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A unique opportunity to acquire a restored Grade II* listed Georgian town house in a commanding position in the historic market town of Wisbech, just five minutes walk from the highly thought of Wisbech Grammar School. We understand the property dates back to the 17th Century with a lead hopper indicating that in 1723 possible improvements occurred. The property was extensively restored by the Cambridgeshire Historic Building Preservation Trust in 1999 and is noted in Pevsners Architectural Guide. It is offered in excellent order with a wealth of stunning, period, original features such as a fine staircase, sash windows and extensively panelled rooms. The accommodation is spread over four floors all of which are presented beautifully. There are informal living areas to the lower ground floor including a family room and kitchen with four door AGA and access to the rear garden. The upper ground floor is home to the main entrance hallway, an elegant formal dining room, drawing room and library which leads to a Iroko wooden terrace and gardens. The first floor has the master bedroom suite and a pleasing fully panelled reception room or bedroom used by the current owners as a sitting room. There is a bathroom and on the top floor can be found the remaining three bedrooms. A most notable feature is the beautiful landscaped walled garden by award winning garden designer Arne Maynard. We cannot stress the importance of first hand viewing of this amazing period property to see not only the history within but also the manner in which it is presented today as a contemporary residence. 

WISBECH Wisbech is an attractive and historic market town commonly known as the Capital of the Fens. Near the bridge is a monument to Thomas Clarkson, an active opponent of the slave trade. Also of interest are the two market places and the parish church of St Peter and St Paul, which has a fine 16th century tower. The Norman Castle has long since disappeared, but there is a house built from its stone by Thomas Thurloe, Cromwell's Secretary of State. Adjoining it is a great museum, one of the oldest in the country, which counts among its treasures the original manuscript of 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens. In the area there is very good walking and cycling, farm shops nearby, theatre - amateur and professional, a swimming pool, library, good schools- including the highly thought of Wisbech Grammar School, and a Salvation Army hall. The town is only 20 minutes from King's Lynn with its direct rail link to Kings Cross via Cambridge approx 1 hour 40 minutes. Peterborough is 35 minutes away with its national rail links. 

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES Wrought iron railings to front courtyard. Stone steps and timber front door with fan light over to… 

ENTRANCE HALL 5' 8" >3'5' 2" (1.73m x 5.84m) Original panelling, radiator and wall light points. Double opening to the dining room and doors to the rear hall and library. 

DINING ROOM 18' 3" x 12' 6" (5.56m x 3.81m) Two sash windows with shutters to the front of the property. Original Georgian linen panelling with additional timber panelling. Fireplace with marble inset and timber surround. Door to the central staircase hall. 

CENTRAL STAIRCASE HALL 18' 3" x 8' 4" (5.56m x 2.54m) Stunning original returning staircase to the first floor. Original panelling with beautiful decorative panelling around door. Decorative arched display niche. Doorway with staircase to the lower ground floor. Door to the sitting room and return door to the reception hall. Steps down to storage area under stairs. 

DRAWING ROOM 16' 6" x 12' 8" (5.03m x 3.86m) Oriel window giving elevated views of the rear garden. Fireplace with marble inset and timber surround. Fully panelled walls. Concealed door to… 

LIBRARY 8' 5" > 12' 8" (2.57m x 3.86m) Glazed french doors and side panels to the rear timber terrace. Fitted library shelving. Return door to the entrance hall. 

FIRST FLOOR Original staircase leads past a stunning 10’ original arched window to the side of the property. 

LANDING Original panelling with doorway to linen/airing cupboard housing the wall mounted gas-fired central heating boiler and providing storage space. Doors to bedrooms one and first floor sitting room/bedroom two. The staircase continues to a half landing, where there is a bathroom, and then continues to the second floor.  

BEDROOM ONE 17' 5" x 12' 8" (5.31m x 3.86m) Sash windows with shutters to the front of the property. Fireplace with storage in chimney breast. Radiator. Door to… 

EN SUITE Sash window to the front. Suite comprising free-standing roll-top bath, handbasin and WC. Radiator. 

SITTING ROOM/BEDROOM TWO 0' 0" x 0' 0" Two sash windows with shutters and seating to the rear of the property. Fireplace with storage in chimney recess. Fully panelled walls. Radiators. 

BATHROOM Sash window to the rear of the property. Suite comprising free-standing roll-top bath, handbasin and WC. Radiator. 


LANDING Roof window. Doors to bedrooms three, four and five.  

BEDROOM THREE 17' 4" x 12' 8" (5.28m x 3.86m) Two sash windows with seating to the front of the property. Doors to storage cupboards. 

BEDROOM FOUR 17' 4" x 13' 2" (5.28m x 4.01m) Two sash windows with seating to the rear of the property. Radiator and two accesses to loft space. 

BEDROOM FIVE 10' 8" x 8' 3" (3.25m x 2.51m) Sash window to the side of the property. Radiator. 

LOWER GROUND FLOOR Turning staircase to the lower ground floor with original brick flooring. Opening to the family room, kitchen and pantry. Sink unit with undermounted sink and taps.  

PANTRY 11' 8" x 7' 7" (3.56m x 2.31m) Original brick flooring. Storage area. 

KITCHEN 16' 8" x 12' 6" (5.08m x 3.81m) Window to the front of the property. Four door fitted AGA. Steps down to storage area at lower level. Opening to further area giving access to the lower ground floor front door. This area has brick flooring and a door to… 


UTILITY AREA 5' 8">3'8 x 19' 2" (1.73m x 5.84m) This area has a fascinating original scorched panelled door. Undermounted Belfast sink with Iroko wooden worktop surfaces and space for dishwasher to side. Original brick flooring. 

SITTING ROOM/PLAYROOM/SNUG Double aspect windows to the side and rear of the property. Radiator and painted stone flooring. Opening to the rear entrance hall. 

BOOT ROOM 8' 5" >5'8 x 17' 0" (2.57m x 5.18m) Door to the rear gardens. Plumbing for washing machine and space for tumble dryer. Ample storage area. Original Flagstone wish. 

OUTSIDE The property has a courtyard garden to the front, the boundaries set with wrought iron fencing and a matching gate. This area is laid out with York flagstones and flower borders, where there are stone steps up to the front door and down to a lower ground floor entrance. The rear of the property can be gained via a drive, where there is a high level gate and fence which leads to the gardens. This stunning garden was professionally designed and landscaped by award winning garden designer Arne Maynard and is a particular noteworthy feature to the property. The garden has a central lawn flanked by Yew Topiary and framed by Himalayan Birch set within a platform of Beech hedging. Serpentine paths lead through this hedging to secret seating areas. We would highly recommend viewing of this area. The side garden is currently used as a play area, but could be used as gated parking. 

AGENT'S NOTE In addition to the main house, there are two properties forming part of the Counting House currently available in the same ownership as Sulehay House. Both flats once formed part of the original house, but Flat 4 is of most notable interest as it could be easily incorporated once again to form an additional reception room or en-suite bedroom. There is a significant benefit to purchasing these properties but also could provide an income stream, should one wish. Details available separately.  

From A47 Elme Hall Roundabout in Wisbech, head toward the Wisbech town centre on the A1101 going straight over at all traffic light junctions to the roundabout. Take the third exit , continuing on the A1101, crossing the river and take the first left onto North Street which leads to Old Market where the property can be found on the right hand side. 

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