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10 bedroom manor house for sale


Sold STC £2,600,000

Property Description

Key features

  • HOUSE 14455 SQFT
  • 37 ACRES (STMS)

Full description

The exquisite, four-storey hall has a history dating back to the 14th century, and, with its coach house, leisure area, offices and cottage, stands in about 37 acres.

An Imposing Grade II* Listed moated Manor House set within glorious grounds, extending to approximately 37 acres. Believed to date back to 1362 and once part of a much larger Elizabethan mansion house, it is understood that extensive restoration and other alterations took place in both 1894 and 1920.

It is thought that the original manor house on the site pre-dates 1362 and was once owned by Joan de Bures (following the death of her first husband Sir Robert) prior to marrying Sir Richard Waldegrave. Queen Elizabeth visited Smallbridge in 1561 and 1579.

Located at Smallbridge, the Hall lies on the northern bank of the River Stour, with the remaining three sides of the original moat. In addition to the house there are a series of substantial outbuildings with opportunity for a broad variety of purposes.

The house alone extends to approximately 14,455 sq ft and includes a reception hall and vestibule, an impressive Great Hall, study, dining room, family room, together with a comprehensive kitchen, laundry and boiler room. The cellar has been converted into a home cinema.

The first floor finds seven generous bedrooms and three bathrooms, with the master suite incorporating a dressing room and en-suite bathroom. The second floor sees three further bedrooms (all with en-suites) and a sitting area. The various and useful outbuildings total 20,674 sq ft and consist on a converted coach house, which provides guest accommodation with two bedrooms (one with en-suite), a sitting room, snug, kitchen/breakfast room and first floor games room/gym.

The annexe also features an orangery with doors leading onto a private garden and swimming pool (in need of reparation). For those that like to entertain there are two function suites, one entertainment area (approximately 59 ft excluding its further storage area) and a separate suite (approximately 30 ft).

Attached are four stores (all approximately of similar size) and an attached barn, which lend themselves for a multitude of purposes. There are offices facilities on both ground and first floors, for anyone wishing to work from home. A further large barn is currently used for car storage, the linked barn is currently used as a workshop.

The equestrian facilities found here include stables, arranged into three terraced units, including a hay store and tack room, with three associated courtyards. Finally, there is a detached gardener's cottage, which consists of an open plan kitchen and sitting room, conservatory, bedroom and bathroom.

The property is approached across a long and elegant tree-lined drive, flanked on one side by open farmland. Two wrought irons gates open onto a carriage driveway, which bridges the moat and leads a gravel parking apron and garaging. Within the extensive and established grounds are a plethora of themed gardens, which also feature a grass tennis court, sweeping lawns, an ornamental pond and a parterre.

The Story
Overlooking spectacular scenery on the Essex and Suffolk border, moated Smallbridge Hall is a breath-taking and beautiful period property, which is ready to become a home again.
Its main, imposing ten-bedroom house, with its elaborate architectural detailing, including ornate chimneys and mullioned windows, stands proudly over its estate, which features a spectrum of other buildings suitable for a variety of uses.
Inside, its historic character is apparent throughout; from rooms that have beamed and vaulted ceilings to spaces, which feature panelling, inglenook fireplaces and exposed brickwork.
This is an amazing building, with such a lot of history, and which has been carefully restored, said the agent marketing the property.
Its position also makes it incredible. Although it is close to the station, and you can access to A12 easily, it is set in undulating countryside.
When you add to that its own grounds, leisure amenities and extra accommodation, it is not difficult to see just how much it has to offer.


Grade II Listed Smallbridge Hall is thought to have origins going back to 1375.
In the 15th century, it became part of Sir William Waldegrave's estate and he had it rebuilt as a magnificent Elizabethan manor house, in the style of Hampton Court, with 44 hearths, and surrounded by a deer park.
And on one occasion, he is said to have entertained Queen Elizabeth I there for two days.
Much of the house is thought to have been restored, redesigned and rebuilt again in parts towards the end of the 19th and beginning of the early 20th centuries. What remains now, is widely considered to be one wing of the original Elizabethan hall.
It still sits in mature, landscaped gardens, has a moat on three sides and looks out towards the River Stour.


The hall itself has four floors of accommodation, from the cinema room in the basement through to three bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, on the top floor.
This level would be ideal for a family with teenagers, he said. They could have their own space, where they could play music and watch films, and hold parties or sleepovers away from the rest of the house.
On the first floor, which features an impressive galleried landing, there are seven further bedrooms, including the outstanding master bedroom, with its panelled walls and inglenook fireplace.
So many of the rooms are very impressive - on all the levels of this house, he said.
On the ground floor, there is lots of reception space. The great hall is huge; it has a triple height ceiling and you could easily have 100 people in there if you were entertaining - and it still would not be full, he said.
The reception hall is also stunning. As you step in and look up past the gallery, the ceiling above has been painted very tastefully with clouds and sky.


The guest accommodation is located in a converted coach house, where there are two bedrooms, as well as a shower room, drawing room and kitchen breakfast room.
This part of the property also incorporates the orangery, and there is a gym too, he said. The apartment is very stylish, and would be ideal for extended family, guests or as holiday accommodation.
The entertainment area at Smallbridge Hall includes a number of additional reception areas, as well as a kitchen, large barn and the outdoor swimming pool.
The previous owner converted one of the barns to create this complex and made an area where he was able to arrange tables for up to 40 people, he said. There was a great deal of attention to detail. He even brought in ancient doors from China to add to the ambience.


Other outbuildings include offices, where a new owner could work from home or run a business, and the gardener's cottage, which is ideal as staff accommodation.
There are stables here too, as well as a hay store and tack room. The land is currently being farmed but it is there if someone wanted it for horses, he said.
There is even a small pitch and putt course at the hall too,
Smallbridge Hall holds great potential for anyone looking to develop it further, perhaps create a luxury guest house, hotel or wedding venue, or simply to enjoy it as a magnificent and expansive family home.
It does have everything, he added. And because it is in a most beautiful and convenient location as well, it really is an extremely desirable property.

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