Mak­ing a move to… Long Strat­ton

In the heart of de­sir­able south Nor­folk, Long Strat­ton and its sur­round­ing vil­lages of­fer the best of ru­ral liv­ing

EDP Norfolk - - PROPERTY - WORDS: Rachel Buller

Re­cently given town sta­tus, re­flect­ing its grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and ex­cel­lent range of ameni­ties, Long Strat­ton is hugely pop­u­lar with both young fam­i­lies and those look­ing to re­tire who want easy ac­cess to beau­ti­ful coun­try­side and es­sen­tial com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.

There has been huge ex­pan­sion to the town in re­cent years, and with plans for more hous­ing and a new pri­mary school, it con­tin­ues to grow while still re­tain­ing that vil­lage feel.

As well as a va­ri­ety of shops, pubs and cafes, it has a vet, med­i­cal cen­tre, leisure cen­tre and pri­mary and high school.

There is also a lively com­mu­nity scene with plenty of clubs, ac­tiv­i­ties, sports and events for all ages from yoga, pi­lates and the Women’s In­sti­tute to foot­ball, bowls and cricket – in fact some of the sur­round­ing vil­lages have among the pret­ti­est cricket pitches in the county.

As in the rest of south Nor­folk, there is a strong hous­ing mar­ket, but there are still some ex­cel­lent

prop­er­ties to be dis­cov­ered which re­main rel­a­tively af­ford­able and it is pos­si­ble to get more for your money in cer­tain ar­eas than in other parts of the county. If the long cam­paigned-for A140 by­pass is given the green light, this will only add to the town’s de­sir­abil­ity.

With new houses be­ing built all the time – from two bed­room starter homes to lux­ury four or five bed­room prop­er­ties – there is now con­sid­er­ably more choice in the area. Modern style hous­ing built dur­ing the 1980s and 90s blends with Vic­to­rian cot­tages and bun­ga­lows set in large plots. Thanks to Long Strat­ton’s ru­ral set­ting, go just a few min­utes from the town and you are in the heart of Nor­folk’s rolling green coun­try­side. Pretty vil­lages such as Flor­don, Saxling­ham Nether­gate and Tas­burgh are full of tra­di­tional coun­try cot­tages and pe­riod homes rich in lo­cal his­tory, there are also some great op­por­tu­ni­ties with older prop­er­ties need­ing up­dat­ing.

Strad­dling the A140 means there is easy ac­cess to Nor­wich to the north and the bustling, his­toric town of Diss in the south, which has a reg­u­lar mar­ket, a vi­brant arts scene and ex­cel­lent shop­ping. A bus ser­vice pro­vides good public trans­port links.

Also on the doorstep is the Boudicca Way which runs for 36 miles be­tween Nor­wich and Diss, roughly fol­low­ing the side of the old Ro­man Road – now the A140.

It takes you through gen­tly un­du­lat­ing coun­try­side, where you can en­joy wildlife spot­ting, dog walk­ing, fam­ily bike rides and gen­tle strolls.

ABOVE: The cen­tre of Long Strat­ton

BE­LOW: Pretty Flor­don Com­mon near Long Strat­ton

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