Set in a lovely position on the edge of the ever-popular village of Middleton, this Grade II listed house enjoys a secluded setting with gardens and woodland approaching 3.6 acres in total. The house is a wonderful mix of architectural styles from the last five hundred years.
The greater part of the house is the early 20th century east wing, designed by renowned local architect Cecil Ley and heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. This adjoins the central section of the property which comprises a fine 17th century Suffolk Longhouse. This in turn leads into the earliest part of the property which is believed to date back to the early 1500’s. This cottage is currently used as a kitchen with bedrooms above.
The property has interesting literary connections: formerly the home of the German poet Michael Hamburger, Marsh Acres also features in his fellow countryman’s renowned book “The Rings of Saturn”, where the study is mentioned in some detail. Living a reclusive lifestyle, the property was practically untouched for almost a century until the current owners purchased the house. With a love for the building and its history, the owners have embarked on a programme of restoration while maintaining the essential atmosphere of the house. Today, the property is ready for another hundred years of bustling family life courtesy of the new roof and significant improvements to the fabric of the building. The property has also been fully re-wired and fitted with a new central heating system. Some parts of the property still offer further potential to be upgraded, with the bedrooms in the cottage and the loft room all giving scope to re-fit to a buyer’s taste. The large dining room also offers scope for conversion into a family kitchen-diner.
The grounds directly behind the property are landscaped into an informal garden which is mainly laid to lawn with mature planted beds and perennials. With a number of specimen trees, it is a lovely place to enjoy a summer’s day and it is very well screened from all sides. An arch through a mature beech hedge at the end of the garden leads into an orchard which offers a delicious mix of fruit trees, including some reputedly set by literary figures including Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, from his own orchard in the West County. To the East side of the plot there is lovely shaded woodland that leads towards the marshes. The property has two driveways and a garage and down the lane, a further area for overflow parking. Subject to a planning application, there could be scope for a further property to be built within the grounds which would not detract from the garden or spoil the seclusion.
Offering fantastic potential for a variety of purposes, this unique and historic home is ready for its new owners and is offered to the market with no onward chain.
The picturesque village of Middleton is one of the area’s most desirable settings located in the heart of the Heritage Coast. Close by is the village of Yoxford with a good range of local shops, Saxmundham lies around four miles away and offers a Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets. The village has a primary school and also a well-regarded public house The Bell, which is within walking distance from the property serving excellent food. Using Middleton as a base, it is a great spot to explore Southwold, Walberswick and Dunwich which offer all the delights of seaside living. Aldeburgh also offers famous fish and chips and great sailing facilities. Along with Aldeburgh there is an excellent arts scene at Snape with galleries and music concerts held there throughout the year. For those who enjoy the coast you have plenty of country walks and the nature reserves nearby. With the A12 easily accessible and train services to London Liverpool street via Ipswich available at Saxmundham and Darsham it is easy to travel out of the County.