6 bedroom detached house for saleGreat Barton, Suffolk
A substantial Grade II listed village farmhouse, set back in mature gardens, requiring some updating.
Situated within this well-regarded and convenient village, Elms Farm is a substantial Grade II listed farmhouse situated on the edge of the village, predominantly of timber-framed construction and understood to date back to 1620 -1630. It was built by Robert Sowgate, whose daughter is named within a candle painting on the ceiling on the first floor, (possibly the finest of only 13 known examples).
Approximately ten years ago, the farmhouse was subjected to a comprehensive restoration programme which included stripping the property back to the original timber frame, insertion of a new sole plate, use of sheeps wool insulation and complete re-wiring and re-plumbing. Whilst this renovation was only done ten years ago, the property now does require some elements of improvement as it has been tenanted in recent years, without much in the way of day-to-day maintenance.
Regardless of some cosmetic upgrading , the quality of the building is without question, as the proportions and living space are exceptional, the ground-floor accommodation being particularly versatile, with green-oak herringbone brick-floored porch, a magnificent dining hall with wood-burning stove, oak-boarded floors, a double-aspect drawing room with shuttered French doors to the garden and open red-brick barrel-backed fireplace, a snug with red-brick inglenook fireplace and ceramic-tiled floors, and sitting room with open fireplace with fine moulded surround and storage cupboards.
To the back of the house is a fantastic kitchen, extensively fitted with a range of painted Shaker wall and base units, granite worktops, integrated oven, grill, microwave and dishwasher, two French doors to a green-oak-constructed garden room with limestone floor, cloakroom, laundry room and cellar.
The landing is approached from a magnificent 17th-century tower staircase with original bannister and balustrades, the first-floor accommodation comprising three bedroom suites and two further bedrooms served by the principal bathroom.
Agents Note: Within the main suite are possibly the best of only thirteen known examples of late-17th-century candle paintings which decorate the ceilings. It is understood that these do not have to be left exposed, however if they are concealed, lime-based materials must be used.
On the second floor are a large attic studio, en suite shower room and further attic bedroom.
The property is approached initially over a shared gravel driveway meandering through extensive grounds, with a large area for visitors parking, together with a private gated gravel driveway with garden store, double cart lodge and garage. Elms Farm sits squarely within its private grounds which are largely overgrown, yet host a variety of mature shrubs and specimen trees and offer a high degree of privacy to the side and rear of the property, which itself backs onto farmland.
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