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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Harleston Road, Starston, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20

Offers in Excess of £1,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 7 bedrooms
  • 4 bath/shower rooms
  • 4 reception rooms
  • conservatory
  • kitchen/breakfast room
  • cellar
  • range of outbuildings & greenhouse
  • extensive gardens, woodland & paddock
  • about 8.2 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An elegant and enchanting country house in the Waveney Valley


The Old Rectory is set on the edge of the village of Starston in the sought after Waveney valley, with views of the church and the beck running through the glebe meadow. It is situated just outside the market town of Harleston which offers excellent local services and the well-respected Archbishop Sancroft High School. To the west lies the town of Diss with its station on the main line with frequent services to London, Ipswich and Norwich. Local access to the A143 provides a quick route to Bungay, a charming Georgian market town hosting the popular Fisher Theatre. Framlingham is 25 minutes drive to the south and Norwich 30 minutes to the north. Set in one of the prettiest corners of East Anglia, The Old Rectory is within easy reach of the Suffolk Heritage coastline with its extensive opportunities for sailing, fishing and golf at Southwold, Aldeburgh and Snape, the home of the Aldeburgh Music Festival.


The Old Rectory dates from the 17th Century with much of the structure dating from the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Constructed of rendered red brick under a peg tiled and slate roof, it is listed Grade II of Historic or Architectural interest and is within the Starston Conservation Area. The present vendors have undertaken a complete restoration of the property with much attention to detail, retaining its original period features. These include deep sash windows with shutters, exceptionally well proportioned rooms, working fireplaces and a geometric curving staircase as well as a bakehouse with a working bread oven, copper and pump. The billiard room, which has planning permission for a mezzanine floor, is also generously proportioned. In all, the house is in exceptional decorative order. To the west of the house is a large courtyard with a stable/store room, workshop and covered wood store. The gravelled drive leads round to the front of the house and also to the side where there is a double garage, behind which, facing the garden, are the potting shed, the greenhouse and two large brick and pantile sheds for garden machinery. Within the four acre fenced paddock is a recently erected wooden stable barn. The gardens and grounds to The Old Rectory are simple but of a high standard with extensive lawns, shrubs and magnificent trees, underplanted with myriad spring bulbs. The woodland provides not only a peaceful setting but also plentiful winter fuel.

Ground Floor
A double front door with a fanlight above and handle working an old brass bell opens into an entrance porch with a window and geometric floor tiles, leading through double doors into:

Reception Room: Bay windows with shutters, window seats and panelled cupboards below. Fine chamfered beam ceiling. Old red brick fireplace with carved period pine surround. Exposed oak floorboards.

Morning Room: Bay windows with shutters, window seats and panelled cupboards below. Old red brick fireplace with pine surround. Oak parquet floor. Cornice work.

Staircase Hall: Staircase to first floor. Bookcase. Coat cupboard. Cupboard under the stairs. Shelved cupboard in wall recess. Glazed door to conservatory. Oak parquet floor. Walk-in china cupboard, arched glazed display alcove with shelving and cupboards below, with limestone floor between.

Dining Room: Full height bay window overlooking the garden. Fireplace with decorative dog grate and marble surround. Deep decorative cornice work. Oak parquet floor. Door from kitchen. Glazed door into:

Conservatory: Double-glazed with tiled floor, wall lights and doors to the garden.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room: Mahogany parquet floor. Mantled and tiled recess with four oven oil fired Aga and pan shelves to the side. Ranges of lower cupboards and drawers with matching wall cupboards, dishwasher recess and built-in double electric oven. Corian work surface with incorporated double bowl sink and built-in gas hob with extractor fan above.

Pantry: Walk in pantry with pine shelving on three sides. Mahogany parquet floor.

Bakehouse: Large working domed bread oven with cast ironm door and chimney. Copper with fireplace below. Hand water pump fed from outside well. Range of cupboards with built-in stainless-steel sink. Extensive full height storage cupboards. Tiled floor. Access to boarded storage above.

Drying Room: Oil fired central heating and hot water boiler. Wooden work surface with cupboards below, draining board and butler's sink. Recess and vent for tumble dryer. Lazy Janes. Tiled floor.

Larder: Cold walk in larder with tiered shelving and vent to outside.

Laundry Room: Wooden work surface with cupboards below, draining board and butler's sink. Recesses and plumbing for three washing machines. Pamments.

Cloakroom: Wash basin, WC and water softener. Pamments.

Cellar: A historically dry cellar with a barred opening at ground level.

Billiard/Games Room: Large windows to one end with high vaulted ceiling. Fireplace with pine surround. Dado rail. Oak parquet flooring. Door to outside. Planning permission to create a mezzanine floor, gallery and internal staircase.

