Foxhall, Nr Ipswich, Suffolk
Reception hall, 33′ sitting room, dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast room with walk-in pantry, boot room and cloakroom. Six bedrooms, one en-suite, two bathrooms and two separate WCs. Garaging and workshops. Extensive range of traditional agricultural buildings approaching 23,000 sq ft (2,129 sqm). Formal gardens and grounds, extending to over 12 acres (4.9 hectares) in all.
Location Foxhall Hall will be found in the Parish of Foxhall, set along a single track road in a wonderful rural location, yet well located for Ipswich, Woodbridge and Felixstowe. From the property there are a number of public footpaths providing lovely walks through Purdis Heath, which is deemed a site of Special Scientific Interest. There is also easy access by car or foot to Purdis Golf Club.
The County Town of Ipswich offers comprehensive business, shopping and recreational facilities and there are trains running to London’s Liverpool Street Station scheduled to take just over the hour. Nearby is the Suffolk Show Ground and the A12 trunk road, which links with the M25 to the south and the A14 to the west, is within a mile of the property. Sailing can be found in the local vicinity at such locations as Waldringfield and Levington. The market town of Woodbridge, set on the banks of the River Deben, is approximately 5 miles to the north-east with a further range of shopping and schooling facilities together with sailing. The Heritage Coastline can be found within 15 miles of the property to the north-west along the A12.
Directions Heading south on the A12 from the Woodbridge direction, continue straight over the roundabout passing Tesco Extra on your left. Continue straight over at the next roundabout (with BT Adastral Park on your left), then at the next roundabout take the third exit to turn right onto Foxhall Road where signposted to Foxhall. Continue along this road for approximately one mile, turning left onto Hall Road. Continue along Hall Road for approximately a quarter of a mile and the entrance to Foxhall Hall will be found on the right hand side.
Description Foxhall Hall is believed to have modest origins, with thoughts that the property originally comprised an estate cottage possibly dating from the 17th Century. We understand the cottage was then added to and altered over the years, with the previous owner, Colonel Young CBE, extending the property during the early part of the 20th Century. The Foxhall Hall Estate was sold by auction on 8th June 1948 when Foxhall Hall and some of the surrounding agricultural land was acquired by the previous vendor and it has remained in that family’s ownership since.
Over the years, Foxhall Hall, its outbuildings and grounds have been maintained to a very high standard. However, the property now warrants a programme of renovation and refurbishment, as well as possibly re-modelling internally.
There is an extensive range of former agricultural buildings, comprising a traditional Suffolk barn, former milking parlour, pig sties and covered storage. These buildings could either be utilised for storage to serve Foxhall Hall, or given the tremendous potential they possess, converted to provide ancillary annexe accommodation, a gym and swimming pool complex, work from home facility or business premises, subject to the necessary consents. The gardens and grounds, which extend to just over 12 acres (4.9 hectares), have been extremely well maintained over the years. These include formal gardens that immediately surround Foxhall Hall together with additional grassed areas and a tree belt/wooded area separating Foxhall Hall from the agricultural land that adjoins the property to the west.
Vendor´s Survey The vendors have commissioned a full building survey of the property for the benefit of interested parties. An electronic copy of the survey is available from Clarke and Simpson. The purchaser will be obliged to reimburse the vendors the cost of the survey on completion (£975 + VAT). The surveyors, James Aldridge, will then assign the survey to the new owner along with their duty of care.
Overage The property will be sold subject to overage provisions whereby for a period of 25 years if planning consent for residential development is obtained then 30% of the enhanced value will be payable to the sellers if such planning permission is implemented or the property sold with the benefit of such planning permission.
The overage payment will be based on the value of the property with the benefit of the planning permission less the market value of the land immediately before the grant of such planning permission and with no expectation of such planning permission and will be payable immediately upon implementation of the planning permission or the sale with the benefit of planning permission. For the avoidance of doubt the overage will not capture annexe accommodation, B&B/holiday lets or commercial uses.
