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Property Description

Key features

  • NO ONWARD CHAIN
  • HANDSOME 19TH CENTURY RESIDENCE
  • SEVEN BEDROOMS
  • GEORGIAN CHARACTER WITH HIGH CEILINGS
  • THREE GARDENS APPROX 0.62 ACRES
  • VILLAGE LOCATION WITH EASY ACCESS TO TOWN
  • ACCOMMODATION SET OVER FOUR LEVELS
  • EXCELLENT CELLAR WITH 6 FT CEILING HEIGHT

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

PROPERTY SUMMARY

The Old Vicarage is an early 19th century seven bedroom property, located in an attractive village of Bulmer on the Suffolk Essex borders, close to the market town of Sudbury and the popular village of Long Melford. Set over four levels this Grade II listed property is full of period features, typical of Regency style including sash windows to the front elevations. Symmetrical reception rooms with high ceilings and open fireplaces. There is architectural historic interests to the property including a large octagonal chimney stack to the west of the property. On the ground floor there is large reception hall that leads to three reception rooms and a further kitchen/breakfast room with utilities at the back. There are three bedrooms on the first floor, including the master bedroom with walk in wardrobe and sizeable en-suite. The third floor houses a further three bedrooms which share a further reception room/games room. There is a cellar with ceilings measuring approximately 6ft, and the gardens are split into three distinct areas encompassing approximately 0.62 acres

THE STORY

There has always been something about The Old Vicarage that the current owner of the Grade II Listed property has found enticing.
"I was brought up in the village and have known the house since childhood," she explained. "I have always been attracted to it as it is such a pretty house; so when we decided to move and it came up for sale I knew I would like to look at it.
"It is a very, very light house, a peaceful place, with good proportions. I sometimes say it reminds me of a house in a Jane Austen novel - not one of the grand homes owned by the nobility but perhaps a house that a heroine who went on to marry above her might have lived in with her family!"

TRADITIONAL OR MODERN

The Old Vicarage is thought to date back to around the end of the 17th century but an even older property could well have stood on the site before that.
Today it still sits in beautifully maintained English country gardens and enjoys far-reaching views across the countryside.
With its large square rooms and high ceilings, the current owner feels it could suit residents with varying tastes in interior design. Its airy spaces and light ambience could be ideal those seeking contemporary as well as traditional living spaces.
"We have completely redecorated the house in colours chosen to match heritage ranges. Much of it is in cream, with one or two other light colours brought in," she said. "But these are rooms that could equally take large pieces of modern art and contemporary furniture and furnishings."

THROUGH THE SEASONS

The three-storey house is very comfortable and easy to live in, she emphasised.
"We improved the flow of the house after arriving here by opening it up and adding on to the back a little. We have also replaced the kitchen and the bathrooms.
"I love all the rooms here - from the drawing room, where you can light the fire and close the shutters in the winter, to the dining room, which has four sash windows and views out on to the gardens from two sides."
Also on the ground floor is the sitting room or library, with its handmade book shelves, and the kitchen breakfast room, with its oil-fired Aga, wooden units and granite work surfaces.
"The study or library is so atmospheric," she added. "All the rooms here are incredible versatile because of their square shape."

COLOURFUL GARDENS

The first floor of the house features three generous bedrooms and the family bathroom.
The master bedroom also opens into its own large en suite bathroom and dressing room. On the top floor of the house there are three more bedrooms and two bathrooms.
"The bedrooms on the first floor all have high ceilings and double sash windows while those on the top floor are totally different. They have sloping ceilings and a different sort of character," she said. "What is superb, of course, is that you can just close off this whole top floor of the house if you wish to."
From the first floor landing there is a wonderful view out over the lavender garden.
"I love looking out on to the garden from the house," she admitted. "It is really as if we have three different sections of the garden here and each is beautiful in its own way."

COMFORTABLE HOME

From the enormous oak tree opposite to the glorious gardens, which burst into colour in the summer months, there will be so much to miss about The Old Vicarage, she said.
"We have really enjoyed it here - and wouldn't have stayed for twelve and a half years if we didn't love it so much. It is a house that is so comfortable all year round.
"In the winter, for example, we come down to the kitchen for breakfast and it is cosy and welcoming, with the shutters closed and the Aga on - and then in the summer it is completely different. The room feels light and airy, and we sit down to breakfast with all the doors open."

ENTERTAINING AT HOME

With its generous rooms, easy flow and magnificent gardens, The Old Rectory is a perfect setting for formal entertaining and family get-togethers.
"We have had various parties here over the years including an engagement parties for my sons, with a small marquee on the lawn, and a celebration after one of the weddings," she said.
"We have also had some lovely dinner parties. If I set three tables up I can seat 24 people in the dining room."

SETTING THE SCENE

Surrounded by beautiful gardens of approximately 0.62 acres, The Old Vicarage occupies a prominent position in the sought after village of Bulmer. It sits just back from the road and is accessed by a long sweeping gravel drive which leads to a further drive where multiple vehicles can park. The attractive village is full of period properties where many take in elevated views over attractive undulating countryside. The gardens feature two expanse of lawns perfect for recreational use, further sun terrace perfect for al fresco dining, and a further formal garden bordered by an attractive brick wall and lined with floral lavender.

WHATS NEARBY

The village of Bulmer which is 3 miles away from the centre of Sudbury, has a church, post office, primary school and village hall. The neighbouring village of Bulmer Tye is home to the nearest local pub, the Bulmer Fox. There are further villages in the area which are also home to Inns, further school s and toddler groups, including a community hall and tennis clubs.

WITHIN EASY REACH

Sudbury is only 3 miles to the east with a wider rage of amenities including a branch line station connecting at Marks Tey for London's Liverpool Street, with an approximate journey time of 80 minutes.

DIRECTIONS:

Take the A131 towards Halstead after passing over the Balingdon Bridge, and take the next right at the traffic lights. Continue on this road into the village of Bulmer and The Old Vicarage can be seen shortly on the right hand side.


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  • Sudbury (2.0 mi)
  • Bures (5.4 mi)
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