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REVIEW Featuring The revival of a Suffolk Methodist Chapel Where next for the property market Our selection of some of East Anglias finest character properties Issue One 2015 Bedfords Review Issue One 20154 Welcome F irstly welcome to our latest Review which I hope provides an interesting overview of some of the finest houses that are offered for sale in the region as well as a window seat to our view of the property market in East Anglia. It has been an incredible 12 months of business for us as a firm for many reasons we have had a number of reasons for celebration births business mergers and new office openings whilst there have also been many reasons to be watchful of the property market with the election playing its inevitable part leading up to May 7th. Now that the summer is upon us I always feel that it is a great time to live and work in the regions. The attributes of our picturesque counties come alive and the business of selling houses comes into its own as cottage gardens burst with colour and the idea of a coastal retreat appears very attractive. These wonders of the area in our region have not gone unnoticed at a national level. More so than ever hot spots are being identified by journalists in national publications whether it be for fine dining coastal walks or attractive market towns both Suffolk and Norfolk appear on most occasions when writers try and identify a certain top 10. One article of note that was published in the Telegraph during the spring identified Woodbridge as the most attractive small town in Suffolk whilst in the next breath called Bury St Edmunds the nicest town in the world. This is little surprise to us locals and whilst I cherish that it is still partially undiscovered I cannot blame those from other areas of the country seeking out such a wonderful region. Publicity-wise North Norfolk is no stranger with the vast expanse of sand A triumph forthe undiscovered JAMESBEDFORD Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 5 making it a regular place in the Best Beaches in the press and is often noted for the biennial Country Fair at Holkham Hall too see page 46. The fact that it is also the destination of the new family home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will do little to slow up its media interest too. With my back to Snape Maltings only a few weeks ago looking out over the reed beds it occurred to me it is the perfect single picture of modern Suffolk with views over the flat river plain pierced by medieval churches with the contrasting sculptures by Henry Moore and the state-of-the-art concert hall it is a simple example of how we have evolved and become one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Suffolk and Norfolk have managed somehow to retain the rusticity and space that we locals take for granted whilst embracing the diversity of contemporary culture. Interestingly as a result of the aforementioned feature in the Telegraph the very next day I took a call from a potential buyer from London looking for a 7-figure second home in Bury St Edmunds. Pleased to hear from him we discussed his requirements and I asked if he would consider something a mile or so to the west as I had been to see something suitable. He simply replied I have no idea never been there in my life I just read something yesterday and thought Id better buy now before it booms in price The Telegraph identified Woodbridge as the most attractive small town in Suffolk Above View from the River Alde at Snape For nearly 50 years Bedfords have operated throughout Norfolk and Suffolk with offices strategically placed in the finest locations. Aldeburgh 145 High Street Aldeburgh Suffolk IP15 5AN T. 01728 454 505 E. aldbedfords.co.uk Burnham Market The Bower House Market Place Burnham Market Kings Lynn Norfolk PE31 8HF T. 01328 730 500 E. bmktbedfords.co.uk Bury St Edmunds 15 Guildhall Street Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP33 1QD T. 01284 769 999 E. bsebedfords.co.uk Woodbridge 28 Market Hill Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 4LU T. 01394 779 444 E. woodbridgebedfords.co.uk Mayfair Office Cashel House 15 Thayer Street London W1U 3JT T. 0870 112 7099 E. infomayfairoffice.co.uk Known for selling some of the finest houses in East Anglia 7 News Community fundraising news 10 Comment Where next for the market Ben Marchbank reflects 11 Property Our selection of character houses on the market across East Anglia 42 Feature Ancient Modern the revival of a Suffolk Methodist chapel 46 Events Holkham Country Fair Contents Follow us on Twitter Bedfords1966 www.bedfords.co.uk Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 7 COMMUNITY News Bedfords are delighted to have supported two well-regarded garden festivals in Suffolk raising money for local hospice charities. The Hidden Gardens of Bury is a well-attended event with a long- standing history in the town each year growing in stature and attendance. The streets of the town became densely populated by tourists and the