A fantastic opportunity has arisen to acquire an extremely rare to market four bedroom detached period house full of character with potential to extend (STPP), stunning views, a West facing garden and off street parking for several vehicles in the sought after location of Hundon.
guide price: £ 650,000 to £ 675,000
On entering this charming property you will be greeted by a good sized tiled entrance hallway where shoes or boots can be taken off and stored in useful storage cupboards or a wet/muddy dog can be dried off. There is also a pantry and utility area.
Next door to this lovely space is the modern kitchen which has been tastefully fitted with a stylish range of shaker style units under granite worktops with a Belfast sink inset and large central preparation island with breakfast bar. Integrated appliances include a Rangemaster double oven with a four ring hob and plate warming facility, dishwasher and a bespoke unit housing a fridge/freezer, external door to the garden and door to the outbuildings. The vendor advises us that the adjacent store rooms could be extended into (STPP) to make the already spacious kitchen ever larger.
Spring House lends itself to being a great family home and is also a wonderful property to entertain in. There is a dining room featuring an impressive inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove on York hearth and a pleasant outlook over paddocks to the front. The sitting room also features an attractive fireplace with wooden mantel and built in dresser to one side. The reception room has an impressive double aspect comprising a fireplace with wood burning stove and wooden mantel, built in book shelving, paddocks views to the front and French doors to the rear. The present owners have made use of a previously neglected space between the entrance hallway and the sitting room and have turned it into a much in demand study.
The first floor comprises four double bedrooms, The master has a walk-in wardrobe, an en-suite shower room and magnificent views over the local countryside. There is also a very well appointment family bathroom with 1930's glaze tiling and shower over the bath with glass splash back screen.
Sellers insight "I first arrived at Spring House on a rainy day in March, " says the owner, "holding my then 6 week old baby. In spite of the weather, I immediately fell in love with the peace and tranquillity of the location, the paddocks surrounding the house, and the beauty and uniqueness of the old farmhouse. I knew I wanted to watch my children play in this safe spot and to watch them feed the horses and run around in the garden. Inside, I loved the cosy, cottage feel of some of the rooms against the vaulted ceilings of others. It was also very clear that there was a renovation project to be done and, having grown up in listed Georgian houses and thatched cottages, I had always dreamed of doing this."
"We have loved our journey with Spring House, " continues the owner, "and are very proud of what we have done to bring it back to life with the love that it deserves, both inside and out. Improvements and renovations have included repainting, new carpets and tiling, bespoke woodwork, and a stunning new kitchen complete with granite worktops and a beautiful kitchen island. There are beautiful original floorboards in two of the rooms underneath the carpet and a stunning original brick floor in the dining room which we got fully cleaned and polished back in 2015. In 2018, we added a beautiful Hartley Botanic Victorian Summer House/Greenhouse in the garden, which overlooks paddocks to the rear of the property, also installing a brick mounted pizza oven."
Outside, the property has much to offer, too. "The garden goes all the way around the house and so has sun all day long, " says the owner. "We enjoy sitting outside the front of the house, having a drink in the evening. Wherever you are in the garden, you can see and hear the horses and donkeys. I love pottering around, planting in the beds and growing vegetables in the greenhouse and the veg trugs. There's plenty of space for the children to run around, making this a lovely summertime house. In the Autumn, we enjoy baking with the apples, pears and plums from the trees."
The local area also has much to recommend it. "Initially, we were attracted to the specific location due to the lovely Nursery and Preparatory School, " says the owner, "just a 5 minute drive away. In the village, there is a lovely post office and village shop next to the sports field, village hall and playground. My daughter takes ballet lessons in the village, whilst I have been a part of a netball club. There is a choice of pubs, either a short walk down to the village or up the hill in Brockley Green. Haverhill and Clare are less than 10 minutes away by car, the latter being very beautiful with lovely coffee shops, nature walks and many a duck to feed! In Haverhill, there are many sports clubs, and a newly refurbished leisure centre. Tesco, Aldi and Lidl are really close and there is a big Sainsbury's a bit further through town. We use Cambridge, Bury St. Edmunds and Newmarket in equal measure for further shopping and entertainment. We have been delighted by how being here makes it possible to have a country lifestyle whilst being surrounded by so many things to do."
"We have loved entertaining in this house. We have hosted birthday parties, Christenings and many a dinner party and children's play date! When the weather is nice, we enjoy sitting outside and using the pizza oven with friends. In the winter, we use the kitchen and the dining room for drinks and dinner but we tend to retire to the drawing room at the end of the evening to chat, play games and relax, as it is such a sociable space."
"I love different rooms for different reasons. The kitchen is such a peaceful place to be and I really enjoy having the underfloor heating in there. In the master bedroom, I love to watch and listen to the horses in the paddock opposite with my morning cup of tea, while the drawing room is a wonderful space for relaxing and for entertaining."
"The house is absolutely full of beautiful period features. My favourite of all has to be the beam that goes across the centre of the kitchen."
What they will miss most
"This has been the happiest of family homes for us. The children have loved being surrounded by countryside and horses, and pottering around their playroom or pretending to cook in their play kitchen in the hallway next to the real kitchen! I adore being in my greenhouse whilst the children feed the horses from over the fence. The community too is a lovely one and we have made some life-long friends."
outside The property is approached via a gravel driveway providing parking for several vehicles in turn leading to a newly installed glass greenhouse and outbuildings providing storage and the potential for conversion (STPP). The rear garden has a lovely overlook over horse paddocks, a paved terrace complete with barbecue station and a raised lawn area.The front gardens are predominantly lawned with mature shrub beds and borders enjoying a pleasant outlook over further paddocks.
Location Hundon is a popular, vibrant, well served village with a 'Good' Ofsted rated primary school, community shop and post office, popular pub, Social Club, numerous clubs, allotments and good community sport facilities. The market town of Clare has an extremely comprehensive range of shops and the recently established Stour Valley Community College. Further facilities can be found in both Bury St Edmunds which offers an excellent range of schooling in the public and private sectors and has good cultural and amenity facilities and for commuters the A143 leads via the A1307 to the city of Cambridge where there is a fast, regular train service to both London's Liverpool Street and Kings Cross.
Services Mains water and electricity. Septic tank. Oil fired heating.
(Please note that none of the services have been tested by the agent.)
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Council Tax Band: D
Local Authority: St Edmundsbury District Council