Grand first impressions in Sudbury
With a sweeping drive and beautifully-kept gardens, this handsome Victorian home makes a great first impression.
After living in a bland bungalow for over 20 years and with a love for antiques, Gill Blake yearned to live in a home with character. Gill had almost given up looking for the home of her dreams when she came across Newton House.
“I fell in love with Newton House the moment I saw its impressive entry and beautiful Victorian frontage” Gill says. “My husband was also drawn to the home’s spaciousness, and we decided to buy it in 2010.”
Newton House has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, three generous reception rooms and a kitchen with utility and breakfast rooms, but it is the conservatory that Gill enjoys most: “I love to relax and read in the conservatory. It is so light and airy and it looks out onto a lovely garden.”
Set well back from Newton Road, this impressive Victorian home is approached through secure, electric double gates. These lead to a long gravel drive, bordered by shrubs and lawn, with a large parking area alongside the property’s attractive portico-structured entrance. For those who like to have guests regularly, there is also a side driveway to additional extensive rear parking, and a dry cellar to allow storage for extra wine supplies when hosting.
To the back of the house is an attractive, paved terraced area, which is overlooked by a large timber studio. It is currently being used as a home office but could easily be adapted to become a small self-contained annexe.
Gill adds: “The office outside is a really convenient extra space that is roomy and light. The terraced area next to it is also ideal for eating outside on warmer days as it is opposite the kitchen.”
Well-situated, Newton House is on the outskirts of Sudbury, which has local transport links to Colchester, Ipswich and Bury-St-Edmunds, as well as a train line to London Liverpool Street. Its location is one of the factors that drew Gill to the property.
“Living here is really convenient as you can walk into town, where there is a good choice of shops and all the transport links you could need. There’s also the Quay Theatre for those who like a theatrical show. I work in a bookshop in Sudbury, which I enjoy and find everyone so friendly. There is a great sense of community in the town.”
Gill continues: “Perhaps my favourite place near here though is The Meadows. It is quiet, serene and perfect for long walks, and is a perfect place for dog-owners.”
Sudbury is a thriving market town nestled in the countryside on the border of Essex and Suffolk. Its strong sense of community is perhaps attributable to its twice weekly market and wealth of organisations, societies and sport clubs, which are available to residents in or around the historic town.
Gill concludes: “I love Newton House and Sudbury, but need to downsize and hand this welcoming home over to someone else who can really make the most of it.”
Graham Buxton, Partner at Fenn Wright added, “I am delighted that Newton House is now sold, subject to the exchange of contracts, and I look forward to taking on the next lovely Signature home to sell. The market for these special properties in and around Sudbury, and in fact the whole of Suffolk, is still strong. With the countryside on our doorstep and easy commutes to London this area continues to be really popular with buyers wanting to leave their city lives behind. And because we’ve got a marketing suite in Mayfair as well as 10 branches along the A12 corridor in Essex and Suffolk we’re well placed to reach this discerning audience. If you’re thinking of selling your property have a chat with us first.”