7 bedroom country house for saleSicklesmere, Bury St Edmunds
Sold STC £999,995
- Beautifully proportioned accommodation retaining original features
- Four elegant receptions
- Kitchen/breakfast room with AGA
- Stunning orangery, cellars
- Seven bedrooms, further attic room
- Two bathrooms
- Coach House and separate annexe accommodation
- Formal gardens with large pond
- Paddocks , meadows, stables and range of outbuildings
- Long private driveway
This outstanding grade II listed country house is thought to have origins dating back to the late 18th century and was the Rectory for Little Whelnetham Church from about 1832 until the early 20th century. Standing within around 8 acres, Sicklesmere House retains a wealth of original features throughout including high ceilings, box sash windows, open fireplaces, ornate cornicing and heavy set wooden doors. The beautifully arranged accommodation is situated over three storeys and possesses a particularly elegant atmosphere with fine proportions, the country style kitchen, drawing room, dining room and orangery, being particularly outstanding rooms. The house is approached down a long private driveway and leads to the large range of outbuildings including an original coach house, stables and annexe accommodation. There are formal lawns (formally a tennis lawn), large pond, meadows and post and rail paddocks in around 8 acres (subject to survey) with a further 5.25 acres available subject to negotiation with the vendor.
Accommodation - Gothic style entrance door opens to the reception hall (15'5" x 9'10" 4.7m x 3.0m) enjoying high ceilings and a great deal of light, creating a warm welcome with elegant staircase off to first floor. The drawing room (23'3" x 15'5" 7.1m x 4.7m) is a particularly elegant reception, boasting beautiful proportions, looking out over the gardens and an open fireplace with marble surround. The dining room (21'11" x 15'5" 6.7m x 4.7m) is a further grand reception room taking in views over the front and side gardens via two sets of box sash windows featuring original wooden shutters and an open brick fireplace with wooden surround.
The morning room (20'0" x 12'5" 6.1m x 3.8m), a light room enjoying a south easterly aspect, fireplace with wood burner inset. The study has double doors opening to the outside of the property and the kitchen/breakfast room (24'7" x 14'5" 7.5m x 4.4m) is a splendid room and is extensively fitted with a range of bespoke Smallbone wooden wall and base units beneath granite worktops with a Belfast sink inset, space for a double Rangemaster style oven, integral dishwasher and two hob AGA inset a brick chimney breast. Character features include tiled flooring and exposed ceiling timbers. Double doors open to the boot room featuring chequered tiled flooring and door leading to the outside of the property with a natural well. The cloakroom comprises a WC and wash basin. The orangery is a fantastic room complementing the house and enjoying triple aspect views. Double doors open to the gardens. The cellar measures (14'9" x 8'2" 4.5m x 2.5m) and leads to a second room off the main cellar, which would have been the wine cellar.
First Floor - The landing is a light and generous space and enjoys high ceilings and doors leading to the master bedroom (16'0" x 14'5" 4.9m x 4.4m) with outlook over the side and rear gardens and features two large built-in wardrobes one of which provides access through to the adjoining bedroom. There is also a separate dressing room further fitted with built-in wardrobes. The second bedroom (16'0" x 15'8" 4.9m x 4.8m) features views over the front aspect and a decorative fireplace and a built-in wardrobe. Bedroom three (16'0" x 12'5" 4.9m x 3.8m) is a light and airy room overlooking the rear gardens featuring fireplace and built-in wardrobes. The fourth bedroom (18'0" x 11'5" 5.5m x 3.5m) is a further spacious room with fireplace and an outlook over the side aspect. The shower room (12'5" x 3'11" 3.8m x 1.2m) comprises WC, wash basin and shower cubicle. Bedroom five (15'8" x 11'9" 4.8m x 3.6m) overlooks the rear gardens and grounds. The family bathroom is fitted with an airing cupboard and comprises WC, wash basin and panelled bath with Victorian style shower attachment over. There is a large storage cupboard which could be converted into a shower room, and potential for two Jack and Jill en-suites to serve four of the bedrooms.
Second Floor - The landing is separated into two areas and featuring eaves storage space. Bedroom six (16'0" x 16'0" 4.9m x 4.9m) is a generous loft room with an adjoining room offering the possibility of conversion to an en-suite bathroom (subject to the relevant planning permission and consents). Bedroom seven (29'6" x 15'8" 9.0m x 4.8m) has a fireplace and views over the side aspect.
Outside - The property is approached by electric security gates opening onto a long tree lined gravelled driveway leading to a parking area for several vehicles and a range of useful outbuildings. The studio/annex is a brick built single story studio that comprises three rooms including washing facilities, offering the potential for further accommodation, subject to the necessary planning consents. The coach house is an attractive two storey brick and flint building currently used for storage but offering the potential for conversion into further living accommodation subject to the necessary planning consents. The grooms barn is another detached timber framed outbuilding ideal for use as a gymnasium or office. There is also an ice house at the bottom of the drive.
The property sits within private mature grounds affording a great deal of privacy with approximately 1.7 acres of gardens. The driveway leads to an open cart lodge in turn leading to a mature spinney creating a haven for wildlife, whilst the gardens continue to the front of the property, with climbing roses and mature shrub borders. The formal gardens are partly walled with a large pond
atural swimming pond with jetty seating area, providing an idyllic backdrop to the property. There is a summerhouse and mature beds and borders with cast iron gates leading through to a further lawned, partly walled garden interspersed with a variety of trees and shrubs and an additional spinney with a variety of specimen trees. Separate vehicular access from the driveway leads to the paddocks and stables with a variety of outbuildings including two open hay barns, two greenhouses, field shelter, plant store and three stables. The land is divided into a variety of paddocks, at the top of which there is an anderson shelter and stable with the largest meadow enjoying a breathtaking backdrop over open countryside. In all approximately around 8 acres (subject to survey).
Situation - The house occupies an elevated position set back from the road in the centre of the vllage. Sicklesmere is Located approximately 2 miles away from Bury St Edmunds town centre, the village itself offers a local shop/post office and public house. The market town of Bury St Edmunds offers a vast range of local amenities, easy access to the A14 and rail transport links to Ipswich, Cambridge and London Liverpool Street/Kings Cross.
Directions - From Bury St Edmunds proceed south towards Sudbury on the A134. Follow the road into Sicklesmere and take the next left turn after the Rushbrooke Arms public house to Bradfield St George. The private driveway leading to the house will be the first driveway on the left hand side.
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