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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Buxhall, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Sold STC £750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Exciting opportunity to acquire an original listed tower mill
  • Detached barn suitable for many uses (stpp)
  • South facing views across gardens, woodland, tennis courts and ponds
  • Two separate self-containing apartments in granary
  • The mill itself offers opportunity for conversion (stpp)
  • Set in approx 1.5 acres (sts)
  • Main residence is listed with 5 bedrooms, flexible layout
  • Open double bay cartlodge and ample off road parking
  • No onward chain
  • Village amenities at hand, public inn & railway station nearby

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Description A unique, exciting opportunity to acquire an original Grade II listed six storey tower Mill with attached Grade II listed Suffolk white brick longhouse (the main residence), detached Suffolk white brick Victorian granary Mill (offering two self-contained apartments) and a further detached timber clad barn, all situated in a sought after village location. Outside the grounds extend to approximately 1.5 acres (sts) offering beautiful south facing views across the main garden, an area of untouched woodland, tennis court and ponds. The properties are pleasantly positioned in this desirable rural village and the grounds border open fields providing privacy and far reaching uninterrupted views.

The main residence is a five-bedroom Suffolk longhouse with a flexible layout, displaying quaint period features including; prominent timber framing, sash windows and some pine exposed floor boards. The bespoke farmhouse kitchen hosts a feature Aga cooker and leads on to a wonderful living room and further play room. The Mill itself has scope for conversion as a potential annexe or holiday home as does the timber clad barn (stpp). The Victorian granary has been sympathetically renovated to offer two self-contained apartments with attached utility outhouse; perfect for dual occupancy or as an additional form of income (stpp).

The main accommodation briefly comprises: two entrance porches and hall, study (the former WI meeting room with wood panelled walls), Aga kitchen/breakfast room, utility, large pantry, living room with fireplace, playroom, wet room, two staircases to first floor landing, master bedroom with dressing area, en-suite bathroom off and door to balcony enjoying views across the garden and fields beyond, four further double bedrooms, two family bathrooms and sauna.

The gardens offer flourishing flower beds and borders along with an attractive pergola. In addition, the property offers a tennis court, feature ponds, multiple floor mill offering panoramic views, driveway, private garden for the granary, open double bay oak and slate cart lodge and detached timber clad barn.  

About The Area Buxhall is a picturesque rural village featuring the popular Crown public house. The village's closest town is Stowmarket (approx. 3.5 miles), which offers a good range of everyday shopping facilities and provides a mainline link to London Liverpool Street (journey time approximately 80 minutes).

There is good access to the A14 and M11 trunk roads. Easy access is made to the beautiful historic town of Bury St Edmunds (approx. 12 miles), which boasts an excellent range of amenities with schooling in the private and public sectors, extensive shopping, magnificent cathedral and a good range of leisure facilities including health clubs, swimming pools and golf clubs. The Arc shopping centre complements the town's existing facilities.

Buxhall is also surrounded by a selection of good schools in the private and public sectors, with upper schools in Stowupland, Stowmarket and two in Combs Ford, primary schools in Combs and Great Finborough as well as the Finborough public school. There is further private education at the Old Buckenham Hall Preparatory School and surrounding towns and villages such as Ipswich, Woolpit, Haughley and Needham Market offer further ranges of antique stores, restaurants and more. Ipswich is approximately 14 miles distant.

Buxhall features a recreation ground with children's play area, WI club, village hall and church. There are plenty of footpaths available through the meandering countryside, perfect for keen walkers or those with dogs and some wonderful far reaching views across neighbouring fields and villages beyond. 

Directions From Stowmarket head north-west onto Gipping Way (A1308) towards Station Road (B1115) and at the junction turn left onto Station Road and follow into the village of Great Finborough. Pass the Independent School on the right hand side and further into the village take the right hand turn opposite the primary school onto Buxhall Road. Follow this country lane for approximately 1.5 miles into Buxhall passing the church on your left, pass Brettenham Road and take the next left hand turn onto Mill Road, where the entrance can be found a short distance further to the left hand side.  

