Bliss in Blak­eney

Tony Hall dis­cov­ers an ex­cit­ing new house with spec­tac­u­lar sea views across the wild Nor­folk marshes to savour

Norfolk - - Through The Keyhole - WORDS AND PHO­TOS: Tony Hall

O‘Another two wishes were to in­clude our very own pri­vate ‘Every­man’ cin­ema and our own spa’

ver the years I have fea­tured sev­eral homes in Blak­eney, most of which are sweet con­verted fish­er­men’s cot­tages. So I was de­lighted to get an in­vi­ta­tion from Lisa and Daniel Broch to see their stun­ning new build home, which boasts one of the most spec­tac­u­lar, panoramic views I have ever seen in the 25 years I have been do­ing this job.

Spread out in front of us, with the vil­lage to the right, are un­in­ter­rupted panora­mas over the salt marshes and creeks to the sea be­yond.

“There is no chance of any­thing chang­ing our view as we had the op­por­tu­nity of also buy­ing the marshes as well,” ex­plains Lisa. “It was a unique sit­u­a­tion.” The cou­ple, who were born and raised in Hert­ford­shire, bought their first prop­erty in Nor­folk 15 years ago, in Cley, as a hol­i­day home. “We knocked it down and re-built,” says Lisa. “My grand­par­ents had a car­a­van at Bran­caster and we all came up for the hol­i­days, so for our chil­dren, Myla and Edith, we wanted to recre­ate those child­hood mem­o­ries of mine.

“One night on our way back home to London, driv­ing through Blak­eney, Daniel spot­ted this site was for sale. On it was a 1950’s five bed home with two acres, now in to­tal 16 acres. We has­tened back to view and had tea with the owner who had lost her hus­band. She was de­lighted when we said we would knock it down; she thought it a re­lief and the end of an era.”

The sale went to sealed bids and Lisa and Daniel were de­lighted when they dis­cov­ered they had been suc­cess­ful.

“The wish list for the new build with the chil­dren in­cluded spa­ces that flow to­gether, ob­vi­ously tak­ing full ad­van­tage of the spec­tac­u­lar views. As the view faces north we also though an en­closed court­yard gar­den with a swim­ming pool to the south would be a spe­cial added bonus

and as you see it is a fan­tas­tic sun­trap; we have palm trees there. Another two wishes were to in­clude our very own pri­vate ‘Every­man’ cin­ema, which has to be a firm favourite, and our own spa.”

They did all the project man­age­ment through­out, act­ing as con­trac­tors, and with Daniel of­ten away on busi­ness, a lot of that work has fallen to Lisa, who takes it all in her stride.

“My mantra,” she says, “is ‘it is what it is’. Get up, get on with it. Time is money, so at­ten­tion to de­tail and the lo­gis­tics of each and every piece ar­riv­ing on site on time are para­mount. But I am lucky with an ex­cel­lent team of builders and work­men. I had great fun with the in­te­rior de­sign, sourc­ing sev­eral items from Bay­field Hall An­tiques.”

On leav­ing school Lisa joined well-known London hair­dressers Daniel Galvin as an ap­pren­tice where the high pro­file client list in­cluded Princess Diana and

Ni­cole Kid­man. Her hus­band Daniel worked with es­tate agents, buy­ing and sell­ing up-mar­ket prop­er­ties in North London. Their ca­reer in prop­erty took a rather imag­i­na­tive turn after they saw the Every­man Cin­ema in Hamp­stead was on the mar­ket.

“It was go­ing through bad times,” ex­plains Lisa. “Ini­tially Daniel thought of buy­ing it to just de­velop the site, but then we thought could we cre­ate a to­tally dif­fer­ent cin­ema ex­pe­ri­ence, up-mar­ket with de­cent fa­cil­i­ties on site.

“So that’s what we did. Ini­tially it was dif­fi­cult at­tract­ing ma­jor box of­fice films, not be­ing part of a chain, but as more and more peo­ple dis­cov­ered us and our pop­u­lar­ity grew, we were able to get the pick of what we wanted.

We worked day and night for sev­eral years, ac­quir­ing other cine­mas, branded ‘Every­man’ and more re­cently took over the ‘Screen on the Green’ chain.” The cou­ple have taken a step back after com­plet­ing their new home in Nor­folk and are re­fo­cus­ing on what will be sev­eral ‘Bliss’ Bou­tique Ho­tels, the first open­ing in South­port.

“Now fully set­tled in, I love hav­ing fam­ily to stay - par­ents, sis­ter, two broth­ers and lots of grand­chil­dren,” says Lisa. “We are so lucky to have so much room that ev­ery­one has their own space. We all love days out on our lit­tle launch ‘Lit­tle Bliss’, look­ing at the seals and then hav­ing a pic­nic. Walks across the marshes, just me and the dog are fan­tas­tic, in fact although we work hard, life here in our per­ma­nent home is to­tal bliss!

Bliss Blak­eney is avail­able for hol­i­day stays and as a film and photo shoot lo­ca­tion. Con­tact 0203 0304172, bliss­blak­; blisss­ This fea­ture is writ­ten and pro­duced by Tony Hall, tony­

TOP LEFT: De­sign by Jackie Finch, 07776 292211; BC Land­crafts 01954 250830 Plants from Ur­ban Jun­gle, 01603 744997; Deck­ing by Ke­bony, Brooks Bros

LEFT: Ter­race over­look­ing the marshes in the sun

ABOVE: Kitchen by Si­mon Thomas Pirie; Pho­to­graph of girl on marsh by Bri­tish artist Frances Kear­ney, franceskea­r­; Din­ing ta­ble and pen­dants from Mi­lan; Paint colour by Al­cro from Paint & Pa­per, 01603 400777; Resin floor by Puur; Star pen­dant from Stiffkey light­ing at Bay­field An­tiques, bay­field­hal­lan­; Din­ing chairs by Ar­ti­fort, ar­ti­

BE­LOW: Dress­ing ta­ble from; Bed from The Bri­tish Bed Com­pany, 01603 258948; Linen from Trade Linens; Fur cush­ions from John Lewis; Stan­dard lamp by Flos from Atrium,; Bath from Porce­lanosa; Wall­pa­per from Arne Ja­cob­son from Se­lect Wall­pa­pers, se­lect­wall­pa­

Bed by Savoir beds; Cush­ions by Jeanne Laine, jean­; Cur­tains by Os­borne and Lit­tle, os­borne­an­dlit­; Paint colour by Al­cro from Paint & Pa­per, 01603 400777; Lights, Abi­gail Ah­ern, abi­gaila­h­ All bath equip­ment from Mag Bath­rooms, Nor­wich, mag­bath­; Pen­dant light from Stiffkey light­ing, at Bay­field An­tiques, bay­field­hal­lan­

Paint colour by Al­cro from Paint & Pa­per, 01603 400777; Pho­tos of fam­ily pic­tures framed by Pic­ture­craft Gallery, Holt, 01263 711040. Photograph­y art work by Frances Kear­ney, franceskea­r­ney. com. Wood floor­ing by Reeves Wood, 01553 776835 ABOVE:

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