Great Glemham, Saxmundham | Guide Price, £550,000

A property with great potential to enhance or divide. A Victorian school house developed to create a versatile family house with internal annexe opportunities. A versatile family house and artist's studio set in a beautiful Suffolk village abutting countryside. Considerable work already completed.
A detached school house with great potential to develop or divide. The original school house dates from the Victorian era and served the 19th century children of the picturesque Suffolk village of Great Glemham. During the Edwardian period, the school was expanded with a second school room and operated as a primary school until its closure in the 1970s. During the late twentieth century the property was home to John Catt publishing and used as offices. The present owner acquired The Old Schools approximately nine years ago and began a sympathetic process of converting the property into a single family residence with the option of creating self contained annexed accommodation within the building. The accommodation roughly divides between the Victorian original school and the later Edwardian and 21st century additions. The old school rooms now serve as a sitting room and a very large artist's studio. The Edwardian side of the building (east side) offers completed living and bedroom spaces. The Victorian portion (west side) remains uncompleted with a unfinished first floor second bathroom and second ground floor kitchen. The property retains many original period features and the later works have complimented the style of the original building. The outside space includes a large parking area to the front of the house which could be landscaped to create formal garden areas. The back garden, which is south facing, is landscaped and attractively planted creating seating areas from which to enjoy the view (west) over adjacent open Suffolk countryside. The property offers scope for further internal development and applicants may be interested in dividing the building formally into two separate dwellings (subject to planning consent), creating annexe space for dependent relatives or guests or simply continuing with the present owner's ambition to create an outstanding, interesting and historically important family home.

Great Glemham lies in an enviable position along the upper reaches of the Alde valley, between Framlingham and the Suffolk Heritage Coast. There are fabulous village walks through open undulating countryside, an enclosed recreation area: The Woodland Trust, which is popular with dog walkers , and cycle routes which lead along the smaller country lanes to Blaxhall, Snape and Orford. The nearby market town of Framlingham, which is famous for its ancient castle, has excellent shops and a supermarket with first class schools in both the state and private sector. There are two very good farm shops at nearby Farnham and Marlesford. The world class Snape Maltings Concert Hall is within a short drive as is the seaside town of Aldeburgh. Nature reserves in the area include North Warren, Minsmere, Havergate Island and Shingle Street. At the far end of the village, the 309th Bomb Group and Mighty Eighth Air Force are celebrated in the fascinating Control Tower museum which stands proud over the former World War II American Air Base.


ENTRANCE HALL Front door, quarry tiled floor, cupboard housing electric consumer units, doors to the inner lobby and the sitting room which is the former Victorian school room.

INNER LOBBY Coat hooks, walk in cupboard with fitted shelves, window. Door into the Studio which is the former Edwardian school room.

UTILITY ROOM Single drainer stainless steel sink, plumbing for washing machine, wall mounted cupboard.


WC., wash basin, window, electric water heater.

SITTING ROOM (Victorian school room)

6.89m x 5.18m A high vaulted beamed and boarded ceiling, south facing high, gable window, fireplace with wood burning stove. Oak flooring, wall lights. Door to the extension (unfinished kitchen/single storey extension). Double doors open into the Studio (Edwardian school room).


3.73m x 3.51m Front aspect room, secondary glazed window. Brick fireplace with raised hearth and wood burner. Shelved niche to the side, oak mantel shelf. Door from the side lobby, and door to the ground floor bedroom (fifth overall).


Front door, window, coat hooks.


WC., and wash basin, towel rail, window, mirror, extractor fan, electric consumer units.


2.62m x 2.63m extending to 3.36m Secondary glazed window with west facing window overlooking open Suffolk countryside, ladder style radiator, fitted carpet, tongue and groove panelling.

STAIR LOBBY Stairs to the first floor landing. Doorway to the unfinished kitchen/single storey extension.


6.33m x 3.96m A double aspect room facing south and west with double glazed patio doors to the garden and views over open Suffolk countryside.

FIRST FLOOR LANDING Ladder style radiator. Doors leading off.


3.73m x 3.57m Front aspect room, double glazed window, radiator, built in wardrobes, fitted carpet.


2.78m x 1.99m Double glazed window facing west and overlooking open Suffolk countryside, radiator, fitted cupboards housing control units for solar panels.


3.71m x 1.67m Double glazed window. The bathroom is not finished and is without a ceiling. There is space for a WC., wash basin and bath.


ENTRANCE HALL Oak front door, stairs to the first floor landing, smoke alarm, large airing cupboard with pressurised hot water cylinder, water softener. Controls for the solar panels. Oak door to the Studio.

THE STUDIO (Edwardian school room)

9.73m x 6.64m Triple aspect room with East facing gable window, French windows open to the garden, vaulted ceiling, pine floor boards, fireplace with raised hearth and wood burning stove.


2.29m x 2.01m A smart modern bathroom with a tiled shower cubicle, wash basin, WC., plus Belfast boot sink, space and plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer, double glazed window, down lighters, ladder style towel rail/radiator, tiled floor.


6.49m x 4.49 Triple aspect room with double glazed windows and French windows to the garden, oak work tops with Belfast sink, cupboard under, base level units and matching wall units, space for fridge/freezer, TV point.

FIRST FLOOR LANDING Sun pipe, smoke alarm, oak doors off to the bedrooms and the bathroom.


6.50m at waist height x 3.97m Double aspect room, double glazed velux windows with views towards open Suffolk countryside, vaulted and beamed ceiling, column radiator.


6.49m at waist height x 2.60m Triple aspect room, double glazed window and velux windows with views towards open Suffolk countryside, vaulted and beamed ceiling, column radiator, spot lights.


3.22m x 1.95m A smart modern bathroom suite with tiled shower cubicle and roll top bath, pedestal wash basin and WC., slate tiled floor, double glazed velux window, chrome towel rail/radiator, electric shaver point.

OUTSIDE To the front of the building is a large area of ground which is paved with tarmac providing a very large parking and turning area. There is potential to divide the space and create a landscaped garden area. A side gate leads to the rear garden.

The south facing rear garden is paved with shingle and flagstones, planted with herbaceous plants and flanked by mature deciduous trees. There are sturdy pergolas with climbing plants. The garden abuts and overlooks open Suffolk farmland. There are three timber sheds and a log store. Timber boiler house contains a Bio Mass boiler for the heating system which runs on wood pellets. There is an outside tap and lighting.

LOCAL AUTHORITY Suffolk Coastal District Council, Council Offices, East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1RT

Tel: 01394 383789

SERVICES Mains water, and electricity. Drainage to a shared

private system.

VIEWING By appointment through Jennie Jones Estate Agents:

SAXMUNDHAM (01728) 605511.


DIRECTIONS: From Saxmundham proceed south bound on the A12 to Stratford St Andrew. Turn right by the Riverside Centre, signposted to Great Glemham. Follow this road into Great Glemham and at the T junction turn right, follow the road round to the left past the Crown public house into Low Road. The Old School House is the last property on the left hand side.

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