Vendor Statement "My wife Georgia and I stumbled across Buxhall Mill during 1976 by pure chance - a for sale sign hidden in a hedge as we drove by this disused Mill. It was the most fantastic, dream - like serendipity. We fell in love with it at once and despite its dilapidated condition we bought it. There was an enormous amount of work undertaken to make the Mill habitable and we later converted a substantial three storey outbuilding into flats, currently let out. We also added a tennis court and sauna, renewed the windows and the top two storeys and roof of the Mill along with smaller buildings.

Here we raised our now grown up family of three daughters in near perfect surroundings; wonderful views and blissful peace. We are not too isolated, being four miles from the mainline station and the A14. The village of some 420 people has a great pub, village hall, fete, church and an amazing community consisting of our many friends.

After forty years and a now unusually empty nest, we have very reluctantly decided to downsize; we no longer require five bedrooms, the Mill and the many other outbuildings. But there are so many possibilities for future developments…."  


Entrance Hall Approx 17´11 x 12´7 max (5.45 x 3.87m) Pamment tiled floor, spotlights, radiator, shelved cupboard housing oil-fired boiler, further storage cupboard, hanging rail, exposed timbers and feature brick walls, vaulted glass roof to the rear with windows offering magnificent views across the garden and access to: 

Rear Hallway Doors concealing staircases rising to the first floor, feature flint wall, pamment tiled flooring, spotlights, panelled door to rear leading to the patio and gardens, skirting, exposed pine floorboards, window to rear elevation overlooking the gardens, open archway through to sitting room, living room and doors to: 

Kitchen/Breakfast Room Approx 22´2 x 14´1 (6.76 x 4.29m) Exposed pine floorboards, exposed timbers, Aga set in fireplace recess with shelving above, beautifully fitted bespoke kitchen with a range of base units providing storage cupboards and drawers, under counter fridges, freezer and dishwasher, solid teak work surfaces, under unit lighting, part-panelled walls, power points, inset double stainless steel sink, window to front, telephone point, broadband point, timber door to front garden, inset spotlighting, ample seating/dining area, large sash window to front overlooking the garden, solid timber door to front garden, high skirting, fitted arch display cabinet with storage cupboard under, cast iron fireplace with inset decorative tiles, tiled hearth, marble surround and mantel (not in use). 

Living Room Approx 19´ x 19´ (5.79 x 5.79m) Beautiful timbered ceiling, skirting, two radiators, power points, panelled French doors to rear patio and garden, window to rear, door to front garden, open fire with grate, red brick surround and bressumer beam over, storage cupboard beside offering cupboards with shelving, double doors to a fitted shelved storage cupboard and open archway with steps leading down to:


SNUG/PLAY ROOM APPROX 17'11 X 14'3 X 12'7 (5.45 X 4.34 X 3.84M) Exposed timbers and central beam, power points, two panelled windows to front elevation overlooking the gardens, two radiators, concealed door to rear, television point, recess shelving and spotlighting. 

Study Approx 16´7 x 11´11 (5.05 x 3.63m) A charming room with wood panelled walls, pine coving, access to loft space, spotlighting, fitted shelving, four large panelled, latched windows with secondary glazing overlooking the gardens and tennis court, power points, telephone point, original tiled fireplace (currently not in use) with timber surround and mantel over, radiator and timber door with glass panelling to rear garden. 

Utility Room Approx 12´8 x max (3.86 x 2.74m) Free standing fridge/freezer and electric oven, washing machine and plumbing for tumble dryer, radiator, power points, work surfaces with base unit below, inset stainless steel sink and drainer, windows above to front elevation, staircase rising to first floor, under stair storage cupboard and door to: 

Pantry/Store Approx 14´11 x 12´6 (4.55 x 3.81m) A large pantry/store with brick steps up to concealed stable door, shelving and door to: 

Wet Room Suite comprising low level w.c, wall mounted wash basin, wall mounted shower, spotlighting, towel ladder and part-frosted window to front elevation. 

