Giving our cottages a new lease of life

Double fronted house stands behind a fence
Published : 19 Oct 2016

Thanks to your support, we're busy updating our cottages and one of them is about to be brought back into use again after two years of standing empty and unused.

Keeper’s Cottage, on the corner halfway between Flash Pit farm on Blickling Road and Ingworth Bridge, and otherwise known as “number 50”, is nearly complete after several months of improvement work.

It has been repaired, had a new kitchen and new bathroom installed, a new multifuel stove added and been decorated throughout. As soon as carpets and flooring have been laid and finishing touches complete, the three-bedroomed house will be given its energy performance certificate and then put up for rent on Right Move.

" Keeper’s Cottage is nearly there and once it is ready and done will make a very nice home. It has been empty for a couple of years and it will be very satisfying to see it back to its best and turned into a home again."
- Spike Malin | Premises Manager

One of many

As reported in Just Aylsham last year, the team at Blickling has been running a project to bring a number of rental properties back into use. The Trust owns 130 properties around communities including Blickling, Silvergate, Itteringham and Moorgate, ranging from one-bedroom bungalows to mansion houses.  They are rented to a range of people, some of whom work on the estate, and are well known for their greeny-grey painted front doors.

A team effort

Other teams from Blickling have been involved, with the countryside team cutting back a large hedge to bring light to the front of the house and make it visible from the road. And the gardening team has installed a new path and kept on top of the summer growth.

Project funding has come from a combination of central National Trust sources and local sources.

Thanks to your support we're able to give our cottages a new lease of life
A blue banner hangs on a fence
Thanks to your support we're able to give our cottages a new lease of life

Reproduced with kind permission of Just Regional