local community all appreciating the wonderful gardens that have been nurtured by their owners. One garden that was open this year belonged to our very own David and Sadie Bedford. Formerly the walled tennis lawn of a local doctors house since acquiring the property in 1997 David and in particular Sadie a former chairman of the Bury St Edmunds Flower Club have transformed the garden including attractive borders sculptures and statues. We were both overwhelmed with the level of support the event generated said David and between us we managed to entertain over 1700 visitors on the day and altogether the event raised over 21000 for St Nicholas Hospice which is incredible. Bedfords office in Woodbridge promoted two similar gardening- themed events with the Secret Gardens of Woodbridge and the Holbrook Open Gardens. These events mark a formal association with St Elizabeth Hospice and the Woodbridge office will be donating a proportion of every sales commission that we earn to the hospice charity and will also play a major role in the promotion of their fundraising activities. Following a chance meeting at the Suffolk Show Lord and Lady Rowland with the Mayor of St Edmundsbury undertook an inspired event at Lord and Lady Rowlands home the Manor House in Bury St Edmunds during April. The house was formerly a museum and some of the paintings that once adorned the rooms have remained in storage ever since. Lord and Lady Rowland offered to stage an exhibition so that the portraiture could be re-hung and during the course of two weeks there was public access for study days childrens and charitable events. An opening drinks party was oversubscribed and the event finished with a gala dinner and auction helped by David Bedfords wife Sadie much to the amusement of those present bidding against him for one of the lots We were delighted to take part and total proceeds of 43000 are to be donated to charities supported by the Mayor Lord and Lady. HiddenGardens Paintings return to Manor House Colonel Strode painter unknown In June both Bury St Edmunds and Woodbridge hosted superb garden festivals. 9Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 In April Bedfords were delighted to sponsor a Fine Dining Cookery Demonstration by Norfolks own Galton Blackiston chef patron of the Michelin- starred Morston Hall Hotel. The event was held at Park House Hotel in Sandringham a unique Leonard Cheshire-run hotel offering respite holidays for the severely disabled and their carers set in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Estate. Galton was superb sharing secrets from the kitchen and showing that things dont always go to plan even for the very best of chefs when he set the fire alarm off Paul Bedford a self- proclaimed dab hand in the domestic kitchen represented Bedfords along with Gillian Rhodes from the Burnham Market office. Fine dining with Galton Blackiston Above Galton Blackiston owner and chef patron of the Michelin- starred Morston Hall country house hotel and restaurant Mountain view Above Buachaille Etive Mr one of the most recognisable mountains in Scotland was a view enjoyed along the walk from Glencoe on the way to climb the Devils Staircase Agency Awarded We are always grateful when clients offer a token of their appreciation following a sale flowers chocolates biscuits and wine are often proffered and always gladly received. However Andrew at the Burnham Market office recorded a first this week with the gift of a specially- commissioned trophy from the seller of a house in West Runton Norfolk The trophy was inscribed For Valour Dedication Constant Good Humour Even When Under Serious Fire. News From the 21st to the 27th April Mimi Moll from our Bury St Edmunds office took part in a 100-mile fundraiser walking and camping with 7 other women along the West Highland Way in Scotland. According to Mimi starting in Milngavie just north of Glasgow the walk started relatively gently heading up along the shores of Loch Lomond but soon turned into a rather more intrepid adventure when rough terrain and snow storms hit whilst traversing the latter stages of the walk across Rannoch Moor and up to the end point in Fort William. Mimi recorded the journey with many photographs of the beautiful scenery and raised 1075.00 for local charity Focus 12 which helps people recover from addictions through their abstinence-based treatment centre. Bedfords Review Issue One 201510 Comment Wherenext forthemarket Ben Marchbank of our Burnham Market office reflects Whilst it was understandable that sellers might be hanging fire before the Election it is inexplicable that they have not been coming to market with all guns blazing since. And so the market stands at a crossroads. Will buyers accept these ever-rising prices or will they pause and reflect that they are seeking value as well as quality It seems that the latter may be the case judging from the number of well-located attractive houses that remain on the market despite a good couple of months of marketing. So if youre thinking of selling what should you do