Guide price £835,000
A well-proportioned Grade II listed period farmhouse, wonderfully set in grounds of about 0.57 of an acre, with a double garage, outbuildings and parking, all superbly located in this charming and sought-after Suffolk village close to Bury St Edmunds. Entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, study, utility/boot room, shower/cloakroom, scullery, side porch and lower ground floor cellar/games room. First floor master bedroom with en-suite shower room, bedroom two with en-suite shower room, two further bedrooms, family bathroom & a cloakroom. Shared driveway and private parking, double garage & attached store rooms and enclosed front, side and rear gardens. In all about 0.57 of an acre. THE PROPERTY Downings Farmhouse is a dated but well-presented and proportioned Grade II listed detached property, with a beautiful and impressive timber frame which has rendered elevations under a clay tiled roof, that has been a family home for the current owners for over 50 years. From the entrance porch, with a solid panelled front door, two side windows, a tiled floor, glazed double doors lead to the entrance hall. The hallway gives access to the principal ground floor accommodation and the stairs leading to the first floor. Also, a door to steps leading down to the cellar/ basement games room, which has separate steps up to a garden door to the rear, as well. The excellent dining room features secondary glazed sash windows to the front and rear, exposed wall and ceiling timbers and a large inglenook bressummer beamed fireplace with herringbone pattern brick hearth and inset wood burning stove. The sitting room, with exposed ceiling timbers, features a fireplace with brick hearth, surround and a wood burning stove, recessed alcoves to either side and a large secondary glazed bay window to the front. The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a range of base and eye level units, has a tiled floor and features a rare sky-blue solid fuel Aga range cooker and has space for a freestanding electric cooker. There are casement windows to both sides and door to a side porch with glazed top stable door out to a terrace and the parking area. The utility/boot room, to the rear also benefits from fitted base and eye level units, a stainless-steel sink unit and space and plumbing for a washing machine. There are doors out to the garden and the drive, and a store cupboard which houses the oil-fired central heating boiler. There is access to the ground floor shower/cloakroom which also has a tiled floor, a window to the side and part tiled, part panelled walls and beyond this is a useful scullery/store room with exposed ceiling beam and the study, which subject to the relevant consents could be amalgamated to be used as a superb snug/family sitting room, with the possibility that it could also be an occasional bedroom, with access to the shower room. On the first-floor, a spacious split landing gives access to the family bathroom with panel enclosed bath and a hand wash basin, a separate cloakroom with a low level wc and hand wash basin and a walk-in airing cupboard/linen store. The large master bedroom features built-in cupboards/wardrobes and an en-suite shower room. The second bedroom also features built-in wardrobe/cupboards and an en-suite shower room. There are two further bedrooms with views to the front, one of which has a walk-in cupboard. OUTSIDE The house is set back from the lane behind its formal walled and lawned front garden with a central path bordered by Lavender beds leading to the front door. The shared drive from the road leads to the hard standing parking area to the side of the house in front of the detached double garage which has attached store rooms. There is a gate through the wall to the rear garden and access around the rear of the garage. The beautiful part walled side and rear gardens are predominantly laid to lawn, with a large terrace, ideal for alfresco dining and entertaining, flower beds and borders and feature mature trees and shrubs. The gardens also benefit from two greenhouses and a well-tended vegetable bed. The property benefits from excellent views to the front and side over the gently undulating Suffolk countryside. LOCATION Rede is an appealing Suffolk village with just a handful of mostly period homes and a popular historic public house "The Plough" within easy walking distance of the house. The village lies about 7.5 miles to the south west of the historic cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds, which offers 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. The University City of Cambridge is approximately 28 miles away and offers unrivalled schooling opportunities and excellent shopping and amenities. There is good access to the A14, A11 (M11) and the railway station at Bury St Edmunds offers a link to mainline stations offering direct services to London's Liverpool Street or King's Cross. The A14 and the A11 also provide easy access to Audley End and Whittlesford stations which are on the Cambridge to London line. Alternatively, there is a regular train service from Stowmarket to London Liverpool Street taking approximately 80 minutes. Stansted International Airport is approximately 55 minutes by car.
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