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13 bedroom detached house for sale

Cockfield Hall, Yoxford, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3ET


Property Description

Key features

  • Fine Jacobean house
  • 6 reception rooms, 10 bedrooms
  • Internal apartment
  • Cottages & Gate Lodge
  • Traditional & modern buildings
  • Formal gardens
  • Equestrian facilities
  • Historic parkland
  • About 74 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Cockfield Hall is situated in the Parish of Yoxford, positioned in historic parkland, within walking distance of the village.

Yoxford has excellent day-today amenities including two restaurants, two public houses, post office and a general store. More comprehensive shopping and recreational facilities are available in Woodbridge, Southwold and Ipswich the county town of Suffolk. Set in the undulating and sought after Suffolk heritage coastline, Cockfield Hall is near the fashionable towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh on the coast. There is a train station at Darsham with services to Ipswich from where there are regular main line trains to London Liverpool Street Station.


Cockfield Hall is Grade I Listed and takes it's name from the Cokefeud Family, established there at the beginning of the 14th century. It then passed to the Hopton Family, one of whom, Sir Arthur Hopton built the Gatehouses and North Wing in the mid 16th century and was said to have accompanied Henry VIII on the field of the Cloth of Gold. His successor, Sir Owen, was lieutenant of the Tower of London and as such, was ordered in October 1567 by Queen Elizabeth to take into custody at Cockfield, Lady Katherine Grey (sister of Lady Jane Grey and grand-daughter of Mary Tudor) where she died a year later. The Estate was subsequently sold to the Brook Family from whom it passed by marriage to Sir Charles Blois, Baronet of Grundisburgh who came to live at Cockfield in 1686, from when the house remained in the Blois family's ownership until 1997. The main part of the house had sash windows installed in the 18th century and in 1896 the Victorian Great Hall was created on the site of the original Tudor Hall in the Jacobean style.

The current owners have renovated the main house, the improvements and restorations have been enormously sympathetic and much attention has been spared to detail. The equestrian facilities have been developed to a high standard and include a new stable block with extensive amenities, further stabling, ménage, post & rail paddocks all with water supply and 4 large field shelters. In addition, over 2000 young trees have been planted and new pathways and contemporary bridging over the River Yox have enhanced the splendid gardens and grounds. Approached via a long gravelled driveway lined by ancient chestnuts, oak and beech trees and surrounded by moated and walled gardens, Cockfield Hall stands in a beautiful position in its own parkland with post & rail paddocks beyond.

The majority of the largely traditional outbuildings are set round an outstanding courtyard with arched, pinnacled and crow step gables which include a 15th Century Grade II* Gate House, Clock and Bell Tower, Coach House/Barn and the 16th Century Dairy Range incorporating a Stable Block, Game Larder and Dairy Cottage, all centred around an outstanding octagonal Dovecote. These buildings have enormous potential for a variety of different uses. Recent planning permission has been attained to develop the southern half of the Dairy Range into either three separate dwellings or a single 5 bedroom property.

The River Yox runs through the grounds and combined with the moat, well stocked gardens, mature trees, parkland and excellent equestrian facilities, make this a fantastic property of great quality.

The ground floor accommodation comprises the Great Hall which is accessed through tall double oak doors flanked by twisting pillars with a fine oak portico. The great hall has a full height domed ceiling; intricate cornice work and oak tiled carved figurines. Full length gallery with seven classical oak arches and balustraded wide oak staircase, carved newel posts featuring classical lion heads and cherubs, triple ground floor archways and oak panelled walls. Arched stone fireplace with raised hearth accommodating large wood burning stove, carved mantelpiece with fitted over mirror and flanked by carved oak pillars. Parquet floor.

Leading off the Great Hall is the Drawing Room comprising an intricate plaster moulded ceiling, stone
fireplace with raised hearth accommodating wood burning stove and fitted mirror above mantelpiece. Four sash windows over look the park. Oak floor. A door leads through to the Dining Room comprising an intricate plaster moulded ceiling, stonefireplace with raised hearth with wood burning stove and oak mantelpiece. Three sash windows overlook the park and sliding French windows onto the terrace. Patterned Oak block floor. A further door leads into the Inner Hall comprising the secondary staircase, two Cloakrooms, Boiler Room and an arched glazed panelled door to the terrace. The Study/Garden Room comprises fitted cupboards and shelves with door to the terrace. From the Great Hall a door leads into the Garden Hall, past the Butlers Pantry to the remaining rooms. The Play Room comprises a fireplace over looking the courtyard with a door to the Strong Room. A Second Kitchen comprises wall and floor units, small fridge, Large 'American' Fridge, Five-Plate Gas Hob with oven, overhead grill, built in micro-wave and butlers sink. Victorian tiled floor. The Boot Room comprises open cupboards, hanging rails and boot racks. A door leads into the Rear Porch with stable door to outside; off the Rear Porch lies the Utility Room with built in freezer, sink and plumbing for all washing facilities. Victorian tiled floor throughout. The Kitchen/Breakfast Room comprises a gas fired four oven Aga, adjacent is a double electric hob, built in microwave with extensive wall and floor units with all fitted modern compliances, large central island with granite worktop. A Tudor Hall comprises original oak wall panelling and oak staircase with half cellar below, a door leads off to Cloakroom 3. Stone Flagged Floor Morning Room comprising stone fireplace with raised hearth accommodating wood burning stove. "wide plank" oak floor.

The first floor can be reached by three staircases from the Inner Hall, the Tudor Hall and the Great Hall. From the Great Hall the staircase rises to the Galleried Landing, with seven decorative arches over looking the Main Hall. Two decorative 18th Century Italian School oil painted panelled scenes can be found.
Suite 1
From the galleried landing, a wide four pillared arch leads into the Inner Landing with 16th Century plasterwork frieze on walls and a further Italian School painted panelled scene above door to Bedroom 1. Bedroom 1 with sash windows and original shutters, exposed stud and restored 16th Century plaster frieze work and original fireplace, a door leads to en-suite Bathroom (Bathroom 1) with bath, large glass shower unit, wash basin and WC.
Suite 2
Accessed by the side landing into Dressing Room 1 with fitted panelled double wardrobes and storage cupboards. Oak balustrade leads down to Dressing Room 2 comprising bespoke fitted cupboards, sash window and original shutters overlooking the park. Off Dressing Room 1 is Bathroom 2 with bath, large glass shower unit, wash basin and WC. Bedroom 2 with floor to ceiling sash windows providing dual aspect over the park and the Cedar Lawn, original fireplace.
Suite 3
Accessed off the side landing is Bedroom 3 with corner cupboard and adjoining Dressing Room/Sitting Room with dual aspect sash windows.

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