Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk

This handsome Grade II Listed residence is situated in a prominent location in the heart of Clare. It offers 4133 sq ft of living accommodation. The house, parts of which date back to the 16th Century, has retained a wealth of original period features, with exposed oak timbers complemented by modern additions finished throughout to a very high standard, including a handmade Baker & Baker kitchen and a leisure annexe with a steam room. The 0.45 acre walled gardens have featured in numerous publications and incorporate a stunning heated swimming pool.

  • Prominent position
  • Walking distance to amenities
  • Bespoke kitchen
  • Heated swimming pool
  • 4133 sq ft of living accommodation
This handsome Grade II Listed residence is situated in a prominent location in the heart of Clare. It offers 4133 sq ft of living accommodation. The house, parts of which date back to the 16th Century, has retained a wealth of original period features, with exposed oak timbers complemented by modern additions finished throughout to a very high standard, including a handmade Baker & Baker kitchen and a leisure annexe with a steam room. The 0.45 acre walled gardens have featured in numerous publications and incorporate a stunning heated swimming pool.

Entrance into:

ENTRANCE HALL A spacious and welcoming hallway featuring an inglenook fireplace, decorative tiled flooring and stairs rising to the first floor.

SITTING ROOM 16' 9" x 14' 7" (5.13m x 4.47m) A delightful room with two sets of French doors facing southwest and opening onto a large paved terrace. Clearview wood-burning stove on brick hearth and shelved alcove.

LIBRARY 15' 3" x 15' 3" (4.65m x 4.65m) An elegant room featuring an inset Clearview wood-burning stove, exposed oak ceiling timbers, wall-to-wall built-in bookcases and a display alcove with inset lighting and cupboard.

DINING ROOM 19' 5" x 9' 3" (5.92m x 2.84m) A light, double aspect room featuring a large fireplace alcove, light oak flooring and original exposed beams.

BUTLER´S PANTRY Stainless steel sink and drainer and storage under work surfaces. Door leading to:

CLOAKROOM WC and wash basin.

INNER HALL With attractive pamment flooring, exposed beams, cupboard under the stairs and door to the rear lobby in turn leading to the terrace, driveway and garden.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 13' 3" x 11' 3" (4.06m x 3.43m) Beautifully fitted with bespoke Baker & Baker handmade units under granite worktops, with a stainless steel 1½ bowl sink and drainer inset. Appliances include an Everhot range cooker with induction hob, Quooker boiling water tap, filtered water tap, waste disposal, water softener, integrated fridge and plumbing for a dishwasher.

PANTRY A useful room, on the north side of the property, with shelving for dry goods.

UTILITY ROOM 13' 6" x 13' 3" (4.14m x 4.04m) A spacious room with cupboards under worktops featuring a Belfast sink, space for large fridge and/or freezer, space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer, boiler serving radiators, exposed beams and period brick floor.

STUDY 14' 2" x 8' 9" (4.32m x 2.69m) Built-in Baker & Baker bookcases and shelves.

OFFICE/PLAYROOM 17' 3" x 13' 8" (5.28m x 4.17m) A large, light versatile room with a high ceiling, built-in desk and shelving, and a door leading to the drive and gardens.

CLOAKROOM WC and wash basin.

LINK TO ANNEXE Pamment flooring, doors to both sides leading to the drive and the gardens and Annexe lobby with secondary stairs rising to the first floor of the annexe.

LEISURE ROOM 22' 6" x 20' 5" (6.88m x 6.23m) A recently extended addition to the property, this modern area lends itself to a variety of different uses and is currently used as a gym/games area with kitchenette featuring a stainless steel sink and storage cupboards. Full-width bi-fold doors lead to the pool and sun terrace.

WET ROOM Extensively tiled walls and flooring, Aqualisa walk-in shower and heated towel rail.

STEAM ROOM/HAMMAM Inset lighting and original Turkish tile feature.

PLANT ROOM Featuring the mechanics for the heated swimming pool, steam room and annexe central heating.

