Guide price £1,350,000
An exceptional family home of substance, well set in beautiful mature grounds of about 7 acres, conveniently located close to Bury St Edmunds and backing onto the nature reserve. Entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, family room/study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, larder & boiler/boot room, garden room and cloakroom. First floor master bedroom with en-suite shower room, nursery/dressing room, four further bedrooms & a family bathroom, separate wc, linen store & box room. Gated long driveway, courtyard range of outbuildings, garage, carport & secure parking area, enclosed outdoor heated swimming pool, kitchen garden & green house, pig pens, pole barn, 2 store buildings & 2 stables, gardens & paddocks. In all about 6.96 acres. THE PROPERTY The Willows is a wonderful family home that dates back to around the early 20th century, with character features such as part oak panelled walls, wood block flooring and fireplaces with exposed brick surrounds, affording it the character and heritage of a listed property but without the constraints. The current owners who brought their family up in the house, have superbly maintained this spacious home, having recently, as examples, replaced with new, the oil-fired boiler and the water softener, engaged Anglian Water to take responsibility for the drainage and given preventative attention to roofing works. The accommodation is well presented throughout but could benefit from updating and modernisation in parts to enhance it to current ''lifestyle' standards. A superb solid oak front door leads into the quarry tiled entrance porch which gives access to the hallway. This reception room offers a welcome main entrance with a brick surround fireplace, exposed floor boards and ceiling beams. A passage to the rear gives access to the principal rooms and the characterful staircase up to the first floor landing. The drawing room is well proportioned with a large bay window with window seat to the front, fireplace, deep cornicing and a display alcove with base level cupboard and there are glazed doors through to the garden room. The dining room is an equally impressive room with more steel framed ''Crittall' windows to the side and rear and a fireplace with log burning stove and large herringbone laid brick hearth. The garden room connects these two rooms and also provides a door that lead out the fabulous garden. The study/family room to the other end of the house, is close to the kitchen and has windows and a door to the front and side, also affords a fireplace and door leading to the back ''Servants' stairs. The kitchen/breakfast room offers a comprehensive range of base and eye level units with an electric hob, Neff double oven, one and a half bowl sink, tiled splash backs and a built in dishwasher. French doors lead out to the garden terrace from the breakfast room which also boasts a superb copy ''Thelwell' wall painting. To the rear is a utility/boot room and larder pantry that have access out, via the back door, to the carport and outbuilding courtyard area. On the first floor off the long landing is the spacious master bedroom which features a character fireplace and benefits from built-in wardrobes. The modern well fitted en-suite shower room gives a good view of the garden and most unusually also has a balcony off it to the front. A dressing room/nursery also leads off the master bedroom and connects to the landing. There are four further well proportioned bedrooms, all with feature fireplaces and wash basins. The family bathroom features an outstanding original enamelled bath with shower over, wash hand basin and wc. There is another separate wc, linen storage cupboard and shelved box room. OUTSIDE The house sits superbly within its circa 6.96 acres of well-maintained grounds. A gated entrance leads to a long gravelled drive, that overlooks horse pasture and the parish church and which sweeps around to the front of the house providing ample parking and turning area. The house sits back from the road with mature shrubs and trees affording good privacy to the front. To the side of the house and also accessed from the drive is the garage and outbuilding courtyard, which is gate enclosed to the end and also partially roofed to create a useful extended carport covered area. The outbuildings consist of a boiler room, tack and feed rooms, garden store, kennel, oil and bin store, tool shed, workshop and a pool house that opens to the fence enclosed outdoor heated swimming pool area and separately to the garden for convenience. There is also a garden pool summer house and Pool plant room. In 2011 the owners invested in rabbit proof fencing for the rear garden and as Such the garden is now well fence and gate enclosed. This garden is beautifully presented and features a terrace, lawns, shrub and flower beds and borders, productive kitchen garden with vegetable beds, fruit trees, ''Hartley' green house (about 6 x 3 m) and a garden tool and machinery store. Beyond the garden there are three fenced paddocks with mature pasture which, due to the topography of the land remains lush when many areas suffer from drought. In addition there is a range of ''smallholding' outbuildings that include two stables, two good storage sheds, a pole barn, feed store with power and water and a range of six former pig pens. A line of Beech trees from a ''ride' to the rear where the lane to the church crosses the end of the land before it backs onto Lackford Lakes Wildlife Reserve, which also affords a sailing lake and which can be accessed by a path to the rear. Horses can be ''hacked out' directly from the property as there is easy access to the rear to the nearby King's Forest. LOCATION Lackford is well known locally because of the Suffolk Wildlife Reserve and also nearby Flempton Golf Course that also backs onto the Reserve. Bury St Edmunds lies just 5 miles away and offers an excellent range of amenities with schooling in the public and private sectors (Culford Private School 3.5 miles - Ages 1-18), extensive shopping facilities and a good range of leisure facilities including restaurants, cinemas, fabulous Theatre Royal, health clubs, swimming pools and further golf clubs. Newmarket, just 10 miles away also offers further leisure facilities including the world renowned horse racing tracks and the Jockey Club. There is good access from the property to the A14, A11(M11). The link line railway station at Bury St Edmunds connects with the London mainline at Cambridge and Stowmarket, giving access to London's Liverpool Street and Kings Cross (from Cambridge).
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