General information The Old Forge is an attractive Grade II Listed period house with modern extension which is believed to date back to the 16th Century. The house has seen considerable renovation and extension in recent times, all of which have been carried to retain all of the original charm and character of the property, including a wealth of exposed timbering, inglenook fireplaces and the original village forge has been converted to a stunning kitchen/breakfast room.
The property has a central location close to the heart of the village of Monks Eleigh. It is believed to date back to the 16th Century and shows many signs of its gradual development and extension.
The entrance door leads into the reception hallway with cloakroom with attractive brick flooring. There is a door through to the stunning kitchen/breakfast room, created from the conversion of the old forge, with a vaulted ceiling, four oven Aga, central island unit, fitted storage cupboards and ample space for a large dining table. This is a very modern layout in such a historic space. There is a French door leading out on to the terrace and sunny garden.
There is a small study area with door through to the characterful family room with large fireplace, inset multi-fuel stove and heavy oak bressummer, attractive aspect over rear garden and a door leads through to the large sitting room. The sitting room has a large inglenook fireplace with massive bressumer, fitted hood and open fireplace.
On the ground floor there is further accommodation which is not at present connected to the house and was built much more recently with high insulation characteristics. At present it provides a large work shop and a stunning double height drawing room with exposed reclaimed oak timbering. There are large picture windows and French doors overlooking the garden. This space could easily be part of the main residence but would provide a self contained annexe accommodation or the most beautiful home office. There are two separate cellar areas with restricted head room, beneath the drawing room.
From the family room is a staircase to the first floor which has three good size bedrooms and family bathroom. Located in the new wing is a further bedroom and self-contained bathroom and an access hallway which offers great flexibility for teenager or dependent relative accommodation.
The outside The Old Forge, being a former blacksmith's forge fronts the village street. At the eastern end of the property is a shingled parking area with space for at least four cars, alongside the more recent extension to the property with access to the space currently being used as a workshop.
The grounds lie principally to the south of the property with a sheltered, sunny terrace area including an old well to the rear of the house. The gardens slope away with attractive informal planting, shrubs, trees and a selection of lovely wild flowers including orchids. At the bottom of the garden lies the River Brett which meanders through the village and provides an extremely attractive aspect to the property.
The rear of the property is clad in attractive roses and flower beds contain an interesting range of herbaceous plants and shrubs.
Where? Monks Eleigh is an extremely attractive village which nestles in the Brett Valley midway between the stunning medieval village of Lavenham and the thriving market town of Hadleigh. The village has a fine collection of period and listed properties. There is an attractive village green dominated by the fine parish church. The village contains pub, community shop and there is a thriving plant, craft and café business located with in the village. Doctors surgeries are available in Bildeston and Lavenham nearby. Lavenham has excellent day-do-day facilities and a range of shops.
Many people who live in the village travel daily to Ipswich or Colchester where there is a connection to the mainline leading to London's Liverpool Street. There are also good private schools available in Ipswich, some 15 miles. There is easy access to Old Buckenham Hall Prep School which lies some five miles to the north.
Important information Council Tax Band - F
Services - We understand that mains water, drainage and electricity are connected to the property. Night storage heating with open-fires and wood burner stoves. Electric Aga.
Tenure - Freehold
EPC rating - n/a
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A most attractive Grade II Listed house and adjoining former forge. The property has been sympathetically improved and extended to create a house of huge charm and character situated in an attractive sought-after village with large south facing gardens running down and frontage to the River Brett.
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