First Floor
The staircase with curved mahogany handrails leads up to the:

Galleried Landing: Continuation of mahogany handrail leading up a further short staircase to a small landing with a sash window and a

Strong Room: Shelved strong room with panelled door reinforced with steel. Security lock.

Main landing: With fitted linen cupboard containing hot water cylinder. Full height hanging and shelved cupboards under stairs to second floor.

Master Bedroom: Fireplace with marble surround and decorative dog grate. Cornice work. Triple bay window overlooking garden.

Dressing Room: En suite with master bedroom, with an extensive range of fitted cupboards with hanging space and shelves.

Bathroom 1: En suite with dressing room and master bedroom. White wash basin. Cast iron roll top bath with shower attachment. WC. Recessed shelved medicine cupboard and further fitted linen cupboard with hot water cylinder. Heated towel rail. Access to boarded storage above.

Bedroom 2: Corner fireplace with dog grate and painted surround.

Shower Room: Off main landing. Large head sliding door shower. White wash basin. WC. Heated towel rail.

Bedroom 3: A beamed room with fitted cupboards with hanging space and shelves. En suite with Bathroom 2.

Bathroom 2: En suite with Bedrooms 3 and 4. White wash basin. Cast iron roll top bath with shower attachment. WC. Range of fitted cupboards with hanging space and shelves. Heated towel rail.

Bedroom 4: A beamed room. Fireplace with dog grate. En suite with bathroom 2.

Second Floor
Reached by staircase from main landing.

Landing: Large galleried landing with double hanging cupboard and access to the inner landing and via short flights of stairs to the box room

Bedroom 5: Recessed hanging cupboard.

Inner Landing: With doors leading to Bedroom 6, Bathroom 3 and Bedroom 7

Bedroom 6

Bathroom 3: White wash basin. Bath with large head shower and glass screen. WC. Range of low cupboards. Heated towel rail.

Bedroom 7: Recessed fitted hanging and shelved cupboards.

Linen cupboard.

The Old Rectory is approached through a wide wooden gate which opens on to a gravel drive, leading between magnificent old plane trees to the front door and a parking sweep by the courtyard gates to the side. The front and this side of the house are adorned with climbing roses and there is a long herbaceous and shrub border on the front boundary which is defined by an old red brick wall for much of its length and by estate fencing for the remainder. To the south eastern side of the house are lawns surrounded by woodland including beech, chestnut, holly and lime and featuring just to the south of the house a towering large leafed lime tree and next to it a dark copper beech said to have been planted to celebrate Nelson's victory at Trafalgar. The largely york stone flagged courtyard gives access to the side of the house via the bakehouse back door and has a large stable, currently used as a store for garden produce, a workshop and a covered wood store. A double garage with wooden doors and stairs to a loft storage area is on the south side of the drive, adjoined by a wrought iron gate leading through to a herb garden and the rear. An ancient yew tree is at the rear of the house near the potting
shed and to the rear of the garage is a large painted greenhouse on a brick plinth with a tiled floor, raised plant beds and containing a young fantrained peach tree, a variety of climbing passion flowers and productive red and white grapevines. To the south the land slopes gently upwards past an orchard of plum, mirabelle, quince and apple to the parkland fencing which, together with a ha-ha, delineates the edge of the paddock, currently grazed by sheep. In the paddock, which extends to a little over four acres, there is a substantial wooden barn erected for lambing which could easily be converted for use as a stable. There is a fenced vegetable patch close to the entrance gate. To the south side of the paddock there is an area of fenced off mature woodland approaching an acre in size, once a sand quarry, which provides both a peaceful haven for wildlife and ample wood for fuel. The gardens and woodland in spring are a wonderful carpet of aconites, snowdrops, wood anemones, fritillaries, bluebells and daffodils which are successively in flower from mid-winter until after Easter. These are soon followed by herbaceous plants and of course spring, summer and autumn flowering shrubs.

Mains electricity and water Private drainage system. Oil fired central heating

Square Footage: 7,426 sq ft
Acreage: 8.2 Acres


From the A140 Ipswich to Norwich road, approaching from the south turn right on to the A143 near Diss and after about 6 miles turn left at the first roundabout, signposted Harleston. Turn left just before the garage and go straight over the stop sign a little further on. The Old Rectory is about a mile further on, the first house on the left, as you come in to the village of Starston. Approaching on the A140 from the north, turn left at the roundabout signposted to The Pulhams. After about 4 miles follow the road over the little bridge in the middle of Starston, keep left and The Old Rectory is immediately on your right behind a long brick wall.

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