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Chapel Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12

Guide price £2,950,000

5 Beds 5 Baths 5 Receptions

REF: IPS200105


  • Fine Georgian townhouse
  • Central Woodbridge position
  • 3 principal reception rooms
  • Garden room & study
  • Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Media room & Gym
  • 5 bedrooms & 5 bathrooms
  • Cart lodge garaging
  • Ample parking provisions
  • Mature garden of about 0.5 acres


Arguably the best Georgian Town House in Suffolk. Burkitt House as it sits today is testament to the skills of some of the very best conservation, construction and design specialists in Britain. With an imaginative use of the new and existing spaces this grade ll* period home has been uniquely modelled into probably the finest Georgian townhouse within the county of Suffolk. With unrivalled open plan live, eat, work spaces this beautiful Georgian gem is not only filled with an abundance of light but all the accoutrements any self-respecting sophisticate has come to expect. Burkitt House is a beautiful grade II* listed Georgian town house with earlier 17th century origins. The original timber framed building dating from 1670 was re-modelled and extended in the reign of George II and George III. The very unusual Georgian front elevation is reminiscent of larger well known Italianate styled landmarks, which together have minimal window apertures within the fenestration. Recent additions include the construction of a self-contained cart lodge with separate annex together with a new garden room with study, cloakroom, media room, bar, reading room and stores. All rooms are classic Georgian proportions with good sized master reception rooms capable of substantial entertaining. The house is proportioned over four stories which is not visible from the road elevation and has been described as 'the hidden secret of Woodbridge'. The mellow red Flemish bond brickwork sits beautifully under a soft clay peg tiled roof framed by a mature trailing wisteria across the south elevation. The 1810 recessed entrance doorway with original glazing fanlights gives a glimpse of a very special hallway to passers-by. The gardens are walled on three sides by predominately brick and knapped flintwork and this formality gives the half acre site a backdrop for the ancient yews and copper beech. The main garden setting is host to many specimen topiary plants with ornamental trellis work. A secret garden lying to the west of the house is fully walled and captures the afternoon and evening sunshine dappled through a beautiful magnolia tree. A continental style seating area lies adjacent to the old cart lodge for wonderful al fresco dining. The property is accessed by a discreet private topiary edged driveway which can accommodate private parking off the roadway. The tall entrance gates open to a driveway leading down to the cart lodge where 4-5 vehicles can be parked The accommodation over four floors can be seen clearly on the floor plans as shown. The owners have allowed the boundary planting to mature over the last 15 years creating a private secluded town garden not directly overlooked from the adjacent properties. The formal & secret Gardens; The ancient yews act as a backdrop to a garden inspired by the formal Baroque and classical gardens of Europe. The multiple hues of green will endure throughout the entire year giving beautiful vistas from the reception areas. A double axis creates the illusion of far reaching views with one contemplating hidden places yet to be explored. The vertical emphasis of the iconic obelisks gives a definition of control and containment to a linear dimension. Location Burkitt House is situated in the heart of central Woodbridge adjacent to the sought after Woodbridge School. The house nestles into the bottom of the Market Square Hill at the north end of Angel Lane which provides a street scene of 17th - 19th century cottages which are virtually unchanged since their construction and offer a picture postcard view form the front elevation of Burkitt House. Woodbridge offers excellent facilities and is a very popular market town with a host of specialist restaurants, boutique shops, independent traders offering unique services such as the violin specialist in the market square There is a selection of independent schools a swimming pool, cinema and library. The railway station is approximately 8 minutes' walk, with a direct line to London Liverpool St. Station. Ipswich some 8 miles to the south west has a mainline station to London from about 64 minutes (on the fastest service). The surrounding area gives the opportunity to participate in sports with golf courses at Woodbridge, Thorpeness, Waldringfield and Melton. Fishing, sailing and other water sports are available on the nearby Suffolk Heritage Coastline, particularly on the estuaries of the Deben, Alde and Orwell. Locally available, Woodbridge offers a well-respected rowing club together with sailing and motor cruising clubs. In addition, Snape Maltings concert hall which is home to the internationally eminent Aldeburgh Festival is a further attraction. Viewings strictly by appointment with Jackson-Stops.