Mak­ing a Move...

Rich in his­tory with a stun­ning wa­tery land­scape at its cen­tre, the mar­ket town of Diss is a unique place to call home

EDP Norfolk - - Inside - the south Nor­folk mar­ket town of Diss

TAKE A seat by the wa­ter’s edge and soak up the nat­u­ral beauty of the tran­quil Mere which is at the heart of Diss.

The stun­ning six-acre stretch of wa­ter is abun­dant in wildlife and, along with the bustling mar­ket place and rich so­cial and ar­chi­tec­tural his­tory, it is lit­tle won­der the town is such a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion.

The Fri­day mar­ket is still very much an im­por­tant part of com­mu­nity life – just as it has been for the last 500 years. There are some ex­cel­lent in­de­pen­dent shops to ex­plore, both around the mar­ket place and in the sur­round­ing quaint court­yards which are home to cafés, restau­rants and shops, sell­ing a huge va­ri­ety of house­hold es­sen­tials, health and beauty prod­ucts, spe­cial­ist items, gifts and arts and crafts.

The Mere is of course the fo­cal point of the town, with a fan­tas­tic park on its shore which is a great spot for fam­i­lies to en­joy some fresh air. Around the edge, there are plenty of places to walk, sit and en­joy the views and to spot the many species of birds which make the wa­ter their home.

With good lo­cal schools and ex­cel­lent di­rect trans­port links from the town’s rail­way sta­tion to Nor­wich, which takes less than 20 min­utes, and Lon­don, around 90 min­utes, it is lit­tle won­der it is a pop­u­lar place for fam­i­lies to set­tle.

Whether you love pe­riod prop­er­ties or new homes, the prop­erty mar­ket in Diss and its sur­round­ing vil­lages is hugely var­ied.

A mod­ern four bed­room town house with stun­ning views of the mere or a beau­ti­ful four bed­room Vic­to­rian town­house with pe­riod fea­tures in the town cen­tre will both set you back around £365,000. A three bed­room mod­ern ter­race starts at around £200,000 and a two bed­room flat at £120,000. On the edge of the town and sur­round­ing vil­lages, there is a good choice of ru­ral prop­er­ties and farm­houses. Just a mile from Diss rail­way sta­tion, a six-bed­room pe­riod cot­tage with half an acre and its own stu­dio costs £625,000.

The town has ex­cel­lent ameni­ties, in­clud­ing good sports and leisure fa­cil­i­ties and a wide va­ri­ety of clubs and so­ci­eties to suit all ages and in­ter­ests. There is also a vi­brant arts scene cen­tred round the 19th cen­tury Diss Corn Hall which of­fers a lively pro­gramme of mu­sic, theatre, cin­ema and ex­hi­bi­tions.

Diss lies in the beau­ti­ful Waveney Val­ley and there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore the sur­round­ing coun­try­side – in­clud­ing the re­cently cre­ated Quaker Wood on the edge of town. As well as of­fer­ing five acres of com­mu­nity wood­land to en­joy, it has its own wild­flower meadow, pond and open green spa­ces – the per­fect place to es­cape to.

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