Guide price £1,350,000
Enjoying an elevated setting with far reaching rural views over the Alde valley, a substantial and traditional country house requiring general updating. Rendham Barnes is understood to take its name from the ancient Manor of Bernays. Believed to date from 1885 the original Victorian residence was substantially extended during early Edwardian times, and extends to some 6,500 sq ft. Presenting a classic formal layout, with its four principal reception rooms, which lead off an impressive central hall having high ceilings and deep windows and include a beautifully proportioned drawing room, which together with the sitting room and dining room all enjoy views across the gardens and countryside of the Alde Valley beyond. A well-proportioned library sits off the reception hall and from the large cloakroom there is a former lift (disused) rising to the first floor. The service hall leads to the kitchen and adjoining morning/breakfast room with a range of service rooms beyond, including a utility room, butler's pantry, cold and general stores, together with a cellar and the rear hall. A wide, easy rising staircase with an impressive half landing window leads to a central first floor landing set off which are six double bedrooms, with those facing to the west enjoying the far reaching views. There are three bathrooms, plus nursery and laundry rooms. Rendham Barnes has been a wonderful family home to the present vendors for the last 40 years and it is anticipated that future purchasers are likely to identify a general updating schedule for all aspects of the property. THE COACH HOUSE Positioned to the north of the house, with a linking attachment, the former two storey brick coach house currently presents three garages and a workshop area, with a series of first floor rooms. Power and water is connected and there is potential for its upgrading/renovation to create a variety of annex uses. There is in addition a workshop and a range of former now dilapidated stores. An externally accessible cellar houses the present oil fired boiler providing the central heating. GARDENS & GROUNDS Approached over a long lime tree lined private driveway, the house sits amidst mature and well treed gardens which create a very appealing setting. There are numerous mature oak and ash trees, together with Wellingtonia, Mulberry, Holm Oak and Horse Chestnut trees and some impressive magnolias adorning the south elevation. In addition to lawned gardens to the front and rear there is a former rose garden enclosed by a yew hedging. Beyond the gardens to the west is a 4 acre grassland meadow with numerous ancient oak trees. In all the property extends to 71/2 acres. LOCATION Rendham Barnes enjoys an elevated rural setting within the parish of Rendham just to the east of the village. The house is set well back from the main road at the end of its tree-lined private driveway. Rendham has a pub and sits amidst the picturesque countryside of the Alde Valley, just 5 miles from the historic town of Framlingham and 2 miles from Saxmundham. Both provide an excellent range of local shopping, commercial facilities, medical centres and a variety of pubs and restaurants. The latter also has a Waitrose supermarket and from its station are regular branch, and soon to be direct, rail services to London Liverpool Street Station via Ipswich. The A12 bypasses Saxmundham and links through to Woodbridge and Ipswich, and beyond to London's M25, with connections to Cambridge and the Midland via the A14, whilst the Suffolk Heritage Coast lies some 10 miles to the east. DISTANCES Framlingham - 5 miles A12 & Saxmundham - 2 miles Aldeburgh & The Suffolk Coast - 10 miles Woodbridge - 14 miles DIRECTIONS (IP17 2AB) From Ipswich travel in a north easterly direction on the main A12. After bypassing Woodbridge and Wickham Market proceed through the villages of Stratford St Andrew and Farnham and beyond the turnings to Aldeburgh and Saxmundham. Turn off the A12 onto the B1119 signed to Framlingham, proceed for approximately two miles through a long S-bend with a very sharp left hand curve. Proceed for a further 100 yards where the driveway to Rendham Barnes will be found on the right-hand side. If you drop down the hill into Rendham village you have gone too far AGENT'S NOTE The neighbouring property, Rendham Barnes Farmhouse has a right of way over the first section of the tree lined driveway, together with the farmer for access to the neighbouring fields. SERVICES Mains electricity and water are connected. Private drainage system. Security system. FIXTURES AND FITTINGS Items regarded as fixtures and fittings, including carpets and curtains, are initially included in the sale. VIEWINGS By appointment with Jackson-Stops Tel. 01473 218218.
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