General information A spectacular Grade II Listed barn with the majority of the original frame in tact and on show, occupying a mature plot of around 1.2 acres.
With two further detached barns and a total combined living area of 6,000 square feet this exceptional property offers multiple options and all set within the heart of the beautiful Stour valley.
The main barn
Double doors open into an impressive reception hall with exposed timbers and a stairs rising to the first floor with large picture window. An inner hall leads away from the main reception hall where there is a study with a Japanese style feature glass wall and impressive valley views, at the end of the inner hall is a very spacious and impressive kitchen/entertaining room, very much the focal point and heart of the barn with dual aspect windows and large central peninsular unit/breakfast bar with inset hob plus downdraft extractor, a range of drawers, multiple cupboards and an integral microwave. A long work surface with inset sink, integrated fridge and freezer and twin NEFF (Slide & Hide) ovens. The utility room has an L-shaped work surface with inset sink, large fitted storage cupboard, fitted wall units, window and door to rear. The sitting room is a spectacular room with part vaulted ceiling, exposed timbers and red brick work, plus picture windows to two elevations.
The first floor galleried landing has a number of exposed timbers and a gallery overlooks the vaulted sitting room on the ground floor. Doors give access to a superb master bedroom with exposed timbers, vaulted ceiling with floor to ceiling windows to front enjoying far reaching valley views. There is also the advantage of a walk-in wardrobe plus mezzanine space and a beautiful en-suite bathroom with a high quality suite composed of a free standing bath, tiled shower cubicle, low level wc and vanity unit with inset wash basin. There are 3 further double bedrooms all of which enjoy impressive valley views plus a large family bathroom with stylish suite comprising free standing bath, walk in shower, low level wc, vanity unit, exposed timbers and vaulted ceiling.
The second barn
This impressive and useful barn offers circa 1,250 square feet of split level living accommodation and would be ideal as a separate self contained home for family members or equally ideal as a rental/holiday let opportunity to attract additional income. This barn has its own dedicated parking area and impressive rear gardens which house a substantial garden/games room which offers further potential plus far reaching Stour valley views. The accommodation includes an open plan kitchen/breakfast room plus useful utility space plus a spacious part vaulted sitting room with double doors and exposed timbers connecting to the gardens. Both bedrooms benefit from en-suite facilities and the master bedroom has fitted wardrobes to one wall and double doors connecting to and enjoying views over the rear gardens.
The third barn
Sited closest to the main barn this additional detached barn conversion offering circa 750 square of living space could make an ideal self contained living space for a teenager or other family member but could equally work well as a holiday let or rental. The space could also be utilised as a work space of some kind and is in very good condition. The split level accommodation includes a generous sitting room and kitchen plus a good size main bedroom with en-suite facility and a separate family bathroom.
Outside & Gardens
Cranbrook occupies an exceptional position on the outskirts of the highly regarded village of Bures, enjoying commanding views across the Stour Valley and is set back from the road within grounds extending to around 1.2 acres. The property is approached via a sweeping driveway (of which we are advised that there is a farmers right of way - although this should be noted that this is only on a small top part of the property and we understand has not been used for many years, which can be verified by the solicitors) leading round to a gravel parking area for several vehicles plus further parking to the rear of the barn, plus a raised garden area and external boiler for the barn.
To the immediate rear of barn two is a large expanse of decking with outside stove and koi pond, plus a garden room enjoying far reaching views over the surrounding countryside and a noteable games room measuring around 26' x 18' offering further potential subject to a buyers needs.
The mature garden is mainly lawned with a variety of trees and shrubs, creating a peaceful and attractive setting for the property with far reaching Stour valley views.
The property is located on the northern outskirts of Bures, an attractive large Essex/Suffolk border village which lies between Sudbury and Colchester. Bures itself has an excellent local community. There are local shopping facilities and public houses and a branch line station which connects to the mainline at Marks Tey.
The market town of Sudbury is within comfortable driving distance with its excellent range of local shopping and recreational facilities and is surrounded by beautiful countryside famously painted by both John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough and also has good access to local villages such a Long Melford and Lavenham.
Colchester's town centre is surrounded by its Roman walls and is steeped in history, including its Norman Castle.
The town centre provides much of what is expected of a major town with many national retailers and specialists shops and with bars and restaurants catering for most tastes. The town centre also has its own multi-screen cinema, the Mercury Theatre and the Firstsite Art Gallery.
Excellent schooling includes the leading Grammar Schools. Further educational facilities are found in the town centre with not only a Sixth Form College but the Colchester Institute; whilst on the eastern outskirts of the town is the University of Essex.
For the commuter Colchester's North Station provides mainline services terminating at London's Liverpool Street with most journey times scheduled for 50 minutes.
For the road user there is also straight forward access leading down to the A12 to the M25 and beyond.
We understand that mains, water, electricity are connected to the property. Drainage is to a septic tank and there is oil-fired central heating.
Council tax band - D
EPC rating - N/A
Tenure - Freehold
Method of sale - Private treaty
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A stunning, recently converted Grade II Listed barn plus two further detached converted barns within the grounds offering a grand total of circa 6000 square feet of living accommodation. This spectacular arrangement in accommodation offers multiple opportunities including income potential through the possibility of holiday rental or families looking for spacious co-habiting options. The property occupies a plot of circa 1.2 acres and has impressive views over the surrounding Stour valley. The village of Bures also offers a branch rail link to London Liverpool Street and has a primary school with an outstanding ofsted report.
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