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Beccles, Suffolk, NR34

Guide price £1,350,000

Under offer

8 Beds 6 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: IPS200156


  • Grade II Listed Period Property
  • 3 reception rooms + study
  • Kitchen/family room
  • 8 bedrooms
  • 6 bath/shower rooms
  • 2 room cellar
  • 2 bay open garage
  • Gardens & grounds of approx 0.34 acres (sts)


The Old Rectory is an immaculately presented 8-bedroom Grade II Listed family property situated in a sought-after location within a short walk of the centre of Beccles. This property is the archetypal old rectory, listed Grade II and with symmetrical design, classic proportions, and decorative elements. The property is of mellow red brick faade with a large pedimented gable and a panelled front door with fan light over and a leaded canopy supported by Doric columns. On entering the property there is a wide entrance hall with flagstone flooring, extending through to 2 further central hallways, each with glazed doors and fanlights. The vista from the front of the property through to the rear garden draws the eye into the distance creating a wonderful feeling of space and airiness. An elegant staircase rises from the main entrance hall to a galleried landing on the first floor. Over the years, the property has been subjected to extensive restoration with high specification finishes and incredible attention to detail throughout. The rooms are elegantly proportioned with good ceiling heights, and the large Georgian sash windows provide an abundance of good natural light. The property retains many classical Georgian features, including columns, ironwork, marble, sash windows and original shutters to the front elevation, some fine cornicing and friezes, deep skirting boards and dado rails to the two main reception rooms. During 2015 the entire roof was replaced. This is a fabulous example of a property of this age coupled with modern additions. GROUND FLOOR To the left of the entrance hall is the drawing room, which is a beautifully presented well-lit room, featuring corbeled cornicing, two sash windows with original shutters, wood flooring and fireplace with marble mantle and slate hearth and a woodburning stove. The dining room is situated off to the right of the entrance hall. This is another beautifully proportioned and well-lit room offering a feature fireplace with marble mantle and cast-iron grate and slate hearth, fine cornicing with frieze under, deep skirting boards and original dado rail and two sash windows with original shutters. Leading off from the middle hall is the morning room, which is an elegantly proportioned room with French doors and windows to either side giving lots of natural light to the room. From this room one can enjoy the wonderful views through the canopied terrace to the gardens beyond. There is a feature fireplace with wooden mantle and slate hearth and two deep storage cupboards to either side of the chimney breast. Additional period features include a beautiful hand-painted frieze and alcoves. Adjoining the morning room is a further study/library with a lovely aspect over the garden. Beautiful hand-built book and display shelves with storage cupboards below extends the length of one wall. A door from this room with attractive fan light over leads back to the middle Hallway. FIRST FLOOR An elegant staircase rises from the main entrance hall to a large galleried landing, with sash window to the front, affording good natural light and lovely views over the river and marshes. To the left of the landing is bedroom 2. There are two large sash windows with original shutters and the views over the river are wonderful. There is a feature fireplace with marble mantle and cast-iron grate. The adjoining en suite features a walk-in shower, wash hand basin and WC. Bedroom 3 is situated to the right of the landing, and two sash windows with original shutters offer far reaching views over the river. There is a beautiful handmade wardrobe with hanging and shelving space and drawers. There is a further feature fireplace with marble mantle and cast-iron grate with tiled slips and slate hearth. The adjoining en-suite shower room features a tiled shower cubicle, WC and wash hand basin. There is a linen cupboard off the middle landing and door leading to bedroom 4, which enjoys lovely views over the rear gardens. The adjacent bathroom features bath with mixer tap and shower unit, wash hand basin and WC. At the rear of the middle landing is the secondary staircase landing. The main bedroom suite has a lobby with shoe storage cupboards and a doorway leading to a large double bedroom with a range of hand-built fitted wardrobe cupboards and a further deep walk-in wardrobe. There are lovely views from this room over the gardens and there is a large en-suite bathroom with vanity unit with two wash hand basins with mirror and lights above. The bath sits in front of the window and from here fine views over the gardens can be