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Melton, Woodbridge, IP12

Guide price £3,000,000

9 Beds 4 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: IPS210064

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • Enjoying a convenient and accessible village location within walking distance of Woodbridge
  • 3 reception rooms and study
  • Kitchen & breakfast room/snug
  • 9 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms
  • 2nd floor games room & studio
  • Coach house with garaging, workshop and 2 bedroom flat
  • Exquisite formal gardens including rose garden and kitchen garden/orchard, woodland and meadow
  • Range of domestic and garden stores
  • Hard tennis court and swimming pool
  • In all about 7.5 acres

THE PROPERTY

A classically elegant Grade II listed Regency villa set in 7½ acres of beautiful formal gardens and woodland grounds. Melton Hall was built in 1807 and is Grade II listed. Rich in historical interest, as described in MELTON HALL: the house, the grounds and the people who lived here, the property has been home to just four families since 1936. The elegant Regency villa, with its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, offers light, well laid out and beautifully appointed accommodation as featured in national homes and interiors magazines. In all it extends to some 7,767 sq ft. A Doric porch and panelled front door open to a reception and inner hall, flanked by a delightful drawing room with French doors onto the garden terrace, and by an atmospheric dining room linked to the spacious open-plan kitchen with Aga and family snug. A sizeable study, sitting room and service rooms complete the ground floor with cellarage and a secure wine vault below. On the first floor there are five principal bedrooms set off a central landing with three bathrooms (two en suite), plus a small sixth bedroom and kitchenette. The staircase continues to the second floor, which presents three further double bedrooms and a fourth bath shower room, together with a games room and studio. The property benefits from a modern gas-fired central heating system and the principal rooms enjoy views across the gardens and grounds. COACH HOUSE, DOMESTIC STORES, POOL AND TENNIS COURT Wrought iron gates open through the walled boundary which runs around two sides of the property, with a belt of screening mature trees through which twin gravelled drives sweep to the front of the house. The drive continues to the rear of the house leading to a courtyard with further parking. The original two-storey coach house has three-car garaging and a workshop on the ground floor, while the first-floor Stable Flat provides self-contained accommodation with sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. This offers flexibility for a variety of uses, including letting, staff accommodation or use as an at-home office. The Stable Flat has a separate entrance with parking and an area of dedicated garden. The heated swimming pool, with its glass covering, sits to the rear of the house in the service courtyard, which is flanked by a range of domestic stores, tool and potting sheds and the gardener's office. Tucked away on the edge of the garden are a hard tennis court, a chicken run and a working area with brick barn providing storage for the gardening equipment. GARDENS & GROUNDS The magical gardens and grounds are a stunning feature of Melton Hall and include a range of layouts from formal gardens with clipped hedging and statuary to natural areas rich in wildlife. Secluded within a mature belt of native and ornamental trees, and often opened under national and county garden schemes, they have provided the setting for village ftes, charity sales, open-air theatre, fashion shoots, marquee functions and many other events. Highlights include swathes of daffodils in spring and over 150 varieties of rose. A gate from the rear courtyard leads to two walled gardens with historic crinckle-cranckle brickwork: the paved rose garden - a festival of colour and scent throughout the summer - and an extensive kitchen garden featuring well-managed box-bordered beds, a fruit cage and small orchard. Through a further gate, the south-facing walls form the perfect backdrop for spectacular herbaceous and shrub borders in the main garden south and west of the house. Across the large, well-kept lawns a Japanese water garden offers a tranquil retreat, while beyond a wrought iron fence the 3½ acre wildflower meadow rises gently to its backdrop of mature trees, and to a woodland copse with natural ponds. With over 100 species of wild flowers and a wealth of insect and birdlife, the meadow and woodland are managed as a private reserve in co-operation with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, which owns the adjacent Hutchison's Meadow Nature Reserve and provides hay-cutting and sheep grazing. In all, the grounds extend to some 7½ acres, the greater part overlooked from the flagstone terrace beside the house - the ideal setting for alfresco dining with wonderful views over a gardener's and nature lover's paradise. LOCATION Located in a green belt conservation area at the edge of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Melton Hall is perfectly placed for access to village and town facilities as well as countryside and coast, with transport networks in easy reach. Within a short walk are Melton's church and local amenities including a pub, post office, general stores and various other shops and businesses. The riverside path to Woodbridge, along the Deben estuary with its beautiful scenery and birdlife, is soon reached on foot, as is the Melton rail station, with regular branch line services to Ipswich. Alternatively, Ipswich station is about a 25-minute drive, with intercity rail services running to London Liverpool Street in just over one hour. The popular riverside town of Woodbridge provides a full range of local shopping and commercial facilities, as well as top performing schools catering for all age groups in both the state and private sectors, together with many recreational clubs and societies including sailing, rowing, tennis, rugby and football clubs, plus a number of local golf clubs. The A12, which bypasses both Melton and Woodbridge, links to the county town of Ipswich (10 miles) and beyond to London's M25, Stansted Airport (via the A120) as well as Cambridge and The Midlands (via the A14). Within easy reach are many riverside, forest and country footpaths and bridleways, as well as the elegant towns and cultural landmarks of the Suffolk Heritage Coast. The internationally renowned Snape Maltings concert halls are within a 15-minute drive DISTANCES Deben riverside - 5 min walk Melton station - 10 min walk Woodbridge - 1 mile Ipswich - 10 miles (London Liverpool Street station 70 mins approx.) Suffolk coast - 8 miles DIRECTIONS (IP12 1PF) From the centre of Woodbridge proceed in a northerly direction towards Melton. Continue down the hill and beyond the sports fields. After passing the Coach and Horses pub on the right, Melton Hall is the second gated entrance on the left-hand side, before reaching the traffic lights. What3words location: brambles.flinches.south SERVICES Mains electricity, water, drainage and gas are connected to the property. BROADBAND Superfast broadband is available. FIXTURES AND FITTINGS Items regarded as fixtures and fittings, including carpets, curtains and garden statuary, are initially excluded from the sale, although certain items may be available by separate negotiation. VIEWINGS By appointment with Jackson-Stops.