Location The Laurels will be found hidden away just off Chediston Street, in the very centre of the popular and historic market town of Halesworth. The town has a variety of day-to-day shops and services. There is a primary school, library, doctors surgery, Co-operative supermarket and numerous cafes, pubs and restaurants. The town also benefits from The Cut; a centre for arts in the community which offers music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions to the local area.
Halesworth is also well served with transport connections, having a railway station with services via Ipswich to London's Liverpool Street station. To the east of Halesworth lies the Heritage Coast which is renowned for its wide variety of leisure opportunities, including the well regarded seaside resort of Southwold, historic Dunwich and the RSPB sanctuary at Minsmere. Snape, home of the Aldeburgh Festival, is approximately 15 miles away and offers a variety of shops, cafés and art galleries.
Description Having been in the same ownership since the mid-1960s, The Laurels provides a rare and exciting opportunity to acquire a principal townhouse that requires refurbishment in the very centre of the market town of Halesworth, together with gardens and grounds that extend to over half an acre. Whilst The Laurels is not listed, it is located in the Conservation Area for Halesworth and offers a beautiful Victorian façade, with wonderfully large sash windows on the front elevation, although the original core of the house is believed to originate from the 17th or 18th century.
The accommodation is arranged over three floors and extends to nearly 2,300 sq ft (213m²). There is a wide entrance hall with tessellated tiled flooring and a winding staircase that leads to the first and second floors, together with a sitting room, dining room and kitchen. On the first floor are two double bedrooms and a very large bathroom, and on the second floor are three further double bedrooms.
There is a small area of garden immediately to the front of The Laurels, which is partly enclosed by railings and a high level brick wall. Beside the property is an enclosed courtyard that can be accessed from the kitchen. Here there is a range of former outbuildings, and this area provides tremendous potential to be redeveloped to create a new kitchen and dining area, possibly in a contemporary fashion that would be a juxtaposition to the original part of the house, subject to the necessary consents.
Beyond the front garden is a footpath that provides access to Chediston Street and Market Place, and beyond this are the gardens and grounds. These are well established and contain a wide variety of mature specimen and fruit bearing trees, and which lead down to a tributary of the River Blyth. Here there is also a single garage, with an accessway that falls under the ownership of The Laurels, although the neighbours benefit from rights of way over it, together with a former summerhouse and gardener's WC.
In all, the site extends to approximately 0.63 acres (0.25 hectares).
Overage The property will be sold subject to overage provisions whereby for a period of 25 years if planning consent for residential development is obtained then 30% of the enhanced value will be payable to the sellers if such planning permission is implemented or the property sold with the benefit of such planning permission.
Ground Floor A four-panelled wooden front door with sidelights opens into the
Entrance Hall With tessellated tiled flooring, staircase rising to the first floor with understairs storage cupboard, radiator and archway leading through to the
Rear Hall With matching tessellated tiled flooring, fitted coat rail, high-level window and doors off to
Sitting Room 25'0 x 14'7 (7.62m x 4.44m) A spacious reception room with two large sash bay windows overlooking the front garden. Believed to originally have been two rooms, and partly subdivided, there are two fireplaces, a fitted storage cupboard and shelved recess. Half height wood panelling to part and radiators.
Dining Room 15'0 x 10'0 (4.57m x 3.05m) With large window on the front elevation overlooking the front garden. Enclosed fireplace containing the Courtier solid fuel burning stove set on a raised tiled hearth, high level window, wooden boarded flooring and radiator. Door to Cellar and second door to Pantry, with sink. Opening through to the
Kitchen 12'0 x 11'6 (3.66m x 3.51m) With basic range of cupboard and drawer units, tiled flooring and stable door providing access to the rear courtyard. Wall mounted gas-fired boiler.
Stairs from the Entrance Hall rise to the
Landing With stained glass sash window providing views to the front, stairs rising to the second floor, built-in shelved storage cupboard, radiators, secondary sash window providing plenty of light and good views to the front, and doors off to
Bathroom A spacious room with large sash window on the front elevation providing a good amount of light. Suite comprising panelled bath in half height tiled surround, pedestal wash basin and WC. Door to Airing Cupboard and radiator covering a former fireplace.
Bedroom One 15'2 x 13'0 (4.62m x 3.96m) A good-sized double bedroom with sash window on the rear elevation providing a good amount of light and views towards the church tower. Victorian iron hob fireplace with carved wood surround, fitted wardrobe cupboard and radiator.
Bedroom Two 15'9 x 12'0 (4.80m x 3.66m) A good-sized double bedroom with sash window on the front elevation overlooking the front garden and grounds beyond. Built-in wardrobe cupboard, fitted shelved cupboard and radiator.
Stairs from the First Floor Landing rise to the
Landing With sash window providing views to the front and of the grounds beyond, built-in wardrobe cupboard, radiators and doors off to
Bedroom Three 15'0 x 13'8 (4.57m x 4.17m) A twin aspect double bedroom with sash window on the front elevation and high level window at the rear providing views of the town's roofscape.
Bedroom Four 17'0 x 12'0 (5.18m x 3.66m) Another generous double bedroom with window on the rear elevation providing good views to the south-east. Exposed floorboards and enclosure containing the water tanks. Access to roof space.
Bedroom Five 15'0 x 11'0 (4.57m x 3.35m) A twin aspect double bedroom with sash window on the front elevation and window on the rear providing plenty of light and good views. Radiator and built-in wardrobe cupboard with shelving.
Outside The Laurels is set well back from Chediston Street and is approached via a public walkway. This leads to a wrought iron gate that opens on to a pathway, that leads up to the front door and main entrance. The pathway is flanked by gardens that have been taken in hand in recent months, with established hedging along the frontage and being partly enclosed with a high level brick wall.
To the side of The Laurels is a gateway that opens to a courtyard area. This includes a number of former outbuildings and a former vegetable patch. From here, access can be gained to the Kitchen via the stable door, and this area provides tremendous scope for potential extensions and alterations that utilise the footprint of the outbuildings, subject to the necessary consents.
Opposite The Laurels is the bulk of the gardens and grounds. This area has been very much left to its own devices in recent years, although some cutting and clearing works have recently been undertaken. In all, the gardens and grounds extend to approximately 0.63 acres (0.25 hectares) and comprise areas laid to grass that are interspersed with a wide variety of flowers and mature specimen trees, including yew, ash, hazel, beech, fig and bay, together with apple and pear trees. The gardens are partly enclosed by high level walls, and to the side and rear lead down to a tributary of the River Blyth.
Also within the garden are brick built outbuildings, including a former gardener's WC and summerhouse with leaded light window and exposed brick flooring. To the rear of these outbuildings is the garage, which is accessed via the driveway that leads back to Chediston Street, that is also partly under the ownership of The Laurels.
Directions We recommend that prospective purchasers park in Market Place, where there is free parking for up to 2 hours, and then walk to the property.
From the Market Place, proceed on foot in a westerly direction along Chediston Street for approximately 50 yards, where you will find a public footpath on your right hand side. Proceed down this footpath where the property will be found on the right.
Viewing Strictly by appointment with the agent.
Services Mains electricity, water, gas and drainage connected.
Council Tax Band B; £1,404.25 payable per annum 2020/2021.
Local Authority East Suffolk Council; East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1RT; Tel: .
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- Halesworth Station0.3 miles
- Brampton Station4.0 miles
- Darsham Station5.0 miles
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