4 bedroom village house for sale

Church Hill, IP7

Sold STC £699,950

Property Description

Key features

  • 23ft Reception Hall with Tower
  • Derelict 60ft Wing on Two Floors
  • Drawing Room, Sitting Room and Dining Rooms
  • 58ft Long Range of Brick Outbuildings
  • 21ft Long Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • Barn and Double Garage
  • Side and Rear Halls, Boot Room & Bakery
  • Walled Formal Garden and Rear Streamside Garden
  • 4 Bedrooms and Potential for More
  • Requiring Major Renovation with Amazing Potential

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

KERSEY
Kersey is one of the prettiest villages in Suffolk and is much admired for its two hills converging at the bottom with a splash across the River Brett. The road is lined with a wonderful array of period houses and cottages, with the great Parish Church looking down from the top. The area around contains many other delightful villages, including medieval Lavenham. The market towns of Hadleigh and Sudbury each provide a great range of shops, schools and recreational facilities and there are good road links through to Ipswich, Colchester, the A12 and trains for London's Liverpool Street.

THE OLD RIVER HOUSE
The Old River House is steeped in history and is believed to date from 1490. The original construction is on a jettied oak timber frame, many parts of which are still visible throughout the property. In the 16th Century the distinctive brick tower was added to the front and in later years the jettied front was replaced with a flat façade with sash windows - probably in Georgian times. There are fine inglenook fireplaces and the massive central brick chimney stack remains with several shafts. At the rear of the property is another wing, derelict for some years but clearly very early in origin. It looks to have been constructed initially as an upper floor building only with bays underneath, possibly used as some form of meeting room or hall - perhaps for a gild. Throughout the house are many historic features such as inglenook fireplaces, doors from many eras, mullion windows, shutter slides, crown posts and broad floorboards.

To the rear of the house is a fully walled garden, alongside which is a range of brick workshops. Beyond the mill wing is a large garage barn and further timber garage building. Beyond the walled garden is a further rear garden alongside the stream with the garage buildings.

THE HOUSE

ON THE GROUND FLOOR
Main Reception Hall 23' x 6' 9" (7m x 2.05m). With a wonderful 5' wide oak and ledged and braced door opening into the tower. Leaded light windows to either side, one looking back up the High Street. Fine exposed wall and ceiling timbers, brick block floor, doors to the sitting room and morning room and a fine linen fold door leading through to the kitchen. The entrance vestibule has been opened right up to the first floor ceiling, and this could perhaps be retained as a feature.

Second Entrance Hall 7' x 5' (2.1m x 1.5m). With a six panel front door, stairs leading up and doors to the drawing room and sitting room. Radiator.

Drawing Room 18' 6" x 17' 6" (5.6m x 5.3m). At one end of the house with a sash window to the front, still with original folding shutters and a half-glazed door to the rear looking out onto the garden. Fine exposed ceiling timbers with carved cross beams, oak picture rail, inglenook fireplace with 7' oak bressumer and brick pammet hearth, low level corner cupboard, stripped and varnished pine floorboards. Two radiators. At high level at one end is an exposed wall painting.

Sitting Room 18' 6" x 14' (5.6m x 4.3m). Also with sash window to the front with original folding shutters and matching window with shutters to the rear. Fine exposed timbered ceiling with carved cross beams. Magnificent inglenook fireplace with 11' wide bressumer and brick hearth, with cupboards alongside. Re-laid brick pammet floor, two doors to the main reception hall and door to the rear hall.

Dining Room 20' x 13' (6.1m x 4.3m). With casement window to the front directly overlooking the splash and a further casement window to the side overlooking the stream. Fine exposed wall and ceiling timbers, brick fireplace and hearth, stripped and varnished pine floorboards, old oak panelling across one end. Exposes wattle and daub with a glass panel in one corner.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room 21' x 14' 6" (6.4m x 4.4m). At the centre of the house with two windows to the side overlooking the stream, fine exposed ceiling timbers, some tongue and groove wall panelling, second staircase up to the first floor and brick block floor. High level fireplace, radiator and old sink unit.

Cloakroom/Pantry 9' 6" x 9' 3" (2.9m x 2.8m). Linking the reception hall and kitchen, with exposed ceiling timbers, brick block floor, some tongue and groove panelling.

Rear Hall 8' 6" x 4' 3" (2.6m x 1.3m). With brick block floor, back door out to the garden and a door from the sitting room. Door leading on to:

Downstairs WC 9' 3" x 5' 6" (2.8m x 1.7m). With wall mounted handbasin, low flush WC, small window, quarry tiled floor.

Wash House Room 14' 6" (4.4m x 18' 6" (4.4m x 5.6m). Presently with external access through a large door with two windows. Housing the original fireplace with a range, large and small coppers and a bread oven with cast iron door, all still intact. Doorway through to:

Boot Room 12' x 10' 6 (3.65m x 3.2m). With outside door and connecting door through from the wash house/bakehouse room and window.

