Guide price £1,000,000
A charming Grade II listed family home requiring renovation and modernisation, set with barns and outbuildings in grounds of about 8.7 acres, wonderfully located off a quiet rural lane. Porch & reception hall, drawing room, sitting /dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, rear hall/boot room & potential tack room/study, cloakroom & attached former dairy/store lean-too. First floor landings, master bedroom with possible en-suite, four further family bedrooms and a family bathroom. Driveway & detached triple bay garage outbuilding, attached flat roofed double garage, former dairy farmyards, timber framed barn & traditional outbuildings, two permanent pasture fields (7.25 acres of grazing) & gardens. In all about 8.69 acres (sts). THE PROPERTY Pitchers Green Farm was last purchased in the early 1960's from the previous owner who had established it as a dairy farm with pedigree Jersey cows, which continued until recently. . The wider farm, beyond the 8.7 acres included with this sale, included ''Hellesden Ley' - the field to the south - claimed by some to be the site where Kind Edmund's decapitated head was found by a wolf in 869 AD. The farm is likely to be a remnant of a medieval green settlement with the farmhouse being Grade II listed and is believed to be 17th century or earlier with a rendered timber frame beneath a plain tiled roof. The property retains much of its historic character with 19th century small-pane wrought iron casement windows, pamment tiled floors and open fireplaces. Requiring significant renovation and modernisation, the accommodation currently has electric night storage heating and a dilapidated oil-fired kitchen range cooker with back boiler, which assisted to heat the water for the property. The accommodation consists of an entrance porch to the yard side of the house which opens into the central entrance hall that then opens to the principal rooms and gives access to both the front and rear staircases. The Drawing Room has windows to the front and rear elevations, a pamment tiled floor and fireplace with a dilapidated stove fire and alcove cupboards to either side. The Sitting/Dining Room, with windows to the front and side also has a half-glazed door opening to the front, which could be mistaken for the main entrance. There is a ground floor cloakroom/WC and the kitchen/breakfast room affords a basic range of base and wall mounted units with sink unit and the dilapidated oil-fired range cooker. To the rear the service end (with lower ceilings), containing a utility room with pantry cupboard, a rear hall/boot room and a possible lean-to scullery/buttery being later additions - possibly rebuilt larger in the 18th century. There is also an attached lean-to with external access, to the side between the house and the attached flat roofed double garage, which may have originally been a dairy but now used for storage and houses the oil tank. The property benefits from two staircases. The front stairs lead up to the landing, off which there are three bedrooms and a walk-through adjoining bathroom which connects to the main bedroom which can also be accessed along with the 5th bedroom from the back stairs. OUTSIDE The outbuildings which are not listed in their own right principally consist of: A timber-framed and weatherboarded five-bay threshing barn of circa 1800 consisting largely of re-used timber with a central gabled entrance porch to the north-east, with a mid-19th century single-storied red-brick and pantiled shelter-shed for cattle with a central loose box of clay-lump attached to the rear. An early-19th century timber-framed and weatherboarded stable, entered by a central door from the horse yard on the east and with a boarded 1st floor granary, entered by an external gable stair; with a mid-19th century red-brick and pantiled shelter-shed to the south of the horse yard adjoining the stable. A Fletton-brick milking parlour of circa 1955, the equipment from which has been acquired and removed by the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket. And finally, a late-19th century open-fronted cart lodge (GARAGE) with a former 1st floor granary accessed by a dilapidated external stair against its gable. This peacefully located property, one of five set in a small hamlet on a quiet, single-track lane, is approached across a gravel driveway that gives access to the garaging, the house and the farmyard/outbuildings. There is a second entrance from the lane that gives further access to the timber framed barn and additionally, gateways from the two fields to the lane as well. The house benefits from a garden to the side and the front, which is mainly laid to lawn and is set behind a brick wall and hedged boundary to the green and lane. The fields provide excellent mature, well-established pasture and, extending to about 7.25 acres, are mainly hedge enclosed with a dividing hedge between the two. LOCATION The property is idyllically positioned in this quintessentially peaceful rural location close to Bradfield St George, an active local community and Cockfield which offers a good range of everyday facilities including a pub, a post office shop and primary school, as does Rougham in the other direction. For more comprehensive facilities the nearby sought-after historic market town of Bury St Edmunds is approximately 6 miles to the north west, which offers an excellent range of amenities, with schooling in the private and public sectors, extensive independent and national chain shopping facilities and a good range of leisure facilities including health clubs, swimming pools and golf clubs. The University City of Cambridge is approximately 32 miles away via the A14. There is good access to the A14 (leading to the A11 (M11)) and the railway stations at Thurston (5 miles) and Bury St Edmunds offer links to mainline services to London's Liverpool Street and Kings Cross. (Only about 20-minute drive to Stowmarket station - direct line to London Liverpool Street in about 80 minutes) RESTRICTION: It is the vendor's intention to sell the property with a covenant preventing any development other than for ancillary use to the existing residential unit, so that the property is maintained as a single dwelling. Annexe/ Holiday Let accommodation (subject to the relevant consents required from the local authority), as well as equestrian development and use, will be permitted, in associated use with the house as a single dwelling.
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