Saxtead, Near Framlingham, Suffolk
26′ x 18′ triple aspect kitchen/breakfast room and larder, 42′ x 19′ open-plan drawing/dining room, sitting room, utility room and cloakroom. Mezzanine study. Six double bedrooms. Two en-suite bathrooms and family bathroom.
Substantial parking area, triple bay cartlodge with store. South facing gardens with grounds of over three quarters of an acre.
Location The Barn is located approximately 1½ miles from the attractive and well known market town of Framlingham. Saxtead Green benefits from a pub, The Old Mill House, and the distinctive post mill which is open to the public through English Heritage.
The thriving town of Framlingham is perhaps best known for its fantastic medieval castle, as well as being home to a good selection of independent shops and businesses including cafés, restaurants, hairdressers, antique shops, a travel agency and delicatessen. It is also home to the Crown Hotel, Barclays Bank and a Co-operative supermarket. There is also a twice weekly market. Off the Market Hill are a number of other businesses providing day-to-day services including pubs, vets, a medical centre and schools. Sir Robert Hitcham’s Primary School is highly regarded, and Thomas Mills High School is considered one of the best state schools in the East of England. There is also Framlingham College, which is served by its prep school, Brandeston Hall, some 5 miles away.
The Suffolk Heritage Coast, Woodbridge and Ipswich are all within short drives offering the concert hall at Snape Maltings, RSPB Minsmere, beaches at Southwold, Walberswick, Thorpeness and Aldeburgh, and ample opportunities for sailing and golf. Ipswich is about 16 miles to the south-west and here there are direct trains to London’s Liverpool Street station scheduled to take just over an hour.
Description The property is a substantial converted Suffolk barn of timber frame construction with weather-boarded elevations under a pantile roof. It benefits from a large wing with sitting room and bedroom accommodation and also a fabulous triple aspect kitchen/breakfast room that overlooks the courtyards and garden. The barn was converted in the 1980s and the main body has retained the attractive exposed timbers and has a high vaulted ceiling to the apex. In total, the barn extends to over 3,600 square feet and benefits from six double bedrooms, two of which have en-suite bathrooms and there is a further family bathroom. As well as the open plan drawing/dining room, there is separate substantial sitting room, utility room with cloakroom and the kitchen/breakfast room. Externally there is ample off-road parking, a triple bay cartlodge, one of which is used as a store and south facing grounds totalling 0.8 acres.
Ground Floor A porch from the courtyard leads to a glazed door that opens to the
Hallway 10´2 x 8´ (3.10m x 2.44m) Fitted bench, shoe racks and coat pegs. Flagstone flooring. Radiator. Recessed spotlighting. A door opens to the open plan Drawing/Dining Room and further doors open to the Kitchen/Breakfast Room and
Utility Room 10´9 x 9´9 (3.28m x 2.97m) Fitted with high and low level wall units and double electric oven. Roll edge work surface incorporating a stainless steel sink with drainer and mixer taps above. Space and plumbing for a washing machine. Oil fired boiler. Fitted shelving and flagstone flooring. South-west facing window. A door opens to a
Cloakroom WC and handwash basin. Flagstone flooring. Fitted shelving. Recessed spotlighting.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room 26´3 x 18´ (8.00m x 5.49m) A triple aspect room with wall to wall south-east facing windows overlooking the drive and rear garden. Further north-east and south-west facing windows. Tiled flooring. Radiator. The kitchen area is fitted with bespoke high and low level wall units with French oak work surfaces and claret four oven Aga. Space and plumbing for a dishwasher and space for fridge freezers. Recessed spotlighting. Kitchen island with cupboards and drawers. Four ring gas hob. Large built in shelved pantry.
