BAND OF HOPE
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.