On the first floor Two solid timber staircases rise to two separate landings with windows overlooking the gardens, exposed timbers, power points, skirting and doors to: 

Master Bedroom Approx 19´1 x 14´11 (5.82 x 4.55m) French panelled glass doors to large balcony providing seating area and views across the gardens, pond, tennis courts and open fields beyond, part-vaulted ceiling, spotlights, television point, skirting, power points, telephone point, eaves storage cupboard, exposed wall timbers, triple window to front elevation, window to rear elevation overlooking garden and open access with steps leading down to:

Dressing Room and En-Suite Bathroom Approx 14'7 x 11'6 (4.44 x 3.51m)

Spotlighting, double window to front elevation, panelled window to rear overlooking fields, feature cast iron fireplace (not in use) with mantel over, suite comprising free standing roll top bath with decorative claw feet, mixer tap and hand-held shower over, wash basin with marble surround, low level w.c and bidet, eaves storage cupboard and two radiators. 

Bedroom Two Approx 14´7 x 12´3 (4.44 x 3.73m) Sash window to rear elevation overlooking the garden and fields beyond, triple window to front elevation, part-vaulted ceiling, exposed wall timbers, cast iron fireplace (currently not in use) with grate, decorative surround and mantel over, storage cupboard, power points and skirting.  

Bedroom Three Approx 14´1 x 11´9 (4.29 x 3.58m) Radiator, skirting, double part-leaded window to front, part- vaulted ceiling, exposed chimney breast, television point, panelled window to rear with velux above overlooking the rear garden, wood panelling to one wall, exposed timbers and power points. 

BEDROOM FOUR APPROX 15'6 X 13'7 DECREASING TO 9'11 (4.72 X 4.14 DEC. TO 3.02M) Skirting, vaulted ceiling, exposed timbers, part-panelled timber wall, electric heater, double window to front elevation and triple window to rear overlooking garden and fields beyond. 

Family Bathroom Approx 8´9 x 6´8 (2.67 x 2.03m) Part-vaulted ceiling, double window to front, exposed timbers, suite comprising wall mounted wash basin, low level w.c and panelled bath.


Bedroom Five Approx 22´1 x 13´7 (6.73 x 4.14m) Skirting, electric heater, double window to front, triple window to rear overlooking the gardens and fields beyond, power points, two former doors and curved elevation to one side where the residence adjoins the Mill with linking door.  

Secondary Family Bathroom Approx 7´1 x 7 (2.16 x 2.13m) Skirting, fan heater, exposed pine floor boards, double window to front, exposed timbers, suite comprising wall mounted wash basin, low level w.c and panelled bath. 

Outside The plot in total extends to approximately 1.5 acres (sts) with the rear garden bordering fields and countryside to one elevation offering wonderful views. A private entrance sweeps round the mill, past the barn leading to areas of off road parking, the detached open fronted double bay cart lodge with screened oil tank beside and turning circle sweeping round the mill with sheltered parking area. Also stands a large workshop with power and a secondary workshop overflying water - believed to be the former engine wash bay, enclosed by wrought iron fencing and brick wall to front.

To the side of the immediate driveway lies an area of lawn with the original mill roof, former railway carriages and former garaging store (in need of repair) for storage and this space offers scope for future development (stpp). Curved Suffolk white brick walls lead to the rear south facing garden of the main residence offering large lawn, wild garden areas with violets and primrose, flourishing flower beds and borders along with an attractive rose clad pergola. There are pleasant patio and seating areas, ponds, wood store, greenhouse, railway carriage and vegetable beds. There are a number of mature and specimen trees, wrought iron gates and fencing and in addition, the property also has a tennis court (in need of re-surfacing) with pavilion, backing onto a wild woodland area at the rear of the boundary, providing a natural haven for wildlife. 

