Football club director puts renovated home up for sale

Letterbox House, Stody, Norfolk for sale by Lincoln football director David Lowes

Letterbox House, Stody is for sale for £1.45m, the home of football director David Lowes. - Credit: Sowerbys/Lincoln City Football Club/Archant

A director of a football club has put up for sale his Norfolk house in four acres for £1.45m.

Letterbox House, Stody, Norfolk, for sale

Letterbox House, named so because of its red postbox in the outside wall. - Credit: Sowerbys

David Lowes, a director of Lincoln City football club, has been working on Letterbox House in Stody, near Melton Constable, since buying the property in 2018.

The house, which actually has a working postbox in its outer wall, hence its name, has been transformed throughout by Mr Lowes, 58. He added an extension and large en suites while transforming it throughout with a contemporary look while retaining original period features.

Letterbox House, Stody, Norfolk, for sale

Inside the renovated Letterbox House, for sale. - Credit: Sowerbys

He said he was planning on staying in Norfolk. "I've lived in North Norfolk for more than 10 years, first buying after coming back to the UK from abroad. I think it really is the UK's gem, why would you want to leave?

"But I'm cautious about saying too much as you want to keep North Norfolk as a secret to yourself."

Letterbox House, Stody, Norfolk, for sale

Inside the renovated Letterbox House, for sale. - Credit: Sowerbys


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Letterbox House, which used to be called The Croft, was the home of renowned artist, the late Kathleen McFarlane, best known for her sculptures and off-loom weavings in sisal and rope. The studio she used can work as a home office or fourth bedroom.

Letterbox House, Stody, Norfolk, for sale

Inside Letterbox House, for sale. - Credit: Sowerbys

Mr Lowes bought it from second home owners, however, and put in a new Neptune kitchen with a utility and built an extension. There are two snugs, a reading room and sitting room, all decorated in contemporary colours, and upstairs, three bedrooms, all with en suites.

Letterbox House, Stody, Norfolk, for sale

Letterbox House, Stody, for sale - Credit: Sowerbys

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The house has stunning countryside views with two acres at the front and two acres at the rear as well as a double traditional cart lodge garage.

Paul Newell, manager at Sowerbys in Holt, selling Letterbox House, said: "Having undergone an extensive schedule of renovation, what was once a superb period home now represents the very best of 21st century luxury and impeccable design without for a moment compromising on the rich character of this incredibly special home."

David Lowes, Lincoln City football director

Lincoln City football director David Lowes. - Credit: David Lowes

When Mr Lowes isn't at home, and not in Covid times, he's travelling to Lincoln as a director to watch the team which he said was "not a job, but a labour of love."

With the team enjoying some recent good times, he was keen to stress the importance of the fans.

"Part of the success over the past three-four years has been the fans, that's what football is about, the fans."


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