Guide price £745,000
Laurel House is a stunning 4-bedroom Georgian property standing in beautiful landscaped gardens and grounds of 0.53 acres (stms) and located in the idyllic and pretty village of Somerleyton. This charming property has been thoughtfully updated and stylishly finished, whilst retaining its character and many original period features. __________ GROUND FLOOR - Porch - Entrance lobby - Reception hall - Family room - Sitting room - Study - Kitchen/dining - Utility - Walk-in larder - Cloakroom - Orangery __________ FIRST FLOOR - Master bedroom with dressing room & en suite bathroom - 3 further double bedrooms - Family bathroom - Extensive walk-in airing cupboard __________ OTHER - Cellar __________ OUTSIDE - Wonderful formal gardens - Walled Mediterranean courtyard garden - Kitchen garden - Victorian style greenhouse - Wood store - Shed - Outside privy - Secure electric gates - Ample parking for several vehicles __________ DRIVING DISTANCES (approx.) - Coast 5 miles - Lowestoft 6 miles - Great Yarmouth 10.2 miles - Beccles 10.3 miles - Norwich 21.7 miles __________ SITUATION Laurel House stands in the centre of the conservation village of Somerleyton which is surrounded by the Somerleyton Estate with Somerleyton Hall being the family seat of the Crossley Family. The village of Somerleyton is a delightful unspoilt village with thatched houses circling the village green, its own primary school, active village hall offering play school facilities and evening entertainments; a bicycle shop, post office and the well-known Gastro Pub - The Dukes Head. There is a marina with access to the Norfolk Broads network, where the current owner has a classic broads motor cruiser with mooring available by private tender. There is also a railway station in the village with regular connections to Lowestoft, Norwich and onward to London. The surrounding area is known for its outstanding natural beauty and walks along the Angles Way. Lowestoft is Britain's most easterly town, has a historic market place, various selection of shops, and award-winning beaches. The nearby villages of Fritton and Browston have golf courses, outdoor activity centres and country clubs. There are excellent shops, supermarkets and schools nearby, including Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Beccles. The North Norfolk and Suffolk Coasts offer unspoilt beaches, with nature watching, sailing and swimming, and are all within easy driving distance. The nearby Georgian market town of Beccles provides excellent day to day shopping, leisure facilities and an outdoor swimming pool. The market is on Fridays. The Cathedral City of Norwich is 21.7 miles to the North West and provides extensive shopping, recreation and business facilities and has a mainline railway station with half hourly commuter trains to London currently being upgraded with new track and rolling stock, and an expanding airport with frequent services to Schipol Airport. __________ DESCRIPTION Laurel House is thought to date back to 1802 and believed to be built for the Head Gardener at nearby Somerleyton Hall. The house is mainly of brick construction under a pantiled roof. The property has a Georgian faade with original sash windows making the main rooms light and of good proportions. The house has been beautifully modernised and extended, and we have been advised by our client that the property has been re-wired and re-plumbed, with additional dry lining insulation. The extension has created a wonderful master bedroom suite on the first floor and a lovely orangery which leads into the open plan kitchen/dining, which much of the year is the heart of the house, enjoying fine views over the gardens and terrace. The property features many original features, including beautiful original front door, sash windows, original wooden shutters on the ground floor, servants' bells, fireplaces and parquet flooring. At the time of writing, our client advised us that the property is being sold chain free. __________ GROUND FLOOR A columned entrance porch leads through to a solid front door to an entrance lobby with glazed door to the reception hall with staircase to the first floor, with polished hand rail and doors opening into principal reception rooms. Off to the right of the entrance hall is the family room with blue granite hearth and inset woodburning stove, original window shutters and beautiful polished wooden floor. Sitting adjacent to the family room is the study, with parquet flooring, views over the rear garden and door to the cellar, which provides ample space for storage for wine etc. To the left of the entrance hall is the sitting room, which enjoys dual aspect views and features a marble surround fireplace with woodburning stove, original window shutters and the original servants' bells. French doors open through to the lovely open plan kitchen/dining room. This space enjoys good natural light from its dual aspect, a sky light and the borrowed light through the orangery. The kitchen offers a range of built-in cabinets, with hardwood worktops and Butler sink. There is a stunning dark blue oil-fired Aga and space for an American style fridge-freezer and an additional oven if desired. This entire open plan space features some exposed feature brickwork, recessed lighting and stone tiled flooring. A door opens out to the kitchen garden and stores. French doors open out to the south facing orangery, with some exposed feature brickwork, woodburning