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Outstanding Country House with Far Reaching Views and 8.7 Acres


  • Outstanding Grade II Listed country house
  • Wonderfully located with far reaching views
  • 4 Reception rooms
  • 5 Bedrooms & 4 bath/shower rooms
  • Long concrete farm track driveway
  • Swimming pool & tennis court
  • Mature gardens & grounds
  • Outbuildings and barn
  • Paddocks, woodland and wild flower area
  • In all about 8.7 acres (sts)


An outstanding Grade II Listed country house wonderfully located in the Glem valley with superb views and peacefully set in 8.7 acres. Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Aga Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Study, Snug/Playroom, Utility Room, Cloakroom, Rear Hall and Cellar. Five Bedrooms, Four Bath/Shower Rooms and a further Bedroom/Playroom Long Concrete Farm Track Driveway, Gravel Drive and Parking, Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool, Mature Gardens, Former Dairy Outbuildings and Barn, Astro Tennis Court, Two Paddocks, Woodland and Wild Flower Area. In All About 8.7 Acres (sts) THE PROPERTY Moorhouse Farm is a fabulous period property which is Grade II listed as being of special architectural or historic interest. The property dates back to the late C15th when it is understood to have been a ''park lodge' for Boxted Hall. The present timber framed house includes a large high status late C15th parlour cross wing of five bays and a mid to late C16th hall. The faade was partially remodelled in the mid to late C19th and hence the two sash window bays to the front elevation. The accommodation which extends to over 5000 sq ft, is comfortably modernised and benefits from timber framed double glazed windows and doors in the main and there is a modern oil-fired central heating system and Aga Range cooker. Steps lead up from the drive to the vestibule porch which leads to the ½ glazed front door which opens to the central entrance hall, which features limestone flooring, a characterful staircase leading to the first floor and doors to the ground floor accommodation. The drawing room boasts a wonderful exposed heavy timber frame with high ceiling and original open studwork to the former rear hall which has French doors opening to the rear sun terrace and gives access to the study. The room also enjoys a bay sash window with views down the valley and an open fireplace with brick hearth, stone surround and mantle shelf with Georgian shelved and cupboarded alcoves to either side. The sitting room also benefits from a bay sash window to the front, a characterful fireplace with inset log burning stove and fabulous high ceiling with exposed oak beams. A door opens to the rear hall, which with limestone flooring, has a door to side of the house and connects the main hall, sitting room, cloakroom, cellar and dining room. The dining room is a stylish oak framed room and features exposed wall timbers and an internal window from the first floor and is complemented by oak floorboards, double glazed windows and French doors opening to the sun terrace and garden beyond. The dining room is open plan through to the kitchen which has double glazed windows to the side and rear offering views of the rear terrace and swimming pool beyond. The kitchen is fitted with solid English oak base and glazed eye level units with granite work surfaces, an oversized 1½ bowl stainless steel sink unit and an oil-fired four oven Aga Range cooker with warm plate and tiled splashbacks. There is also an island/breakfast bar with oak work surface, adjacent pantry store cupboard, American fridge/freezer alcove and a utility room with ceramic butler sink with hard wood work surface to the side, space and plumbing for a washing machine and further white goods and a further rolled top work surface with glazed front wall unit above. There are also stairs leading down to the cellar and a door to the playroom/snug. On the first-floor front landing, there is a galleried banister to the hall, which is shelved to one wall and benefits from store cupboards and outstanding views to the front through the sash windows. The master bedroom features sash windows to the rear with lovely views over the rear garden and benefits from a dressing room (accessed through an ancient arched door opening) with fitted cupboards and shelving and sits next to a luxuriously fitted bathroom which features a bath, separate walk-in shower, double wash basin unit, wc and two wall mounted radiator towel rails. The guest bedroom has a sash window to the front and an en-suite bathroom with bath, hand wash basin and wc. There are three further double bedrooms on this floor, a family bathroom with bath, separate shower enclosure, wash hand basin and a wc and a shower room. Steep stairs lead up to a second floor with low doorway access to the loft storage and the outstanding, highly versatile bedroom/playroom which has two dormer windows to the front and two Velux roof light windows to the rear. OUTSIDE Moorhouse Farm is approached over a long private concrete farm track, which leads to the house, outbuildings and farmland beyond. The property has a gravelled driveway with parking area to the front and side of the house with gated access to the vegetable/kitchen garden to the side with Cedar greenhouse and fruit cage, enclosed pool and terrace area to the rear and the mainly lawned formal gardens to the south side. The pool house, provides a wc, shower and sauna area. Changing space and entertaining area. The pool has a safety fitted electric retracting pool cover is heated by an air source heat pump. The grounds extend to include two post and rail paddocks, a wild flower meadow, millennium wood and a wildlife pond area. The Former Farmyard The former dairy outbuildings which offer excellent scope and potential as annexe/guest accommodation subject to the relevant consents are currently utilised as party barns and storage. There are four stables, workshop space, garaging and cartlodge yard. The outstanding large 40-meter timber framed barn has provided wedding venue use and is maintained to a good standard. The outbuildings are set around the yard which also feature the astro turf tennis court. All within view of the house. LOCATION Wonderfully positioned above the valley, the property benefits from local landmark status whilst also benefitting from a high degree of privacy, peace and tranquillity with no direct neighbours as completely surrounded by farmland. Boxted is a charming hamlet only 1.5 miles from Hartest and within easy walking distance of the village. Hartest is a highly regarded village with active community, boasting a popular pub and primary school. Nearby villages of Hawkedon, Long Melford and Cavendish are all within easy reach and offer further amenities. For more comprehensive facilities Sudbury is just 9 miles away and offers a rail link to London Liverpool Street taking approximately 80 minutes and the historic cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds is 10 miles away and offers an excellent range of amenities with schooling in the public and private sectors, extensive shopping facilities and a good range of leisure facilities including health clubs, swimming pools and golf clubs. Cultural amenities include the beautiful Georgian Theatre Royal and The Abbey Gardens. The university City of Cambridge is approximately 36 miles away and offers unrivalled schooling opportunities and excellent shopping and amenity facilities. The international airport at Stansted is about 31 miles away and in addition to air services there is an express train service to London. Schooling: There are excellent local schools in both the public and private sector, the latter including Old Buckenham Hall, South Lee School, Culford and Barnardiston. DIRECTIONS From Bury St Edmunds proceed south on the A143 for a short distance, before taking the left turn onto the B1066. Follow the B1066 into Boxted and upon reaching the middle junction, take the right turn into Tile Hall Lane. Proceed over the bridge crossing the river Glem and take the next right onto the concrete drive for Moorhouse Farm. What 3 Words ///firewall.robes.engaging PROPERTY INFORMATION Services Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating. Local Authority Babergh Council Council Tax Band G Tenure Freehold Fibre Broadband Ofcom states speeds available of up to 1000Mbps Mobile Signal/Coverage Yes Viewing Only by appointment with the sole agents Jackson-Stops Tel: 01284 700535