim off the beach or take out a kayak, the seals will surface to take a closer look. Birdlife is also abundant and in the migration season around September and October many rare and unusual species find their way to the area. Resident birds include cranes and pink footed geese which can be seen in the surrounding fields. The Norfolk Broads are very close by and taking a boat out for the day and exploring the Broads is always a fun thing to do. The City of Norwich is easily reached by car in half an hour.
The house is all on one level.
Open Plan Living Space
Kitchen with bespoke plywood units and Corian countertop. Integrated Miele electric oven and microwave, conduction hob with downdraught extractor, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher. Table with seating for six. Two leather sofas, Smart TV, Sonos system. Sliding doors onto the terrace.
TV/Children's Games Room
With sofa, TV & games
King size, bedside floating cube tables and overhead lighting, hanging rail and storage cupboards above and below.
Full-size twin beds, bedside floating cube tables and overhead lighting, hanging rail and storage cupboards above and below. Doors to south facing covered terrace.
With bath and shower over, wash basin, electric heated towel rail, electric Velux window and low level WC.
King size bed, bedside floating cube tables and overhead lighting, hanging rail and storage cupboards above and below. Doors to south facing covered terrace.
En suite Shower Room
Large 'wet' shower cubicle, wash basin, electric heated towel rail and low level WC.
There is driveway parking for three cars. The garden runs to all sides of the house. There is a decked area and covered terrace, with table and seating and steps down to the garden. Deck chairs and outdoor games are stored in the shed, where there are two 'sit on top' kayaks that can be used, at your own risk (there are user notes in the House Folder within the house). There are two 'hosing down' pipes; ideal for rinsing off sandy bodies (and kayaks) after a day on the beach.
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Norfolk is dotted with many delightful market towns which are well worth a visit, many situated along the coast and all with their own unique charm. Any one of them is worth exploring and discovering for yourself, but particular favourites include Burnham Market with its boutique clothing shops, and Aylsham, which offers a rich heritage and a peaceful pace of living.
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