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7 bedroom country house for sale

Sicklesmere, Bury St Edmunds

Guide Price £999,995

Property Description

Key features

  • 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 annex accommodation
  • Formal gardens with large pond
  • Paddocks , meadows, stables and range of outbuildings
  • Long private driveway

Full description

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 9 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 annex accommodation. There are formal lawns (formally a tennis lawn), large pond, meadows and post and rail paddocks in about 9 acres (subject to survey) with a further 5.25 acres available subject to negotiation with the vendor.

Accommodation - Unique Gothic style entrance door opens to the reception hall (15'5" x 9'10" 4.7m x 3.0m). The entrance hall enjoys 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 with French doors opening to the lawn. An open fireplace with decorative marble surround sits centrally within the room and there is a large fitted cupboard with plenty of display shelves. 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 decorative wooden surround.

The inner hallway has stairs rising to the first floor and doors leading to the outside and through to the morning room (20'0" x 12'5" 6.1m x 3.8m), a light room enjoying a south easterly aspect, fireplace with large wooden surround and wood burner inset. The study (14'9" x 10'5" 4.5m x 3.2m) is a large space with views and double doors opening to the outside of the property, fitted with an extensive range of built-in cupboards and book shelves. 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, and integral dishwasher. The room offers ample space for a large dining table and there is a great deal of display shelves and a two hob AGA inset a brick chimney breast. Character features include tiled flooring and exposed ceiling timbers. Double doors open to the boot room (12'1" x 10'9" 3.7m x 3.3m) which is a large room featuring chequered tiled flooring and door leading to the outside of the property with a natural well. There is plenty of storage space and enamel sink with space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. 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, and there are electric fittings for a hot tub outside the kitchen and orangery. The cellar (14'9" x 8'2" 4.5m x 2.5m) has brick steps leading through to a large dry storage area with original coal storage and two further large storage spaces creating an ideal space for wine racking., while a second room leads 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 with wooden surround 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 a decorative fireplace with wooden surround and built-in wardrobes. The fourth bedroom (18'0" x 11'5" 5.5m x 3.5m) is a further spacious room with a decorative 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) is a further spacious room overlooking the rear gardens and grounds. The family bathroom (12'1" x 11'5" 3.7m x 3.5m) is a large room 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) is a light room with decorative wallpaper and an ornate cast iron 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 principal 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 9 acres (subject to survey).

Situation - Located less than 2 miles away from Bury St Edmunds town centre, the village of Sicklesmere 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 Sicklesmere House will be the first driveway on the left hand side.

Agent's Note - As is not uncommon with properties of this ilk, a pedestrian footpath runs through part of the large meadows. There is a development uplift on part of the meadows. Please ask the agent for further details. Further adjoining 5.25 acres available subject to negotiation with the vendor.


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15 July 2016

Nearest stations

  • Bury St. Edmunds (3.4 mi)
  • Thurston (3.8 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Bury St. Edmunds (3.4 mi)
  • Thurston (3.8 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Sheridans, Bury St Edmunds

89 Whiting Street Bury St. Edmunds IP33 1NX

01284 633040 Local call rate

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