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Thorpe Morieux, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30

Sold STC £2,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Stunning accommodation with 2 bed cottage
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • 4 reception rooms
  • Beautiful gardens with lake
  • Garaging, stables & outbuildings
  • Tennis court, woodland
  • Far reaching views
  • About 30 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold



Thorpe Morieux Hall occupies a delightful secluded position at the end of a long curving front drive. The principle outlook is formal garden down to a wonderful lake which is fed by the River Brett. Equidistant between Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds, the hamlet of Thorpe Morieux is set in undulating countryside of the River Brett Valley and consists of a small group of houses and a church. Lavenham to the south of the hall is believed to be one of England's finest old wool towns and offers extensive shopping and an exceptional range of restuarants, galleries and amazing timber framed buildings. Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket have a much wider range of shopping, educational and recreational facilities. There is a train service from Stowmarket to London's Liverpool Street Station the journey taking from 85 minutes.


Thorpe Morieux Hall, formerly the seat of the Risby family (wool merchants), is believed to date from 1525 and is constructed of a heavy oak frame with brickwork and lathe and plaster under a tiled roof. It sits on an ancient manorial site recorded in the Domesday Record of 1086. The hall is Grade II* listed and is well documented in Eric Sandon's "Suffolk Houses" which highlights the two storey late Jacobean porch and notable chimneys as being of particular importance.

The property retains many of the features associated with this period of architecture, including high beamed ceilings, oak panelling and fine fireplaces. Nearly all the woodwork is oak, both recent and original, which apart from the 16th century frames and beamed ceilings includes leaded windows and internal doors, many of which were made in the 1930's to a very high standard. Many of the rooms enjoy beautiful views through leaded light windows over the grounds to the lake.

The accommodation is bright with high ceilings and of particular note is a spacious reception hall with high exposed beamed ceiling and pamment floor which leads through to the principal reception rooms. The sitting room has a full height window with delightful views over the lake, fully panelled walls, stripped floor and deep red brick open fireplace with access to the rear Jacobean porch. The drawing room with views over an exceptional raised terraced gardens to the lake has decorative cornice work and central plaster work cross beam, plaster friezes and wide red brick open fireplace. The dining room benefits from an extraordinary wide red brick arched inglenook open fireplace with outlooks out on to the walled rose garden.

The rear hall has a secondary staircase leading to the first floor and opens in to the office which is split level with views out towards the lake and an oak studded door through to the walled garden. The recently refurbished bespoke kitchen has a 4 oven AGA, wooden base and wall mounted units with wooden worktops. The breakfast room which has a woodburner and leads through to the service quarters comprising a larder, laundry, cloakroom and boot room.

The house is in very good order and there is plumbing laid on for further bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor.

The combination of this fine period house, beautiful accommodation and attractive grounds make it one of the most attractive properties of its size in the county.

Constructed from brick under a pantiled roof the property comprises a kitchen/hall, bathroom, sitting room and 2 bedrooms.

Courtyard Garage & outbuildings
Constructed on raised concrete plinth with covered walkway running the full front elevation. Pitched roof above with pigeon loft. Double garage with pine clad loft ceiling interior. There are two machinery tool sheds, two stables, potting shed and tack room

Thorpe Morieux Hall is approached by two driveways, the front passes individual decorative timber pillars topped with obelisks. The gravel driveway flanked by mowed verges and a tall hedge interspersed by mature trees on either side passes a large barn on the western boundary, an ideal machinery store with huge potential. The lawns are interspersed by a number of specimen trees, of particular note being a weeping beech which the drive passes under before culminating in a gravel parking sweep by the front door. An archway leads through to the courtyard, around which a majority of the outbuildings are positioned. These are constructed mainly on brick footings of either brick or timber frame with weatherboard exteriors under pitched pantiled and clay tile roofs and surround a concrete yard with an offshoot leading to the rear drive and walled garden.

There are delightful secluded grounds, which slope down to the lake and a charming water garden to one side, planted with Gunnera and Hellebores. To the far banks of the lake is a belt of woodland through which the River Brett meanders. The gardens have been imaginatively and carefully laid out to formal lawns, walkways with a variety of mature and specimen trees.

To the south is a gravelled parking sweep positioned within the L shape of the house is separated from the garden by yew hedges with shrubberies, flower beds, lavender, box hedges and espalier pear tree. To the east lie terraced gardens and a raised formal lawn with red brick wall and south facing summer house, west of which lies a semi-circular yew hedge. Further undulating lawns which lead down to the lake are surrounded by mature trees. To the north of the house there is a fully walled rose garden with brick walkways and shaped beds.

A hard tennis court lies to the north, which needs re-surfacing.

A concrete drive leads down to the church and to a shared rear drive.

There are paddocks to the north, west and south of the main house

Agents Note: There is a footpath leading north from the church yard to the road.

Square Footage: 7,320 sq ft
Acreage: 30 Acres


From M11, A11 and A14

(Thorpe Morieux is approximately nine miles south of Bury St Edmunds.)

From the A14 take the exit signed to Bury St Edmunds East (just east of the Sugar Beet Factory)

Take the A134 (towards Sudbury); after approx. 3 miles, at the far end of Sicklesmere turn left signed to Cockfield and Bradfield St Clare.

Follow signs to Cockfield Green, then keeping the Green on your right, at a grass triangle about half a mile further on take turn to the right signed to Thorpe Morieux and continue until you reach a grass triangle with the village sign in it where you keep right, signed to Lavenham, and continue for 300m to drive on left with wooden posts at the entrance (just before the end of speed limit signs). The posts are not easy to see as partly hidden by the hedge.

From Stowmarket

Take B1115 from Stowmarket and follow signs for Rattlesden Airfield through Great Finborough and Buxhall. After Buxhall ignore Airfield signs and turn right at grass triangle to Brettenham. Continue past Brettenham Church to large iron gates and the twin lodges of Old Buckenham Hall School where you turn right and on entering Thorpe Morieux turn left at grass triangle with the village sign in it and continue for 300m to drive on left with wooden posts at entrance (just before the end of speed limit signs). The posts are not easy to see as partly hidden by the hedge.

From Lavenham

Leave Lavenham by main street, in the direction of Bury St Edmunds, and after one mile, just before the water tower at the top of hill, turn right to Thorpe Morieux. Turn left at bottom of hill and continue to Thorpe Morieux. The drive is on the right 50 m beyond 30 mph signs with wooden posts at the entrance. The posts are not easy to see as partly hidden by the hedge.


IP30 0NW

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