Monk Soham, Near Framlingham, Suffolk

Guide Price £1,750,000 Sold STC Farm House 7 Bedrooms
A stunning, part thatched Grade II Listed extended farmhouse in a lovely rural setting with extensive outbuildings and grounds of over 28 acres.

Reception hall, lounge hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, snug, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and two cloakrooms. Spectacular master bedroom/first floor sitting room with en-suite.

Three further first floor double bedrooms with en-suites. Two en-suite vaulted bedrooms on the second floor.

Moated gardens, paddock and agricultural land in all extending to 28.7 acres. (Less land available if desired).

Triple bay garage with annexe above offering sitting room/kitchen and en-suite bedroom.

‘Outdoor kitchen’, further garaging for five vehicles and office/gym.

Location Grove Farm enjoys a delightful rural setting in the pretty village of Monk Soham with its 13th Century church. The adjoining village of Bedfield benefits from a primary school as does the village of Earl Soham that has a public house, award winning butchers and delicatessen, and a doctors surgery.

More comprehensive facilities are available in the medieval town of Framlingham, which lies about 4 miles to the east, where there are also excellent schools in the state sector, Sir Robert Hitchams Primary School and Thomas Mills High School, and the private sector, Framlingham College, together with its prep school at Brandeston Hall. There are a number of highly respected pubs and restaurants in the town including The Station pub and Crown Hotel. There is a market in the square every Tuesday and Saturday offering a comprehensive range of local produce. The town boasts a medical practice, dentist, vets, garages, newsagents, delicatessen and a Co-op supermarket. The large village of Debenham lies 4 ½ miles to the south-east offering further facilities including a doctors surgery, a small Co-op supermarket and the highly regarded Debenham High School.

The county town of Ipswich lies about 14 miles to the south and Stowmarket about 14 miles to the west. Both towns have train services to London’s Liverpool Street Station. The market town of Diss lies 13 miles to the north-west and again offers comprehensive shopping facilities including Morrisons and Tescos supermarkets. Diss also benefits from rail links to London.

Description Grove Farm is a beautifully restored farmhouse, being grade II listed and originating from the 16th Century. It is of timber framed construction with colour washed elevations under a thatched roof that was renewed in 2014. Adjoining the farmhouse is a substantial extension of oak construction that has a feature floor to ridge glazed screen to the kitchen and the master vaulted bedroom/first floor sitting room.

The layout of the accommodation provides for four substantial bedrooms on the first floor, all with en-suite facilities with two further double bedrooms on the second floor, again with en-suites. An annexe is also provided above the triple bay garage, comprising a sitting/dining room/kitchen and bedroom with en-suite.

Whilst the property has been respectively restored and extended, it offers impressive modern facilities such as underfloor heating throughout. The property has been fitted with high quality carpets and Indian sandstone tiles.

Outside, Grove Farm sits in landscaped grounds surrounded by mature specimen trees with the immediate gardens extending to approximately 3 ½ acres. As well as the triple bay garage with accommodation above, there is an outside kitchen and further garaging for five vehicles as well as a office/gym. Beyond the gardens is a fenced paddock of 4 acres as well as agricultural land of 19.5 acres and a copse of 1.7 acres. Whilst the vendor is happy to sell the whole property it may be possible for those looking for less land to buy just the house and gardens along with paddock.

The Accommodation

Ground Floor

Reception Hall 15’10 x 15’2 (4.86m x 4.62m) This arrival point is from a tree lined driveway situated on the north elevation with wall to wall glazing. Indian sandstone tiled flooring. A door leads to

Cloakroom One WC and circular hand wash basin with marble worktop and storage below.

Lounge Hall 17´2 14´9 (5.23m x 4.50m) Exposed fireplace (now sealed), restored steel copper with fire hole beneath. Oak staircase to galleried landing.

Doorways from the reception hall lead off to the

Kitchen/Breakfast Room 29’2 x 17’5 (8.89m x 5.31m) A magnificent 30′ room with double aspect and fine views over the gardens to the south. The custom built kitchen is fitted with an extensive range of high and low level wall units with oak work surfaces incorporating a large double butler sink with mixer taps above. Integrated dishwasher. Lacanche Range Cooker with bottled gas hobs. American style fridge freezer. Large central island with granite work surface with storage below. The kitchen also displays a magnificent oak ceiling with chamfered beams, sandstone flooring and French doors with fully glazed windows on either side which lead out to the south facing garden. A spiral staircase leads to the first floor sitting room/master bedroom.

Utility Room 12’11 x 8′ (3.94m x 2.44m) With sink unit, water softener, washing machine and tumble drier. Cloak cupboard.

Drawing Room 19’8 x 19′ (5.99m x 5.79m) A lovely room with large curved inglenook fireplace on a pamment hearth with timber bressumer beam. Southerly views over the gardens and adjoining paddock. Door to the lounge hall and further door leading to the

Lobby With door to the southern elevation, secondary staircase to the first floor and a door into the

Dining Room 19’2 x 17’2 (5.84m x 5.23m) Again with large inglenook fireplace which is home to a woodburning stove. Double aspect with doors leading to the south facing garden, the lounge hall, and further door into the rear hall where there is a door to the exterior and to

Cloakroom Two WC and marble hand wash basin in marble worktop. Radiator.

