Guide price £1,750,000
A stunning Grade II Listed rectory standing in 9.25 acres of mature grounds with three bed annex and separate three bed cottage. The Old Rectory is a fine Grade II Listed country house of classic proportions with an attractive red brick facade. The house dates from circa 1791 and is typical of the Georgian era with elegant, well-proportioned and well laid out accommodation over three floors. The six panelled double front door, with portico fan light over, accesses the reception hall which runs from front to rear with a part-glazed door onto the terrace to the back and an access staircase down to the cellar. There is period detail throughout the house including sash windows with working shutters, panelled doors, deep cornicing and picture rails. Drawing room with open fireplace. Sitting room with wood burning stove, inset into fireplace, display bookshelves and two sets of glazed double French doors to the orangery with its spectacular central skylight and four sets of glazed double French doors to the terrace and garden. Dining room with open fireplace (currently sealed) with decorative carved pine over mantle and surround and doorway through to the kitchen/breakfast room with a comprehensive range of floor and wall units, four oven AGA, built in Bosch double oven and double butler's sink. Rear wing with walk-in larder, office, cloakroom, utility room and separate boot room. On the first floor is a split landing and master bedroom with en suite dressing room with floor to ceiling cupboards and bathroom with roll top bath, walk in shower, double sinks and WC. Bedroom two with decorative fireplace and en suite bathroom. Rear landing with understairs cupboard and staircase to the top floor. Bedroom three with en suite bathroom. Stairs to the top floor. Bedroom four with en suite bathroom, family bathroom with double ended bath, shower, WC and wash basin all recently installed. Four further bedrooms with bedroom eight having a walk-in wardrobe cupboard and en suite bathroom. Steps down to the cellar which comprises three rooms including boiler room with oil-fired boiler. Steps up to the office/study, with display bookshelves and glazed double French doors to the drive. Separate cloakroom. Would make an excellent at-home office. Separate annex to the north with sitting room, kitchen, study, 3 bedrooms and bathroom. WELL COTTAGE Brick with a pan tile roof. The cottage comprises reception hall, with three bedrooms, a large dining room/sitting room with wood burning stove, exposed ceiling cross timbers and part-glazed door to lobby and private inner courtyard, beyond which is the kitchen with built-in wall and floor units, oven and space and plumbing for washer/dryer. It is currently available on Air B&B as a holiday let. OUTSIDE Two brick splayed walls lead into the entrance drive which is bordered with maturing lime trees to one side and a deep bed and high brick wall to the other. Stunning mature oak and horse chestnut trees with a wide expanse of lawn and extensive gravelled parking and turning area with to the front of the house a fountain feature with roses and privet hedge, and magnificent mature magnolia tree. The garden runs to the side of the house with an extensive York stone terrace, railed paddocks to the south and maturing woodland beyond. Central pamment path to high walled garden with orchard beyond and archway through to a gravelled courtyard with extensive storage outbuildings, brick built (12 x 30 ft) and extensive timber building with a pan tile roof (75 x 10 ft). LOCATION The Old Rectory is located in a stunning, rural setting on the edge of Gislingham, overlooking its own land to the west. The village has a good range of local amenities including a village shop and public house. The local primary school and close by Hartismere High School are both Ofsted outstanding and there are local bus services running to the private schools in Ipswich, Norwich and Bury St Edmunds. Gislingham is situated between the local towns of Eye, Diss and Stowmarket, which all have more extensive everyday facilities including shops, schools and supermarkets. Diss and Stowmarket both have main line railway stations with services to Norwich and London Liverpool Street. The A140 is within easy reach linking to the A14 and A12 with access to Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and London.
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