Guide price £1,195,000
An elegant and very well-presented detached country house standing in beautiful mature gardens and meadowland on village outskirts. Entrance & central hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory, utility room and shower/cloakroom. Four first floor bedrooms, a family bathroom, en-suite wc and separate cloakroom. Attached annexe with entrance hall, sitting room, conservatory, kitchen, utility/pantry, two bedrooms, bathroom, cloakroom, study and a further bedroom/reception room. Driveway, parking & garaging, outbuildings and stables, gardens and meadowland. In all about 4 acres. THE PROPERTY An elegant and extremely well cared for detached house with origins believed to date back to the early 1800's with an adjoining single storey annexe (Coach House Cottage), which could be incorporated into the accommodation of the main house or, from discussions with a planning consultant, it is believed could be separated to form an individual titled property. Presenting predominantly colour washed rough cast render elevations under a pan tiled roof, The Grove, as previously mentioned, is believed to date back over 200 years with later additions and boasts well-proportioned accommodation of over 2,500 sq ft and the adjoining annexe also has substantial accommodation of over 1,500 sq ft. The accommodation flows off a central hallway where there is a fitted kitchen with a range of base and eye level cupboards, swanstone work surfaces and a Stanley ''Aga' type oven inset into the fireplace. There is also a four-ring hob and combination microwave oven, pamment floor and a window to the front aspect. Leading off the front hallway is a utility room, a shower/cloakroom and a rear porch, which leads to the garden. Continuing off the central hallway is a large sitting room measuring around 27' x 18' (into the bay) and features two deep bay windows to the rear aspect and double French doors with shutters leading to the conservatory. There is an attractive fireplace housing a woodburning stove and there are exposed floorboards, open studwork and a return door to the side hallway. The dining room features a large bay window to the front aspect and French doors with shutters lead to the conservatory. The marble effect open fireplace is flanked by two shelved alcoves with cupboards. The conservatory extends the whole width of the southern side of the property and double doors lead onto the large terrace area and garden. On the first floor the gallery landing leads to four good sized bedrooms, a family bathroom, separate wc and an en-suite cloakroom. There are built-in/fitted wardrobes in each bedroom and all enjoy picturesque views over the gardens and beyond. THE ANNEXE Formerly a doctor's surgery, Coach House Cottage, the adjoining annexe, enjoys well-presented and generous accommodation and the entrance hall leads into a large open plan sitting room/diner featuring an attractive open fireplace with surround and hearth, double doors lead to a conservatory and there is a window to the front aspect. A door leads into a study/ bedroom, which has a door to the garden and a door to a further bedroom, which has windows to the front and side aspects. The kitchen is fitted with a range of base and eye level cupboards, space for electric cooker with extractor hood over, a front and rear aspect and a door leads into a utility cupboard/pantry, which has plumbing for appliances and eye level cupboards. Continuing on the ground floor there are two further double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a further cloakroom. OUTSIDE The fabulous, long established gardens are of particular note, being beautifully manicured and well stocked with an abundance of mature specimen trees, shrubs and plants. The property, along with the annexe, is approached over a gravelled driveway providing plenty of parking, which in turn leads to a block paved area providing further parking and a garage with automatic roller door. The drive continues via a five-bar gate to a further shingle parking area where there is another adjoining garage. The gardens lie predominantly to the east, south and west of the property where there are large areas of formal lawns, interspersed with thoughtful planting and herbaceous borders and beds affording all round interest from woodland bulbs and hellebores in spring to autumnal displays of leaves and berries. Immediately abutting the south and west of the house is a large recently laid terrace of Indian Sandstone, making an ideal alfresco dining area. There is also a further central seating area under a rose pergola and another paved seating area close to an ornamental pond and rockery, under a weeping birch tree. To the rear of the gardens there is a pond and a large workshop and machinery store with a useful inspection pit. There is also a formally laid out kitchen and fruit garden with a large vegetable patch, fruit cage, polytunnel and several fruit trees. Situated on the east boundary is a small stable block under a pantile roof and beyond is a 2 acre (sts) meadow separated by post and rail fencing with mature trees to the boundaries and a separate field gate vehicular entrance. There is also a further vehicular entrance on the south-western side of the house. In all about 4 acres (sts). LOCATION The Grove stands on the southern outskirts of the village, abutting farmland and enjoys a beautiful, mature rural setting with fine views. Gislingham is a thriving mid-Suffolk village, which enjoys several amenities such as a well-stocked village store, primary school with an outstanding Ofsted rating and a fine parish church. The surrounding villages offer further amenities, as do the market towns of Stowmarket, Diss and the historic cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds, which offers an excellent range of amenities with schooling in the public and private sectors, extensive shopping facilities and a good range of leisure facilities including health clubs, swimming pools and golf clubs. There is good access to the A14, A11(M11) and for the rail commuter there is a fast and regular service from Diss and Stowmarket to London Liverpool Street taking approximately 95 minutes and 80 minutes respectively.
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