Description Oak Hill built circa 1862 is a substantial Suffolk mansion house which is steeped in history situated to the south of Ipswich enjoying an elevated position with fantastic views towards the River Orwell and out over the town.
Previously a preparatory school from 1937 until 1996, Oak Hill is contructed of Gault and white bricks, with gable ends, clustered chimney flues and set beneath a Cumberland slate roof. This really impressive Grade II Listed property boasts a host of stunning features including open fireplaces, intricate cornicing, some fabulous decorative moulded ceilings, cast iron radiators, stain/leaded light windows, moulded skirting boards, stunning staircase and classic Victorian conservatory/orangery. The extensive accommodation includes a three bedroom self-contained annexe.
At the heart of the house is the large central hall with magnificent wooden staircase to the galleried first floor landing. Perhaps one of the properties most interesting features is the largely glazed observatory to the turret on the third floor which offers fabulous 360 degree views over Ipswich and beyond. The observatory has a gabled roof and large square lantern rising out of the tower topped by an ogee copper dome with a finial.
Oak Hill is approached via a shared electric gated entrance with its own solid wood gates opening to the gravelled courtyard frontage with turning area which provides plenty of off road parking. The gardens and grounds extend to approximately one and a quarter acres (subject to survey) comprising of mature terrace gardens, formal lawn with water feature and lightly wooded terrace area through which are some delightful walkways with York stepping stones and large imported boulders.
About the Area The thriving town of Ipswich is set on the estuary of the River Orwell and has undergone an extensive gentrification programme in recent years, mainly around the waterfront and has become a popular "commutable" town to London. Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk and offers a wide variety of shopping, commercial and leisure facilities including a full range of sports clubs and societies, restaurants and high street stores. There is an excellent choice of schooling within both the state and private sectors.
Excellent sailing and golfing facilities are both available nearby or on the popular Suffolk Heritage Coast. Ipswich provides good access to various road networks via the A12 to the South with links to London and the M25 and via the A14 to The Midlands and M11. The railway station provides mainline railway links to London's Liverpool Street with an approximate journey time of sixty-five minutes.
Directions From the A14 take the Wherstead Road A137 to Ipswich, turn left just before Stoke Bridge onto Burrell Road and almost immediately turn left at the traffic lights onto Belstead Road. Follow the road round and Oak Hill Lane can be found on the left hand side and Oak Hill is set at the end of this lane, accessed via electric gates.
The accommodation comprises:
Arched Bricked Entrance Porch With mosaic tiled floor and solid wooden arched door to:
Entrance Lobby Ceiling cornicing, dado rail, raised moulded skirting board, mosaic tiled floor, roll-top radiator and arched part-glazed door with stain glazed surround to:
Morning Room Approx 30’9 x 16’11 (9.37m x 5.16m) Moulded plastered decorative ceiling, ceiling cornicing, dado rail, raised skirting board, feature fireplace in carved wood surround, narrow boarded floor, three roll-top radiators, wall mounted lights, three arched recess wall display alcoves, coved ceiling, bay window to side elevation, patio doors to rear garden, mirrored door to storage cupboard, glazed doors to connecting lobby to conservatory/orangery, pannelled door set in elaborate carved architrave to games room and door to:
Cloakroom Sink unit on moulded cast iron stand, part-tiled walls, patterned quarry tiled floor, roll-top radiator and stain glazed window.
Billiards Room Approx 29'11 into bay x 20'4 (9.12m into bay x 6.20m) Currently housing a full size snooker table (negotiable), domed concaved ceiling with atrium, bay window to rear elevation, three roll-top radiators, dado rail, wall mounted lights, moulded raised skirting boards, narrow boarded flooring, carved decorative wood arch, balustrades and steps up to:
Lounge Area Approx 24’4 x 9 (7.42m x 2.74m) Feature fireplace in cared wood surround, parquet flooring, ceiling cornicing, moulded raised skirting board, leaded light bay window to side elevation and large walk-in store room measuring approximately 7'11 x 6'7 (2.41m x 2.00m).
Connecting Lobby from Morning Room to Orangery/Conservatory
Tiled floor, door to garden and double doors opening to:
Conservatory/Orangery Approx 29’3 x 18’5 (8.92m x 5.61m) Five roll-top radiators, tiled floor and pitched glazed roof with views over the garden and grounds.
