2 bedroom character property for saleThe Green, Long Melford CO10
Sold STC £475,000
- Reception Hall & Rear Lobby
- 2 Double Bedrooms
- 16ft x 12ft Sitting Room
- Annexe with Sitting/Bedroom Kitchenette with Shower Room
- 12ft x 10ft Dining Room
- Brick Store and Summerhouse
- 15ft 3" x 11ft 6" Aga Kitchen/Breakfast Room
- Walled Courtyard Gardens & Ample Parking
- Downstairs Bathroom
- Sweeping Grounds of Around Half An Acre
Long Melford is an historic village, which contains a wealth of fine period houses and cottages along its High Street, one of the longest in England. It has an excellent range of facilities including a doctor's surgery, primary school, many pubs and restaurants and a good range of shops. The nearby market town of Sudbury and historic Bury St. Edmunds to the north each provide a further range of facilities, together with road and rail connections to London and the surrounding area. At the northern end of the village are the sweeping greens, opposite historic Melford Hall, a magnificent Elizabethan country house in the care of the National Trust. The Old School was built in 1860 on land donated by the Hyde Parker family (who still occupy Melford Hall today). When it was built they used soft red bricks to mimic the style of Melford Hall with traditional Victorian architecture complimented by a wonderful clock tower to match the one on Melford Hall. At either end of the school were school masters' houses (north and south) and these are both now private residences. The school itself was closed in the 1960's when a new primary school was built and now remains in light use for community purposes (dance classes, local antique fairs etc.) and as a polling station.
South School House was built at the time of the School in 1860 with red bricks and a mellow clay tiled roof. To mimic Melford Hall there are large chimney stacks and stone window surrounds and other good features. The house has been beautifully restored but retains many good features internally, including the huge old entrance door with its Victorian lock and striped pine doors. At the rear is a vaulted Aga kitchen. Just behind the house is a separate brick building which the owners have converted into a self-contained annexe for the family to stay in with it's own kitchenette area and shower room. It would also make an ideal home office or studio. There is rear vehicular access coming in behind the school through a pair of gates to a large parking courtyard. There is a long front garden and the best feature of all is the amazing 218' long back garden, formerly the school playing field. This adjoins open farm land to the south, looking back down towards the village.
THE MAIN HOUSE
ON THE GROUND FLOOR
Entrance Porch 5'9" x 4'6" (1.7m x 1.4m) Tiled canopy porch with raised step and the original heavy oak ledged and braced front door with iron furniture and wonderful historic wooden lock. Opening through to:
Reception Hall 12'6" x 7'3" (3.8m x 2.2m) Good sized hall, made to feel larger by having wide archways through to the sitting room and dining room. Turning staircase up to the first floor with lovely natural pine banisters and handrail and matching gallery rail on the landing. Window to the rear. Radiator. Good high ceiling.
Sitting Room 16'3" x 12'3" (4.95m x 3.7m) Double aspect room with casement windows both with secondary glazing, to the front and rear, the latter overlooking the drive and right down the garden. Good high ceiling with moulded cornice. Splendid 19th century dark marble fireplace and mantlepiece, now with polished granite hearth and inset enamelled Aga woodburning stove. Two radiators. Two ceiling chandeliers and picture light.
Dining Room 12' x 10.3" (3.65m x 2.1m) Also with a good height ceiling and secondary glazed casement window overlooking the terrace and drive. Fine Victorian ivory coloured faux marble surround and mantlepiece with stone hearth. Radiator, ceiling chandelier and picture light. Original striped pine four panelled door leading through to the kitchen.
Vaulted Aga Kitchen/Breakfast Room 15'3" x 11'6" (4.65m x 3.5m) At the back of the house with half glazed timber back door and secondary glazed casement window above the sink, both opening on to the raised deck and gardens. High vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers. At one end a red brick chimney breast with high oak bressumer and fitted with a white twin oven, twin hot plate Aga, with useful cupboard alongside. Fitted with a good range of cream shaker style wall and base cupboards with real beech woodblock working surfaces on two sides. Porcelain butler sink with mixer tap, traditional Victorian style plate rack and shelf unit, integral fridge, integral freezer, integral dishwasher and integrated washing machine. Riven slate floor tiles, radiator, two contemporary glass ceiling lights, each with four LED spotlights. Under pelmet lights, door to:
Rear Lobby 5'6" x 3.1" (1.7m x 0.9m) Half vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers, riven slate floor tiles to match the kitchen, coat hanging racks, wall mounted Worcester Green Star HE Gas Boiler supplying central heating and hot water. Painted ledged and braced door to:
Bathroom 8'3" x 5'3" (2.5m x 1.6m) With matching white bathroom suite comprising moulded panel bath with mixer tap and a separate shower above with glass shower screen and vanity surface with inset semi circular hand basin with column mixer tap and low flush WC with concealed cistern and cupboards alongside. Walls partly tiled in white with aquamarine glass tile at waist line, slate style ceramic floor tiles, chromium heated towel rail, downlights.
