8 bedroom detached house for saleChurch Lane, Ashbocking, Ipswich, IP6
Offers in Excess of £2,000,000
- 7 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
- 4 reception rooms
- kitchen/breakfast room
- guest room/annexe studio
- gym room
- stabling & paddocks
- hard tennis court
- heated swimming pool
- EPC Rating = F
Wonderfully positioned former Georgian old vicarage in a stunning position with wooded grounds
Ashbocking House enjoys a hamlet setting close to the church of All Saints away from the main village of Ashbocking in a secluded well treed setting surrounded by arable farmland. A small lane gives access from the B1078 which in turn gives access to the A14 dual carriageway and the A140 Norwich Road which links to the Midlands, the east coast ports and the M25 via the A12. The county town of Ipswich is easily accessible, lying some lies 8 miles to the south which has facilities in keeping with its size and has frequent rail services running through to London Liverpool Street. Educationally, there are excellent schools in both sectors in Helmingham, Debenham, Brandeston, Framlingham, Woodbridge and Ipswich. There are regular train services to London Liverpool Street station from Ipswich, the journey time taking from 70 minutes.
Ashbocking House is architecturally a very interesting country house, well situated back from a quiet dead end lane overlooking established gardens. The property is mainly Georgian with Victorian additions and was renovated in 1994 by the current owners. The house is constructed predominantly of brick and flint rendered elevations under slate roofs and incorporates an attractive circular bow enhanced by large sash windows. The accommodation is wonderfully proportioned and laid out over two floors, with a further second floor bedroom and attic room. There are some superb features throughout the house including panelled doors, stone and wooden floors, full height sash windows and four open fireplaces. The principal reception and bedrooms face to the south and east and enjoy fine views over the mature grounds and surrounding countryside.
The impressive accommodation is light and well proportioned with the main reception rooms circulating around the central reception hall with its sweeping galleried staircase. The large kitchen is particularly appealing and opens directly into a further reception room with French shuttered doors to the gardens. The kitchen has an Aga and numerous base and wall mounted units with slate work tops. There is a side prep kitchen and a walk in pantry and a half wine cellar. The first floor is reached via two staircases with a further stair to the second floor located off a corridor which links the two first floor landings.
Ashbocking House stands within gardens and wooded grounds of about 6 acres enclosed by natural hedgerows and arable farmland. These form a very appealing setting for the house. The approach is through gates that lead onto a sweeping drive with a detached gym and store building to one side. There is a crescent outbuilding which forms a sheltered terrace with circular herb beds. A spur off the drive leads to the double garage with garden stores to the rear. Beyond this is an annexe studio/games room with a vaulted ceiling, built in bunk beds to one end and opens through to a kitchen with side cloakroom. There are adjoining store rooms accessed from the outside which offer scope to be incorporated into the annexe studio building offering the possibility of creating a self contained cottage. The lawn gardens to the south east are formal in design with a long water feature with clipped box hedging. The delightful gardens surround the house with a vista through the wood beyond the gardens to the north east. The woodland contain an extensive range of mature specimen trees including oak, beech, cedar, and pine amongst others. To the north of the house is natural pond, a kitchen garden with box hedging and a productive orchard. There is a heated swimming pool which is privately enclosed by beech hedging. On the other side of the lane is the hard tennis court and also the equestrian facilities which comprise a double stable block with feed and tack rooms and fronts the paddocks which amount to approximately 4 acres.
Mains electricity and water, private drainage and oil fired central hea ting.
Square Footage: 5,314 sq ft
Acreage: 9.4 Acres
From Ipswich exit on to Westerfield Road taking the B1077 passing through the villages of Westerfield and Witnesham. At the crossroads in Ashbocking, turn left onto the B1078 and proceed towards Coddenham. After passing the 90 degree right hand bend take the next turning on the right opposite the garage and signed to Ashbocking Church. Proceed along Church Lane and continue past the church and beyond a further left bend, the house will be seen further along the lane on the right.
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