Central Inner-Hall Approx 23’4 x 19’11 (7.11m x 6.07m) Feature wide oak staircase with barley twist banisters rising to wrap round galleried landing above, understair storage space, stain glazed decorative porthole window, dado rail, ceiling cornicing, raised skirting boards, boarded floor and panelled doors with decorative moulded architraves to:
Study Approx 16’ x 13’11 excluding bay (4.88m x 4.24m) Glazed door to rear veranda, window shutters, bay window to rear elevation, feature fireplace, moulded cornicing, moulded raised skirting board and radiator.
Drawing Room Approx 26' 7 into bay x 19'3 (8.10m into bay x 5.87m) Three sets of doors complete with shutters opening to the outside, moulded ceiling plasterwork and cornicing, wall mounted lights, raised moulded skirting boards, decorative fireplace and two roll-top radiators.
Dining Room Approx 24’10 x 16’10 (7.57m x 5.13m) A beautiful moulded ceiling with decorative plasterwork and intricate corning, parquet flooring, dado rail, moulded raised skirting board, wall mounted feature fireplace, radiator and large picture window and glazed doors opening to veranda looking out over the gardens.
Back Lobby Built-in storage cupboard and doors to:
Laundry Approx 10’10 x 6’11 (3.30m x 2.11m) Built-in storage cupboard, work surfaces, plumbing for automatic washing machine, butler sink unit, radiator, quarry tiled floor, frosted window to front elevation and wall mounted shelving.
Breakfast Room Approx 15’11 x 13’10 (4.85m x 4.22m) Window to rear elevation, tiled floor, roll-top radiator, log burner and open access to:
Kitchen/Breakfast Room Approx 28'5 x 13'11 decreasing to 12' (8.66m x 4.24m decreasing to 3.66m) Stylish burgundy coloured fitted units with a combination of patterned marble work surfaces and wooden work surfaces, inset butler sink unit, base cupboards and drawers under, plumbing for automatic dishwasher, built-in oven, built-in electric hob, stainless steel extractor over, eye level units including glazed display units, built-in cabinets, arched recess display alcove, central free standing work island/breakfast bar, marble work surface with base cupboards and drawers under, Aga and side companion set in tiled arched recess, quarry tiled flooring, atrium roof light and connecting door to annexe.
On the first floor
Half-Landing Window overlooking front courtyard, inset window seat, arched stain glazed windows and onward stairs to:
Full Galleried Landing With connecting door to annexe, large atrium ceiling dome, radiator, wall mounted lights and doors to:
Bedroom Approx 25'10 into bay x 16'11 (7.87m into bay x 5.16m) Bay window to rear elevation with views towards the Orwell and Orwell Bridge, stain glazed fan lights to window, feature cast iron fireplace, moulded cornicing wall mounted lights and roll-top radiator.
En-Suite Approx 14’ x 7’6 (4.27m x 2.29m) This is a 'Jack & Jill' arrangement with access from the landing also providing family bathroom arrangement. Roll-top twin ended bath with side mounted mixer tap and hand held shower attachment, wall mounted wash hand basin, low level flushing w.C, roll-top radiator, tiled floor, part-tiled walls, window to rear elevation with view towards the Orwell and Orwell Bridge and wall mounted lights.
Bedroom Approx 14’9 x 13’11 (4.49m x 4.24m) Window to rear elevation with view out towards the Orwell and Orwell Bridge, moulded ceiling, picture rail, roll-top radiator, feature cast iron fireplace in wooden mantle, built-in wardrobe, wall recess and built-in cabinet and shelving.
Bedroom Approx 18'11 x 18'4 into bay (5.77m x 5.59m into bay) Bay window to side elevation, stain glazed fan lights, window to rear elevation with view out towards the Orwell and bridge, roll-top radiator, wall mounted lights and decorative fireplace.
Shower Room Shower cubicle, twin sink units, tiled floor, roll-top radiator, frosted window to front elevation and moulded cornicing.
Bedroom Approx 16’ x 13’11 (4.88m x 4.24m) Two windows to side elevation, cast iron fireplace, moulded cornicing, roll-top radiator and picture rail
Bedroom Approx 16'10 x 16'11 plus bay (5.13m x 5.16m plus bay) Bay window to side elevation, moulded cornicing, picture rail and roll-top radiator.
