5 bed detached house for saleThe Street, Walberswick, Southwold, Suffolk IP18
Points of interest
- Walberswick Ferry Landing0.4 miles
- Southwold Ferry Landing0.4 miles
- Southwold Primary School1.3 miles
- Saint Felix School1.5 miles
These distances are calculated in a straight line. The actual route and distance may vary.
Features and description
- Wonderful and characterful, Frank Jennings designed house
- Included in Sir Nikolaus Pevsner’s 'Buildings of England' series
- Well proportioned and light filled accommodation
- Superb second floor office with spectacular sea views
- Delightful, secluded and mature gardens
- EPC Rating = F
Threeways is one of Walberswick’s finest Arts and Crafts houses. Surrounded by mature gardens on a generous plot and benefitting from sea views, the house was built in 1905 by architect Frank Jennings (father of wwii filmmaker Humphrey Jennings). As recorded in Pevsner’s <I>Buildings of England</i>, Jennings’ architecture is notable for its refined detailing and inventive incorporation of historic materials reclaimed from medieval Suffolk buildings
For more that 20 years Threeways has been a family home and comes to the market having undergone extensive and skilled architectural conservation and transformation.
Walled and hedged gardens surround the house, incorporating original features including brick and tile lychgate, niched seating area and lime-rendered bicycle house, all of which formed part of the restoration project. The mature well-stocked garden features the distinctive pairing of English and Irish Yews as well as Holm Oaks and young and old fruit trees including heritage varieties of apple and medlar, plum and pear.
A cobble and Suffolk tile path leading to the front door opens into a pamment-tiled central hallway with original fireplace. This space is connected to the south-facing sitting room by double doors, forming an extended reception area. Featuring box-bay and clerestory leaded windows, the living room opens up via a glazed, arched doorway to the secluded garden and a sheltered outdoor dining area.
The dining room with original fireplace and timber-panelled chimney breast benefits from garden access and green views from box- and triangular-bay windows.
The adjoining eat-in kitchen has been remodelled to create a triple-aspect space with the typically Suffolk feature of a buff brick floor. Six deeply punched windows to three orientations provide views of the surrounding gardens. A larder off the kitchen gives access to a cellar suitable
for wine storage.
From the central hallway, stairs lead to a landing seating area with views towards Walberswick beach. Beneath a carved oak beam believed to date from the medieval era, this space is lined with timber settles salvaged by Jennings from East Anglian churches. The stairs continue to a generously proportioned first floor ante room, from which restored linenfold panelled doors - with original bespoke ironwork - open up to four generous double bedrooms (one en suite) and a family bathroom.
The contemporary architectural intervention of a spiral staircase - articulated in adjacent bathroom and bedroom - leads via oak treads to a new attic room with panoramic sea-horizon view from a custom made, zinc-clad dormer window. From this space access is gained to extensive attic storage (not included in approximate area).
Employing traditional craft skills and materials, the conservation restoration included a new roof of hand-made Keymer tiles (each bearing the handprint of its maker), complete re-rendering of the house in traditional lime mortar, new cast iron guttering and full renovation of Threeways’ historic casement windows with their archetypally Arts and Crafts expressed pin-jointed construction, leaded lights and bespoke wrought-iron fittings.
The house offers development potential in the form of a separate double-height garage outbuilding.
Threeways occupies a wonderful position in the delightful village of Walberswick on the Suffolk coast.
Approximately 100 miles from central London, the village is situated within the Suffolk Coast
and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is surrounded by dunes and the heathland of rspb Minsmere.
Walberswick has been a favourite spot for families and artists over many generations, with painters including Philip Wilson Steer and Charles Rennie Macintosh famously depicting its beach and environs. Today, the village is a thriving community and home to an increasing number of young families.
Village amenities include a small local Co-op shop, two pubs including The Anchor restaurant and a highly regarded delicatessen, The Black Dog.
Southwold (8.1 miles via car or a 1.9 mile walk/cycle) offers boutique shops, restaurants and cultural amenities including an independent cinema and the Southwold Arts Centre. The town also hosts the Southwold Arts Festival’s annual celebration of arts and literature.
Rspb Minsmere (8.7 miles) is a world-class nature reserve. Classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, its 2,500 acres are habitat to exceptional wildlife.
Aldeburgh (14.9 miles) is a popular coastal town closely associated with composer Benjamin Britten. It offers an excellent selection of independent shops and restaurants and, along with Snape Maltings, is venue of the internationally renowned Aldeburgh Music Festival.
Stations at Darsham (7.2 miles), Halesworth (8.6 miles) and Saxmundham (12.3 miles) offer trains to London Liverpool Street via Ipswich from just under two hours.
Local shopping at the historic market town of Saxmundham includes Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets while nearby Halesworth offers small independents and a Co-op supermarket.
Excellent sailing is within easy reach, with moorings at Walberswick harbour, sailing clubs at Southwold and Orford, and a yacht club at Aldeburgh.
All times and mileages are approximate.
Square Footage: 2,840 sq ft
services - Mains water, electricity and drainage; oil fired central heating.
Local authority - East Suffolk District Council; Band G
Agent note - Please be aware that there are various infrastructure projects proposed for east Suffolk including plans for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell. Wind farm expansion in the North Sea is also taking place and bringing power ashore along with associated cabling and substation works are also being proposed in Friston.
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