Guide price £775,000
An excellent Grade II listed former farmhouse, superbly set in around 2.9 acres(sts) on the edge of this popular rural village, in the rolling Suffolk countryside. Porch, double entrance hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility boot room and cloakroom. First floor master bedroom with en-suite wc, three further double bedrooms, two family bathrooms and a box/store room. Gated driveway and parking, detached garage, workshop and outbuildings, gardens and meadow/paddock land (circa 2 acres). In all about 2.9 acres (sts). THE PROPERTY Church Farmhouse is Grade II listed as a C15-C16 timber-framed and plastered building but with considerable later alteration. There is a cross wing at the south-east end with an extension to the south-west. The north-west gable end, facing the lawned garden, is an excellent example of exposed timber-framing with jettied upper storey and gable, on fine carved bressumers. The lower bressumer is carved with the initials R.M. and the date 1587. There are also three original blocked mullion windows in this gable. The property interior benefits from the wonderful character of heavy exposed timber-framing, ceiling beams and joists, Tudor brick fireplaces and an original spiral staircase, which is believed to have continued to the 2nd floor in the past. The accommodation would benefit from modernisation, affording the scope to update kitchens and bathrooms to individual preference, but having been let out in recent years, has benefited from the checks and measured necessary to rent a property to the open market. The accommodation in brief comprises an oak panelled front door leading into the front hall. The hall, which is believed to be quarry tiled beneath the carpet, connects to the comfortable sitting room and spacious drawing room, the cloakroom and the rear hall. The sitting room and drawing room both benefit from bressummer beamed inglenook fireplaces with exposed timbers and there are French doors out to the garden from the drawing room. The rear hall gives access to the utility/boot room, which with fitted worksurfaces and base mounted units also opens to the garden, and the dining room which also has a fireplace with an inset log-burning stove, and a modern partition wall and door to the kitchen, that has a window overlooking the pond to the rear. On the first floor there are four comfortably proportioned double bedrooms with one benefiting from an en-suite wc and two family bathrooms that would, along with the kitchen and utility room, benefit from modernisation and updating. A low doorway opens from the larger bathroom giving access to the ''box room' store, that could also be improved, albeit with restricted access. OUTSIDE The gardens and grounds are a particular feature of Church Farmhouse with formal gardens around the house being mainly laid to lawn with several mature trees, shrubs and hedging, and a gravel driveway leads from the gated entrance to the parking area, detached garage and outbuilding/workshop and stables. Located to the south of the property beyond the fence enclosed pond, is the meadow/paddock land which is gate, fence and hedge enclosed. The meadow/paddock amounts to approximately 2 acres (sts) and in all the gardens and grounds extend to about 2.9 acres (sts). LOCATION Church Farmhouse sits on the outskirts of this highly regarded village, which has a thriving community and is renowned for its preparatory school ''Old Buckenham Hall', a fine parish church and a village hall. The village is situated some 12 miles south of the medieval town of Bury St Edmunds and 5 miles north of Lavenham. The market town of Stowmarket is approximately 7 miles to the north and offers a regular mainline rail service to London's Liverpool Street taking approximately 85 minutes. Bury St Edmunds offers an excellent range of amenities with schooling in the private and public sectors, extensive shopping facilities and a good range of leisure facilities including health clubs, swimming pools and golf clubs. Cultural amenities include the impressive Georgian Theatre Royal and the Abbey Gardens.
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