BAND OF HOPE

Norfolk - - THROUGH THE KEYHOLE -

OWN­ERS: Emily and Mark Thomp­son, daugh­ter Ella 14, son Jack 11 and dog Buster.

PROP­ERTY: Con­verted Tem­per­ance lec­ture hall

BUILT: 1891 LO­CA­TION: Cromer

BOUGHT: Fe­bru­ary 2017

PRO­FES­SIONS: Emily is a GP and Mark is a part-time en­ergy as­ses­sor, and man­ager of their rental prop­er­ties.

OTHER HOME: Pe­riod house in Bed­ford.

FAVOURITE ROOM: The mez­za­nine bed­room. Watch­ing the faint flash­ing light from Cromer light­house through the port­hole win­dow and wak­ing up to the light, the sky and the roof trusses.

FAVOURITE ITEM: The newly-in­stalled Morso wood-burner. Brings a fo­cal point to the main liv­ing area.

FAVOURITE LO­CAL SHOP: Sev­eral: Farm Shop, Tucker Street, great se­lec­tion, Gallery Nor­folk in Cromer for paint­ings, Davies Fish shop Cromer for fresh crabs and Icarus Hines Cromer, butcher. We love his sausages and Buster the dog loves the bones. FAVOURITE PART OF THE COUNTY: Be­sides here, a walk on Holkham beach fol­lowed by a trip to Cook­ies Crab Shop at Salt­house.

FAVOURITE DAY OUT: Used to be Be­Wil­der­wood when the chil­dren were younger, but is now a seal trip from Blak­eney or a visit to the Nor­folk Broads.

FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME: Lis­ten­ing to the waves, whilst sit­ting on the beach, half-way through a walk.

FAVOURITE WALK: Along the cliffs to Over­strand.

FAVOURITE PUB: The Red Lion Cromer, fan­tas­tic view over beach to the Pier. Also The White Horse in Over­strand for a good pint.

FAVOURITE CAFE: The Rocket House for hot choco­late with marsh­mal­lows and cream. Also No.1 Cromer, for take­away fish and chips to eat on the beach or pier.

HOB­BIES: We both en­joy keep­ing fit at the gym, run­ning and walk­ing with our labrador Buster. Mark also coaches Jack’s foot­ball team.

MOST MAG­I­CAL MO­MENT IN THE COUNTY: When we first viewed Band of Hope Hall. What an amaz­ing space; we fell in love with the prop­erty there and then.

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