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Location Set out in the countryside along a little used lane, this property has much to offer. The nearby village of Rickinghall (combined with Botesdale) is probably one of the areas most sought after, offering wider facilities including a Co-op store, health centre, schooling, public houses and food outlets. For wider facilities the thriving market town of Diss is just over the border into Norfolk around 7 miles away from where there is a mainline rail service to London Liverpool Street. Around 15 miles in the other direction is the fine old town of Bury St Edmunds.
The Property This charming cottage enjoys a truly enviable location, set along a quiet lane amidst the beautiful, gently rolling Suffolk countryside. Maintained to a very high standard throughout, the cottage has undergone a scheme of improvement over the last 6 years, to include a new tiled roof, AAA double-glazed upvc windows, the installation of a reconditioned oil fired Aga and significant improvements to the gardens and outbuildings. Furthermore, the cottage enjoys high levels of thermal insulation due to cavity wall and roof insulation which help to keep running costs low. The interiors are light and airy and the layout is flexible, with a bathroom on the ground floor offering scope for the study to be used as an additional bedroom. The kitchen/breakfast room enjoys a double aspect and has ample storage cupboards and work surfaces. The Aga creates a homely focal point and is supplemented by a split level double oven. There is an integrated fridge/freezer and space for a dishwasher and there are additional storage cupboards in the utility room. The dining room has open studwork to one wall and features an open fire and the sitting room has the benefit of a woodburning stove and a wide glazed door which takes in views over the glorious gardens. The master bedroom enjoys a double aspect and benefits from fitted wardrobes and an en-suite shower room and the remaining bedrooms are served by a separate shower room.
Outside The property is approached from the road via a shingled driveway which opens up into a courtyard with outbuildings. One incorporates four garages (all with power and lighting), a loose box, tack room and store room and the other is currently used to store garden equipment but offers scope for an outdoor office. The grounds to the south are laid to grass and can easily accommodate a horse or pony. (Equestrians will be pleased to hear that there are a good number of bridle ways in the area to facilitate riding out.) Additionally, there is a tree house and outbuildings which comprise a double open bay cart lodge, tractor shed and log store. The gardens to the west and north aspects have been expertly landscaped and are a delight to behold, containing a wide variety of interesting trees and shrubs along with deep flower borders which provide colour and interest throughout the season. A separate area of garden to the far end comprises an orchard, a vegetable plot, greenhouse, fruit cage and potting shed, all benefiting from a rainwater harvesting and irrigation system. Overall, the property is set in 2.3 acres (0.93 ha).
Services Mains water and electricity are connected to the property. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating. Please note that the services/appliances/central heating and heating system/plumbing and electrical installations have not been tested by the selling agents and the purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the condition and warranty of these items.
Directions From Diss head west on the A143 towards Bury St Edmunds bypassing the villages of Botesdale and Rickinghall and take the left hand turn onto the B1113 signposted Stowmarket. Continue into Allwood Green and take the right hand turn into New Delight Road. At the T-junction turn right into West Hall Road and continue along the road where the property will be found on the right hand side.
Viewing Strictly by appointment with TW Gaze.