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A stunning red brick vicarage standing in 8 acres of formal gardens and wooded grounds with heated pool, hard tennis court and separate studio cottage. Farnham Old Vicarage is first glimpsed as you enter the long private drive sweeping through a stunning parkland setting. The red brick facade can be seen through the mature trees which frame the house, the formal and informal grounds. The house itself occupies a wonderful, elevated position with the drive curling around to the extensive parking and turning area at the back. Double doors open into the light and bright reception hall with an open fire and staircase to the first floor. Immediately off the hall is the snug study, lobby and cellar access. The elegant drawing room enjoys a deep bay window, open fireplace and double doors onto the adjoining terrace with the next door sitting room having a further set of double doors to the terrace along with a wood burning stove and built in bookshelves. The magnificent kitchen/breakfast room is fully fitted, including a four oven oil fired AGA, space for a large kitchen table with a matching bay window to the drawing room incorporating a fitted window seat. Rear hallway, utility room, walk in pantry and cloakroom. On the first floor are four bedrooms and two bathrooms with two further staircases serving the top floor with dressing room and bedroom five (formerly used as a fully functioning office), with another staircase, bed six with adjacent bathroom, attic bedroom seven and games room/bedroom eight. OUTSIDE Gravelled sweep to the rear of the house and to the side a courtyard formed by a range of useful storage outbuildings. Self-contained brick and slate studio comprising one large room containing sitting room, kitchenette and bed area with beyond a self-contained shower/WC. Extensive York stone terrace with beyond wide stone steps leading down onto the lawn with clipped laurel and yew hedging. Lean to greenhouse. Heated swimming pool with walk on retractable cover and hot tub. Central gravelled path to the hard tennis court with further grass paths to formal garden with mixed shrub and herbaceous border. Paddock and beyond woodland copse which have been ideal for rough shooting and clay pigeon days. Secondary rear drive. In all approximately 8 acres. LOCATION Conveniently positioned midway between Wickham Market and Saxmundham, The Old Vicarage stands in an oasis setting just outside the village of Farnham with its church and local garage/shop, along with Friday Street, providing day to day needs. The town of Saxmundham with its Waitrose is just two miles to the north. There is easy access to the appealing market towns of Woodbridge (8 miles) and Framlingham (5 miles) providing a further range of local shopping and commercial facilities with top performing schools catering for all age groups in both the state and private sectors. Tunstall and Rendlesham Forests, together with Orford and the Suffolk Coast lie between 5 and 8 miles to the east and from Campsea Ashe Station, which is just 3 miles, there will soon be direct rail services London Liverpool Street Station, in addition to the existing branch line services to Ipswich. The A12 links to the country town of Ipswich and London's M25 and beyond to Cambridge and The Midlands (via the A14). DISTANCES Saxmundham - 2 miles Campsea Ashe Station - 3 miles Framlingham - 5 miles Woodbridge - 8 miles AGENT'S NOTE The Sizewell project is currently under consideration by the Government. If it goes ahead there is likely to be a re-routing of the A12 at Farnham. The new route will go east of the Old Vicarage. It will be single track and in distance will be as far away to the east as the current road is to the west. It will not be seen as it will be the other side of an existing wood. DIRECTIONS (IP17 1LB) From Ipswich travel in a north easterly direction on the main A12, after bypassing both Woodbridge and Wickham Market continue on the A12 past Glemham Hall and into the village of Stratford St Andrew. Continue past the garage on the left, as the A12 bends round to the left take the slip road off to the right. Turn right again up the hill past the church on the right. Continue for about 300 metres. The entrance to The Old Vicarage comes up on the left. SERVICES Oil fired central heating, private drainage, mains water and electric. 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. VIEWINGS By appointment with Jackson-Stops.
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