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

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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

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