3 bedroom character property for sale

Little St. Marys, Long Melford CO10

Sold STC £350,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Hall/Dining Room
  • Large Landing - 22ft Long
  • 17ft Long Sitting Room
  • 3 Double Bedrooms & Large Bathroom
  • Inner Hall & Butler's Pantry
  • Large Attic with Potential
  • 15ft x 10ft Main Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • 19ft X 13ft Garage/Workshop and Separate Carport
  • Second Kitchen (Potential Dining Room)
  • 45ft Long Rear Garden

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

THE LOCATION
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. Little St Mary's is part of the main street running through the centre of Long Melford. It contains a wonderful mixture of period and historic houses and cottages and has unrestricted on road parking on both sides.

HISTORICAL NOTE
Corpus Christi is Grade II star listed, being of architectural and historical importance. It is formed from the centre part of a great hall house with two cross wings, built in around 1480, probably as a merchant's house. The front part of the house was originally the great hall, open right up to the ridge with no upstairs and there is still evidence of this with a great cross beam upstairs and in the attic, a particularly fine crown post. The attic timbers show blackening from original fires before the days of chimneys. In the 16th century it is believed the house became a coaching Inn (the Swan Inn) and first floors were added and the rear part of the house was added. There is evidence in all three properties of floorboards on the second floor and there would have been rooms up there. In around the mid 19th century the Inn was converted into the three houses that we see today, although the presence of a second front door in Corpus Christi suggest is may even have been two at some time. The principle cross wing on the left is now Oaken, which has stunning carved upstairs ceiling and Medieval wall painting - the reason for the Grade II star listing (the three houses are covered by the same listing). The service cross wing is now the Gate House, with the original coaching gates under the arch that used to lead around to the courtyard and stables at the rear.

THE PROPERTY
Corpus Christi is a surprisingly large house with particularly high ceilings. There are many good original features inside with some important exposed timbers, 15th century door arches and lovely old doors. There may be other historical features, such as old fireplaces, that could be revealed. Downstairs there are two kitchens (dating from when the house was two cottages), which could be linked together around the central chimney. There is a huge landing which might provide space for a second bathroom or allow the present bathroom to be converted back into a sizeable bedroom. The history of rooms on the second floor might allow creation of additional sleeping accommodation there, all subject to listed building consent. To the rear of the house is a sunny garden, beyond which is a large garage/workshop plus adjoining carport giving valuable parking in the heart of the village. Gas fired central heating is provided. The house does require a fair amount of repair and modernisation and complete redecoration but would provide the opportunity to create a fine village home - a similar property next door but one is on the market for 650,000 !

THE ACCOMMODATION

ON THE GROUND FLOOR
Hall/Dining Room 12' 6" x 10' 6" (3.8m x 3.2m). Traditional six panelled timber front door and sash widow to the front, high ceiling with exposed original jetty beam and brackets and further timber picture rail, radiator, doors to the inner hall and sitting room.

Sitting Room 17' 3" x 11'9" (5.2m x 3.6m). High ceiling with exposed original jetty beam, main support timber and cruciform beams. Sash window to the front, tiled fireplace with oak surround and mantelpiece, currently fitted with gas fire. Fine stripped pine Georgian corner cabinet with display shelves and glass door.

Inner Hall 14' x 5' (4.3m x 1.5m). Doors to the reception hall, kitchen and pantry room, and main staircase up to the first floor. Some fine exposed timbers including two timber archways probably dating from when this was the screens passage in the great hall house.

Pantry Room 6' x 5'6" (1.8m x 1.6m). Lined with exposed timbers and old store shelves with ventilation panels from the inner hall.

Main Kitchen/Breakfast Room 15'3" x 10' (4.6m x 3.05m). At the back of the house with heavy timber back door and casement window overlooking the garden, large chimney breast with brick fireplace. Old base unit with double drainer stainless steel sink but the kitchen otherwise unfitted. Recently replaced Worcester gas boiler supplying central heating and hot water, gas cooker point, radiator and door to the walk in larder.

Larder 7' x 6'6" (2.1m x 1.95m) L shaped. A good sized larder or perhaps even utility room. Gas meter.

