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Pitchers Green, Bradfield St Clare, Bury St Edmunds, IP30

Guide price £1,195,000

5 Beds 2 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: BSE240019

A charming Grade II listed family home requiring renovation and modernisation


  • A charming Grade II listed family home
  • Requiring renovation and modernisation
  • Wonderfully located off a quiet rural lane
  • 3 Reception rooms
  • 5 Bedrooms & 2 bath/shower rooms
  • Driveway & detached triple bay garage outbuilding
  • Former dairy farmyards & traditional outbuildings
  • 2 permanent pasture fields (7.25 acres of grazing)
  • Gardens & grounds
  • In all about 8.69 acres (sts)


A charming Grade II listed former farmhouse, with well-presented accommodation, superbly set with old barns and dairy outbuildings in grounds of about 8.7 acres, in this outstanding rural position, off a quiet country lane. Porch & reception hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, rear hall/boot room & potential tack room/study, shower room and attached former dairy/store lean-too. Five first floor bedrooms and a family bathroom. Gated driveway & detached triple bay garage outbuilding, attached flat roofed dilapidated double garage, cottage/farmhouse gardens & party yard, former dairy farmyards, timber framed barn and traditional outbuildings and two permanent pasture fields (7.25 acres of grazing). In all about 8.69 acres (sts). THE PROPERTY Pitchers Green Farm was, until recently, a dairy farm with pedigree Jersey cows. The wider farm, beyond the 8.7 acres included with this sale, included ''Hellesden Ley' - the field to the south - claimed by some to be the site where King Edmund's Viking decapitated head was found by a wolf in 869 AD. The farm is likely to be a remnant of a medieval green settlement with the farmhouse being Grade II listed and is believed to be 17th century or earlier with a rendered timber frame beneath a plain tiled roof. The property retains much of its historic character with 19th century small-pane wrought iron casement windows and open fireplaces. The well-presented stylish accommodation in brief comprises a front door giving access from the yard side of the house, from the drive to the porch which then opens to the central hallway, which links all of the main reception space. The spacious sitting room has a door and window to the front, a window to the side and superb Inglenook fireplace with alcove cupboards, bressummer beam and exposed brick heath, also affords an efficient modern log burning stove. Over the hall, the dining room presents the stylish décor with the period windows to the front and rear, wonderful alcove cupboards to either side of the fireplace and another log burning stove set into the period fireplace opening, with traditional mantle shelf and surround. The family kitchen/breakfast room presents a 4 oven oil fired Aga range cooker with hot plate, set into the bressummer beamed fireplace. There is a range of kitchen units with worksurface and inset sink unit with space and plumbing below for a dishwasher. A door leads off to the rear to the Utility/Pantry Room which has a lower exposed timber ceiling, pantry cupboard and space for shelving and white goods. The rear ''farm' hall/boot room gives access from the courtyard and a further door leads through to the storeroom, currently used as a gym space but with opportunity (subject to consent) to incorporate into the accommodation as a study/snug or tack room. There is also, at the bottom of the back stairs a ground floor shower room, ideal for country family living. Upstairs there are 5 comfortable family bedrooms served by a central family bathroom and it is felt that there could be further scope, if required for the creation of an ensuite, particularly to the bedroom above the boot room at the top of the back stairs. The property, whilst presenting well, will benefit from further renovation to the fabric of the building for which the current owners have gained the relevant consents required - DC/23/1877/LB OUTSIDE The outbuildings which are not listed in their own right principally consist of: A timber-framed and weatherboarded five-bay threshing barn of circa 1800 consisting largely of re-used timber with a central gabled entrance porch to the north-east, with a mid-19th century single-storied red-brick and pantile shelter-shed for cattle with a central loose box of clay-lump attached to the rear. An early-19th century timber-framed and weatherboarded stable, entered by a central door from the horse yard on the east and with a boarded 1st floor granary, previously accessed by an external gable stair; with a mid-19th century red-brick and pantile shelter-shed to the south of the horse yard adjoining the stable. A Fletton-brick milking parlour of circa 1955, the equipment from which has been acquired and removed by the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket. And finally, a late-19th century open-fronted cart lodge (GARAGE) with a former 1st floor granary formerly accessed by an external stair against its gable. This peacefully located property, one of five set in a small hamlet on a quiet, single-track lane, is approached through the gated entrance across a gravel driveway that gives access to the garaging, the house and the farmyard/outbuildings. There is a, currently unused, second entrance from the lane that gives further access to the timber framed barn and additionally, gateways from the two fields to the lane as well. The house benefits from a garden to the side and the front, which is mainly laid to lawn and is set behind a brick wall and hedged boundary to the green and lane. The fields provide excellent established pasture and, extending to about 7.25 acres are mainly hedge enclosed with a dividing hedge between the two. PROPERTY INFORMATION Services Mains water and electricity. Oil Fired Aga Range Cooker. Electric Smart Heaters. New Bio-digester private drainage. Local Authority West Suffolk Council Tax Band F Tenure Freehold Broadband Ofcom states speeds available of up to 1000Mbps Mobile Signal/Coverage Yes Viewing Only by appointment via Jackson-Stops Tel: 01284 700535 RESTRICTION: There is a covenant, with 3 years remaining, preventing any development other than for ancillary use to the existing residential unit, so that the property is maintained as a single dwelling. Annexe/ Holiday Let accommodation (subject to the relevant consents required from the local authority), as well as equestrian development and use, is permitted, in associated use with the house as a single dwelling.