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5 bedroom town house for sale

South Street, Manningtree

Guide Price £795,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Five/Six bedrooms to main residence with accommodation arranged over three floors
  • First floor sitting room (potential bedroom) with uninterrupted views across a pretty rooftop scene to the Stour estuary.
  • Large cellar with 6'3 height clearence
  • A wealth of character features that include iron cast fireplaces, moulded cornices, stripped Bakers doors, a hand made Kitchen and generous walled private garden
  • Former Bakery with imposing former shop front and converted granary (Garaging and self-contained flat)
  • Off street parking and rear vehicular access
  • Town centre location
  • Held in the current family for 29 years

Full description

Built in 1875, overlooking the village green within the conservation area of Manningtree town centre, this imposing town house provides flexible accommodation and retains many delightful original features including a large cellar (6'3 ceiling) and self contained flat within the former granary.


Manningtree is an attractive and desirable small town situated at the head of the Stour estuary being ideally suited for the water sports enthusiast, retirees, commuters and young families looking to benefit from well reputed local schooling.

The picturesque High Street provides excellent local shopping facilities for everyday needs and includes a deliver office and post office (sited at the Co-Op), bank and a library as well as an interesting and useful blend of the usual establishments you expect to find at an historic and traditional market town.

Schooling in the immediate area includes East Bergholt and Manningtree High Schools with Lawford's Church of England and Highfileds primary schools.

There is a wider range of shopping and educational facilities in either Ipswich or Colchester which are both connected by local bus and train services.

Recreational pursuits in the area are extensive and include sailing on the Stour and Orwell estuaries and also on Alton Water and Ardleigh Reservoirs where there are well known sailing clubs.
An afternoon walk can take one into the heart of nearby Constable Country with both Dedham and Flatford Mill within close proximity.

Many other sports and pursuits are catered for nearby including golf, squash, tennis, badminton and horse riding to mention a few.

The commuter can take advantage of fast train services to London's Liverpool Street from Manningtree's main line station whilst main road connections are good via the A120 and A12.


Overlooking a village green conservation area but with the added benefit of being unlisted, giving greater freedom, this property was originally a Victorian bakery built 1875 over three floors plus a large dry cellar, with its own well. It has an imposing well-preserved shop-front and windows (now double-glazed) and many period features, including the original stripped wide bakers' doors and plaster cornices. 

The property also has a lovely red brick "Italian style" private walled garden with a combination of yorkstone, gravel and brick paving, lighting, a raised dining area, a water feature and numerous specimen trees, shrubs and plants.

At the bottom of the garden is a detached two storey red brick granary/coach-house, accessed from a residents only private parking area.  Originally the bakers grain store, coach-house and stable, this is now a sympathetically converted, and independently gas central heated, garage and workshop on ground floor, and a self-contained central heated studio flat above.  The studio flat is currently let @ £400 pcm inclusive, but this is also ideal for the extended family or business from home use also.

Three of the four reception rooms are on the ground floor.  The sitting room has a magnificent cast iron Victorian fireplace with a wood-burning stove and an attractive multi-paned sash window overlooking the patio and garden. The study overlooks the green to the front and is  fitted out to provide three workstations and a range of filing cabinets and box filing shelves.  Also overlooking the front aspect is the spacious dining room with its attractive whitewashed exposed wooden floor and staircase leading off.

The well-proportioned square kitchen contains capacious hand-made solid limed-ash and walnut kitchen units, with walnut edged tiled worktops and a double sink unit.  It is accessed from the dining room via a 3’6” original half glazed door, complete with its original glass. There is an integrated Miele fridge and a stainless steel Siemens oven/hob/extractor in a corner position and a double fronted glass dresser. The kitchen has ample room for a table and chairs and is lit by inset LED ceiling down lighters, the floor is of exposed boards.  

The utility room currently houses a full height freezer the washing machine, the breadmaking machine, ice-cream maker on the work surface, separate boots and cloaks areas and provides access to the garden.  There is ground floor bathroom beyond the utility room, currently with a conventional bath and a fast flowing shower, with useful storage cupboards below the bath.

On the first floor there is a stunning large, family twin window bathroom, with a working cast iron fireplace, marble splash backs and Victorian style suite with exposed brass shower valve and matching porcelain handled taps. It also has a bidet, a ‘Victorian style’, ceiling mounted clothes dryer and a very handy ceiling height airing cupboard with the hot water cylinder.   

Two double bedrooms are currently used on the first floor, both with cast iron fireplaces and surrounds, one with an original built in wardrobe and overlooking the garden, the other with twin windows to the front.

