Guide price £2,950,000
A meticulously restored and immaculately presented historic Grade II Listed manor in an idyllic and secluded setting at the head of a long drive next to the parish church. Standing at the end of a long private driveway, The Old Manor House enjoys an elevated, secluded, tranquil edge of village setting, adjacent to the picturesque parish church of St Mary & St Peters. Listed Grade II and understood to date from the late 16th Century, the house was substantially enlarged and modified in 1906 when Courthope-Munroe, a London barrister, commissioned the well-reputed Cambridge architect Edward Schroeder Prior to transform the original farmhouse into a handsome arts and craft Manor House with three intersecting wings forming a u-shape plan. The present vendors have comprehensively and sympathetically restored all aspects of the property, including updating its services, to create a stunning and beautifully appointed and maintained home. The accommodation flows from a vaulted timbered and panelled central reception hall, to include four very different and atmospheric principal reception rooms, a stunning kitchen/breakfast room by Plain English, which links through to an equally impressive and wonderfully light contemporary garden room, with bi fold doors opening onto the gardens in both directions. In addition, there are service rooms and a cellar vault. The first floor presents a sumptuous master bedroom suite in the west wing, together with three further double bedrooms, including en suites and dressing rooms. The floor above provides two further independently accessed bedrooms, taking the total to six, plus two further bathrooms and an attic study and sewing/hobby room. The property benefits from a modern mains gas fired central heating system, with underfloor heating beneath the French limestone tiling running through the east wing, and features a Lutron lighting system, Crestron home entertainment system for video and audio distribution and remote control and Cat5 wiring throughout, together with a modern security system. OUTSIDE Automatically controlled gates access a tree and post and rail lined graveled driveway, which sweeps up to a parking and turning area prior to reaching the house, fronting onto which is an oak framed cart lodge with a large well-equipped workshop, together with a multi-purpose roof room above. The building offers the flexibility for a conversion to a variety of annexe uses. The driveway continues beyond mature Holm Oak and Yew trees and beyond the house to a heritage double garage. Facing south, the house sits amidst delightfully mature, sheltered and secure gardens and grounds. The formal front garden includes a crescent shaped lawn bordered by deep, well stocked and colourful herbaceous and shrub borders with a screening Beech and Holly hedge. Central steps, designed by Gertrude Jekyll, lead down to a crescent pond from where there are delightful views over the surrounding countryside. To the east is a sheltered formal suntrap Italianate garden enclosed by Yew and box hedging with paved terraces and walkways divided by lavender beds, rill and olive trees. Formal lawns lie beyond a wide terrace which runs around the house, and include a delightful climbing rose clad pergola walk, with further lavender borders, leading to a picturesque wooden bridge which crosses the moat into the parkland grounds. Bordering the churchyard and enclosed by mature hedgerow, mown rides lead through wild grass areas between the numerous mature trees. A brick and peg tiled ''Bothy' offers a panoramic view across the surrounding farmland and a further bridge crosses back over the moat to link via circular brick steps to a wide paved terrace fronting onto the aforementioned garden room, whilst further steps lead beyond herbaceous borders to the heated swimming pool which is sheltered by Yew hedging and tall grasses with an orchard garden and sheltered well- managed productive kitchen garden beyond. In all the property, extends to about 5.7 acres. LOCATION The Old Manor House is set next to the parish church of St Mary & St Peter on the edge of Kelsale. The historic village, with its varied mix of period properties, has an active local community and standing just 8 miles from the beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast. Nearby Saxmundham (1½ miles) provides a full range of local shopping and commercial facilities, together with both doctors and vet practices. The town has a Waitrose store and its rail station provides regular, soon to be direct, service to London's Liverpool Street Station (via Ipswich). The A12, which bypasses both Saxmundham and Kelsale, provides direct links south to Woodbridge, Ipswich and the country's main road network beyond. DIRECTIONS (IP17 2PG) From Ipswich travel in a north easterly direction on the main A12. After bypassing Woodbridge and Wickham Market continue through the villages of Stratford St Andrew and Farnham. Proceed beyond the turning to Aldeburgh and continue along the Saxmundham bypass. As the road curves gently to the right take the next junction signed Kelsale and Saxmundham on to the B1121 (the old A12). Continue for approximately half a mile, taking the first left-hand turn after the recreation ground to Kelsale village centre. Continue into the village and over the small bridge. The wooden gated entrance to the Old Manor will be found on the left-hand side. PROPERTY INFORMATION Services Mains electricity, gas water and drainage are connected. Super-fast broadband is available. Fixtures and fittings Items regarded as fixtures and fittings, including carpets and curtains, garden ornaments and statuary are initially excluded from the sale, although certain items, including furniture, may be available by separate negotiation. Viewing By appointment with Jackson-Stops.
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