Perhaps in the first instance you should consider the pressures on the agents pitching for your business. Are they looking to expand the register of their recently- opened office or are they under pressure from their superiors to increase their listings As an agent it takes experience to tell a client what they need to hear its the easy option to tell them what they want to hear. And it requires even more experience to provide them with this information when the pressure is on with dwindling levels of stock. Perhaps now is the moment to mention that in 2016 Bedfords will celebrate 50 years since David Bedford opened the doors to his first office and 20 years since we opened in Burnham Market. The partners and staff have long experience in the local and regional markets and we have the experience needed to tell you what you need to hear especially in a year as atypical as 2015. Our buyers tend to fall into three categories those buying houses in which to live those buying second homes and those buying as an investment to let out. All three sectors of the market seem to have heaved a collective sigh of relief at the result since when they have been eagerly scouring agents websites for new stock. The trouble is this keenly- sought stock is not there. Whilst it was understandable that sellers might be hanging fire before the Election it is inexplicable that they have not been coming to market with all guns blazing since. Following the Election in 2010 listings increased by 17. This time the same is certainly not the case and consequently asking prices are being pushed inexorably higher as hungry agents chase after those few sellers who are coming to market glibly promising ever-higher prices. Typically as any seasoned student of the housing market knows the period of uncertainty in the run-up to a General Election usually coincides with a time of stagnation when most potential sellers put their plans on hold until the economic and political future is clearer. However 2015 has not been a typical year. Whatever the colour of the rosette sported on May 7th above all the housing market wanted a clear-cut result. The weeks or even months of uncertainty that might have followed another coalition as the parties endeavoured to form some sort of government would have seen a continuation of the flat market we experienced in the build-up to the poll. As it is the majority Conservative victory that left the pollsters with egg on their faces has put a smile on the faces of those in the housing industry the threat of a Mansion Tax is no more the fear of rent controls has gone giving relief to the top of the market and buy-to-let investors respectively. Bedfords certainly experienced a surge in sales in the weeks after polling day. It cannot be coincidence that within a week of the result we received bids from three buyers for The Old Rectory in Burnham Market guide 2.2 million. Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 11 BURNHAM MARKET 01328 730 500 Prime London finish prime Norfolk view Newly-renovated to the highest specification and with stunning views towards Blakeney Point. Sitting room with roof terrace Smallbone kitchen with Gaggenau appliances 5 bedroom suites. EPC C Location Cley-next-the-Sea Norfolk Guide 1.695 million Ref BUR150078 Property Section PROPERTYSECTION Our selection of some the finest character properties on the market across East Anglia EDITORS PICKS Notable gardens p20 Notable views p28 Notable renovations p36 12 Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 Aldeburgh 01728 454 505 A magnificent conversion into spacious apartments The Clock Tower and Garratt House each offer outstanding accommodation within the magnificent Snape Maltings conversion with its famous concert hall and splendid range of shops overlooking the Alde Valley. Location Snape Suffolk Guide 430000-460000 Ref. ALD 130210 ALD130227 Grade II Listed property adjacent to Snape Maltings An elegant Arts Crafts-style property predominantly on one level with five bedrooms and five excellent reception rooms close to the Alde Valley estuary and world-famous musical centre of Snape Maltings. Location Snape Suffolk Guide 1.5 million Ref. ALD150090 13Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 Bury st edmundS 01284 769 999 Historic country house in a mature 7-acre rural setting This partly moated former hall house occupies a peaceful setting behind the village church well placed for quick and easy access to Stansted Airport and Cambridge. Four receptions five bedrooms three bathrooms a restored thatched barn and a range of further outbuildings. Location Stambourne EssexSuffolk border Guide 1.65 million Ref BSE110242 Victorian house with holiday cottage near Nowton Park A elegant house on the fringes of the town offering exceptional accommodation comprising 3 reception rooms kitchenbreakfast conservatory cellar 5 beds and 3 baths and a superb converted coach house great holiday annexe accommodation comprising livingkitchen 2 beds bathroom cloakroom and garden. EPC E Location Nowton Road BSE Guide 995000 