Remodelled in an exacting contemporary style, this converted 19th -century barn and farmyard forms an extensive home of rare quality, with far reaching views of the surrounding Suffolk countryside. It comprises a primary four-bedroom barn of almost 4,000 sq ft, a secondary barn of similar size, also modernised and containing cinema, gym and heated swimming pool, and a garage block and stable yard, all set in approximately five acres of land.
The former dairy buildings were originally converted in 2005 but it was the designer Richard van Ewyk’s full update and refurbishment in 2010 that has formed such an exceptional dwelling. Completed with an unerring eye for quality, and little consideration of cost, van Ewyk’s work has ensured that, despite its size, this is a home that requires little maintenance, is energy efficient and meets the very highest standards.
Custom made electric gates lead from a short lane off the main road to a gravel driveway bordered by flint walls and plenty of space for parking. A carefully designed pathway leads to the front door, opening onto a hallway which, like many spaces in the house, is double height and flooded with light. The dining area forms part of the reception hall and a doorway into a large kitchen / breakfast room. Beyond the dining room is the main living room, also double-height, which has a large wood burner and is notable for its exposed original beams. A second reception room and study are reached via the main living room. Also on this floor are three bedroom suites, each with bath or shower rooms. On the first floor is the master bedroom accompanied by an impressive bathroom.
The building has underfloor heating throughout with the majority of spaces alternating between white ceramic or hardwood floors, other than the bedrooms which are carpeted.
The second barn is adjacent to the main building and incorporates a cinema room, installed to commercial standards to give an authentic cinema experience, a bar area, gym with a shower and changing room, and to one side an attractive conservatory. Also in the building is an indoor heated swimming pool (35 ft x 12 ft). The pool, and building, are heated via an air-source heat pump and the current owner calculates the running cost at approximately £8 per week. A four-car garage (fully damp-proofed, lined and plastered) and large workshop area makes up the rest of the building.
Further parking for four cars, and a workshop space, are available in the main garage block, which is around 80 ft long and 16 ft wide. There is a full security alarm system throughout the property and security cameras to many areas.
A stable block, currently unused and in good condition, includes various buildings overlooking a paddock that in turn borders open countryside. The paddock measures approximately three acres, with the remaining land dedicated to gardens. The gardens are largely lawn but also incorporate a small lake and an impressive vegetable garden. The views over rural Suffolk are particularly remarkable.
The property is located on the borders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire on the edge of the small village of Little Wratting, just two miles from the larger town of Haverhill. Haverhill has a wide range of services including supermarkets and schools. The renowned prep school, Barnardiston Hall is around six miles away. The world-renowned university city of Cambridge can be reached by car in approximately 20 minutes. The city provides a high standard of cultural, dining and shopping opportunities. If travelling to London, the current owners drive to Audley End (30 minutes) which runs services to London Liverpool Street in approximately an hour.
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