Also on first floor is the fourth reception room, the lovely snug drawing room. It has a fully functioning cast iron/tiled fireplace with a wooden surround and tiled hearth, original plaster covings and foot high skirting boards. It also benefits from three fully functional original sash windows, one with curved glass and cast iron support column outside, giving westerly views of river Stour valley and Suffolk, the village green and local pub in the street scene. This room could of course be used as further double bedroom if wanted, making six in the main house plus another in the coach-house annexe if required. But the current owners have wanted to keep it available to the whole family for their evenings together. The sunsets viewed from here across the river valley are a memorable feature of the property.

The top floor is accessed via the original winding staircase with a large Velux skylight window above. This takes you up to a spacious landing and the other three bedrooms. The river estuary to the north is viewed from the second floor double bedroom – currently being used as an art room, with two further bedrooms on second floor featuring original "frogs-eye" dormer windows (now double glazed) overlooking the interesting Manningtree roof-scape and green.  There is also a large walk-in eaves storage cupboard with clothes hanging space, and a loft, accessed from the landing.

The cellar is dry and of good head height with a concrete floor, powerpoints and lights.  It consists of three distinct room areas.  The first contains the alternate tread staircase from the dining room and dexion shelving for jars, tins, bottles and the like and is currently used as a household store.  The second area to the rear, is an ‘in house workshop’ complete with a freestanding wooden bench and more built in and dexion shelving.  This area also contains the gas central heating boiler, a 6kw gas tumble drier, a fully automatic water softener, and the fully pumped well, now used for irrigation. The largest cellar room runs across beneath the front of the property and this contains a 7’ snooker/pool table, which will remain with the property.

To the rear of the property, double gates permit safe boat, trailer or long term parking inside the garden if required.  Further dedicated parking spaces are also available outside the gates, and the garage door.  The charming 80’ walled garden has a water feature, power point and LED/low energy lighting throughout. It is laid out on an interlocking circle theme, as a series of “outdoor living” areas with wired brick walls, attractive planting areas and specimen trees. Mostly hard landscaped it also has a circular raised deck dining area and a mains gas BBQ point. Outside the garden to the rear of the property there is further shared parking in a private-residents off-street parking area accessed via Oxford Road, and a small vegetable plot between the garden gates and garage door.

At the end of the garden is the attractive coach house, with split stable type doors at two levels. This provides a well-appointed central heated garage/workshop on the ground floor looking onto the garden, with substantial benches built in down one side and up and over garage door out onto the reserved parking area. The staircase, on the outside of the building leads from the garden, to the first floor studio flat, which is a large flexible open plan area with a kitchenette in one corner, built in double cupboard and a shower room. This studio is a light and airy space with three Velux roof windows and two sliding sash windows facing onto the garden. It is ideal as a studio, home office, extra accommodation or an income. Subject to planning permission this whole building could be extended and turned into a separate residence.  

All fixed carpets to remain, integrated Miele fridge to remain.

A deceptively large, and surprisingly efficient house to run with low fuel bills (currently £123 pcm gas and electricity for both the house and coach-house combined) and a very low council tax as band B at £1184 per annum.

The accommodation comprises of:

GROUND FLOOR - Ceiling height 2.78m (9' 1")

Entrance Hall  3.48m x 1.20m (11' 5" x 3' 11")

Dining Room 5.60m (into bay) x 3.76m (18' 4" (into bay) x 12' 4")

Kitchen 3.88m x 3.73m (12' 8" x 12' 2")

Living Room 4.56m x 3.65m (15' x 12')

Study 3.62m (into bay) x 2.46m (11' 10" (into bay) x 8')

Utility 1.63m max x 1.98m (5' 4" max x 6' 5")


FIRST FLOOR - Ceiling height 2.7m (9')

Galleried Landing

Bedroom 3.65m x 3.21m

First floor Sitting Room (Potential Sixth Bedroom to main house) 4.08m x 3.64m (13' 4" x 11' 11")


Bedroom 4.55m x 3.34m (14' 11" x 10' 11")



Bedroom 3.28m into dormer window x 3.03m (10' 9" into dormer window x 9' 11")

Bedroom 3.18m into dormer window x 3.65m (10' 5" into dormer window x 12')

Bedroom 3.65m max x 3.11m (12' max x 10' 2")

CELLAR - Ceiling Height 1.91m (6'3)

Cellar Room One 5.97m x 3.66m (19' 7" x 12')

Cellar Room Two 5.78m x 3.65m (19' x 12')


Studio Flat 6.59m x 3.89m (21' 7" x 12' 9")

Garage Beneath 6.59m x 3.89m (21' 7" x 12' 9")

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Added on Rightmove:
21 November 2016

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