Ground Floor A part glazed arched wooden front door set within a covered porch opens into the
Reception Hall An impressive reception area with central, split staircase that is overlooked by the galleried landing with roof lantern above providing a good amount of natural light. Exposed ceiling timbers with fleur-de-lys and tudor rose pargetting, column radiator, wall light points, range of fitted storage cupboards, door to Kitchen/Breakfast Room and doors off to
Cloakroom With matching pair of wall hung sinks with splashbacks. Column radiator, range of fitted coathooks and door to separate WC.
Study 18’4 x 18’2 (5.59m x 5.54m) and 13’7 x 7′ (4.14m x 2.13m) Originally believed to comprise the principal entrance to Foxhall Hall, but reconfigured to create a study. With crittal style windows and French doors on the eastern elevation offering views across the garden and surrounding agricultural land. The focal point is the carved stone fireplace (now sealed) set on a raised stone hearth. Wall light points and range of column radiators.
Dining Room 17’6 x 13’7 (5.33m x 4.14m) A delightful twin aspect formal dining room with large crittal windows providing views to the north and east across the gardens and grounds. Display cabinet, wall light points and column radiator.
Sitting Room 33’7 x 16′ (10.24m x 4.88m) An extremely spacious, triple aspect reception room with crittal style French doors and windows providing good views and access to the garden. Used by the previous owners as a room to entertain guests and to host dancing, the room incorporates a wonderful bar of its era with serving hatch, fitted shelving and cupboards. Carved stone fireplace of similar style to that in the Dining Room. Parquet flooring throughout. Wall light points, radiator, door to shelved storage cupboard and door to the
Kitchen/Breakfast Room 20’4 x 15’6 (6.2m x 4.72m) An extremely light room with large windows on the front and rear elevation providing good views of the gardens and grounds. Fitted with a range of cupboard and drawer units with work surface over incorporating a resin sink with mixer tap and drainer. Exposed ceiling timbers, night storage heater and door to walk-in Pantry Cupboard, 11’10 x 7’3 (3.61m x 2.21m), with range of fitted shelving and cheese cupboard. A second door from the Kitchen/Breakfast Room provides access to the
Utility Room/Boot Room 15′ x 8’5 (4.57m x 2.57m) Two doors providing access to the front and rear, range of fitted shelving, plumbing for washing machine and window overlooking the courtyard.
Stairs from the Reception Hall rise to the
Galleried Landing With exposed ceiling and wall timbers to part, ceiling lantern providing a good amount of natural light, column radiator, doors off to walk-in storage cupboard containing the electricity meters, walk-in Airing Cupboard, door to separate WC and doors off to
Bedroom One 18’6 x 15’11 (5.64m x 4.85m) A generous, twin aspect double bedroom with wonderful semi-elevated views over the gardens and adjoining agricultural land. Built-in wardrobe cupboards and column radiator.
Bedroom Two 14′ x 13’10 (5.63m x 4.81m) A good size twin aspect double bedroom with windows providing far reaching views of the surrounding gardens and grounds. Column radiator and wall light points.
Bedroom Three 11’9 x 11’6 (3.58m x 3.51m) With part glazed crittal style French doors opening on to the balcony, and overlooking the original front drive. Fitted wardrobe cupboards, radiator and door to
En-suite Bathroom With suite comprising panelled bath in part tiled surround, wall mounted wash basin and WC. Window providing views to the rear. Dimplex wall mounted convector heater and heated towel rail.
Bedroom Four 13’10 x 10’4 (4.23m x 3.15m) A double bedroom with potential to be converted to a dressing room or en-suite facility serving either of the adjoining bedrooms, subject to the necessary consents. Window providing views to the east, exposed floorboards and column radiator.
Bathroom One With panelled bath in tiled surround, mounted wash basin and wall mounted Santon water heater. Window providing views to the rear. Dimplex wall mounted convector heater and heated towel rail.
The split staircase also provides access to the
Rear Landing With low level windows providing views to the rear, door to separate WC, and doors off to
Bedroom Five 34′ x 16’2 (10.36m x 4.93m) A substantial double bedroom located above the Sitting Room and in a similar fashion benefitting from a triple aspect offering views of the entrance driveway, gardens and grounds. Door to walk-in Airing Cupboard, exposed boarded floor and radiators.
