Guide price £895,000
Set amidst woodland grounds, an elegantly presented 6 bedroomed period country house. Understood to date from the late 1600s and despite displaying a wealth of impressive, exposed timbers, Chequers is not Listed. Offered for sale in the open market for the first time in nearly 65 years, the property has, in that time been in the same family ownership. With an elegant and atmospheric presentation, the accommodation, which extends to some 3,763 sq ft, includes a spacious triple aspect drawing room with French doors onto the gardens and an attractive curved brick fireplace. Double doors access a snug/family/tv room with a feature window overlooking the rear gardens and meadow beyond. There is a good sized study with an external door and full height fitted shelves. The dining hall, with its fine timbers, open brick fireplace and parquet wood block flooring, links through to the kitchen/breakfast room with bespoke fittings, including a Stoves induction hob range and a large central island. There is a pantry off and French doors opening from the breakfast room area onto the garden. The kitchen is open plan at the other end into a sitting room, which in turn links through to the flexible use office/play room. Both this room and the kitchen have rear doors with sheltering porch areas leading into the rear courtyard. On the first floor the master bedroom is set off a landing room and has an adjacent dressing room which it is suggested has the potential to incorporate an en suite bath/shower room There are five further double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a modern shower room. OUTSIDE The main driveway opens off the A140 and flanked by mature oak trees sweeps through the woodland grounds before arriving at a spacious parking and turning area to the front of the house. There is access to the garage, beyond which lies an enclosed shingled courtyard fronting onto which is the multi-purpose studio/games room, which has the benefit of service connections and includes a cloakroom and the utility/laundry room for the main house. This offers further potential for conversion to create annexe facilities if preferred. Within the grounds are many mature oak, ash and evergreen trees, together with areas of enclosed lawned gardens and an open front lawn from where there is a lovely view back to the house. A second five bar gate accesses onto the Thrandeston Road, a narrow country lane, which offers the potential for the reformalisation of a driveway as an alternative access. In all the property extends to some 2.7 acres. LOCATION Accessed directly from the A140, Chequers is set well back within its grounds and screened by thick mature woodland and wooden fencing. The current driveway is very appealing as it sweeps through the woodland but potentially the option to re-open the gated access from the Thrandeston Road offers the opportunity to ''distance' the property from its direct present access. The parish of Brome lies conveniently just 2 & 3.5 miles respectively between Eye and Diss, with both historic towns offering a full range of shopping, commercial and educational facilities centered round their respective picturesque central squares. The Diss Golf Club is in the neighbouring village of Stuston, and there are regular main line rail services from Diss station, running to both Norwich (20 mins), Ipswich (24 mins) and beyond to London Liverpool Street Station (100 mins), whilst the A140 links to Norwich and the A14 at Needham Market. The latter providing direct access to Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and The Midlands, as well as Ipswich and London's M25. DIRECTIONS (IP23 8AP) From Ipswich travel in a north westerly direction on the A14, turning off at the intersection with the A140 signed to Norwich. Proceed along this road for approximately 14 miles with Eye airfield business park, pass on your right. Continue over the two new roundabouts and after leaving the second, the gateway to Chequers will be found 250 yards further along on the left hand side. If you reach The Swan public house on your left, you have gone too far (the entrance appears before your sat nav will indicate). SERVICES Mains electricity, water and drainage are connected. Oil fired central heating. AGENT'S NOTE - Additional Land An adjoining 2.5-acre meadow, in third party ownership, to the rear of the property may be available in whole or part by separate negotiation. FIXTURES AND FITTINGS The fitted carpets currently within the property are include within the sale. Items regarded as fixtures and fittings are initially excluded although certain Items may be available by separate negotiation. The electric cooking range in the kitchen is included. VIEWINGS By appointment with Jackson-Stops.
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