A particular feature is the wash house/bakehouse, which retains its original bread oven and large and small heating pans. The large one would almost certainly have been for some commercial process. This building could be incorporated into the kitchen to provide a wonderful feature.

ON THE FIRST FLOOR
Main Landing 29' x 20' 3" (8.6m x 6.15m) "L" shaped. A large landing with the main part vaulted right up to the ridge with fine exposed timbers including crown posts. Two sash windows to the front and in the tower part, eight leaded light windows overlooking the splash. Fine broad elm floorboards and the two staircases leading up, one in a circular turret with Georgian geometric balustrade at the top.

Bedroom 1 17' 6" x 14' (5.3m x 4.25m). With a sash window to the rear overlooking the main garden and some fine oak panelling to three quarter height on three walls. Brick inglenook fireplace with raised pammet hearth, broad elm floorboards.

Bathroom 1 13' x 9' (4m x 2.8m). With a sash window to the front, older suite comprising long cast iron panelled bath, pedestal handbasin and low flush WC with wooden seat and concealed cistern. Mosaic tiled walls with inset mirrors, broad elm floorboards.
Agent's Note: There is a door on the landing which can close off bedroom 1 and bathroom 1 as a suite.

Bedroom 2 14' 6" x 14' (4.4m x 4.3m). With a sash window to the rear looking down the garden, exposed timbers on one wall, deep built-in cupboard alongside the massive chimney - large enough to be an en suite shower room. Broad elm floorboards.

Bedroom 3 16' 6" x 124' (5m x 4.3m). With sash window to the front directly overlooking the splash, fine exposed timbers on two walls, one with an original mullion opening with shutter slide above and the other with an ancient doorway.

Derelict Bedroom 4 28' 6" x 14' 6" (8.7m x 4.4m). Derelict for many years but with potential to create another bedroom suite. Mullion window to the side overlooking the stream and a former granary loading door at the other end, which could become a window. Open through to the mill building upstairs.

THE MILL WING

INTRODUCTION

GROUND FLOOR ROOM 60' x 28' 6" This is the ground floor of the rear wing of the house. Along one side it is vaulted up revealing the exterior of the upper building. Three windows along each side with hinging shutters, overlooking the stream and garden respectively. A wonderful array of exposed timbers and the whole room with brick block floor. Window at the far end adjoining the garage barn.

FIRST FLOOR ROOM 60' x 15' 6" ( x 4.7m). A long room presently vaulted right up to the rafters with a wealth of exposed timbers, revealing the ancient structure. Along either side and to the rear are original timber mullion windows, two of them still with their original wooden sliding shutters - incredibly rare to see. With great potential for conversion to further accommodation.

OUTBUILDINGS
Garage Barn 17' x 17' (5.2m x 5.2m). Built onto the back of the rear mill wing, of brick construction with 10' high eaves height and a pitched corrugated roof. Concrete floor, electricity meters and switch gear etc. Pair of large timber doors to the side.

Timber Garage 24' wide x 18' deep (7.3m x 5.5m). Of timber framed and weatherboarded construction under a mono pitched corrugated roof with two pairs of timber doors to the front.

Brick Workshops 58' x 15' (17.7m x 4.6m). A range of single storey brick buildings with pitched slate roof, presently sub-divided into two units with various windows and doors (in recent years a pottery).

THE GROUNDS
Front Garden The front boundary has a fine old historic red brick wall with geometric wrought iron gates to the main front door and second front door. Small front gardens all along. To the left hand side is the splash and the stream and to the right hand side a mature 6' brick wall with the drive at one end leading through a five bar gate and down around to the rear.

The Driveway Main section 90' long x 20' wide (27.5m x 6.1m). With five bar gate in from the street, bordered on one side by the brick workshops and on the other by a 6' red brick wall. This first section also leads down to the barn at the rear, owned separately.

Main Walled Garden 76' x 50' (23.2m x 15.2m). A fully walled garden at the rear of the house, bordered on one side by the back of the house, on the other by the side of the mill building wing, on the other side by the brick workshops and across the end by a red brick wall with wrought iron gates out.

Rear Garden 75' x 65' (23m x 20m). With the driveway leading down and around past the end of the main walled garden to the garage barn and garages. Presently overgrown but running alongside the stream.

MISCELLANEOUS

SERVICES We believe that mains water, electricity, drainage and telephone will be available, although we have not made enquiries to confirm. There is no gas supply in Kersey. Please note we have not carried out a survey, nor tested the plumbing, heating, electrical or drainage systems. House purchasers are always advised to have a survey.

TENURE, SOFT FURNISHINGS AND FIXTURES Freehold with immediate vacant possession available. We have not inspected the title deeds. Please note that a vehicular right of way is to be reserved down the drive to serve the large brick barn at the rear, which is to be converted into another magnificent private dwelling.

COUNCIL TAX Babergh District Council (Tel: 01473 822801) advise Charge Band G, amount payable 2016/2017 £2514.60.

VIEWING Viewing by appointment.


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18 January 2017

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  • Sudbury (8.0 mi)
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01787 720028 Local call rate

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