Designer: Gary Rowland & Laura Rowland
Eye House, Suffolk, UKFrom £2,200
Set on the edge of the town of Eye in ten acres of water meadows, the house is designed to celebrate its unique views and peaceful surroundings.
This wonderful house features exposed beams and brickwork, poured concrete and oak floors, large windows and spacious, open-plan living areas. Its innovative use of ground source space and water heating and solar photovoltaics gives it a rare A-grade EPC rating.
The ground floor of the hall is a vaulted space featuring skylights and full-height glazed sliding doors, leading on to the surrounding gardens. There is an open-plan living space with a wood-burning stove, a dining area furnished with contemporary dining table and chairs, and a fully equipped kitchen with an island unit and breakfast bar. Also on the ground floor is a library, utility room and cloakroom.
The house sleeps up to six people. There is one twin bedroom on the ground floor with doors leading out on to the gardens, and a family bathroom with bath and shower. On the first floor is a king size master bedroom, with oak flooring and a Juliet balcony overlooking the rear garden. There is also a double bedroom on the first floor with garden views, and two separate shower rooms.
There are landscaped gardens to the south and west of the property, and an east-facing courtyard garden with table and chairs. Vegetables can be harvested from the vegetable garden, and there is space in the grounds for private parking. In the gardens are two caravans that can be used by guests, one of which is fitted with a double bed.
The property is equipped with cotton bedlinen, towels, heating and electricity, and use of the owners’ bicycles and wellington boots. There is underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove, an LG TV, flat-screen Sony TV with DVD player, HiFi, integrated dishwasher, fridge/freezer and four-ring electric hob/oven. WiFi is available.
A large stone barn on the grounds, with high ceilings, original internal brick walls, simple wooden floors and a mezzanine floor – perfect for weddings and large functions – is currently undergoing renovation by the designers of the house, and is available to rent separately (price on application).
No pets allowed.
The picturesque and historic village of Eye, a quarter of a mile away, has a local bakery, deli, butcher and a choice of cafés with handmade food and artwork on display. Eye has a selection of antique shops and a small castle. There is a market in the Town Hall every Wednesday morning, and a small farmers market in the square every Friday morning with fresh locally caught fish and farm produce. There is also a small supermarket, a pharmacy and a post office. There are several good pubs and restaurants nearby, including The Fox and Goose at Fressingfield and The Swan Inn at Hoxne. The Oaksmere, a luxury boutique hotel, is nearby in Brome, near Diss.
Nearby attractions include Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum (20 mins drive), the coastal havens of Southwold and Walberswick (30 mins drive), and Minsmere nature reserve (40 mins drive).
Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich are all about 30 minutes away by car, and there are many pretty villages in the area to explore. Sailing enthusiasts can enjoy activities on the Norfolk Broads or on the estuary of the River Deben.
In Diss (approximately a ten minute drive away) there is a railway station with direct trains running to London Liverpool Street every half hour.
Feb-Apr £2,200 per week
Aug £2,500 per week
Dec £2,200 per week (excluding Christmas and New Year)
*Last minute availability from 30 Dec-6 Jan for £2,500 per week
Property is available during spring half term, Easter, summer and Christmas holidays
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