Study 11’3 x 9’9 (3.43m x 2.97m) A delightful small room facing south with exposed timbers and fireplace with timber surround.

Snug 11’6 x 9’5 (3.51m x 2.87m) Having a double aspect and exposed timbers.

A door from the lounge hall leads off to the ground floor

Sitting Room 17′ x 16’5 (5.16m x 5.00m) Enjoying a triple aspect with views of the gardens and having exposed ceiling timbers and studwork.

First Floor There are three staircases from the ground to the first floor. From the lounge hall, the staircase rises to a first floor galleried landing which gives access to bedrooms two and three and leads to an inner landing, at the western end of which is the

Master Bedroom/First Floor Sitting Room 29’3 x 17’5 (8.92m x 5.31m)

A superb 30′ room with fully vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers. Southern gable end wall with floor to ceiling windows and glazed panels overlooking the grounds and surrounding land. Spiral staircase returning to the ground floor kitchen/breakfast room. Door into the

En-Suite Bathroom Bath on oak stands, shower unit, WC and marble hand wash basin on marble top stand with cupboard below.

Bedroom Two 22′ x 19’6 (6.71m x 5.4m) A substantial double bedroom which can also be accessed from the second staircase from the lobby. Twin aspect over the gardens. Attractive antique cupboards. Door into a

Dressing Room 11’4 x 9′ (3.45m x 2.74m) With open fronted cupboard and hanging rails.

En-Suite Bathroom Bath on oak stands, shower unit, WC and circular marble basin on marble topped vanity cupboard.

Bedroom Three 16’6 x 10’9 (5.03m x 3.28m) An attractive bedroom having a low beam but also a walk-in storage cupboard and door into an

En-Suite Shower Room With tiled shower unit, WC and oval hand wash basin with cupboard below.

Bedroom Four 18′ x 14’3 (5.49m x 4.34m) A fine double bedroom facing south and having exposed ceiling timbers, studwork and attractive ornamental fireplace with brick surround. Fitted wardrobe. A door leads into the

En-Suite Shower Room With shower unit, WC and oval hand wash basin.

Second Floor Between bedrooms two and four is a small landing with staircase rising from the ground floor lobby and continuing up to the second floor.

Bedroom Five 30’7 x 14’7 (9.32m x 4.45m) A vaulted double bedroom with exposed timbers and having lovely far reaching southerly views over gently undulating countryside. Door to

En-Suite Shower Room Tiled shower cubicle, WC and oval hand wash basin in marble with cupboard below. Towel radiator.

A further door from bedroom five opens to an inner lobby/store which in turn leads to

Bedroom Six 14’7 x 14′ (4.45m x 4.27m) A vaulted double bedroom with exposed timbers and similar far reaching southerly views. Door into

En-Suite Shower Room A tiled shower unit, WC and oval hand wash basin with cupboard below. Towel radiator.

Outside Grove Farm is approached through a timber five bar gate onto a long gravel drive which leads to the triple bay garage. Above this is a self-contained annexe providing an ideal staff flat/guest accommodation. It benefits from an open-plan sitting/dining room/kitchen with wood burning stove and a double bedroom with an en-suite shower room. Adjoining this is an excellent range of outbuildings that include a woodstore, ‘outside kitchen’ with wine store, a single garage and adjacent to this a large four bay garage/store. Linked to this is a glass fronted home office/gym.

The Land The gardens surround the house and buildings and are predominantly laid to lawn with trees and in addition is a moat. Beyond, to the south of the house, is a fenced paddock of 4 acres. Adjacent is arable land of 19.5 acres with a pretty belt of woodland of 1.7 acres. In all, the grounds extend to approximately 28.7 acres.

Viewing Strictly by appointment with the agent.

Services Mains water and electricity. Modern private drainage system. Twin boilers serving the oil fired central heating system and hot water, with underfloor heating throughout the three floors. The annexe is served by a separate oil fired boiler.

Council Tax Band G; £2,818.88 payable per annum 2019/2020.

Local Authority Mid Suffolk District Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Rd, Ipswich IP1 2BX; Tel: 0345 6066067

NOTE 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. The agricultural land and copse is let on a Farm Business Tenancy to a local farmer until 10th October 2020. The tenancy can be put into the new landlords name and should the new owner wish for the tenancy to continue post October 2020 it is envisaged that the farmer will be content to continue.

3. Within the particulars is a site plan. Please note that there is a public footpath between points a – b – c – d.

4. There is a covenant on the property that states that it cannot be used as a pig or poultry farm. In addition, should the new owner wish to construct any other buildings at the property, the appearance and sighting must be approved by a previous owner of the property.

Much of the furniture in the house is available to purchase by negotiation.
October 2019