Bedroom Six 13’5 x 9’8 (4.09m x 2.95m) A more modest double bedroom with dormer window providing views towards the range of outbuildings. Column radiator, access to roof space and built-in cupboard housing a hot water tank.
Bathroom Two With panelled bath and pedestal wash basin, heated towel rail and door to eaves storage cupboard.
Outside – The Outbuildings Foxhall Hall benefits from an extensive range of former agricultural buildings, that are set just to the north of the property, together with a range of former stables and stores that now provide garaging and workshop facilities.
The former agricultural buildings range from a traditional brick and timber Suffolk barn that acted as a granary, a lower level livestock building of similar construction that was previously used as pig sties, a former milking parlour and a range of more modern timber frame and concrete block covered storage areas set beneath pitched corrugated tin roofs. In all, the buildings have an approximate combined area of nearly 23,000 sq ft (2,129 sq m).
This range of buildings possess tremendous potential to be converted to ancillary accommodation serving Foxhall Hall, B&B/holiday let facilities or some form of income producing commercial use, subject to the necessary consents.
None of the aforementioned uses have been investigated by way of pre-application advice or similar, and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.
The Gardens and Grounds Foxhall Hall will be found along Hall Road, and is approached via a pair of side hung wrought iron gates that open onto a sweeping tarmac driveway that is flanked by well maintained lawns.
The driveway continues past the former agricultural buildings, and thereafter splits providing more formal access to the front of the house as well as an access to the parking and turning area at the rear.
Partly enclosing the parking area are a range of outbuildings, including the former stables. These now offer garaging facilities, but with some of the original features retained including the hayloft. There is also a more modern range of single storey garage and workshop facilities with power and light connected.
In addition there is a standalone double garage, an asbestos clad former shooting lodge together with coal and wood stores. There is also a charming pavilion style building set beside the driveway that looks back towards Foxhall Hall and the gentle valley beyond.
Foxhall Hall stands in grounds that extend to over 12 acres (4.9 hectares in all). These comprise mature gardens and grounds that have been extremely well maintained over the years and which immediately surround the house. There are also large areas laid to lawn, an area where a former tennis court once stood, and a pond. To the south is agricultural land, whilst to the west is a mature and established tree belt that forms part of what is being offered for sale, beyond which is more agricultural land and further wooded areas.
A site plan confirming the extent of the property being offered for sale is included within the sale particulars.
NB. There is also a well signposted footpath that crosses of the site beyond the former agricultural buildings to the north.
Viewing Strictly by appointment with the agent.
Services Mains water and electricity. Private drainage system. Oil fired central heating.
Council Tax Band H; £3,490.48 payable per annum 2020/2021
Local Authority East Suffolk Council; East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1RT; Tel: 01394 383789
NOTES 1. These particulars are produced in good faith, are set out as a general guide only and do not constitute any part of a contract. No responsibility can be accepted for any expenses incurred by intending purchasers or lessees in inspecting properties which have been sold, let or withdrawn. No warranty can be given for any of the services or equipment at the property and no tests have been carried out to ensure that heating, electrical or plumbing systems and equipment are fully operational. Any distances, room aspects and measurements which are given are approximate only. No guarantee can be given that any planning permissions or building regulations have been applied for or approved.
2. Under Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 we, as Estate Agents, are required to obtain identification from buyers in the form of the photo page of your passport or a photo driving licence. The document must be in date. In addition, we need proof of address in the form of a utility bill with the name and address of the buyer. This must not be more than three months old. We are also under obligation to check where the purchase funds are coming from.
3. Prospective purchasers should note that a well signposted footpath crosses part of the site beyond the former agricultural buildings to the north.
4. Whilst Foxhall Hall occupies a wonderful rural setting, prospective purchasers should note that a landfill site is located to the east of the property, and approximately one mile away, at the junction of the A12 with Foxhall Road.