Open-Plan Drawing/Dining Room 42´6 x 19´4 (21.95m x 5.89m) This is the original part of the barn and has an impressive vaulted ceiling to part with exposed timbers. Flagstone flooring. Floor to ceiling north-west and south-east facing windows overlooking Saxtead’s iconic post mill, with further windows to the south-west and north-east. Substantial brick fireplace which is home to a woodburning stove on a herringbone style brick hearth. Radiators. A door leads to the Sitting Room and stairs lead up to a
Mezzanine Study 19´4 x 9´ (5.89m x 2.74m) North-west facing window to the front of the property. Exposed timbers. Gallery overlooking the Dining Room. A door opens to
Bedroom Six 14´ x 10´3 (4.27m x 3.12m) A heavily timbered double bedroom with north-east facing window. Radiator. Hatch to attic space. A door opens to an
En-Suite Bathroom Comprising bath, WC and hand wash basin. Blocked mullion window and exposed timbers. Radiator.
From the Drawing/Dining Room a door leads to the
Sitting Room 18´3 x 18 (5.56m x 5.49m) South-east facing window and French doors open to the rear courtyard. Door to the front of the property. Wood burning stove on a brick hearth. Wall to wall fitted display cupboards. Flagstone flooring. Radiators. A door opens to the
Inner Hallway South-east facing window and north-east facing Velux windows. Radiators. Hatch to roof space. Large built-in shelved store and built-in airing cupboard with a lagged hot water cylinder and shelving. Doors lead off to the five ground floor bedrooms and bathroom.
Bedroom One 18´ x 12´6 (5.49m x 3.81m) A spacious dual aspect room with south-east facing window and south-west facing French doors leading to the courtyard. Radiator. Built in wardrobe with hanging rail and shelf above. A door opens to an
En-Suite Bathroom Bath with shower above and glazed screen. Hand wash basin with cupboard below and WC. South-west facing window overlooking the courtyard. Ladder style towel radiator.
Bedroom Two 14´6 x 11´7 (4.42m x 3.53m) A double bedroom with south-west facing window overlooking the courtyard. Built-in wardrobe with hanging rail and shelving. Radiator.
Bedroom Three 14´6 x 11´7 (4.42m x 3.53m) A double bedroom with two built-in wardrobes with hanging rails and shelving. South-west facing window overlooking the courtyard. Radiator.
Bedroom Four 14´6 x 11´7 (4.42m x 3.53m) A further double bedroom, with built in wardrobes with hanging rails and shelving. South-west facing window. Radiator.
Bedroom Five 14´5 x 12´11 (4.39m x 3.94m) A fifth double bedroom currently used as a study with north-west facing window overlooking the post mill. Additional Velux window. Radiator.
Bathroom Comprising bath, WC, bidet, hand wash basin and shower unit. Ladder style radiator. Tiled flooring and part tiled walls. North-west facing Velux window.
Outside The barn is set well back from the road over The Green owned by Pembroke College. The front of the barn still has the classic appearance of an agricultural building due to the fact that the substantial barn doors to the front are still in place and can be hooked back when required. The drive has a right of way that leads through a five bar gate to the grounds of the property itself. The drive continues to the rear where there is an extensive parking area and access to a triple bay cartlodge, one of which has been enclosed to form a store shed. It measures approximately 28′ x 18′. Power and light are connected. Adjacent to the barn itself is a large courtyard which is a lovely sun trap. In addition, is another west-facing courtyard area that catches the evening sun. This is accessed from the Drawing/Dining Room and is enclosed by a high brick wall. The roof of the Kitchen/Breakfast Room overhangs a patio area making it ideal for alfresco dining. Beyond this is a pergola.
The main gardens lie to the south of the driveway and are predominantly laid to lawn. They contain flower beds and mature trees and are enclosed by hedging. Within the garden is a greenhouse and garden shed. In all, the grounds extend to 0.8 acres.
Viewing Strictly by appointment with the agent.
Services Mains water and electricity. Propane gas for the Aga and hob. Oil fired central heating system. 2 hot water tanks serving separate sides of the property. Modern private drainage system.
Council Tax Band G; £2,848.53 payable per annum 2019/2020
Local Authority East Suffolk Council; East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1RT; Tel: 01394 383789
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