stove, brick tiled flooring with cast iron grates with under floor heating pipes and double doors leading out to the terrace and gardens. Also leading off from the kitchen is the utility room, with a range of fitted wall and base cabinets, space and plumbing for washing machine, dishwasher, tumble dryer etc. Off from the utility there is a walk-in pantry, and a cloakroom comprising WC and wash hand basin. From the utility room, a door opens out to the rear of the property, providing access to the greenhouse and access to the kitchen garden. __________ FIRST FLOOR The master bedroom suite offers light and spacious accommodation with oak flooring and recessed lighting. The adjoining en suite bathroom comprises bath, large walk-in shower, wash hand basin, bidet, WC and heated towel rail and the dressing room comprises fitted wardrobes and rails. Sitting adjacent to the dressing room there is a fabulous walk-in airing cupboard, providing ample storage. Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 all overlook the lovely formal gardens to the front of the property, and they all feature bespoke window shutters, that have been designed to match the original shutters on the ground floor. Bedrooms 2 and 3 features built-in wardrobes. The family bathroom overlooks the rear garden and comprises bath with shower over, wash hand basin, WC and heated towel rails. __________ OUTSIDE The gardens are a wonderful feature of Laurel House and have been developed over many years by the present owners and their predecessors. A feature of the gardens is the wonderful box parterre together with the extensive planting of mixed herbaceous and shrub borders, a large number of mature fruit trees and the high clipped hedges that surround the property and afford complete privacy. To the front of the house, the box parterre provides a knot garden effect, dividing the front into four garden rooms each with its own distinct planting and different style of lawns. There are two rose tunnels which connect the wild garden to more formal areas, providing an ideal hide and seek sanctuary for small children. A paved terrace leads out from the purpose-built conservatory which is a wonderful feature of the house to give an ideal eating and entertaining area with its own lawn providing a lovely relaxed atmosphere with plenty of space for guests to explore. There are a number of mature fruit trees, including apple quince and medlar and there are specimen flowering cherries, mulberry, magnolia grandiflora and walnut. To the side of the house is an enclosed walled garden bordered on 3 sides by stunning mature Wisteria, with a paved terrace, areas of gravel inter planted with Mediterranean style plants and shrubs. A side door offers access to the privy and the communal Floral Loke. There is another door which leads through a large traditional Victorian style timber framed green house and on to the kitchen garden oil tank and log store. __________ LOCAL AUTHORITY East Suffolk Council, Band: F __________ SERVICES Oi-fired central heating, mains electricity, water and drainage __________ DIRECTIONS From Norwich take the A146 Beccles and Lowestoft road, south from the city. After passing Loddon, bear left at Hales by the garage towards Raveningham. Follow this road to the T Junction and turn left onto the A143 Haddiscoe / Great Yarmouth road. After Haddiscoe bridge and the traffic lights turn right onto the B1074 Lowestoft and Somerleyton Road. Follow this road towards Somerleyton and on entering the village turn right after The Old Rectory into The Street. Laurel House will be found about half a mile along on the right-hand side just after Somerleyton Cycles. __________ IMPORTANT NOTICE 1. These particulars have been prepared in good faith as a general guide, they are not exhaustive and include information provided to us by other parties including the seller, not all of which will have been verified by us. 2. We have not carried out a detailed or structural survey; we have not tested any services, appliances or fittings. Measurements, floor plans, orientation and distances are given as approximate only and should not be relied on. 3. The photographs are not necessarily comprehensive or current, aspects may have changed since the photographs were taken. No assumption should be made that any contents are included in the sale. 4. We have not checked that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation approval, statutory or regulatory permissions or consents. Any reference to any alterations or use of any part of the property does not mean that necessary planning, building regulations, or other consent has been obtained. 5. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves by inspection, searches, enquiries, surveys, and professional advice about all relevant aspects of the property. 6. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact; we have no authority to make or give any representation or warranties in relation to the property. If these are required, you should include their terms in any contract between you and the seller. 7. Note to potential purchasers who intend to view the property; we would politely ask you discuss with our staff the reason for the property coming onto the market and if there is any point of particular importance to you, before you make arrangements to visit or plan a viewing appointment. 8. Viewings are strictly by prior appointment.
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