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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Church Street, Orford, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12

Sold STC £1,750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 6 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 3 reception rooms
  • conservatory
  • Kitchen/breakfast room/snug
  • Delightful formal gardens
  • Garaging
  • About 1 acre

Full description

Tenure: Freehold



Superbly positioned in the heart of the popular and sought after village of Orford, The Great House is situated a short walk from the Market Hill, quay and river in Orford which forms part of the heritage coast and is an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The nature reserve at Havergate island is situated in the spit of land between the river and the sea. Orford is an extremely attractive village situated on the River Ore with a popular 12th century castle, a church which was used by Benjamin Britten for premieres and performances of some of his works including his Church Parables, several public houses, a smokery, school and two well known restaurants. The close proximity to the river allows opportunity to pursue a wide variety of water sports and Orford is particularly well known for sailing. There are 18 hole golf courses at Woodbridge and Aldeburgh. In addition there are a much wider range of local schools and facilities at Woodbridge, Framlingham and Ipswich. From Woodbridge there is access to the A12 and also a train service to London. More extensive facilities can be found at Ipswich, the County Town of Suffolk, which also offers regular mainline railway services to London.


The Great House is Grade II Listed of Special Architectural and or Historical Interest. The house dates back to the late C18 and is built of red brick under slate hipped roofs. The Great House has been in the same ownership for nearly 50 years and is considered as one of the best properties in the village due to the classic and substantial accommodation the house offers and it being surrounded by some delightful formal gardens. There are attractive views of the church to the north, the castle to the west and on the first floor, the River Ore to the south west. There are numerous features throughout the house including open fireplaces, well proportioned rooms, large sash and French windows with working shutters and extensive cellars.


The central entrance doorway has a portico comprising classical style columns and cornice, matching pilasters and moulded architraves and leads to a six panelled part glazed door with square fanlight over and York stone flooring. A further set of glazed doors lead to the reception hall with a fine staircase at the back of the hall with a door through to the conservatory and gardens beyond. There are built in cupboards, under stair storage areas and a rear hallway with secondary staircase and access to the extensive cellars which are divided into 3 wine bins. The drawing room is wonderfully proportioned with high ceilings featuring decorative cornice work. An open fireplace is flanked by two arched display alcoves with cupboards beneath. The study has a further fireplace with stove and French doors to the gardens with shutters. The open plan kitchen/breakfast room/snug has a 4 oven Aga, extensive work tops with base and wall mounted kitchen units and plumbing for a dishwasher. There is a central work island in the kitchen with two plate electric hob. There are further full height cupboards and a walk in larder with water softener. The utility room has a door to the outside, double sink and further storage units. The cloak/shower room is located to the rear of the inner hall with separate cloaks area at the front. There is a rear covered walkway with doors to the gardens and several store rooms including the boiler room and a pump room with a private water supply for garden use.

The landing on the first floor has a mezzanine area and steps up to the side landing which connects with the secondary staircase. There is a hatch opening to the well insulated attics. The bedrooms are of good proportion and have delightful outlooks. The master bedroom features an attractive fireplace and connects onto an inner landing with extensive built in wardrobes and direct access to a bathroom. Steps lead down to a first floor sitting room with built in book shelves and views to the river. There are three bathrooms on the first floor, a walk in storage room, a linen cupboard and well fitted book cases.


The house is set back from Church Street behind an established hedge and attractive wrought iron railings. The gravelled carriageway drive leads to the front of the house and also to the side where it fronts a large garage with workshop and storage to the rear. The gardens to the north are surrounded by established trees and shrubs with a terrace fronting the elevation overlooking an orchard with specimen trees including a fine magnolia, acer, walnut, catalpa, tulip tree, black oak, sweet chestnut and numerous fruit trees.

The formal lawned garden is a particular feature and lies to the south west of the house with further seating areas, trees, climbing plants and attractive herbaceous borders. Beyond a mature beech hedge is the kitchen garden which is divided into three areas. There is an informal garden to the far corner, a yew hedged rose garden with symmetrically laid out rose beds, and an extensive vegetable garden surrounded by box hedges with fruit cage, greenhouse and two garden sheds.

Square Footage: 6,117 sq ft
Acreage: 1 Acres


Take the A12 to Woodbridge. At the third Woodbridge bypass roundabout turn right signposted to Orford. Follow the signs to Orford. Upon entering the village proceed through the market square and round an S bend onto Church Street. The Great House will be seen shortly on the right hand side.

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15 April 2015

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