Abbey Lane, Theberton, Suffolk | Guide Price, £399,995

A rural pretty 19th century detached flint house set in a large plot with a superb range of outbuildings that offer scope for home working, workshop/studio space. Three double bedrooms, two reception rooms, kitchen, utility and cloakroom. Oil fired heating, inglenook fireplace and tremendous charm.
A pretty detached house with an excellent range of outbuildings in about 0.4 acres (sts). The property was formerly a pair of 19th century, flint, farm cottages which were renovated and amalgamated in the 1980s to create a charming and versatile family home. The property is situated in a rural location on the edge of what was a WWII USAAF airfield. Although the fighter aircraft have long since departed, remnants of the base remain. Part of the field is now occupied by the highly regarded Cakes and Ale holiday park; a site for privately owned static caravans, touring pitches and two rental lodges. There is a small and informative museum and a memorial to the Americans service personnel of the 357th fighter group. Beyond the old airfield are the remains of Leiston Abbey, a monastery founded in the 12th century. There are wonderful walks and cycle routes in this area and the excellent local amenities at Saxmundham and Leiston lie within convenient and easy reach.

The garden at Gypsy Lodge has been most attractively planted and landscaped with mature trees and shrubs that provide a high degree of privacy and seclusion. The large, well-maintained outbuildings offer ideal workshop, studio or office space. There may be potential to convert to self contained annexe accommodation, subject to the usual consents. The driveway affords ample space for a motor home, boat or caravan.

The accommodation is well presented throughout and is centrally heated by oil-fired radiators. There is a fabulous inglenook fireplace in the sitting room. The three double first floor bedrooms are served by a large family bathroom and a separate WC. There is a useful downstairs cloakroom, a well-appointed kitchen/breakfast room, separate dining room and spacious sitting room which opens out to the garden at the rear. An internal inspection is strongly recommended to appreciate the standard and versatility of the accommodation and outside spaces.

Gypsy Lodge is ideally situated for access to the Heritage Coast and the seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold. There are two nearby pubs: The Lion Inn at Theberton and the famous Eel's Foot at Eastbridge. There are walks from Eastbridge onto Minsmere nature reserve and a delightful walk, just down from the Eel's Foot, which winds its way through the marshes all the way to the beach. The nearby towns of Leiston and Saxmundham offer good local shops. Saxmundham has a Waitrose and a Tesco supermarket. The railway station at Saxmundham provides connecting services to London, Norwich and Cambridge. Leiston has a sports centre and swimming pool, cinema and a museum dedicated to the town's proud industrial heritage. There are golf courses at Aldeburgh and Thorpeness and sailing on the Alde/ Ore. Among the many other attractions in this part of Suffolk are the ancient castles at Orford and Framlingham and the world famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall which is home to the Aldeburgh Festival. This part of Suffolk has become a haven for writers, artists and musicians.

ENTRANCE PORCH uPVC front door and double glazed windows, radiator, fitted carpet. Ledged door opens to the dining room.

DINING ROOM Front aspect double glazed window, radiator, exposed beams, fitted carpet, smoke alarm, stairs to the first floor landing. Under stair cupboard. Ledged doors to the kitchen/breakfast room and the sitting room.

SITTING ROOM Double aspect, double glazed window and French windows that open out to the garden. Radiators, exposed beams and down lighters, polished oak floorboards. An impressive brick inglenook fireplace with illuminated recesses, an oak bressummer beam and a LPG-fired stove. TV point.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM Rear aspect double glazed windows. Back door to the garden. The kitchen is well-appointed and fitted with roll edged work tops, single drainer one and a half bowl sink with mixer tap. Limed oak fronted base level units and matching wall units. Four ring LPG hob, with double electric oven beneath, cooker hood above, space for tall fridge/freezer, pamment tiled floor, exposed beams, pelmet lighting, radiator, ceiling down lighters.

UTILITY ROOM Plumbing for dishwasher, wall mounted cupboard. Tiled floor. Door to the cloakroom.

CLOAKROOM Wash basin with mixer tap and tiled splash backs, WC., oil-fired boiler, double glazed window, Tiled floor, cupboard housing electric consumer units, vanity mirror.

FIRST FLOOR GALLERIED LANDING Double glazed window, fitted carpet, fitted shelves, access to roof space, smoke alarm. Ledged doors off to the bedrooms, bathroom and separate WC.

BEDROOM ONE Front aspect double glazed window, radiator, fitted carpet, ceiling down lighters, polished pine floor boards.

BEDROOM TWO Rear aspect double glazed window, radiator, fitted carpet. Views of the garden.

BEDROOM THREE Front aspect double glazed window, radiator, fitted carpet, fitted wardrobes and blanket cupboards.


WC. And wash basin, part tiled walls, vanity mirror, chrome towel rail/radiator. Double glazed window.

BATHROOM Panel enclosed bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, bidet, pedestal wash basin, tiled shower cubicle, radiator/towel rail, airing cupboard with hot water cylinder and shelving. Double glazed window, vanity light and shaver point.

OUTSIDE The property is approached via a large pea shingle driveway which offers excellent parking for several vehicles and has room for trailers etc. The driveway which is screened by well-maintained hedges, leads to the garage.

The rear garden is enclosed and well screened by mature evergreen and deciduous trees. The garden is laid to lawn with borders and established shrubs. There is large paved patio with a pergola and a raised timber deck, wisteria and clematis, outside lighting and tap. There is an enclosed area with the LPG bottles and Oil tank. At the far end of the garden there is a lovely west facing gazeebo and a small vegetable garden.

A five bar, field gate provides a second vehicular access into the property at the rear.


STUDIO/OFFICE Vaulted ceiling, fluorescent lights. Useful store room. Double doors from the garden.

GREENHOUSE Lean to green house with staging and power connected.

GARAGE/WORKSHOP Double doors, power connected, fitted cupboards and benches.

UTILITY ROOM Roll edged work tops, single drainer stainless steel sink, cupboard under, base level cupboards, plumbing for washing machine, space for tumble dryer and freezers, tall larder cupboard, quarry tiled floor. Door from the garden.

GARAGE Up and over door, power connected. Courtesy door from the garden.

LOCAL AUTHORITY Suffolk Coastal District Council, Council Offices,

East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk. IP12 1RT Tel: 01394 383789

VIEWING Strictly by appointment through Jennie Jones Estate Agents:

SAXMUNDHAM (01728) 605511.


SERVICES Mains water, electricity and drainage.

Floorplan for Abbey Lane, Theberton, Suffolk