5 bedroom country house for saleThe Common, Mellis, Eye
- Entrance porch, cloakroom
- Large reception hall, Laundry room
- Family room, Sitting room
- Kitchen breakfast room, Dining room
- Master suite with bathroom
- Three further bedrooms, family bathroom
- Second floor study and games room
- Superb Dairy conversion / annexe
- Exceptional grounds in excess of 2 acres (s.t.s)
- No onward chain
Understood to have origins dating back to the 16th century when the current house formed a proportion of a huge half H plan Manor house, Pountney Hall is a fabulous home of fine proportions displaying a wealth of architectural features including high ceilings with exposed carved timbers, Inglenook fireplaces and large 19th century windows with cusped Gothic heads.The house has recently been the subject of a meticulous restoration programme and now results in a splendid house of considerable personality, occupying a fabulous setting standing within private grounds somewhere in excess of two acres (s.t.s).
The beautifully arranged accommodation extends in all to about 4300 sqft including the dairy conversion / annexe and currently in brief comprises: traditional oak entrance door opening to the newly built entrance porch with tiled floor and original panelled entrance door with fluted surround to a large reception hall (18'x15') displaying a fine timber ceiling, large windows to front and rear, bespoke oak cloaks cupboards, door to front and staircase to first floor. A cloakroom has window to front and space for a shower if required. The family room (18'x16') is a charming reception with polished oak flooring, large windows to side and rear and a wood burning stove set within a redbrick corner fireplace. The kitchen breakfast room (17'x15') is fitted with an extensive range of units complemented by built-in appliances and a large utility / laundry room (17'x13') has fitted units, sink and cupboards containing the oil fired boiler and hot water cylinder. A spacious sitting room (18'x18') has a large fireplace and is complemented by an adjoining dining room (20'x15') with windows to front and side and a pair of oak doors to the kitchen breakfast room.
On the first floor is a spacious master bedroom with fine fireplace and complemented by a generous en-suite bathroom. Two further large bedrooms and a bathroom complete the first floor accommodation. All the bedrooms have excellent country views.
Stairs lead from the first floor landing to the stylish second floor accommodation including a study (16'x12') with fireplace and exposed timbers, fantastic games room (or large bedroom suite) 18'x12') and a bedroom (14'x12') with window to side affording stunning far reaching views across Mellis Common.
Annexe / The Old Dairy Conversion - The separate detached annexe is a clever conversion of a former Dairy, providing stylish / comfortable accommodation, possessing a homely atmosphere and currently in brief comprising: entrance door opening to an entrance hall with door to a sitting room (17'x14') and window to front with french doors to side. The well equipped kitchen (13'x10') is fitted with a range of units, appliances and an adjoining cloakroom. A spacious double bedroom (17'x14') has windows to the front and rear and is complemented by an en-suite shower room. To the rear of the Annexe is an area of garden overlooking open countryside.
Outside - The house is approached along a shingle driveway providing extensive vehicle parking and turning space boarded by a lovely old redbrick wall. The circular driveway has lime trees in the centre and a horse chestnut at the entrance. The driveway also gives vehicular access to the front of the house and the separate detached annexe and double garaging to the side of the house.
The grounds are a stunning feature of the house extending to all sides and stocked with an abundance of flowering plants, shrubs, specimen and fruit trees. Expansive lawns meander through the grounds and a large pond provides a haven for wildlife.
The grounds provide the occupants with an excellent degree of privacy and an original 26ft well, provides water for the gardens which are estimated to extend in all, to in excess of two acres (s.t.s.).
Situation - Pountney Hall occupies a splendid setting in a quiet and secluded location overlooking the outstanding "Mellis Common" known as the largest grazing common in Suffolk and fantastically flower rich, with wildflowers having been farmed for centuries. In summer rare plants such as green-winged orchid, sulphur clover and adders tongue fern flourish and an abundance of small mammals also makes the site a favourite hunting ground for barn owl and tawny owl.
The Common is managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and is a conservation area. The location is truly superb and provides dramatic sunsets and there are many beautiful walks across the surrounding countryside including the well regarded "Thornham Walks". Mellis is a spread out village providing excellent access (three different routes and within 6 miles) to the market town of Diss with its main line rail link to London Liverpool Street station. The nearby villages of Rickinghall and Botesdale provide a good range of local facilities including a spar mini market shop and doctors surgery.
Services - It is understood that mains water and electricity are connected. Heating is via oil fired central heating and drainage by a Klargester treatment system, serviced annually. Council tax band H.
Directions - When entering Mellis from the direction of Wortham and the A143, proceed towards the village and bear right towards Gislingham. Follow the road through the Common for approximately one mile and the driveway leading to Pountney Hall will be found further on the right at the sharp bend.
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