6 bedroom house for saleWhepstead, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29
Guide Price £845,000
- A wonderful and spacious family home of significant substance
- Set in a stunning rural location surrounded by horse paddocks at the end of a long private drive
- Outstanding character features
- 3 floors with a possible staff/teanager flat to the top floor
- Grounds extending to around 2 acres with River frontage.
Plumpton House is the central part of a magnificent and historic Grade II Listed manor house, thought to have origins dating back to the Tudor period, although it is predominantly early 19th century. The house has the appearance of a French Chateau, which can be attributed to a previous owner, Sir Thomas Hammond, 1st Equerry and Clerk Marshall of the Royal Stables to the Prince Regent, who organised the transformation to the French style, as was fashionable at the time.
Presenting colour washed rendered elevations under plain tiled roofs with axial chimneys of gault and red brick, Plumpton House boasts substantial accommodation of nearly 7000 sq ft (not including the cellars), which is particularly versatile on the second floor, ideal for a nanny or ancillary accommodation.
Originally, Plumpton House formed part of the Plumpton Estate, which was believed to have been presented as a gift to the Abbot and Convent of St Edmund at Bury St Edmunds by the Saxon Bishop of London. Following the
Dissolution of the Monasteries the Drury family were granted the manor and lands by the crown and built a house on the present site.
After the Civil War, Sir Henry Wood "the richest man in England" bought the property and settled it and other Suffolk properties on his only child Mary; giving rise to one of the most celebrated stories of the Restoration; she was contracted at the age of 7 to marry Charles II's son by Barbara Castlemain; Charles Fitzroy, or if he died first then his younger brother George. The entrance hall is dominated by a mural depicting Queen Phillipa asking Edward III to spare the 7 Burghers of Calais. During World War I Plumpton House was a convalescent home for French and Belgian soldiers. Robert De Lannoy, a French soldier, painted the mural in 1916. It is believed that he also painted the frieze in the reception hall. Subsequently he was killed in battle.
The impressive reception hall features ¾ height oak wall panelling, a stone fireplace housing a wood burning stove and oak flooring. The double aspect sitting room also features a stone fireplace with an oak surround and French doors leading to the garden. The adjoining dining room features three sets of arched top French windows opening onto the terraced area and the gardens beyond. There is also a fireplace with a mahogany mantle and a door leads through to the inner and the central hall featuring under a roof lantern light, a fine oak staircase rising to the first floor and oak panelling. The large breakfast room features a fireplace adorned by Sir Thomas Hammond's coat of arms, French doors to the side and double doors open into the kitchen, which has a range of hand built base and eye level units and a central island. There are various integrated appliances and access leads into utility room where in addition to the sink there is a water softener and plumbing for various appliances.
On the first floor a large landing area leads to the bedrooms with a silk lined master bedroom, which has a double aspect with picturesque views over the gardens and also features a fireplace, two built-in wardrobes and oak floorboards leading to the en-suite shower and dressing room with wall to wall wardrobes. The guest bedroom features a fireplace with wooden surround and an attractive bay window. There are a further four bedrooms with another en-suite, two family bathrooms and a study. There is further accommodation on the second floor consisting of 2 rooms, one with an en-suite bathroom, the other with a kitchenette, which possibly could be converted to an en-suite shower room.
Plumpton House stands in a picturesque secluded rural setting in the village of Whepstead about 6 miles south of the historic town of Bury St Edmunds. The house is approached by a ½ mile long driveway, which is gravelled and lies between an ancient woodland and parkland, now divided into paddocks. The driveway ends in a large circular courtyard set behind mitred pillars. Bury St Edmunds offers a full range of leisure and cultural amenities including the recently restored Georgian Theatre Royal, Abbey Gardens, Art Gallery and Museum. For the rail commuter there is a fast and regular service to London's Liverpool Street from Stowmarket, which is a mainline station with a journey time of approximately 80 minutes. The international airport at Stansted is about 52 miles away where, in addition to air services, there is an express train service to London. Schooling: There are excellent local schools in both the public and private sectors including Riddlesworth, South Lee, Moreton Hall, Old Buckenham Hall, Culford and Barnadiston, as well as further schools in Ipswich and Cambridge.
The gardens are a particular feature of Plumpton House, which has the 'lions share' of the grounds and include the front circular lawn and its medieval water pump. The formal gardens to the rear and side are delightful with large open plan lawn areas intersected and bordered by gravel path ways and flanked by well stocked shrub and flower beds. There are an abundance of mature specimen trees including cedar, plane, horse chestnut, yew and mulberry. It is relieved that Lady Hammond and her two sisters (the Merry Wives of Windsor) of the Regency Court organised the landscaping and planting of the garden. Immediately abutting the rear of the house are extensive terraced areas ideal for alfresco dining and beyond the garden borders and river, there are paddocks of around 8.5 acres (sts), which are available by separate negotiation.
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