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Impressive Grade II listed barn coversion with 1.2 acres


  • Impressive and well-presented family home
  • Grade II listed barn conversion
  • Peacefully located
  • In all about 1.2 acres of grounds
  • 4-5 Reception rooms
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Over 4,500 sq ft of accommodation
  • Outbuildings, barns & garaging
  • Part moated gardens & grounds
  • Walking distance of village


A wonderfully impressive and well-presented Grade II listed family home, peacefully located within walking distance of this sought after village, in about 1.2 acres (sts) of grounds. Main vaulted reception hall with: drawing room area, dining room area and bar/drinks room. Garden room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility/boiler room, sitting room/snug and cloakroom. First & second floors with master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, guest bedroom with en-suite shower room, three further bedrooms, a family bathroom and a landing room/study. Detached granary building affording: studio/home office, triple bay cart-lodge garaging, workshop/feed store & original stable, garage and high roofed ''carport', detached barn store, garden house/office & alfresco party barn, part moated gardens & grounds of about 1.2 acres THE PROPERTY The property is believed to stand on the outer bailey of Haughley Castle, which was torn down by the son of Henry II in the 12th century. This stunning 17th century barn was converted in 2001 by Adrian Frost (Frost Builders) for himself and hence the attention to detail from the original conversion is noteworthy. The current owners have sympathetically modernised and stylishly updated this outstanding Grade II listed barn and have made it what it is now, a very comfortable, well presented family home. The barn accommodation in brief comprises: double doors with full height (barn door) double glazed side screens, with windows above, leading into the principal reception area. A central pamment tiled floor leads from front to rear with glazed ''barn door' windows and door opening to the rear garden. There is a bespoke architectural staircase leading up to the second-floor galleried landing. This reception area is mainly vaulted with superb exposed original honey-coloured timbers and some ''wattle and daub' plaster work, exposed wall boarding and benefits from large windows overlooking the surrounding gardens. The sitting area has a bressummer beamed fireplace with brick hearth and a recently fitted high efficiency log burning stove which, with a catalyst converter, rates better for the environment and efficiency than many others available. A charming original former ante store room opens from the dining hall and is currently utilised as a drinks room. A door leads from the dining area through a short passage to the kitchen with the cloakroom/wc and a pantry store cupboard off it. The stylish kitchen benefits from excellent Oak framed bi-fold doors opening to the front, internal inter-glazed studwork to the rear hallway, original exposed boarded wall and very high specification base and eye level units with Quartz worktops, upstand and shelf, underset sink with Quooker tap, multizone Neff induction hob with retracting extractor hood above, double Neff ovens which are wifi enabled and the top doubles as a steam oven. There is also a Neff combi microwave oven, warming drawer, integrated fridge and a Bosch dishwasher. The island kitchen unit with breakfast bar completes the kitchen. The rear hall has stairs leading to the first floor, a glazed door and windows to the rear, and a door into a cosy sitting room/snug, which features a log burning stove, windows to the front and side, boarded wall and beamed ceiling. A door leads off to the rear utility/boiler room, which houses the Grant oil fired boiler (replaced in May 2022), rolltop worksurface with stainless steel sink unit, base and eye level cupboards with space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. On the first floor there is a galleried landing/study area, stairs leading to the second floor and doors leading to the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a family bathroom, third bedroom with internal windows overlooking the wonderful reception rooms below and a fifth bedroom. On the second floor there is a fourth bedroom also accessed from the galleried landing over the reception hall and a guest bedroom with gable end window overlooking the garden and benefitting from an en-suite shower room. OUTSIDE There are charming brick and flint part walled gardens to the front of the barn with beautiful shrub and flower beds and borders, south facing terrace area ideal for alfresco dining overlooking the castle moat to the side. The grounds are otherwise mainly laid to lawn and are bounded by moat to three sides with electric gated access to the front of the property leading to the gravelled drive and parking. In all about 1.2 Acres (sts) with the option to rent, as the current owners do, from the local farmers/landowners the extra circa 1 acre of rough orchard land to the front of the property and the side of the drive. OUTBUILDINGS The Granary A brick and flint construction under a slate tiled roof. A door leading in from the drive to a games room/office/studio which has a log burning stove, exposed floorboards, brick walls and roof timbers. There is a triple bay carport garage, attached workshop/garden store with original stable partition still in place, attached garage/former cart store with double doors to the front and a modern high flat roofed vehicle store attached to the end, suitable for caravan/camper storage. Garden Barn with brick plinth, boarded timber frame, original exposed brick floor and clay pantile roof. Half of which is open sided to the gravelled terrace area connecting to the garden studio/office. This would be an outstanding as an alfresco dining and entertainment area, with low retaining brick walls and the moat beyond. The Garden House Studio/Office is a characterful modern building with double glazed French doors to the gravelled terrace area, double glazed windows to the side and rear, exposed timber frame and vaulted ceiling. There is a further gravelled terrace area to the rear overlooking the house and rear garden. A modern steel framed and corrugated barn with concrete floor, built in store room with mezzanine floor above affords outstanding versatility with full height barn doors to the front Fuel Store Brick built under a clay pantile roof - houses the double oil tanks and has recently been re-roofed. LOCATION Castle Barn is wonderfully located adjacent to the old castle moat and the ancient scheduled monument which is Haughley Castle Motte and Bailey. which dates back to the Norman castle built in the 11th century, the castle no longer standing. The property is set back from the lane off a shared track that is owned by the local farmers who own the neighbouring Castle Farmhouse and also the land between the barn and the road to the front, (just over 1 acre) which they are currently happy to let to the vendors of Castle Barn, an arrangement which is believed they will be happy to continue, if desirable to a purchaser. The barn, whilst backing onto farmland, is easy walking distance to the centre of this picturesque and thriving village, which is very well served with a bakery, shops, post office, Co-Op, two restaurants/public houses, primary school and a fine parish church. The A14 is conveniently located close by, providing easy access to the A11(M11) and the railway station at Stowmarket offers a regular service to London's Liverpool Street taking approximately 80 minutes. Stowmarket is located just 4 miles away providing a wide range of everyday facilities and amenities. PROPERTY INFORMATION Services Mains water and electricity. Private waste water treatment plant. Oil Fired Central Heating. Local Authority Mid Suffolk District Council Council Tax Band F Tenure Freehold Broadband Predicted superfast speeds of 51 Mbps + Mobile Signal/Coverage Yes Viewing only via Jackson-Stops 01284 700535