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5 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

Polstead

Sold STC £550,000

Property Description

Key features

  • VICTORIAN FIVE BEDROOM BARN CONVERSION
  • FAMILY ROOM
  • OAK FITTED KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM
  • 4 FURTHER OUTBUILDINGS
  • EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM AND FAMILY BATHROOM
  • SWEEPING DRIVE
  • GARAGE/WORKSHOP BARN

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

PROPERTY SUMMARY

An impressive conversion of the larger part of a red brick and timber maltings barn. The property is set back from the road in sweeping grounds with views to the rear over farm buildings and open countryside beyond. The property offers extensive accommodation throughout and has many features including high ceilings, a magnificent hall and galleried landing and many exposed timbers. There is an excellent hand made oak fitted kitchen and oil fired central heating is provided. To the front and rear there are sweeping gardens with a drive leading round to the rear, parking space and outbuildings.

THE STORY

As John and Denise Carroll reminisce over the 14 years they have spent in their family home, they think back to the moment they first saw the property.
"We had been living in Hong Kong, this was the first time we were moving back to the UK, and the children were all young so we knew they would be going through their teenage and university years here," explains John. "We wanted something with space for them to grow."
He describes the moment they first laid eyes on the converted barn, which was originally built in 1841, and then converted in 2002, just before the Carrolls moved in.
"I remember it was a Sunday afternoon and we came here for an open viewing. We were just blown away. I think it was the space and the openness of it, but also that the children would be safe and would be able to grow up here."

SOLID OAK

The interior decoration had already been carefully chosen by the renovators, with a fitted oak kitchen and modern bathrooms.
"But we decided to lay some solid oak floors ourselves on the ground floor because it suited the style of the house and would be easy to maintain," adds John.
A natural colour scheme runs throughout the house, complementing the exposed timber beams in solid oak and the doors that are wooden with cast-iron handles.
"Everything fits the age and style of the house," he says. "There's a real country feel to it."

WARM AND COSY

John and Denise agree that the master bedroom is probably their favourite part of the house.
"It has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams - it's a really large, spacious and really quite special room," he says. "It gives you that feeling that you experience when walking into a spectacular hotel room - it blows you away. It's stunning."
The drawing room is another favourite, with a charming wood-burner.
"This is a spacious room, perfect for family and friends to sit round in, especially in the wintertime, with the logs burning. It is a very warm and cosy environment."

RAISING A GLASS

Over the years, John and Denise have enjoyed hosting friends and family at their home.
"We have a formal dining room and the kitchen breakfast room," says John. "It means you can have children at one end of the house with their friends, and then we can be with the parents at the other end, hosting a party or a relaxing evening."
With exposed beams and a slanting roof, the dining room is a showstopper.
And, John adds: "It does lend itself to family occasions, when you need that space for everyone in the house."

GREAT LOCATION

They have also found the location convenient, with shops and amenities in Polstead and neighbouring Boxford. Colchester can be reached in under half an hour by car, with train services to London Liverpool Street taking just 50 minutes.
"I work in London and it's very easy to commute," explains John. "And my wife works in Sudbury, so she only takes 10 minutes to get there."
Their children have all left home now, which is why they have decided to move on, but they all went to school locally.
"There's a good bus service which runs by the house and there are lots of places to eat and shop in Boxford, just a mile away. In fact, it even has the 'oldest shop in England.'"

PICTURE PERFECT

The family have also made the most of their picturesque rural setting.
"We're in Constable Country so we enjoy visiting all the local beauty spots," says John. "And we're not that far from the coast either, places like Southwold and Cley, where we've been on camping holidays in Norfolk - and we like to go down to the seafood restaurants on Mersea Island as well."
It is this idyllic environment that John will miss the most.
"For me personally, I'll miss coming home at the end of a busy week at work, and just having peace and calm, being able to sit in the back garden, enjoying the evening sun and having space around me to relax," he suggests. "It's so different to the crowded noise of London - you really feel like you're in a different part of the world entirely.
"You can get away from it all and spend some time with family and friends."

SETTING THE SCENE

The garden is laid mostly to lawn, with some small vegetable patches at the end and plenty of outdoor space.
"There is a large double garage and also a number of outhouses, which are old farm buildings," says John. "We use them for storage (for the freezer and bikes etc) but the kids loved them when they were younger as dens. They would have their friends over and play outside."
A terraced area is populated with garden furniture, a dining table and barbecue, and the couple have also installed decking leading out from French windows in the reception room.
"It's a perfect sunspot, catching the rays right up to the end of the day."

WITHIN EASY REACH

The historic town of Colchester, with its easily accessed station, is about 11 miles away from where regular services to London's Liverpool Street Station take about 50 minutes, whilst the A12, which bypasses Colchester is also easily accessed to provide a dual carriage way link to London's M25 motorway and Stanstead Airport (via the A120). There are a wide range of schools, catering for all age groups in both state and private sectors in the area, with a number of these in and around the county town of Ipswich, which lies some 10 miles to the east.

WHATS NEARBY

Situated within the parish of Polstead, the property stands just 3 miles from Hadleigh and 7 miles from Sudbury, both of which provide an excellent range of local shopping, commercial and recreational facilities. The neighbouring village of Boxford, which is just 1 ¼ miles, has a range of local facilities, including a garage, village stores, pub and primary school.

DIRECTIONS

Proceed out of Sudbury on the A134 Colchester Road passing through the village of Newton and turning left on the A1071 signposted to Boxford and Hadleigh. Continue along this road for approximately 3 miles and the property will be found on the left hand side behind a high brick wall.


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156 - 158 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

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