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Sternfield, Suffolk, IP17

Guide price £1,750,000

Under offer

6 Beds 5 Baths 5 Receptions

REF: IPS200139


  • Classic Grade II listed red brick Georgian fronted farmhouse
  • Fully restored, updated & extended by the present vendors
  • Accommodation extending to some 6,114 sq ft
  • 3 reception rooms + bespoke kitchen
  • Contemporary link to the brick barn wing
  • 6 bedrooms, 4 modern bathrooms + dressing room
  • Self-contained 1 bed annexe
  • Garaging/workshop & hard tennis court
  • Formal gardens, woodland grounds & stunning south facing Italianate courtyard garden
  • In all about 3.5 acres


Enjoying a tucked away setting overlooking its picturesque grounds, a fully restored and beautifully appointed Georgian fronted farmhouse, linking to a flexible use barn conversion wing. Fully restored and cleverly extended to plans prepared by the well reputed local architect Peter Wells, Sternfield Hall is a classic, Grade II Listed late 18th Century Suffolk farmhouse, with a handsome Georgian facade and deep sash windows, which has been cleverly attached with a contemporary link to a converted brick barn wing. Extending to some 6,114 sq ft with an elegant contemporary presentation, the property offers a flexible use layout. Benefitting from its modern services and with underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, the property flows around a stunning central south facing Italianate courtyard garden, which is accessible from all sections of the house. The accommodation set from a central reception hall features a bespoke fully fitted modern kitchen by Anglia Factors, with Neff appliances, which is open plan into a breakfast room with a snug/sitting room, snug and service rooms beyond. An equally elegant drawing room with high ceilings has folding central doors and steps leading to the stunning link dining room/function room with its zinc roof, central skylight and full width glazed elevation, with central sliding doors. Beyond is a large study with cloakroom off, linking through into the barn wing with a multi-media games room, open plan into a gym area and with two ground floor bedrooms each with en suite shower rooms beyond. On the first floor in the farmhouse itself, set off a central landing, is a twin aspect master bedroom with high ceilings and sash windows affording views over the gardens, together with a luxury shower room and fully fitted dressing room. There are three further bedrooms and a family bathroom, with a second staircase returning to the inner hall. The sanitaryware is by Villeroy & Boch with Matic showers. THE ANNEXE Contained within the barn wing is an independently accessible self-contained annexe with an entrance hall, double bedroom and wet room en suite, a living room, kitchenette and cloakroom. The size of the annexe can be flexible with the inclusion of the aforementioned bedrooms in the barn wing. OUTSIDE Wrought iron gates on brick pillars access a shingle driveway which sweeps to an extensive parking area to the side of the house and continues around the front of the property to a further parking area, fronting onto which is a garage/workshop. The house sits amidst and overlooks delightfully mature and secluding gardens and grounds. Created by the present vendors, the central Italianate courtyard garden, which faces south, is a stunning feature. Accessible from all wings of the house there is a wide terraced area, ideal for alfresco dining, overlooking a professionally landscaped knot garden with box hedging, gravel pathways and lilac borders. Lying principally to the front of the house its gardens include areas of lawns, with well stocked herbaceous borders, a variety of mature trees including oak, ash, beech and copper beech, which run down to a woodland area which borders the Fromus stream. There is a hard tennis court overlooked by a summer room pavilion (with water and electricity connected) and in all the property extends to about 3.5 acres. LOCATION Sternfield Hall enjoys a nicely tucked away rural setting off a quiet country lane within the parish of Sternfield. 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. The world-renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall is just 2½ miles to the south and the popular coastal towns and villages of Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Orford are easily accessible just 5½ miles to the east. Recreationally, the east coast estuaries and nearby Tunstall Forest provide leisure activities for a variety of interests, and there are golf courses at both Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. DIRECTIONS (Post Code IP17 1RT) From Ipswich travel in a north easterly direction on the A12. After bypassing Woodbridge and Wickham Market, continue through the villages of Stratford St Andrew and Farnham and beyond the turning to Aldeburgh. Shortly thereafter turn right across the dual carriageway onto the B1121 signed to Saxmundham. Continue for about half a mile and as the road bends round to the left, turn off to the right signed to Sternfield. Proceed over the small river bridge and at the next junction turn right (signed to Snape) and immediately right into a small lane. The gated main entrance to Sternfield Hall will be found shortly thereafter on the right-hand side. PROPERTY INFORMATION Services Mains electricity, water and drainage are connected to the property. There is an electric car charging point and a Calor gas bottle point. It is reported that Superfast Broadband is available. Fixtures and fittings Items regarded as fixtures and fittings, including carpets and curtains, are initially excluded from the sale, although certain items may be available by separate negotiation. Viewing By appointment with Jackson-Stops.