Historic house up for sale

For sale: Bylaugh House could be yours for £1.5m Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's a sound than resonates through many parts of this once glorious country home. Built in 1851 by the same family who designed the House of Parliament Bylaugh House is a shadow of its former self.

This, before it was restored had ivy growing up the side and sycamore growing in the corner.

Today it's on the market for between £1.5m and £2m

The hall has had a chequered history. Used by the RAF during the war as HQ for 100 Bomber Support it was then derelict for 50 years and more recently refurbished as a wedding venue which then went bust.

Roger Fryatt has lived in the village for nearly 20 years.

"I spoke to some of the people who were maids before the war and they said it was so beautiful inside. And it was it was a stunning building inside but nby then it had all gone. So now when you're in it, as you've probably seen yourself, you could be in any modern hotel anywhere in the country to be perfectly honest. And it was amazing. Not now"

The Victorian Grade ll listed house comes with a large number of outhouses and buildings and is set in 18 acres of the Wensum Valley.

Without the help of a large body like the National Trust or English Heritage so many of our halls are falling into disrepair.

This is an opportunity for a private investor to restore to glory a major part of our heritage, but whoever that new owner is they're going to need deep pockets.