Bedroom Approx 16’4 x 14’8 (4.98m x 4.47m) Window to front elevation, feature fireplace, roll-top radiator, boarded floor, moulded cornicing, picture rail and two storage cupboards.
Dressing Bay Approx 9’ x 6’6 (2.74m x 1.98m) Window overlooking the front courtyard, boarded floor and roll-top radiator.
From the main galleried landing there are stairs to the turret which gives access to level three and floor.
On Level Three
Sumptuous Bathroom Approx 15’9 x 12’ (4.80m x 3.66m) Centrally mounted twin ended bath with side mounted mixer tap and shower attachment, roll-top radiator, sink unit, built-in storage cupboard, access to roof top, tiled floor and large window overlooking side garden providing lovely elevated roof top views of Ipswich.
On the Forth Top Level
Observatory Approx 14’ x 14’ max (4.27m x 4.27m max) (These are average measurements, slightly irregular.)
Largely glazed on four sizes offering a 360 degree view out over the town towards the docks and in the other direction over the Orwell and Orwell Bridge, ceiling down lighters and roll-top radiator.
The annexe was originally part of the main residence, however has now been temporary diverted to provide a self-contained apartment which is currently let out.
Personal part-glazed front door to:
Entrance Hall Quarry patterned tiled floor, roll-top radiator, stairs to first floor, door to kitchen of main house, built-in storage cupboard and second door to outside. Doors to:
Sitting Room/Bedroom Approx 10’10 x 9’3 (3.30m x 2.82m) Window to front elevation and roll-top radiator.
Utility Room Approx 8’1 x 5’11 (2.46m x 1.80m) Plumbing for automatic washing machine, frosted window to front elevation and quarry tiled floor.
Walk-in Larder Approx 6’8 x 4’5 (2.03m x 1.35m) Stone shelving and quarry tiled floor.
Shower Room Sumptuously appointed with shower cubicle, vanity sink unit, two roll-top radiators, tiled floor, window to front elevation and extractor fan.
Separate Cloakroom Low level flushing w.C.
First Floor Landing Stairs to second floor and doors to:
Bedroom Approx 11’7 x 11’4 (3.53m x 3.45m) Window to front elevation, built-in storage cupboard, coved ceiling and roll-top radiator.
Bathroom Sumptuously appointed with white centrally mounted roll-top claw foot bath, low level flushing w.C, pedestal wash hand basin, travertine tiled floor, roll-top radiator and wall mounted lights.
Bedroom Approx 13’11 x 8’11 (4.24m x 2.72m) Window to rear elevation with view out towards the Orwell Bridge, cast iron Victorian fireplace, built-in storage cupboard, roll-top radiator, picture rail and coved ceiling.
Split-Level Second Floor Landing Door to large attic space, steps to main landing and door to:
Study Approx 8’10 x 7’5 (2.69m x 2.26m) Window to rear elevation with view out towards the Orwell Bridge.
Main Landing Window to front elevation, wall mounted lights, roll-top radiators and door to:
Kitchen/Breakfast Room Approx 18'8 max x 11'4 increasing to 14'4 max (5.69m max x 3.45m increasing t Bowl and a half stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap, base cupboards under, work surfaces with base cupboards and drawers under, built-in oven and hob, window to rear elevation with view out towards the Orwell, decorative tiled fireplace, roll-top radiator, eaves storage and extractor fan.
Living Room Approx 22’4 x 13’5 (6.81m x 4.09m) Window to rear elevation, view out over the Orwell, two roll-top radiators, window to side elevation, wall mounted light and cast iron fireplace.
Outside Communal remote controlled wrought iron gates open to the gated development where solid wooden double gates open to the gravelled entrance courtyard. This area provides plenty of parking, turning space, large copper beech tree. There is side access to the rear and side gardens which are largely laid to lawn and terrace. The main terrace is laid to formal lawn with rose clad walk-ways and steps up to the veranda which wraps around two sides of the property with a mosaic tiled floor. Beyond the lawned terrace steps lead down to the wooded section of garden through which are meandering pathways.
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