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Outstanding Former Chapel with beautiful gardens


  • An outstanding Grade II* listed house
  • Well-presented throughout
  • Boasting superb character features
  • Delightful gardens
  • 2 Reception rooms
  • 3 Bedrooms (1 annexe bedroom with en-suite)
  • Driveway & parking
  • Summer house/home office
  • Further outbuildings
  • In all about 0.5 of an acre (sts)


An outstanding Grade II* listed house, well presented throughout and boasting superb character features, set in around 0.5 of an acre of delightful cottage gardens, with driveway, home office & outbuildings. Kitchen/dining/living room, sitting room, utility room, cloakroom and a rear hall porch. Attached annexe guest bedroom/studio with en-suite shower room. First floor bedroom with en-suite wc, bedroom two with basin and a large family bath/shower room. Driveway & parking, summer house/home office, large timber workshop & potting shed, garden shed & log store and gardens. In all about 0.5 of an acre (sts) THE PROPERTY Old Chapel is a beautiful building, believed to date back to around 1190, of thick-walled stone and flint construction under a ½ roman pantile and ½ thatched roof. The chapel was deconsecrated in 1550 when the property became a house and the first floor was installed and fireplaces were added. This Grade II* listed property is full of character and of particular note is the C12th Norman doorway which opens to the rear hall. The accommodation in brief comprises a half glazed front door leading into the open plan kitchen/dining/living room, which has a high timbered ceiling and features windows to three elevations, an exposed brick floor, fireplace with bressummer beam and inset solid fuel Rayburn range cooker, with back boiler and alcove store cupboard to the side. The kitchen is fitted with a range of gloss white units below a black quartz work surface with inset 1½ bowl sink unit, integrated Smeg dishwasher, a wine fridge, larder fridge and a Rangemaster ''Elan' Range cooker with electric hob and ovens, glass splash back and an extractor hood above. There is a shelved understairs pantry cupboard with a slate cold shelf. There are doors to the ''back' stairs to the first floor, a door out to the rear hall and another through to the sitting room. The glazed rear hall/porch has an exposed brick floor, a stable door leading to the terrace and an internal door leads into the utility room which has a window to the rear, a timber worksurface and upstand, with underset ceramic butlers sink, cupboards and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer. Beyond is the cloakroom with window to the side, wc and wash basin. The sitting room is a characterful room with casement windows to the side and rear set into the thick walls. There is a charming bressummer beamed inglenook fireplace with brick hearth and inset log burning stove and a high ceiling with exposed painted beams and a gable end beam, possibly reclaimed from Clare Castle. Stairs lead up to the first floor landing which displays exposed chimney breast brickwork and notable roof timbers and which gives access to two spacious first floor double bedrooms and the bathroom. The eastern bedroom presents a window to the side with two charming former chapel window alcoves to either side of it and the room features exposed painted roof timbers to a semi-vaulted ceiling and a door leads into an en-suite cloakroom with wc, basin and towel rail radiator which is heated by the kitchen range back boiler. There is a family bathroom with a window to the rear, a designer basin set into the deep window alcove on a tiled work surface and the room affords ½ panelled wall, tiled corner shower enclosure, clawfoot slipper bath with views out of the window, corner wc, radiator towel rail (back boiler heated) and a linen storage cupboard, with shelving housing the hot water tank. The western bedroom has a window to the side, a high semi-vaulted ceiling (Circa 12' / 3.6m high) and features stairs from the kitchen below and a corner wash basin. Accessed from the rear terrace patio is the attached guest bedroom suite a ground floor, late 80's extension which is weather boarded under a clay pantile roof. The bedroom/studio features double glazed windows to three elevations, a semi-vaulted ceiling and benefits from an en-suite shower room, with exposed flint wall, with former window opening and a tiled floor. OUTSIDE The property sits back from the road and pavement behind a mature yew hedge with pedestrian gated access from the front and to both sides. A gravel driveway leads to a parking area capable of standing several vehicles and which is adjacent to a large timber workshop and potting shed with power affording the option of an electric car charger to the parking area. The gardens are superbly landscaped with the front garden having shingle and flag stone paths and there is a terraced sitting area and charming flower and herbaceous shrub beds and borders. The side and rear gardens are predominantly laid to lawn with shrub and flower beds and borders and there are a number of fruit trees. Abutting the rear of the house is a paved terrace area which is picket fence enclosed and offers an ideal alfresco dining area. There is also a detached summer house/office with power and light and another garden shed with log store. To the rear boundary of the garden is a small stream (Chilton Stream) with beautiful open countryside views beyond. LOCATION Old Chapel is located on the outskirts, whilst still being within walking distance with pavement access, of this sought after town. Clare is well-regarded and situated in the Stour valley near Long Melford. The town itself is extremely well served and has excellent everyday facilities including two schools, several pubs/restaurants, B&Bs, a hotel, a doctor's surgery, a castle and a church. The nearby towns of Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket and Haverhill provide further educational and recreational facilities. There is easy access to the A14, the A11(M11) and Cambridge. For the rail commuter there is a link line service from Sudbury to London Liverpool Street, via Marks Tey, or to the west from either Whittlesford or Audley End to the City. DIRECTIONS From Clare drive north leaving the village along the B1063 (Signposted Newmarket 16) and once into open countryside, pass the right hand turn to Poslingford and immediately after the Old Chapel will be found on the right. What3Words ///swung.still.etchings PROPERTY INFORMATION Services Mains water, electricity and drainage. Electric Smart Heaters & Solid Fuel/Log fired Range with Back-Boiler. Local Authority West Suffolk Council Council Tax Band E Tenure Freehold Broadband Ofcom states speeds available of up to 60Mbps Mobile Signal/Coverage Yes Viewing Jackson-Stops. Tel. 01284 700535 Property Website