6 bedroom detached house for saleThe Street, Topcroft, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35
- Garaging and barn with floor above
- Formal gardens and park-like grounds
- Additional land available by separate negotiation
- Electric wrought iron entrance gates
- Area of orchard
A most attractive country house dating back to the 15th century in a delightful parkland setting.
The village of Topcroft is a rural hamlet with a selection of large period houses. The larger village of Hempnall lies approximately 1½ miles away and has a public house, village school and village shop/post office. The picturesque Waveney Valley market town of Bungay is about 3 miles to the south and has further shopping facilities including a weekly market. Norwich, the cathedral city and regional centre of East Anglia, is approximately 12 miles to the north with a main line rail service to London Liverpool Street with an approximate time of 1 hour 50 minutes and an expanding airport on the north side of the city with most destinations available via Schiphol. There is also a main line railway station at Diss (16 miles) with a journey time to London Liverpool Street of approximately 90 minutes.
Topcroft Hall is a most attractive and elegant country house occupying a delightful position in an elevated parkland setting overlooking a small lake. Parts of the house date back to the 15th century and some fine old timber framing still remains in the oldest part of the house. There are also historical connections with the famous Paston Letters, many of which were written by Margery Brew who is known to have lived at Topcroft in 1482. In about 1878 further additions were made to the house, in particular the large and well proportioned drawing room. Modernisation and extensive alterations were carried out in 1966 when the delightful principle facade was incorporated in the style of the early 18th century.
The house was acquired by the current owners in 1991 and since then significant improvements and refurbishment has been carried out. Much work has been undertaken including provision of a new custom built Oak kitchen with Granite work surfaces, refurbishment of all the bathrooms, complete redecoration and the addition of a fine Amdega conservatory as well as the creation of delightful formal gardens to the south of the house. A fine brick and pantile garage block was also built and the plumbing, heating and electrical systems in the house upgraded. The house is in first class decorative order throughout.
The house is approached through electrically operated wrought iron entrance gates mounted onto brick piers which leads onto a long gravelled drive which approaches the house through the park-like grounds. The drive finishes in a large gravelled turning and parking area to the front of the house and then continues to the north where there is a fine brick built garage block with a glazed pantile roof and clock tower providing garaging for two cars and a workshop (see floorplans). There is also a further barn suitable for the storage of garden machinery and providing further garaging (please refer to the floorplans).
The house stands in an elevated position with magnificent views to the west overlooking the park-like grounds to the lake beyond. There are many magnificent mature trees, in particular Oak, Horse Chesnut and Acacia and a particularly fine and ancient Mulberry tree. Situated to the south of the house there is a most attractive area of formal garden with a formal lawned garden and well stocked mixed shrub and herbaceous borders with a mature Beech hedging dividing the formal garden from the surrounding parkland. There are French windows leading off the conservatory onto a paved terrace in turn opening onto the lawned garden and a further paved terrace with ornamental fish pond overlooked by windows in the drawing room and approached by French windows from the sitting room.
To the northeast the property is well protected by a belt of mature mixed woodland containing some fine mature trees and under planted with spring bulbs. To the east of the formal garden there is an area of orchard. The whole area in all extends to about 5.668 acres.
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
All fixtures and fittings including fitted carpets and curtains are specifically excluded from the sale, but may be available in addition, subject to separate negotiation.
Square Footage: 4,442 sq ft
Acreage: 5.67 Acres
Leave Norwich on the B1132 Bungay Road and continue through Poringland and Brooke bypassing Kirstead. Continue past Woodton village school on the right. After about 0.8 of a mile, turn right signposted ‘Bedingham 1 mile’. Follow this lane past Bedingham church on the right and crossing over a ford. The road then bears to the left signposted ‘Topcroft Street’. The drive to Topcroft Hall will be found on the left hand side after about a mile entered through wrought iron gates mounted onto brick piers. The postcode for the property is NR35 2BJ.
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