ON THE FIRST FLOOR
Galleried Landing 12'6" x 6' (3.8m x 1.8m) including stairwell. High vaulted ceiling with window to the rear looking down the garden, original striped pine balustrade on two sides and space for large bookcase. Striped pine original panelled doors to both bedrooms:
Dual Aspect Bedroom 1 16' x 12'6" (4.9m x 3.8m) High vaulted ceiling, original casement windows to the front and rear both with secondary glazing overlooking the front garden and the rear drive garden and with lovely views across open fields beyond to the rear. Radiator, custom fitted wardrobes available.
Bedroom 2 12'3" x 10'3" (3.7m x 3.1m) High vaulted ceiling, original casement window with secondary glazing to the rear, with views across the drive, gardens and fields in the distance. Fitted bookshelves on one side of the chimney breast, radiator.
THE DETACHED ANNEXE
A brick building with a pitched roof, originally the school changing rooms and now converted to a self contained guest annexe. It would also make a superb home office or studio. Comprising:
Sitting/Bedroom with Kitchenette Area 17'9" x 17' (5.4m x 5.2m) with windows to three aspects, slightly vaulted ceiling with three downlights, limestone style ceramic floor tiles, radiator (connected to the house system). Base unit with sink and cold water tap and plumbing/space for washing machine. Door to:
Shower Room 8'3" x 4' (2.5m x 1.2m) leading off the main room with patterned glazed double glazed window, corner shower cubicle with folding glass door and shower assembly, white low flush WC and matching pedestal hand basin. Walls fully tiled in light grey with large mirror, limestone style ceramic floor tiles.
Brick Stores 18'6" x 9'6" (5.6m x 2.9m) externally. A range of original 19th century brick buildings, probably the original toilets for the Victoria school, with a slate roof, now providing three useful storage sheds.
Summerhouse 8'6" x 6'6" (2.5m x 2.m) including canopy. A timber chalet style summerhouse with a pair of three quarter glazed doors and windows alongside.
THE GROUNDS - AROUND 0.5 ACRES
Front Garden 105' x 30' (30.5m x 9.1m) tapering to a point at the front. Well screened from the driveway into the old school with a mature yew hedge. 6' gate opening through to a path which leads up to the front door and around to the rear. Garden laid to lawn with a high mature hedgerow to the south side, adjoining open fields.
The Drive and Walled Courtyard 60' x 60' (18.3m x 18.3m) This is behind the house facing south and west and is reached through a pair of gates in between brick columns with the roadway coming round at the north end behind the Old School. This opens to an extensive turning and parking area which has just been re-surfaced with tarmacadum and rolled in crispy gravel giving a most attractive effect. Along one side is the section of the distinctive low brick pillar wall which forms the boundary of the school all the way around to the front. Immediately behind the house is a raised timber deck painted grey with matching ballustrading providing a lovely place to sit and enjoy the afternoon and evening sun. Between the main house and annexe is a useful storage area for wheelie bins and the brick outhouses are on the other side of the drive coming in with a useful lean to store in between. Aluminium Greenhouse
Main Garden 216' x 122' wide tapering into a point at the far end. Drive and courtyard open on to this garden which is laid out with a sweeping lawn containing a number of fine specimen trees including a central weeping willow. On the right is the wall behind the brick outhouse and the former school yard with a border going along and many plants including a production vine. Here there is a seated arbour and in the corner a summer house facing south west. Along the left hand side is a wicket fence mature hedgerow with the wavy flower borders all along. Along the right hand boundary is another wicket fence and a row of mature conifers. At the far end of the garden is a delightful vegetable plot, tapering right down to a point.
SERVICES We are advised that mains gas, water, electricity, drainage and telephone are all connected, although we have not made enquiries to confirm. Satellite dish and TV aerial. Various outside lights, outside tap. 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 vacant possession on completion. Fitted carpets, curtains, blinds and other fixtures may be included, by negotiation. Full list provided with formal contracts.
VIEWING AND DIRECTIONS Viewing by appointment through the vendor's agents as above. The Old School is situated at the northern end of the main street through Long Melford, on the left just after you go over the hump backed river bridge. Park outside and the entrance to South School House is at the extreme left of the building. Go through the gate and the entrance door to the house can be seen straight ahead.
COUNCIL TAX Babergh District Council (Tel: 01473 822801) advise charge band C, amount payable 2016/17 £1,385.03.
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