CLOAKROOM/CHANGING ROOM WC and wash basin.

First Floor

LANDING features exposed beams and linen cupboard.

PRINCIPLE BEDROOM 18' 0" x 14' 7" (5.49m x 4.45m) A light, double aspect room with generous walk-in wardrobe. En-Suite classically styled with a white suite comprising a roll top bath with ball and claw feet with shower attachment, WC, bidet, wash basin, tiled shower cubicle, heated towel rail and light oak wooden flooring.

DRESSING ROOM/BEDROOM 5 13' 1" x 9' 3" (3.99m x 2.84m) A versatile room which could also be used as a study or nursery with walk-in storage cupboard.

BEDROOM 2 15' 8" x 10' 4" (4.78m x 3.15m) A light room with exposed beams and wardrobe, enjoying an attractive outlook including Clare Castle and Priory.

BEDROOM 3 11' 10" x 10' 4" (3.63m x 3.15m) A pretty room with exposed beams and walk-in wardrobe. Pull-downstep access to large attic area across main property.

BEDROOM 4 19' 6" x 9' 3" (5.95m x 2.84m) A spacious double aspect room with exposed beams, a large walk-in wardrobe, outlook towards Clare Priory and the Castle, and secondary outlook over the rear gardens.

FAMILY BATHROOM Fitted with a white suite comprising a centrally-placed bath with shower attachment, wash basin, WC, and outlook towards the rear gardens.

The secondary staircase in the annexe leads from the ground floor annexe lobby to:

A SPACIOUS LANDING could be used as an occasional bedroom or study with water tank cupboard and doors to:

BEDROOM 6 14' 0" x 10' 4" (4.29m x 3.16m) Attractive, spacious room with distant views across gardens.

BEDROOM 7 12' 8" x 8' 1" (3.88m x 2.48m) Outlook towards terrace.

Outside The property sits in a prominent position overlooking Nethergate Street just a stone's throw from a wide range of amenities on offer in Clare.

Double gates open onto a gravel driveway leading to the rear of the property providing parking and turning for several vehicles.

Quality gated area shields oil tank. Two generous wood stores.

Agent's Note: We understand that planning permission was granted in 2011 for the erection of a cart lodge Ref: SE/11/0099.

The walled gardens are a major asset to the property having been thoughtfully designed by the current vendor. They have been featured in many prestigious national publications in recent years and opened for the National Gardens Scheme. Despite being in the heart of the village, they offer complete privacy. To the rear of the main house is an extensive paved dining terrace enjoying a southwest aspect with climbing roses and lavender borders, ideal for alfresco entertaining. Steps with a central water feature under pleached trees lead up to formal gardens featuring well-stocked beds and borders, and private seating areas enjoying views towards Clare Castle. Steps to the southwest-facing paved sun terrace and heated swimming pool, a stunning area with a low domed pool cover allowing year-round swimming and enclosed by glazed safety screens and an attractive southwest-facing brick and flint wall.

A mature yew hedge acts as a natural divide between the formal gardens and the informal gardens, a tranquil haven with trees, shrubs and narrow brick pathways meandering through wild flowers and roses.

The final section, shielded by tall beech hedging, is the kitchen garden with raised vegetable beds, a fruit cage, espalier and wall-trained fruit trees and an impressive purpose built orangery/greenhouse by Alitex with electricity and water supply. Nearby is an enclosed chicken coop and well-hidden compost/storage area and three garden sheds. A gate leads from the rear of the gardens onto 'Town Field' giving quick access to open land ideal for dog-walking, the Nuttery wood, the High Street and 'The Swan' public house.

In all about 0.45 of an acre.

SERVICES Main water and electricity are connected. Oil fired heating in main house. Gas fired heating in annexe. NOTE None of the services have been tested by the agent.

LOCAL AUTHORITY St Edmundsbury District Council.

VIEWING Strictly by prior appointment only through DAVID BURR.

Agents Note: Garden photographs were taken in May 2014 & June 2015.

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