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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Polstead

£840,000

Property Description

Key features

  • FOUR BEDROOM COTTAGE
  • FOUR RECEPTION ROOMS
  • FARMHOUSE STYLE KITCHEN AND UTILITY/BOOT ROOM
  • TWO BATHROOMS & DRESSING ROOM
  • TWO BATHROOMS
  • STUNNING SETTING IN ALL ABOUT 0.4 ACRE
  • VARIOUS OUTBUILDINGS
  • FIVE MINUTE DRIVE TO STOKE BY NAYLAND

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

PROPERTY SUMMARY

The cottage dates back to C17- C18 has been extended over recent years to create well portioned accommodation over two levels comprising; farmhouse style kitchen, family/dining room, study/music room, sitting room/snug, garden room, utility/boot room. On the first floor you will find four good sized bedrooms, dressing room and two bathrooms. Outside the cottage is set well back from the road offering a high degree of privacy and is accessed via a sweeping private driveway which opens onto a gravelled parking area providing off-road parking for numerous vehicles. The driveway extends to a block paved area which accesses the detached double garage which has an attached workshop and potting shed. The stunning landscaped and well stocked grounds incorporate a variety of established flowers, shrubs and trees including some specimen trees and various fruit trees. The gardens offers lots of sun traps especially on the south facing terrace from which you can enjoy tranquil the views of the River Box.

THE STORY

Enjoying evening drinks against the beautiful backdrop of the River Box, the current owners of Mill Cottage take in the serenity of their situation. The tranquillity and beauty of the Polstead property and its surroundings were what first attracted them some 23 years ago.
"We were high flyers working in London and Mill Cottage gave us the opportunity to escape to peace and seclusion: it is a beautiful home with lovely views from every window," one of them says.
She remembers the very first time she saw the charming village, which sits in the Box Valley, close to Stoke by Nayland, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
"I drove from Hadleigh to Polstead and passed by the pond," she recalls. "It was late afternoon and the village was reflected in the water and I thought this place is so pretty - I want to live here."

BRIGHT SUNSHINE

Grade II Listed Mill Cottage dates back in part approximately 400 years and is believed to have once been home to workers from the mill across the river. Part thatched and with a wealth of attractive features, such as fireplaces and beautiful old oak beams, the riverside property exudes a sense of its history throughout.
"Although it is an old house it is very, very light throughout," she explains. "We added a sun room downstairs, which has windows on two sides and brings the light streaming in, while also giving us views of the river. It is always lovely and warm in there: it's a nice place to sit with the papers on a Sunday morning."

SYMPTHETIC TOUCHES

Above the sun room, another room with two banks of windows was also added by the owners. This makes a magnificent bedroom but could equally be a dressing room or study perhaps, as it also captures the scenic outlook towards the river.
"All the work we have done here has been carried out very sympathetically to the age of the building and with advice from conservation experts," she says. "The outside of the extension was designed to blend in beautifully with the existing house."

WINTER WARMING

Other work has seen them remove a wall between the kitchen and dining room to give this living space a more open-plan feel. They have also installed wood-burning stoves and, in the drawing room, replaced the floor with old Suffolk bricks.
"This is a very relaxing room, especially in the winter time," she adds. "The sun room is also nice at that time of year, however, as it is so lovely and warm."

RIVERSIDE LIFE

Mill Cottage provides generous space for family living and entertaining. Rooms have also proved to be flexible, changing their uses over the years. In warmer weather, however, the owners enjoy spending as much time as possible outside. The grounds of just under half an acre are mature and exquisitely presented.
"We love being out in the garden, especially sitting by the river, enjoying the peace and looking out over the water," she says. "We sometimes spot heron, egrets and kingfishers and other wildlife from here."
At parties the children have splashed about and fished in the river, and sometimes the youngsters opposite have had a dingy out on the water.
"Our grandchildren also liked playing cricket on the lawn that we levelled out for them," she adds. "And we have enjoyed having the space to grow our own fruit and vegetables."

HEAVEN ON EARTH

The couple have relished being part of the friendly community of Polstead. There is a village shop and there are plenty of clubs and activities to take part in. Those who enjoy golf, horse riding and cycling have lots of opportunities too and, of course, the surrounding Constable Country is known for its picturesque walks.
"It is so beautiful here and we do hope to stay close by when we leave Mill Cottage," she says. "It is also a very convenient place to live - we are just 15 miles from Colchester and my husband found it very easy to commute from there into London."
And she adds: "I remember the first time I saw the village and the house I thought: 'This looks like heaven.' And I was right. It is a wonderful place to live."

SETTING THE SCENE

Mill Cottage is set in approximately 0.4 acres of land. There is a generous drive, with plenty of off-road parking, and a double garage.
The garden comprises different areas. There are stretched of lawn bordered by beautiful trees and shrubs. Beside the river is a terrace for outside dining and entertaining. Steps lead down to the river and some waterside beds.

WHATS NEARBY

The nearby village of Stoke by Nayland lies in the heart of Constable Country on the Essex and Suffolk border. Sitting in a highly convenient location, it has good links to Ipswich, as well as Colchester and Sudbury. The Stoke by Nayland Golf and Country club is within walking distance, with its hotel, two championship courses and spa, and there are numerous country pubs and restaurants nearby. The surrounding countryside of the Stour Valley is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and provides extensive and beautiful walks and rides in rolling countryside. There is a regular bus service into Colchester and it takes approximately 7 minutes car journey to the A12 which heads to both Ipswich and Chelmsford. Within the village of Stoke by Nayland you have the benefit of a local shop, post office, two excellent public houses/restaurants, a private independent school and state primary school and two 18 hole golf courses.

WITHIN EASY REACH

It is not far from the historic roman town of Colchester the oldest recorded town in Britain which has a much wider range of shopping educational and recreational facilities. A bus runs from Stoke by Nayland to Ipswich private schools. There is also a direct commuter service from Colchester to London's Liverpool Street approximately taking 50 minutes. The market towns of Sudbury and Hadleigh are also within a 15 minute drive, for more individual and boutique shopping. There is also a Waitrose supermarket at Sudbury.

HOW TO GET THERE

From Colchester, proceed along the A134 Sudbury Road passing through the village of Great Horkesley. Continue towards Sudbury and turn right into Nayland at Nags Corner. Follow Bear Street to the end, turn left into Stoke Road and follow this to the T junction opposite The Crown. Turn left onto Polstead Road, at the junction turn right onto Rectory Hill/Mill Street where the cottage can be found directly after the bridge on the left.


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