“The centrepiece of the extraordinary double-height living space is an intricately designed end wall with an exposed structural formwork interspersed with glazing that looks out over fields beyond.”
This remarkable country home sits in perfect isolation surrounded by a two-acre plot in the Suffolk countryside near Debenham. The dwelling is made up of a number of individual parts, including a beautifully converted barn, a 16th-Century grade II-listed farmhouse and adjoining outhouse, a pool house, swimming pool and a tennis court. The mature gardens encircle a central pond and small jetty.
Accessed along a half-mile private drive that borders neighbouring fields, the house is approached via a gravelled parking area with space for a number of cars. The clapboard pool house, swimming pool and tennis court are organised in a self-contained section of the grounds to the right of the drive. To the left is a brick-laid path that leads to the elegantly converted barn, containing the principal living space, two bedrooms and mezzanine-level study / sitting room.
The centrepiece of the extraordinary double-height living space is an intricately designed end wall with an exposed structural formwork interspersed with glazing that looks out over fields beyond. The floor is laid with soft-toned terracotta bricks arranged in a herringbone pattern, beneath exposed brickwork and lime-washed oak beams. Original brick partitions are used to carve out more intimate zones for reading or playing music.
The kitchen sits beneath the exposed beams of the mezzanine level, arranged around a large central island. Behind the scenes there is a pantry, and off the entrance hall, a utility room. Glazed doors open to a south-facing decked terrace.
The old farmhouse sits across the garden from the barn, providing a versatile alternative to the current living arrangement. Proportionally very different in style, the house has an endearing atmosphere and salvages many of the most charming original details, like exposed beams and flagstone floors, combined with a Farrow & Ball colour scheme.
The farmhouse has four bedrooms in total, a large living / dining room with beautiful brick fireplace, and a separate kitchen leading to a utility room and conservatory. The adjoining outhouse has been used as a games room / store, and is equipped with a regulated wine cellar.
Despite its rural setting, the house is less than a mile from the popular village of Debenham that provides all the necessities of successful village life, including a butcher, a greengrocer, a post office and a number of pubs that serve food, cafes and restaurants, as a well as a characterful hardware store. The larger village of Eye is a short drive for a more extensive list of good local amenities, and so is the popular Snape Maltings, an incredibly popular centre for music, independent shops, galleries & places to eat. The Suffolk coast at Aldeburgh and Southwold are within an hour’s drive.
Stowmarket station, which is on the main London to Norwich line, is a 20-minute drive from the house and provides plenty of parking spaces for commuters. The journey time is approximately an hour and thirty minutes to London Liverpool Street.
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.