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
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