Grassmere was originally Boughton’s village shop and post office. Boughton is a small village in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated east of the small town of Downham Market, south-east of the larger town of King’s Lynn, and west of the city of Norwich.
For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.
A Little Bit of History
From early times Boughton consisted of two Manors, Overhall and Netherhall. The two manors already existed in the 10th and 11th centuries and there would certainly have been two manor houses or home farms. However, no trace of the original survive but it is, perhaps possible, to guess at their original position.
As older manor houses became ruined or dilapidated it was usual to rebuild the new buildings on the existing site and this would happen several times over the centuries. It is therefore likely that the manor of Overhall is, today, represented by the buildings of Hall House and Hall Farm, which were originally one property, to the south-west of the pond and the manor of Netherhall represented by Manor Farm House and the farm buildings of Church Farm to the north-east. It is significant that both of these buildings and their farmlands were owned by the Lord of the Manor, until 1919. Boughton was mentioned in the Domesday book under the old heading Buchetuna.
Knowing the village very well as we have lived in the area for over twenty years and attracted by Grassmere’s unique rural setting, overlooking the village pond, my husband and I jumped at the chance to buy it when it came up for sale.
Owned and built by the Sowerby family in 1957, Grassmere became the Village post office and shop for a number of years. After Mr Sowerby died the business closed down. Later on in 2013, Mrs Sowerby in her eighties decided to sell it to us.
The house was in need of refurbishment so we used our experience in this field to redesign the house for modern living. To maintain and complement the character of the property we chose an attractive Mid-Century Modern Decor. Original furnishings were mixed with modern ones so the property inspires memories and tells its own story. The house was equipped to make guests feel at home.
To add interest to the property the outside buildings, overlooking the garden were converted into a Home Spa a Steam shower was built and a hot tub installed leaving enough space to relax.
A website was designed and we were live and ready for guests in Aug 2014.
A year later we were awarded 4star Gold (exceptional quality and customer service) by VisitEngland 2015 / 16 /17 and were approved for having met the criteria of the Walkers Welcome Scheme, Cyclist Welcome Scheme and Mobility 1. We scored 100% on Cleaning.
We have been awarded the TripAdvisor 2017 / 2018 Certificate of Excellence. An award given to hotels, B&Bs and now holiday rentals that show continued excellence in hospitality.
More recently we became an Airbnb ‘Superhost’ an award given to rentals not only with the best reviews, but with the best owners, too!
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