Guide price £1,600,000
An elegant and generously proportioned Grade II*listed Georgian fronted farmhouse with around 5,000 sq ft of accommodation, around 8 acres of gardens and grounds, a large barn, swimming pool and pool house. Entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast/day room, study, utility/boot room, inner hall & cloakroom, cottage sitting room, cottage kitchen, cottage bathroom and cellar. Seven bedrooms, four bath/shower rooms & two cloakrooms. Carriage driveway, parking for numerous vehicles, formal gardens, meadowland & further grounds, substantial timber frame barn, double garage, workshop & outbuildings, pool house & swimming pool. THE PROPERTY A most elegant and generously proportioned Georgian fronted farmhouse with an adjoining 16th century cottage, believed to be an original Tudor wool merchants' cottage, which can easily be used as a separate annexe or equally utilised within the accommodation of the main house. This handsome period house presents a red brick Georgian frontage with symmetrical fenestration and the adjoining cottage presents colour washed rendered elevations all under predominantly plain tiled roofs. The house boasts an abundance of period detail, including fireplaces, high ceilings and exposed timbers in the cottage, including a fabulous exposed Crown Post in a vaulted bedroom. The entrance door leads into a reception hall, which has panelled walls and a wide easy rising staircase leading to the first floor and also accesses the cellar. The drawing room features twin windows to the front and a bay window and door to the rear aspect, painted panelled walls and an open fireplace with hearth and mantle over. The dining room features a magnificent open inglenook fireplace with heavy bressummer beam and a herringbone patterned brick hearth, twin windows to the front aspect and a door leading into the study, which has a side aspect, a red brick fireplace with bressummer beam, a walk-in storage cupboard and a door leading to the side hall. An inner hall accesses a cloakroom and the kitchen/breakfast/day room features an extensive range of base and eye level solid wood units, with granite worksurfaces, butler sink, a four oven Aga and a pamment floor and opens into the day room, which is fully glazed to the rear and side enjoying views over the gardens and grounds beyond, is light and airy, also having several roof lights and double doors lead to the rear garden. The utility/boot room features a butler sink with work surface, cupboards under, space for appliances and houses the oil-fired boiler. Continuing on the ground floor and entering the adjoining timber framed cottage, there is a kitchen area with work surfaces and cupboards fitted, open studwork leads into the sitting room, which has a red brick fireplace with bressummer beam, side window and a door leads into the side hall, which in turn has a door to the cottage garden. Leading off the kitchen area there is a bathroom, rear lobby and a window and door leading to the cottage garden. On the first floor there is a half landing, which has a door leading to a cloakroom and the main landing leads to the master bedroom, which has twin front windows, built-in wardrobes/cupboards and a door leads to the en-suite, which has a large bay window overlooking the gardens and grounds beyond. Bedroom two features twin windows to the front aspect and has built-in wardrobes/cupboards. The inner landing leads to a further bedroom and bathroom. Steps lead down into the cottage with a further shower room and an inner landing, which accesses a most impressive vaulted bedroom displaying a fine timber frame and magnificent crown post. There is also a brick fireplace, a mullion window to the rear and windows to the side. A further vaulted bedroom has front and side aspects and an en-suite shower room. On the second floor there are two bedrooms, one en-suite cloakroom and a large store adjoining, which would be ideal to convert to install a bath/shower (subject to the usual consents). OUTSIDE The front of the property is approached via a carriage driveway, an area of lawn with planting and hedging, a further area of hard standing and grassland in front of the barn. Double doors lead into the rear of the property, which accesses a double garage, several useful outhouses and stores, including a work shop. There is a substantial timber framed barn measuring about 88' x 19', which could be used for a number of purposes, such as a car collection or a party barn and internally has a mezzanine floor area and a wc & tack room below. Planning permission was previously obtained for conversion into a residential dwelling, plans of which can be viewed. Immediately abutting the rear of the house is a large terraced area ideal for alfresco dining and steps lead down to a formal area of lawn with an abundance of mature trees and shrubs and lead into the enclosed swimming pool area, which has an area of lawn, a heated swimming pool and a fabulous pool house, which has a reception/entertaining room, a fitted kitchen, shower room, cloakroom and changing room. Immediately behind the formal gardens is a large mature meadow area with an abundance of various trees and wooded areas, beyond which there is a large area of fenn land that has frontage onto the river Brett. In all about 7.8 acres. LOCATION Swingleton Green is located on the outskirts of Monks Eleigh, a well-served and popular village convenient for Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and Lavenham. The village itself offers an excellent range of facilities including a popular public house, community shop and post office and a fine parish church. The nearby medieval village of Lavenham (3 miles), one of England's finest medieval villages with its beautiful Church and market square offers an excellent range of facilities including grocery stores, a pharmacist and a post office, as well as galleries, speciality shops, fine restaurants, hotels and public houses. More comprehensive facilities can be found in the historic market town of Hadleigh (5 miles) and the Cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds (16 miles), which offers a full range of schooling, recreational and shopping facilities, including the Arc Shopping Centre. Cultural amenities include the impressive Georgian Theatre Royal and the Abbey Gardens, both of which are home to the annual Festival. There is excellent schooling in both the private and public sectors and a range of swimming pools, health clubs and golf clubs. For the rail commuter, Manningtree station is about a 3o minute drive and has a regular rail service to London Liverpool Street taking approximately 60 minutes.
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