Ref BSE150116 14 Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 AldeburgH 01728 454 505 A substantial house with views over the River Alde Approached down a long tree-lined drive and set within nearly 8 acres this is a substantial house with enviable southerly views. Four reception rooms four bedrooms flexible-use annexe flat garaging cart lodges stores covered pool parklands grounds. Location Aldeburgh Suffolk Guide 2500000 Ref ALD140213 15Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 BURNHAM MARKET 01328 730 500 Georgian cottage sought-after coastal village A pretty double-fronted Grade II listed cottage with 2 reception rooms AGA kitchen 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. South-facing garden and off-road parking. Location Thornham Norfolk Guide 525000 Ref BUR150162 Grade II listed barn converted with flair A skilful conversion within a range of stone barns with exposed beams stone walls and vaulted ceilings. 4 receptions 5 beds and 5 baths. Superb courtyard garden. Location South Creake Norfolk Guide 895000 Ref BUR120167 16 Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 BURNHAM MARKET 01328 730 500 Overlooking Royal Estate- owned grazing land A substantial former Rectory 1876 in 2.6 acres S.T.S. of grounds. 3 well- proportioned reception rooms study AGA kitchenbreakfast room 67 bedrooms 4 bathrooms formal gardens walled courtyard hard tennis court coach house garaging and outbuildings. EPC G Location Dersingham Norfolk Guide 1.25 million Ref BUR150081 A Grade II listed house hidden away in 3.5 acres Entrance hall drawing room dining room long conservatory kitchen 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Walled garden meadow and a range of outbuildings including a substantial barn. Location Burnham Overy Staithe Norfolk Guide 2.7 million Ref BUR100126 UNDER O FFER 17Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 AldeburgH 01728 454 505 Stunning apartment with 2 boats The Courtyard is set within the exclusive development of Snape Maltings. It offers extensive accommodation over 2 floors including 4 bedrooms 1 en suite a sitting room opening onto a private terrace and underground parking. Location Snape Suffolk Guide 560000 Ref ALD150045 Farmhouse with cottage and barn A Grade II listed farmhouse enjoying a secluded location surrounded by countryside. There is also a charming cottage restored barn and unrestored barn. All in around 4.5 acres. Location Ready access to the A12 and the Heritage Coast Guide 895000 Ref ALD110020 Immaculate village cottage A charming semi-detached cottage set in the heart of Peasenhall with stunning south-facing views over the parish church. Beautifully presented with open-plan living 1 en suite bedroom 2 further bedrooms. Driveway and garden. Location Peasenhall Suffolk Guide 360000 Ref ALD120029 Walking distance ofestuary A substantial semi-detached 4 bedroom property retaining many original features and a top-floor master bedroom with stunning views. Large garden with rear access to hard standing and garage. Location Boyton Suffolk Guide 350000 Ref ALD130165 19Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 BURNHAM MARKET 01328 730 500 Prime Burnham Market setting with annexe Substantial modern house c.2006 along an attractive tree-lined lane. Sitting room kitchenfamily room first-floor sittingbedroom 5 bedrooms 4 bathrooms parking garden and separate 1 bed annexe. EPC D Location Burnham Market Norfolk Guide 1.25 million Ref BUR110117 Coastal style A beautifully-appointed detached house built in 2013 in the centre of the village. Double-height entrance sitting room family room vaulted kitchendining room 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. South-facing garden and garage. EPC C Location Brancaster Norfolk Guide 945000 Ref BUR150142 UNDER O FFER 20 Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 Bury st edmundS 01284 769 999 Partially moated country house in 3.7 acres Situated in an exceptional elevated setting surrounded by stunning gardens woodland lake and undulating countryside. Location Suffolk Guide 750000 Ref BSE150035 Three of the best on the market NOTABLE GARDENS 21Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 WOODBRIDGE 01394 779 444 AldeburgH 01728 454 505 A handsome period farmhouse While close to excellent amenities Owls Hall sits in a beautiful rural position. With four reception rooms 56 bedrooms. Location Sternfield Suffolk Guide 785000 Ref ALD150011 An exceptional Tudor farmhouse An outstanding farmhouse set in moated gardens. Hall 3 receptions kitchenbreakfast room boot room laundry room 5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms. All in around 3.2 acres. Location Brundish a small rural village close to Framlingham Mid Suffolk Guide 895000 Ref ALD130188 22 Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 WOODBRIDGE 01394 779 444 A spacious family home A substantial home occupying a splendid tucked-away position on the edge of the village. 