A Grade II listed property, thought to be the toll house of a small Norfolk village, will go under the hammer at auction later this week.
Fourways in Litcham, near King’s Lynn, is for sale with Auction House East Anglia at a guide price of £500,000 – although it may fetch even higher once the gavel falls.
In 2020, it was put on the market with Sowerbys and listed for £695,000.
It’s estimated that, in the 1800s, there were over 5,000 toll houses – or toll-gates – in England, home to collectors whose job it was to take in money from road users to help build, improve and maintain the nation’s roads.
Fourways is thought to be one of them, dating back to the early 19th century – possibly even earlier – with later extensions.
Over the years, the property has been carefully preserved and restored and still boasts several distinctive period features, including its post-medieval lime kiln, Dutch gables to the external walls, arched windows, exposed timbers and some lovely examples of brick and flintwork.
But despite its age, it has also been fully refurbished and is now a quirky four-bed home, complete with a newly fitted kitchen, bathrooms and lots of living space.
Accommodation includes three good-sized reception rooms, an en suite bedroom, kitchen and family bathroom on the ground floor, with a further bathroom and three bedrooms on the floor above.
Outside, Fourways sits in gardens and grounds of around 1.5 acres, with woodland at the rear, and includes a double garage and ample off-road parking.
The auction will take place at 11am on Wednesday, March 22. Other lots coming up for sale include a four-bed home with river views near Downham Market, a former shop in Holt with planning permission to convert and a traditional pink cottage near the Suffolk town of Eye.
For more information, including legal packs and bidding info, contact Auction House East Anglia.
Mileham Road, Litcham
Guide price: £500,000
Auction House East Anglia, 01603 361653
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