life at Blofield and Brundall
With its easy links to Norwich and beautiful riverside setting, it’s no wonder Brundall and Blofield are favourite locations for house buyers, says Saskia Rimbaut
The attractive, neighbouring villages of Brundall and Blofield are nestled on the northern bank of the River Yare. Just five miles east of Norwich, they are a brilliant choice for house buyers looking for the benefits of village life within easy reach of the city.
The community of these two villages ranges from young families to people of retirement age, and the property offering reflects this with a wide selection that is set to get even bigger with the new development at The Pastures on Cucumber Lane, Brundall, which ranges from two-bedroomed starter homes to four-bedroomed houses. As they are in partnership with the government Help to Buy scheme, they offer a good opportunity for first-time buyers.
Further development is planned around the parishes, but for something more established, the east side of Brundall and adjoining Blofield area offer some of the earlier built and Victorian properties running the length of the village, with prices varying from around £250,000 for bungalows to close to £600,000 for the larger, luxury detached dwellings.
These vibrant villages have lots going on too, with social activities and sports clubs, primary schools in both parishes, and amenities such as shops, restaurants (including the national award-winning Richard Hughes cookery school at The Lavender House in Brundall).
Both communities have grown significantly in the past half-century - Brundall now has about 4000 residents, with Blofield slightly fewer. But they still retain the sense of village life, partly thanks to the beautiful countryside in which they sit. Brundall nestles beside Surlingham Broad, with part of the parish falling within the Norfolk Broads National Park. The marina at Brundall, home to Brooms Boats, is bustling with activity and is a fascinating place to walk (especially with the chance for tea and cake at the new East Hills Cafe). The historic water gardens of Brundall Gardens, created by Dr Michael Beverley in the 1880s, are opened to the public for charity on certain days during the year. Recently opened is the Countryside Park, which includes a woodland, orchard, allotments and a park run facility. Also nearby is the beautiful nature reserve of Strumpshaw Fen.
The villages are wrapped around two well cared for churches - the 11th century St Laurence church sits in the heart of Brundall, while the 15th century towering St Andrew and St Peter church in Blofield plays a key role in bringing together the community, regularly hosting charity events, fetes and vintage fairs.
Public transport includes a bus service and two railway stations, Brundall and Brundall Gardens with services to Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, plus the new Postwick Hub road system is set to improve access to future business developments on the eastern fringes of Norwich.
Boats at Brundall marina
The new development at The Pastures, Cucumber Lane, Brundall
St Andrew and St Peter Church, Blofield