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Methersgate, Nr Woodbridge, IP12

Offers in excess of £1,500,000

Under offer

4 Beds 3 Baths 2 Receptions

REF: IPS200010


  • Elevated position overlooking its own gardens & meadow
  • Panoramic views across the picturesque Deben Estuary
  • Located at the end of a 1.5 mile private estate drive
  • 28ft first floor drawing room with veranda balcony
  • Open plan kitchen/dining/living room
  • 4 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms
  • Part-walled and sheltered gardens
  • Double garage/store
  • 4.5 acres of grassland meadow
  • In all about 6.3 acres


With mesmerizing panoramic views across the picturesque Deben Estuary, a detached house enjoying a tranquil and secluded rural setting in 6 acres. The Apple House is a detached brick dwelling, understood to have been built on the site of a much earlier brick dwelling. Set on the north east shores of the River Deben, the house enjoys an elevated setting with the principal rooms having stunning twin aspect, south and west facing views of the River Deben either side of Methersgate Quay. Extending to some 2,962 sq ft, the accommodation features an impressive first floor drawing room, with French doors onto a veranda balcony, taking full advantage of the views straight down the river, whilst below is a similarly, well-proportioned open plan kitchen/dining/living room, also with French doors opening onto a sheltered terrace, ideal for alfresco dining. Positioned off a wide, open reception hall, with limestone flooring, is a triple aspect sitting room, with river views in both directions, together with a snug study, whilst a service hall leads to the utility room and pantry with a flexible use ground floor bedroom with en suite shower room beyond. There are three further bedrooms on the first floor and a family bathroom, while the roof area above has potential for a loft conversion (subject to planning). The property benefits from an oil-fired central heating system. An area of formal part-walled garden, sheltered by a wooded backdrop, lies to the rear and includes a York stone path and steps leading to a picturesque thatched summer house. The gardens continue around to the aforementioned wide terrace off the kitchen, with further area of garden to the west and includes a double garage/store, whilst to the south east is a 4½ acre grassland meadow. In all the property extends to about 6.3 acres. LOCATION Apple House enjoys an idyllic, rural setting amidst the picturesque countryside of the Sutton Estate, a Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Standing approximately 350 yards from the foreshore of the estuary, the property is approached via a right of way over the stunning 1.5-mile private estate drive which sweeps through park and woodland. From the head of the drive it is just 3 miles to Melton Station with the neighbouring riverside town of Woodbridge providing a full range of local shopping and commercial facilities as well as top performing schools catering for all age groups. Branch line rail services (reportedly soon to be direct services) run to London Liverpool Street Station via Ipswich, whilst the A12, which bypasses the town, links to Ipswich and beyond connecting to the country's main road system. There is access to a network of little used footpaths which run through the estate and along the riverbank. DISTANCES Melton Station - 4½ miles Woodbridge & A12 - 6 miles Ipswich - 14 miles (London Liverpool Street 70 mins) Suffolk Coast, Shingle Street - 8 miles DIRECTIONS (IP12 3JL) Approaching from Woodbridge, continue around its bypass on the A12 turning right signed to Orford onto the A1152. Proceed over the Melton Road traffic lights, the railway crossing and The Wilford Bridge. At the next roundabout turn right onto the B1083 signed to Bawdsey. Follow this long straight road for approximately 3 miles and upon entering the village of Sutton turn immediately right into the first of the brick pillared driveways signed to Methersgate Drive. Follow the estate drive for one and a half miles and at the head of the drive, with a row of estate houses in front of you, turn right and then immediately left, following the trackway around the rear of the aforementioned houses. Bearing left and then following the track down the hill where The Apple House will be found on the left-hand side with its parking on the right-hand side. PROPERTY INFORMATION Services Mains electricity is connected to the property. Mains water is supplied via the neighbouring landowner under a legal obligation with an annual cost of circa £250. The property has a right to draw water for a field supply subject to installing a meter. There is a private drainage system within the curtilage of the property. AGENT'S NOTES Broadband: The vendors report a good broadband signal (12 to 15 Mbps via the Waldringfield boat yard radio broadband transmitter). Driveway Maintenance: The Apple House is required to contribute 5% of the maintenance costs for the Estate driveway which was last upgraded in 2016. Covenants: There are no particularly onerous covenants other than the prohibition of running a livery operation on the land, nor being able to shoot. For further information please contact the agents. Footpath: A public footpath skirts around the rear boundary and the property before running along the far south west boundary of meadow on its way to the riverbank. Fixtures & Fittings: Items regarded as fixtures and fittings, are initially excluded from the sale, although certain items may be available by separate negotiation. Viewings: By appointment with Jackson-Stops