Bridge Street, Long Melford, Sudbury, CO10
Guide Price £1,500,000 Freehold
Guide Price £875,000 Freehold
A majestic 5/6 bedroom family home, offering over 3,600 sq. ft. of flexible accommodation with peaceful, secure, landscaped garden, garage and far-reaching country views.
This exceptional timber-framed, detached Tudor farmhouse dates from around 1520 with later mid-20th century additions. Beautifully maintained and sympathetically improved by the current owners, the property retains a wealth of character and period charm with inglenook fireplaces, exposed timbers, heavy oak doors and mullioned windows. It also has the advantage of not being listed.
The main part of the house is constructed on a massive oak timber frame with rendered and cedar tile hung walls under a cedar tiled roof (recently replaced). The wonderful, character interior benefits from large reception rooms, three inglenook fireplaces with multi-fuel stove and good ceiling heights on both the ground and first floors. There is also a delightful Aga Shaker kitchen overlooking the rear gardens and a superb garden room/orangery.
With fine ledged and braced oak front door, leaded light windows on the other two sides and exposed wall timbers. Quarry tiled floor and an oak ledged and braced inner door with diamond fanlight opening to:
With doors to the reception hall and sitting room. Chimney breast, exposed ceiling timbers and hardwood parquet flooring.
With leaded light window to the front, fine brick inglenook fireplace with heavy oak bressumer and herringbone brick hearth. Exposed wall and ceiling timbers and staircase up to the first floor.
A very fine triple aspect room with leaded light windows to the front and rear and a matching bay window to the side overlooking the walled side garden. Magnificent red brick inglenook fireplace with carved oak bressumer and inset multi-fuel burning stove with log recess to one side. Glass panel in the rear exposing a historic mullion window through to the dining room. Real oak strip floorboards.
With leaded light window to the front, exposed wall timbers and ceiling beam, hardwood parquet flooring. Open doorway at one end to the vaulted back lobby.
VAULTED BACK LOBBY:
Vaulted up to the first floor ceiling with fine exposed timbers and mullion window. French doors out to the garden, quarry tiled floor.
With leaded light window to the front, fine exposed wall and ceiling timbers, red brick inglenook fireplace with inset multi-fuel burning stove and brick hearth, hardwood parquet flooring.
A magnificent timber orangery at the side of the house, vaulted right up to an eaves height of around 13. Marble floor tiles and beds around to allow planting with shingled pot trays underneath the windows. Opening fanlights and a pair of French doors out to the pump courtyard. Four traditional cast iron radiators.
With window to the rear, handbasin, WC and a fully-tiled shower cubicle.
AGA KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM:
Stretching across the back of the house and made to feel larger by opening directly through into the utility room. Range of leaded light windows right across the back above the sink and main working surfaces overlooking the garden. Recess with Aga range (oil-fired) and a good selection of Shaker style built-in base cupboards with other wall units and real woodblock working surfaces. Porcelain butler sink, proper walk-in pantry cupboard with shelving.
With further leaded light window to the rear, stainless steel sink with mixer tap and spaces for washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher. Vaulted up to the first floor ceiling with the timbers and ancient mullion window on the back wall of the original house.
With quality UPVC door and window overlooking the garden, integrated fridge, integrated freezer with work top over. Tiled floor.
Housing gas boiler supplying central heating and hot water. Megaflo 380-litre pressurised water system.
ON THE FIRST FLOOR
A good sized landing with some fine exposed wall timbers, bay window with leaded light out to the rear and loft hatch.
Agents Note: The inner landing/bedroom 6 (easily sub divided) provides separate access through to bedrooms 1 and 2.
A bright double aspect room with leaded light windows to the front and side and storage cupboard with oak door.
With window to the side garden, roll top bath, pedestal handbasin, WC.
With windows to the side and rear, built-in triple wardrobe cupboard. Loft access.
DRESSING ROOM (BEDROOM 6):
With wonderful old mullion windows to the front and rear, fine exposed timbers, built-in wardrobe cupboards.
With fine exposed wall timbers all around, leaded light windows to the front and side (looking through, the orangery) and fine old mullion window to the rear (looking down onto the kitchen).
With leaded light window to the front, fine exposed wall timbers, link door to bedroom 5.
With leaded light window to the front, exposed wall timbers, great chimney breast.
With window to the rear overlooking the garden, white roll top bath with traditional mixer tap and shower attachment, pedestal handbasin and shower cubicle.
Next door to the bathroom, with leaded light window to the rear, corner shower cubicle, handbasin and WC.
With access via a retractable ladder from bedroom 2, a very useful room with leaded light windows at either end and full head height right into the eaves. Ideal for a playroom or home office etc.
The approach is along a private gravelled lane with no through traffic. To the side of the house are a pair of 6 timber gates leading to a shingled parking area 40 (12m) long. At the front of the house is a pair of five bar gates leading to the front carriage driveway. At the side of the house by the parking area is the orangery, alongside which is the pump courtyard with a lovely historic cast iron pump and boundary wall.
The walled gardens continue around the front and side of the house and the main garden is to the rear measuring approximately 110 x 72 (33.5 x 22m). It is laid out with a terrace behind the house opening onto a sweeping lawn with flower and shrub borders all around. In the centre is a slightly sunken flagstone terrace with laburnum tree. Across the rear is a mature hedge with fields beyond. In all around 0.32 acres.
A purpose-built tandem garage of rendered block construction under an interlocking tiled roof with up and over door, windows to the side and rear and a personnel door to the side leading to the garden. Power and light.
Clay Hall House enjoys peaceful edge of village, semi-rural, setting just 2 miles from the historic Suffolk Wool town of Long Melford, which offers everyday amenities. The medieval town of Lavenham is approximately 3 miles to the north.
The village of Acton provides the facilities offered by the Parish Church, village pub, general store/post office and a CEVC Primary School. The nearby market town of Sudbury provides excellent shopping, schooling and commercial facilities together with a branch railway service to London via Marks Tey.
Located in the heart of Suffolks rural countryside, Acton is also close to the beautiful, historic market town and cultural centre of Bury St Edmunds with its historic Cathedral, Abbey Gardens and 21st-century Apex Auditorium, as well as the National Trusts Theatre Royal and nearby Ickworth Park. Cambridge and Newmarket are also within easy driving distance.
Colchester is about 15 miles to the south and Ipswich is about 20 miles to the east, both provide a wide range of educational, recreational and shopping facilities and with mainline railway stations to Londons Liverpool Street Station with fast trains from Colchester taking around 50 minutes.
The surrounding Stour Valley and Dedham Vale countryside are recognised as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - untouched: gently sloping, quintessential rural Suffolk, as immortalised by the paintings of Constable and Gainsborough. Country walks and the numerous country pursuits available are on your doorstep.
Mains gas, water and electricity. Semi-private drainage. Gas-fired central heating. Note: None of the services has been tested by the agent.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE:
Babergh District Council. Council Tax Band G.
Strictly by appointment only through Winkworth Long Melford, telephone 01787 326740 and by VIRTUAL TOUR available on request.
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