observed. There is a huge walk in shower with fully tiled walls. There is a separate WC and bidet with tiled flooring and storage cupboards over. SECOND FLOOR From the second-floor landing there is access to substantial eaves storage. Bedrooms 5 and 7 have pretty dormer windows and views over the gardens. Both bedrooms offer eaves storage and wash hand basins. Steps lead from the landing to a raised middle landing with doors giving access to the roof gulley's. These glazed doors, with windows either side provide excellent natural light to this floor. Bedrooms 6 and 8 with dormer windows provide wonderful views over the river and marshes. Bedroom 6 also offers a wash hand basin and has its own WC. Between bedrooms 6 and 8 there is a large loft storage cupboard with skylight and hanging rails and storage space. The bathroom on the second floor affords lovely views over the church tower and the surrounding town of Beccles. The bathroom features a free-standing claw foot bath, pedestal wash hand basin and WC. OUTSIDE The property is approached through an archway with electric roller door, offering complete security and privacy from the front. The archway provides covered parking and space for storage. There is a paved driveway leading up one side of the house to a paved parking area and a newly erected 2-bay open garage. To the rear of the property is an attractive wrought iron glass canopy veranda extending over the rear terrace. The gardens are a wonderful feature of The Old Rectory and have been developed over many years by the present owners and their predecessors. The Walled gardens create a quiet and peaceful setting and are a most attractive feature of this property. The gardens have been beautifully designed with a central water feature with surrounding box parterre together with the extensive planting of mixed herbaceous and shrub borders. At the far end of the garden there is a small secret garden also with flower and shrub borders. This is a wonderfully secluded garden with a fine view of the rear of the house. LOCATION The Old Rectory is situated on Ballygate, just a short walk from the centre of the Georgian market town of Beccles. This fine market town has a traditional market, held each Friday and a wide selection of shops that provide excellent day to day shopping. The town offers an assortment of restaurants, cafes and pubs, together with leisure facilities and schools in both the public and private sector. There is a railway station with services to Lowestoft and Ipswich, with onward connections to London, Liverpool Street. The River Waveney from Beccles gives access to the Norfolk Broads, and North Norfolk and the Suffolk coast offer beaches and sailing and are within easy driving distance. Beccles has a long history dating back before 1260 when it was granted the right to hold the yearly fair and also it was the place where Horatio Nelson's parents Catherine Suckling and Edmund Nelson married in 1749. The market town of Bungay has a wide selection of shops, a theatre, and a golf club with an 18-hole course. The Earsham Street area of Bungay has several excellent shops including a fishmonger, delicatessen, florists, and greengrocer and a market on Thursdays. There is a Sixth Form College in Bungay and Independent Langley School near Loddon. The popular coastal town of Southwold is 12.5 miles to the south east, offering a wide range of facilities that include good shopping, beaches, a golf course, a sailing club, and a unique small cinema. Norwich is about 19 miles to the north, with its fine Cathedral and close in the centre of the city, a permanent market in the shadow of the city hall, and The Forum which also houses the library. There is an extensive and eclectic range of pubs, bars and restaurants, theatres, museums and a vibrant business community. Close to the city centre is the mainline railway station with trains to London Liverpool Street and to the north of the city is the expanding Norwich International Airport DISTANCES Bungay 5.4 miles Southwold 12.5 miles Norwich 19 miles Ipswich 35 miles DIRECTIONS From Norwich take the A146 to Beccles. Continue along this road for about 15 miles and at the second roundabout by the BP Station, take the 2nd right which is the A146 to Beccles and Great Yarmouth. After about 200 yards, turn right signposted Gillingham and follow this road across the marshes and into Beccles. After the river bridge, continue along the road round a sharp right bend and then take the next right which is a one-way street leading to a small square which is the bus station. On the other side of the square, turn left up the hill and turn right at the church tower and follow this road into Ballygate and The Old Rectory will be found on the left hand side opposite a low wall on the right with views to the marshes and river. SERVICES Gas central heating, mains electricity, water and drainage. Our client has advised us that superfast broadband is available. VIEWING Strictly by appointment with Jackson-Stops.