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5 bedroom villa for sale


Guide Price £675,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Drawing Room
  • Study
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bath/Shower Rooms
  • Kitchen/Dining Room
  • Gas Fired C.H.
  • Basement Room
  • Garden
  • Garage & Parking
  • Panoramic Sea Views

Full description

A seaside house of great character and style offering panoramic sea views from its drawing room and bedrooms standing in a prime location in one of the most popular villages along Suffolk’s unspoilt Heritage Coastline, famous for its boating lake (the Meare), its Country Club and tennis courts and its superb heathland golf course.

St Mary’s Church was built circa 1936 as a non denominational church and although never consecrated, it was used for childrens’ blessings before falling into disuse prior to its conversion into a residence in 2005. The Tower is a remarkable conversion not only for the views enjoyed from its many stone dressed, leaded light windows but also for the distinct character of its accommodation, which features much restored stonework and a unique circular stone staircase which gives direct access to two of the upper bedrooms from the hall.

The views from the quadruple aspect windows in the top bedroom on the third floor have to be seen to be believed.

The Accommodation

Ground Floor
Entrance Vestibule and Reception Hall with wrought iron circular staircase to upper floors.
Shower Room with interconnecting door to Bedroom 2.
Kitchen/Dining Room 22’ 2” max x 12’ max (6.76m x 3.65m)
Bedroom 1 17’ 6” max x 15’ max (5.34m x 4.55m)
En-suite Shower Room
Bedroom 2 13’ 9” x 12’ 4” (4.2m x 3.76m) with
interconnecting door to Shower Room.

First Floor
Drawing Room 16’ 3” x 15’ (4.96m x 4.56m)
Study L-shaped 10’ 2” max x 9’ 3” max to extremes (3.11m x 2.83m)
Bedroom 3 13’ 9” x 12’ (4.19m x 3.65m)

Second Floor
Landing with wardrobe/store cupboards
Bedroom 4 L-shaped 15’ x 13’ 10” to extremes
(4.57m x 4.22m)

Third Floor
Bedroom 5 13’ 9” x 13’ 8” (4.19m x 4.18m)

Basement Room 13’ 10” max x 12’ 5” (4.22m x 3.78m)

Small garden with private car parking space and large Single Garage 17’ 9” x 17’ 1” (5.41m x 5.21m).

The Accommodation
The entrance door into The Tower is on its south side and is sheltered by an Open Porch which opens to a VESTIBULE with a coat rail and a panelled radiator. Beyond the Vestibule is a RECEPTION HALL with a doorway to the circular stone staircase which rises to give individual access to Bedroom 3 on the first floor and to Bedroom 5 on the top floor. A WET ROOM off the Hall provides CLOAKROOM facilities and also acts as an En-suite to Bedroom 2 by way of interconnecting doors both to the Hall and to the Bedroom.

The KITCHEN with its DINING AREA is a warm and comfortable room with east and south facing stone dressed, mullioned windows with the KITCHEN AREA fitted with a comprehensive range of kitchen cabinets providing extensive cupboard and drawer space. A stainless steel sink is fitted with an insinkerator waste disposal unit and integrated within the kitchen cabinets are a Halogen hob with extractor hood, a Siemens double oven, a CDA automatic dishwasher, a fridge and separate freezer. Plumbing for automatic washing machine and fitted water softener.
The versatility of the accommodation is underlined by the presence of TWO GROUND FLOOR BEDROOMS both with EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOMS and both featuring tall stone dressed and mullioned leaded light windows with sea views to the east. BEDROOM 1 features a delightful stone arch within stone piers and an interesting lead lined wash bowl retained from the Church’s former use.
 A wrought iron circular staircase rises from the Reception Hall to the First Floor Landing which opens to a stunning DRAWING ROOM lit by triple aspect windows with dressed stone surrounds and with spectacular sea views to the east and north.

Directly off the Sitting Room is an L-shaped STUDY with fitted shelving and an access hatch with sliding loft ladder giving access to attic storage space (which houses the gas fired boiler).

BEDROOM 3 on this floor features a “vaulted” board lined ceiling as well as a dressed stone window and a particular feature of this room is its direct access to the “secret” circular stone staircase which connects this room both with the Hall and with the Bedroom immediately above. Bedroom 3 together with the bedrooms on the next two floors are served by a well fitted BATHROOM.
The Second Floor LANDING features useful wardrobe/cupboard space and gives access to BEDROOM 4 which is an L-shaped room with panoramic sea views to the north through its arched, dressed stone window again with access to the circular stone staircase.
The pièce de résistance of The Tower is its BEDROOM 5 on its very top floor from which windows at each of the points of the compass look to the north, east and south providing panoramic sea views and to the west an excellent view of Thorpeness with its Meare, its two former water towers, the most famous of which is known as the “House in the Clouds” and the village’s windmill.  


To the north side of the house an external staircase leads down to a BASEMENT ROOM which with its 7ft ( (2.16m) ceiling height doubles not only as a Laundry Room with plumbing for an automatic washing machine but also as a really useful Games/Hobby Room.

Immediately to the east front of the house is its exclusive GARDEN with a small lawn and a timber boarded sun deck all enclosed by ornate wrought iron fencing and gates. To the front of this is a private CAR PARKING SPACE with a brick weave surface and to the north side of that, is the house’s GARAGE which at
17’ 9” x 17’ 1” (5.41m x 5.21m) is very nearly double garage size and which features an electrically automated up-and-over door, a personal door, electric light, power points and fitted shelving.

Gas fired central heating to panel radiators, augmented in the Bath/Shower Rooms by electrically operated towel radiators. We are advised that mains water, electricity, gas and drainage are connected.

To Find the Property

Approaching the area on the A1094 off the A12 drive through the outskirts of Aldeburgh to the roundabout at the junction of the Saxmundham and Leiston roads. Take the second left off the roundabout into the Church Farm Development and follow Church Farm Road to its T junction with the coast road between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. Turn left with the sea on the right and the North Warren marshes on the left and in Thorpeness take the first turn right following the road past the Country Club. At the V in the road take the right fork and St Mary’s Court is a short way along on the left hand side fronting an un-made roadway. The front door to The Tower is on the south side of the building.

OUTGOINGS Council Tax currently Band “F”. Further details can be obtained from the Suffolk Coastal District Council, Melton Hill, Woodbridge IP12 1AU. Tel: (01394) 383789.

VIEWING Strictly by appointment with Flick & Son, 134-136 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AQ. Tel: 01728 45 2469. Ref: 16735/PJRW

FIXTURES AND FITTINGS No fixtures, fittings, furnishings or effects save those that are specifically mentioned in these particulars are included in the sale and any item not so noted is expressly excluded. It should not be assumed that any contents, furnishings or furniture shown in the photographs (if any) are included in the sale. These particulars do not constitute any part of any offer or contract. They are issued in good faith but do not constitute representations of fact and should be independently checked by or on behalf of prospective purchasers or tenants and are furnished on the express understanding that neither the agents nor the vendor are or will become liable in respect of their contents. The vendor does not hereby make or give nor do Messrs Flick & Son nor does any Director or employee of Messrs Flick & Son have any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever, as regards the property or otherwise. 

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