Second Kitchen 14' x 8'6" (4.3m x 2.6m) plus recess. With separate ledged and braced door from outside with wonderful ancient wooden lock, sash window and a door through to the third hall. Chimney rest with a fireplace housing original solid fuel fired range cooker, still used in recent years! Butler sink alongside, Victorian built in cupboards, exposed ceiling beam. There is perhaps potential to link this room through to the main kitchen with a door alongside the chimney breast.

Rear Hall 13'3" x 6' (4m x 1.8m) overall. High ceiling with exposed timbers, rear staircase (presently blocked at the top) with understairs cupboards and door to the former cellar (this would have had the main staircase down to the original cellars of the house when it was an Inn. The only area left with this house is around 4' x 4' but would provide great wine storage!

ON THE FIRST FLOOR
Landing 22' x 10' 3" (6.7m x 3.05m) overall, plus side passages. The house has a very large landing which can be used perhaps as a study area or possibly even for the creation of a second bathroom. Some fine exposed timbers including the great central cross brace from the original hall house including sockets for what was once an 11' long diagonal bracket. Loft hatch, radiator, normal and stained glass pane giving borrowed light from the front bedroom, small bannister overlooking the stairwell.

Bedroom 1 17'9" x 11' (5.45m x 3.4m). At the front of the house with a sash window, good high ceiling, heavy exposed timbers on two walls, delightful Georgian cast iron grate with fire surround, broad floorboards.

Bedroom 2 14' x 8'3" (4.2m x 2.5m). High ceiling, sash window to the rear, exposed timbers on one wall including an original door arch which would have led into the principal cross wing, lovely broad floorboards, radiator, walk-in wardrobe cupboard alongside the chimney breast.

Bedroom 3 11' x 11' (3.35m x 3.35m) slightly L-shaped. Some exposed timbers, sash window to the front, radiator, raised panel with stain glass panes giving borrowed light to the landing

Bathroom 11' x 9'3 (3.35m x 2.8m). High ceiling, sash window to the rear with pattern glazed lower panes. Older cast iron bath, low flush WC and wall mounted hand basin. Tiled splashbacks, shower over the bath, radiator, small glazed pane giving borrowed light to the landing, large walk-in airing cupboard.

OUTSIDE
Garden 45' long x 20' wide (19.7m x 6m). The garden faces east and is bordered on the right hand side by a 6' close boarded fence and on the left hand side and rear by chain link fencing and edge/climbing plants. Crazy paved patio across the rear with matching path leading down to the end with a gate through a rose archway. Single apple tree which is actually an unusual combined cooking and eating varieties. Access beyond to the road way serving the rear of the property with garage and carport opposite.

Garage/Workshop 19' x 13' (5.8m x 3.9m). Of timber frame construction under quite high corrugated roof presently clad with painted corrugated steel sheeting, which could perhaps be replaced with weatherboarding. Wide timber doors to the front and clear roof panels, full width workbench across the far end.

Carport 15' 6" x 11' (4.7m x 3.35m). Of basic timber construction, lean to against the garage with pitched tiled/corrugated roof and concrete floor.

MISCELLANEOUS

SERVICES We are advised that mains water (metered), gas, electricity, drainage and telephone are connected, although we have not made enquiries to confirm. Gas fired central heating with modern boiler. Outside tap and outside lights. Please note we have not carried out a survey, nor tested the plumbing, heating, electrical or drainage systems. The property does requires some modernisation and renovation and house purchasers are always advised to have a specialist structural survey.

COUNCIL TAX Babergh District Council (Tel: 01473 822801) advise Charge Band D, amount payable 2016/2017 1,558.16

TENURE, SOFT FURNISHINGS AND FIXTURES Freehold with immediate vacant possession available - no upward chain. There is a full vehicular right of way to the garage, carport and rear of the property via Swan Lane, a small private roadway leading from around 50 yards along the road beside the Cross Keys. Fitted carpets and curtains included as seen. Full list provided with formal contracts.

VIEWING AND DIRECTIONS Strictly by appointment please through the vendor's agents, as above. Little St Mary's is part of the main street running through the centre of Long Melford. The house is on the eastern side, almost opposite Carter Jonas Estate Agents and in between Oaken and The Gate House.


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12 January 2017

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  • Sudbury (2.7 mi)
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53 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, CO10 2ET

01787 720027 Local call rate

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