The Tower Mill A particular feature to the residence is the circular six floor Grade II listed Mill offering outstanding panoramic views across the surrounding villages and countryside through 13 windows. Believed to be in use until 1973, four sails removed in approximately 1929 and a domed cap and fantail removed and replaced with and new domed cap in 2001. The Mill offers timber framing inside, staircases, timber floorboards and power is present with upgraded fuse box and wiring. The Mill could be renovated to return to its former glory or even adapted to provide unique holiday let accommodation (stpp). A stunning feature to ones' home.  

The Barn A timber framed detached clad barn with door to front, external staircase to first floor, windows to front and rear, exposed floor boards and brick flooring to the ground floor. Currently used for storage but offering scope for conversion to accommodation or potential offices/shop (stpp). 

Ground Floor Approx 27´4 x 12´3 (8.33 x 3.73m) Brick floor, windows to front and rear and staircase rising to: 

Room One Approx 13´4 x 11´7 (4.06 x 3.53m) Exposed timber floorboards, windows to front, side and rear elevations, vaulted timbered ceiling and door to: 

Room Two Approx 12´11 x 11´8 (3.54 x 3.56m) Exposed timber floorboards, window to rear, door to external staircase, vaulted ceiling and shelved area within inset lobby - proposed shower room. 

The Victorian Granary Of Suffolk white brick construction, timber framed and set beneath a recently re-slated roof, the granary has been renovated to now offer two self-contained apartments with an attached Utility Outhouse (former office to the Mill) measuring approximately 9'4 x 5'10 (2.84m x 1.78m) with feature window, power, shelving, fitted water softener, storage space, washing machine and tumble dryer. The garden to the front serves the apartments lain to lawn with mature tree and planted border.


Ground Floor Apartment briefly comprises:  

Entrance Hall Fitted shelving, electric heater, cork floor, cloaks hanging rail and doors to:


Sitting Room and Kitchen Approx 20'10 x 10'8 (6.35 x 3.25m) Sash windows to front and side, fitted kitchen with hob, inset fridge/freezer, microwave oven, electric heater and power points. 

Double Bedroom Approx 11´10 x 9´9 (3.61 x 2.97m) Electric heater and window to side overlooking the garden. 

Bathroom Approx 8´6 x 6´4 (2.59 x 1.93m) Suite comprising double shower, low level w.c and wall mounted wash basin, electric shaver socket and light, heated towel ladder, extractor fan, cork floor, window to side and shelving.


First Floor Apartment briefly comprises:  

External staircase rises to:  

Entrance Hall Exposed pine floorboards, coat cupboard with immersion hot water cylinder, shelving and hanging rail, staircase to first floor and doors to: 

Bedroom One Approx 13´6 x 10´3 (4.11 x 3.12m) Sash window to side overlooking the gardens, exposed ceiling timbers and power points. 

Bedroom Two Approx 12´ x 10´2 (3.66 x 3.10m) Sash window to side, exposed ceiling timbers and power points. 

Bathroom Approx 8´11 x 5´11 (2.72 x 1.80m) Exposed floorboards, suite comprising wall mounted wash basin, low level w.c and bath with shower over, spotlighting, electric shaver point and light, extractor fan and heated towel rail. 

On the first floor  

Sitting Room and Kitchen Approx 21'1 x 21'1 (6.43 x 6.43m) Exposed floorboards, sash windows to front and side elevations, velux window, fitted kitchen with base units providing storage, inset oven with hob over, space for fridge/freezer, fantastic vaulted timbered ceiling and ample dining and seating areas.  

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15 June 2016

Nearest stations

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  • Elmswell (4.0 mi)
  • Thurston (6.6 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Stowmarket (3.6 mi)
  • Elmswell (4.0 mi)
  • Thurston (6.6 mi)
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