Guide price £2,250,000
An historic and atmospheric, part moated Tudor Manor House, amidst delightful formal gardens and woodland grounds. Thought to date from early Tudor times, Otley Hall is described in Pevsner/Bettley's book, The Buildings of England as "Perhaps" the outstanding Tudor house in East Suffolk, and also features prominently in Simon Jenkins' book England's Thousand Best Houses. Presently a family home, Otley Hall, with its distinctive octagonal chimneys, extends to some 8,200 sq ft and is a high status Grade I Listed Manor House, which has survived largely unchanged for some 550 years. With its high ceilings, the house displays a wealth of fine chamfered and molded timbers and features an impressive Great Hall, with its screens passage, together with an atmospheric parlour with linen fold panelling, understood to have originated from Cardinal Wolsey's chambers at Hampton Court Palace. Beyond, is a snug sitting room overlooking the moat and in the jettied north wing there is a large study and adjoining office. An impressive 42 ft kitchen/breakfast/dining room is part vaulted and overlooked by a wide minstrels' gallery. The wide Jacobean staircase with turned newels accesses the first floor, which displays further period features, including wide oak boarded floors, oriel and mullion leaded light windows and decorative wall paintings. The five double bedrooms all enjoy views across the gardens and grounds, and there are two updated shower rooms, together with a laundry/ironing room. The staircase continues to the second floor with a further four attic bedrooms and two bathrooms, together with access from the minstrels' gallery to a flexible-use second floor flat, with living room, bedroom, shower room and kitchenette. The property benefits from an oil-fired central heating system with a pair of boilers, as well as a modern security system. Twin five bar gates and a shingle drive sweep around beyond the end of the moat to a gravelled parking and turning courtyard, fronting onto which is the:- PARTY/FUNCTION/GAMES BARN A 1,930 sq ft traditional timber barn and former stables range, converted to a multi-purpose function room/games room/party barn, complete with catering kitchen, cloakroom facilities and a separate bar area. GARDENS AND GROUNDS Otley Hall enjoys a beautiful setting amidst its sheltered and secluded formal gardens, parkland and woodland grounds. Enclosed by natural hedging, and with a backdrop of mature oak, ash and chestnut trees, the house overlooks formal lawned gardens with wide, colourful herbaceous beds and borders. Beyond the picturesque thatched summer house, pathways lead through a secluded ornamental knot garden, along a hazel walk to a wild flower garden, running alongside an H shaped ''canal' which in turn is overhung by mature trees and overlooked from a circular mound. Running beyond the labyrinth garden, the parkland gardens blend into the woodland grounds within which is a tennis court and heated outdoor pool, set on a wide terrace, fronting onto the summer house pavilion. There are general purpose gardening/workshop stores, a traditional barn and a triple car garaging range with further parking. In all the property extends to about 10 acres LOCATION Otley Hall enjoys a rural setting on the edge of Otley. The village is within easy walking distance and has an active community with a wide range of societies and activities for all age groups, many of which are centered around the community hall and village green. A previous winner of Suffolk's ''Village of the Year,' Otley, with its award winning local shop/post office also has a doctor's surgery, excellent primary school and a village pub. The historic market town of Framlingham, the picturesque riverside town of Woodbridge and the county town of Ipswich are all near equidistance (7 to 9 miles) and between them provide a full range of local shopping and commercial facilities, together with a choice of top performing schools, catering for all age groups in both the private and state sectors, including Framlingham College, the Woodbridge and Ipswich schools, St Joseph's College and Ipswich High School, with bus services to Farlingaye High School and Woodbridge School, running through the village. (For further information visit - otley.onesuffolk.net) Recreationally there is a wide choice of water sport opportunities on the east coast estuaries and a range of sports clubs, including golf, rugby and tennis in the area. Main line rail services run regularly from Ipswich to London's Liverpool Street station in around 70 minutes and the region's main roads (A12 and A14) dual carriageways are easily accessed providing links to London's M25 and Stansted airport, together with Cambridge and the Midlands. HISTORICAL NOTE Nikolaus Pevsner describes Otley Hall as "One of the most interesting houses of its date in Suffolk" due mainly to its association with the Gosnold family. Bartholomew Gosnold, a privateer and adventurer, who crossed the Atlantic in 1602, exploring the coast of New England, naming both Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard (named after his daughter), before in 1607, returning to help establish Jamestown, the first English speaking colony in America. OTLEY HALL EVENTS Otley Hall Events, presents the opportunity to generate an income to contribute towards the maintenance and running costs of the property and gardens through such activities as, opening the house and gardens for public viewing days, historic tours, retreat days and the hosting of dinners, conferences and concerts, together with its use as a successful licensed wedding venue. Flexibility exists for the scale and co-ordination of the operation. Further details available from the agents. STAMP DUTY LAND TAX Legal opinion suggests that the Otley Hall Events demonstrate a clear commercial use, sufficient for the property to justify a mixed use classification for stamp duty purposes and a considerable saving of tax payable. A future purchaser will be responsible for seeking their own legal advice on this matter. DIRECTIONS (IP6 9PA) From Ipswich travel in a northerly direction on the B1077 passing through the villages of Westerfield and Witnesham. At the crossroads in Ashbocking turn right onto the B1078. Continue for about 11/2 miles, dropping down the hill passing Otley College and at the T-junction turn left onto the B1079. Follow this road up into the village and in the centre, by the village shop, turn right signed to Crettingham. Proceed for a further half a mile turning left into Hall Lane, where Otley Hall will be found shortly thereafter on the left-hand side. SERVICES Mains electricity and water are connected to the property. Modern private drainage system. Fibre broadband connection. FIXTURES AND FITTINGS Items regarded as fixtures and fittings, including carpets and curtains, garden statuary and Otley Hall events equipment, are initially excluded from the sale, although, these, together with various items of period furniture, may be available by separate negotiation. VIEWINGS By appointment with the joint sole agents; Savills 01473 234800 or Jackson-Stops 01473 218218.
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