Kettleburgh Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13
The house dates from the 16th century and has been extended and altered numerous times since, notably with a 17th-century bay to the south and a modern extension which now houses a bright kitchen and dining room to the rear. A bust of one its former custodians, Arthur Pennyng, the High Sherriff of Suffolk, is proudly displayed on the gable end of the house.
A sweeping driveway leads from the road, through the garden to the hall. The house has an idyllic and tranquil position, set back from the road and surrounded by its own land. It is particularly private whilst taking advantage of protected and far-reaching views of the bucolic countryside of the Deben Valley.
The hall can be entered via formal or working entrances. The latter opens to a useful boot and utility room, which in turn leads to the dining area and kitchen through two doors, one of which is concealed within decorative wood-panelling.
The kitchen is designed by Plain English, with marble countertops and an Aga. A large kitchen island with a worktop of a single slab of Belgian blue fossil stone, houses a second oven, hob and sink. Large glazed folding doors open onto a west-facing patio, positioned to take advantage of the afternoon and evening sun. On the other side of the room a door leads to a capacious pantry.
From here, there are two doorways, one which opens into the formal entrance hall, past a guest WC, and another which leads through to a traditional dining room and a drawing room beyond. Both of these rooms have incredibly generous proportions, high ceilings and an abundance of original details such as large brick hearths (one of which now houses a wood burning stove) and original beams on both the walls and ceilings. In the drawing room, a large sash window frames views of the formal garden. There is also a reading room and a room which is successfully being used as a separate studio space with its own entrance from the garden.
Upstairs there are five double bedrooms, including an expansive master bedroom complete with a freestanding cast-iron bath and a contemporary open en suite with his and hers sinks and a shower with luxurious marble panels. The room also has lovely views over a small walled garden and what would have been the original grand entrance to the front of the hall. The other four bedrooms share two family bathrooms. There is also some beautiful ornamental plasterwork with running vine motif found on this floor.
On the top floor are two further bedrooms and a space in the middle which is also successfully being used as a workspace. These share a bathroom and there is a separate utility space with sink which could easily be converted into a kitchenette.
Gardens and rolling fields wrap the house and are divided by the driveway into two sides. On one side is a paddock, and on the other is the more formal garden, much of it walled. There are many mature trees found across the land, with orchards. alongside floral borders and two natural ponds with willows.
The various outbuildings are arranged around a courtyard to the north of the house; including a traditional timber-framed former Dovecote with three bays which could be easily converted into stables. At one stage this had planning permission granted to convert it into a holiday let. Adjacent is a cart lodge barn which also provides parking spaces and has a small office above. There is also a secure store room for lawnmowers and bicycles adjacent. In a separate outbuilding, there is a secure workshop and two further insulated garages which connect to a large concrete framed agricultural building and a barn which is currently used for storing wood, boats and trailers. To the north, slightly set back from the courtyard, is a large Dutch Barn with uninterrupted views across the surrounding farm land which has its own access from the rear drive. All of the outbuildings, which are being used mostly as storage space now, could be converted for use as workshops, studios or offices.
The house is in an elevated position on the edge of the village of Kettleburgh near Easton & Brandeston both of which have good country pubs and are easy to walk to. Framlingham is minutes away and has everything you would expect and need from a town including a super market, post office and some good independent shops, cafes and restaurants. There is also an excellent local market each Saturday. Woodbridge is approximately 11 miles from the house and has a train station which connects via Ipswich to London Liverpool Street. There is also a very good independent book shop and cinema as well as a more comprehensive range of shops and restaurants. For sailing and wild swimming enthusiasts Orford and Aldeburgh are approximately 11 miles away. There are also several highly-rated state and private schools in the area catering for all ages.
Main line rail services run to London’s Liverpool Street from Ipswich in about 70 minutes with branch line connecting services from Woodbridge and Campsea Ashe.
Kettleburgh Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13
NEAREST STATIONSDistances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
- Wickham Market Station4.7 miles
- Melton Station6.5 miles
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