Sweffling, Saxmundham | Guide Price, £495,000

An enchanting Grade II listed detached four bedroom cottage in a quiet village between Framlingham and the Heritage Coast. Four bedrooms and two bathrooms, cloakroom, three reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room. Oil fired CH, two inglenooks with woodburners, secluded wildlife garden, garage.
A beautiful Grade II listed, timber framed cottage, which is situated at the heart of the pretty Suffolk village of Sweffling just below the parish church. The village itself is on a quiet byroad with very little traffic. The cottage is thought to date from the 17th century and retains a wealth of original period features which include the wide oak-plank floorboards on the first floor, ceiling beams and open studwork and a beautiful mullion window between the dining room and the snug. There are two large fireplaces each with a wood burning stove, and exposed, 19th-century floor-bricks in the dining room. The cottage was extended during the latter part of the twentieth century. The kitchen/breakfast room, which dates from this time, features a wonderful bow window and window seat that overlooks the rear garden. French windows lead out from the breakfast area to a terrace which has a pergola festooned with wisteria. The sitting room is large enough to accommodate a grand piano and the snug provides a versatile third reception room or study. There is a useful ground floor cloakroom and two good sized bathrooms on the first floor which serve the four, well-proportioned bedrooms. The cottage benefits from oil-fired central heating.

Church Cottage is approached by a driveway and five bar gate that leads to a parking and turning area, in front of a single garage and wood store. The garden is a conservationist's delight. The land rises behind the cottage to an elevated seating area at the top of the garden which faces west. The owners leave the grass long to encourage bees and other insects. There is a small wildlife pond which attracts amphibians and the occasional visiting reptile. The northern boundary of the garden is hedged and boasts a magnificent oak tree which is thought to be at least two hundred years old. The oak tree houses many birds' nests; owls patrol from the wild field adjacent. There are well stocked herbaceous borders, climbing roses and honeysuckle.

This part of Suffolk is a haven for naturalists, artists and musicians. Sweffling is a delightful village which is located between the market towns of Saxmundham and Framlingham. The village has an award winning pub ("The White Horse") and its own tennis court. There is a bowling green which has a flourishing club. There is also a children's play space. There is a community village shop just over a mile away (at neighbouring Rendham) and wonderful wildlife walks at the Woodland Trust's Pound Farm at Great Glemham. There are many lovely footpaths through Sweffling and Benhall where the Walled Garden is a favourite destination for keen gardeners. There are excellent farm shops at Friday Street and Marlesford. Saxmundham has a railway station (about ten minutes away by car) with access to London, Ipswich, Cambridge and Norwich and Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets. Framlingham is famous for its ancient castle and Market Hill with its range of independent shops and restaurants. There are excellent local schools in both the state and private sector. Attractions in this part of Suffolk include the world famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the nature reserve at RSPB Minsmere, the seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold and unspoilt beaches at Walberswick, Dunwich and Eastbridge. There are golf courses at Aldeburgh and Thorpeness and sailing clubs on the Rivers Deben, Alde and Orwell.

DINING ROOM Secondary glazed window, front door, exposed brick floor, lovely fireplace with high bressummer beam and enamel Godin wood burner, exposed beams, stud work and mullioned window through to the snug/study. Radiator, under stair cupboards (one of which houses the recently updated electric consumer units), staircase to the first floor.

THE SNUG/STUDY A triple aspect room (two secondary glazed windows), exposed studwork and beamed ceiling. There are broadband and telephone connections in here.

SITTING ROOM A triple aspect room (two secondary glazed windows) lovely fireplace with high bressummer beam and Villager wood burner, shelved display niche, fitted carpet, radiator. The sitting room is large enough to accommodate a grand piano.

CLOAKROOM Wash basin, tiled splash backs, WC., plumbing for washing machine, vinyl floor, fitted shelves, extractor fan.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM Triple aspect room with a lovely bow window overlooking the garden, fitted window seat. French windows open to the garden, vinyl flooring, radiator, fitted bookshelves, airing cupboard with oil-fired boiler and slatted shelves. Oak work tops, single drainer stainless steel sink, base level cupboards and drawers, wall mounted units, electric cooker point, space for tall fridge/freezer.

FIRST FLOOR LANDING Turned balustrades, fitted carpet, exposed studwork, large built-in cupboard, central heating thermostat, radiator. Doors off to the bathrooms and bedrooms (steps down to bedroom four).

BEDROOM ONE Double aspect room with dormer window and a delightful gothic arched gable window, radiator, exposed beams and oak plank floor, built in cupboard, vaulted ceiling.

BEDROOM TWO Front aspect room with dormer window, exposed beams, fitted carpet, two radiators, built in wardrobe.

BEDROOM THREE Double aspect room with secondary glazed windows overlooking the garden, fitted carpet, spacious fitted wardrobes.

BEDROOM FOUR Access via a charming low door, double glazed gable window, beamed and vaulted ceiling, radiator and electric radiator, fitted carpet.

BATHROOM Rear aspect room. Panel enclosed bath, vanity enclosed wash basin with cupboard under, WC., mirror, radiator, tiled splash backs.

BATHROOM AND SHOWER ROOM Rear aspect room. Panel enclosed bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, vanity enclosed wash basin with cupboard under, WC., tiled shower cubicle, chrome heated towel rail/radiator, extractor fan, airing cupboard with hot water cylinder and slatted shelves.

LOCAL AUTHORITY Suffolk Coastal District Council, Council Offices, East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1RT Tel: 01394 383789


SERVICES Mains electricity and water. Drainage to a private system.


VIEWING By appointment through Jennie Jones Estate Agents:

SAXMUNDHAM (01728) 605511.

email: saxmundham@jennie-jones.com

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Floorplan for Sweffling, Saxmundham