Guide price £950,000
A most impressive Grade II listed property requiring updating, wonderfully set in around 3 acres with timber framed barns & stunning views, close to one of Suffolk's finest villages. Entrance Porch, entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, Aga farmhouse kitchen, utility/boot room, cloakroom and cellar. Five first floor bedrooms and a family bathroom. Driveway & parking, lawned gardens, brick & flint outbuilding, former cow shed with four stables, two agricultural timber framed barns, paddock, former manege and a woodland copse. In all around 3.12 acres (sts) THE PROPERTY Ashen Hall is a Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse wonderfully located in this elevated setting affording stunning far reaching views to the rear over south Suffolk countryside. The house is timber framed and plastered under a plain red clay tile double pitched roof with spacious brick lined cellar below with beam supports. Whilst the current owners, who've lived here for almost 60 years have looked after and maintained this old farmhouse well, it would benefit from a program of updating and modernisation. The accommodation, which is all well proportioned with large rooms, high ceilings and big windows, is traditionally arranged on the four square basis and in all extends to around 3,892 sq ft. A solid paneled front door with glazed upper panels and fan light window above leads from a porch into the reception hall that gives access to all the ground floor rooms and has a door with steps down to the cellar (which can also be accessed from outside). There is a gracious wide staircase to the 1st floor and a plain window (believed to have formerly been a door) to the rear. The sitting room has a splayed bay with 20th century timber framed casement windows to the front and a fireplace with brick surround and log burning stove. The dining room has a matching bay to the front and display and store cupboards set into the alcoves to either side of the fireplace. There is also a hatch and doorway leading through to the farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room, which benefits from a four oven Aga range cooker with side plate, set into the former fireplace, a work surface, inset sink unit, base and eye level units and shelved pantry cupboard, with window to the side, and the kitchen significantly benefits from a large casement window affording an outstanding view down over the grounds and far beyond. To the other side of the hall is the cloakroom and large utility/boot room with windows to the rear and side, further kitchen cupboards, sink and space and plumbing for automatic appliances. On the first floor, a spacious landing with large picture window to the rear, gives access to five bedrooms and a family bathroom. OUTSIDE To the front of the property is a small part wall enclosed front garden with gate to the small Green and driveway off the road. There is a 2nd gated road access to the side between the house and the barns and also directly to the barns. To the side there is a flat area of lawned garden that is referred to by the family as the ''tennis court', which the area could accommodate, with a brick and flint wall division to a woodland copse to the side. A brick and flint outbuilding adjacent to the drive is currently used for storage and retains much of its original character and could, subject to the relevant consent, be improved to be used as a home office/studio or guest annex. Beyond the copse is the former sand surface manege that could easily be re-established for equestrian use and a 1.25 acre fenced paddock. As part of the barn complex that is included in the sale there is a block built former cow shed that has been rearranged to accommodate four loose box stables off a central aisle, again with some alteration this building could potentially be re-purposed to be a home office/garaging/workshop or storage as required. There are two barns that run along Hollow Road that the current owners have looked into potential for conversion from agricultural buildings into residential dwellings, and although permission hasn't been granted they feel that this could still be an option with the agreement of local conservation officers, as the barns fall within the Grade II listed status of the house. They are currently used for storage and livestock accommodation. LOCATION Ashen is a small traditional village sitting on the Suffolk/Essex borders in the upper Stour valley. Ashen Hall occupies an impressive and elevated setting around 1/2 a mile out of the village with outstanding views across the valley. Good everyday local facilities are available in the nearby market towns of Clare and Sudbury, with more comprehensive facilities being available in Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge, both of which offer schooling in the private and public sectors, extensive shopping facilities and a good range of leisure facilities including health clubs, swimming pools and golf clubs. For the commuter there is good access to the mainline station of Audley End which offers a fast and regular mainline service to London taking approximately 1 hour, 47 minutes from Stanstead and a link to mainline services via Marks Tey from Sudbury Station. There is also good access to the A11 (M11) and the A14.
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