3 receptions kitchen breakfast room conservatory 5 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. Detached garage barn mature gardens and paddock. All in around 2.5 acres. Location Hasketon Suffolk Guide 795000 Ref WDB150018 23Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 Bury st edmundS 01284 769 999 Former rectory with holiday accommodation detached cottage and 16 acres A substantial former rectory with unencumbered and unspoilt views over adjoining National Trust Estate land. 4 reception rooms 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Converted coach house with 3 suites a 3-bed apartment and 2-bed cottage. Swimming pool dairy American barn and workshop. Location Oxborough Norfolk Guide 1.295 million Ref BSE150159 A substantial country house in the middle of 10 acres sts A fine period house of elegant proportions comprising reception hall drawing room dining room sitting room study office kitchen breakfast room laundry boot room 7 bedrooms 3 bathrooms attic rooms studio party room and home officework room. Paddocks barns stabling and summerhouse. Location Coney Weston Guide 1.295 million Ref BSE140386 24 Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 AldeburgH 01728 454 505 A magnificent Victorian country house Standing in around 3.5 acres this property is beautifully presented with natural light flooding in through large windows. Set on three floors there are 5 principal bedrooms 4 further attic bedrooms 7 bathrooms 4 reception rooms and a two bedroom annexe. Location Theberton Suffolk Guide 1.25 million Ref ALD150094 Detached Aldeburgh home Elegant Edwardian double bay-fronted well-presented and spacious home ideally located above the high street with garden garage and parking. 2 receptions kitchen utility room cloakroom 3 bedrooms bathroom shower room. Location Aldeburgh Suffolk Guide 675000 Ref ALD080002 Near the Aldeburgh coast An imposing detached modern family home in a quiet location backing onto the village green. 3 receptions kitchenbreakfast room 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. Attractive gardens double garage. LOCATION Friston Suffolk Guide 499950 Ref ALD100028 25Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 BURNHAM MARKET 01328 730 500 Rural hamlet west of Fakenham A substantial barn conversion in 2.1 acres S.T.S. overlooking rolling farmland. Vaulted drawing room kitchenbreakfast room sitting room study office playroom 5 beds 4 baths. 6-bay open cart lodge triple garaging and south-facing gardens. EPC D Location Shereford Norfolk Guide 950000 Ref BUR130261 Perfect by design An outstanding contemporary house with coastal views. Hand-built kitchen 4 receptions 5 beds 3 baths double garage beautifully landscaped front gardens and good-sized south-facing rear gardens. EPC C Location Brancaster Staithe Norfolk Guide 2.695 million Ref BUR140320 Bedfords Review Issue One 201526 Bury st edmundS 01284 769 999 Contemporary house 5 acres A unique family house with versatile accommodation. 4 reception rooms 6 bedrooms 5 bathrooms and studio annexe. Location Great Ashfield Suffolk Guide 975000 Ref BSE150095 A substantial village house A Georgian-fronted Grade II listed village house requiring some modernisation. 5 reception rooms 7 bedrooms 3 bathrooms walled gardens and garage. Location Bildeston Suffolk Guide 595000 Ref BSE140289 High-specification new-build Set back off a private lane the accommodation extending to 2400 sq ft with 3 reception rooms 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms and double garage. Location Norton Suffolk Guide 635000 Ref BSE150133 Overlooking the village green A substantial farmhouse extending to over 3000sq ft with 3 reception rooms 6 bedrooms 3 bathrooms outbuildings and garaging. Location Westhorpe Suffolk Guide 599950 Ref BSE150086 28 Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 Bury st edmundS 01284 769 999 Stunning former prison with exceptional rooftop views A stunning Georgian building with truly astonishing accommodation and offering extensive living space approaching 7500 sq ft which is partially renovated with further scope for either modernisation or development. 5 reception rooms 7 bedrooms 2 bathrooms and awesome rooftop views over the town. Location Sicklesmere Road Bury St Edmunds Guide 795000 Ref BSE140267 Four of the best on the market NOTABLE Views Charming cottage in the grounds of Ickworth Park A superb retreat within the Park surrounded by park wood and farmland Location Horringer Guide 600000 Ref BSE140409 29Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 BURNHAM MARKET 01328 730 500 AldeburgH 01728 454 505 Stunning Coastal barn A Grade II listed barn conversion with outstanding coastal views. Vaulted kitchenfamily room study vaulted sitting room 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Walled garden parking and garage. Location Cley-next-the-Sea Norfolk Guide 825000 Ref BUR150093 An elevated barn conversion An impressive former red-brick barn imaginatively designed and sympathetically converted with flexible accommodation and annexe presently used as a self-catering holiday let. Location Middleton Moor Suffolk Guide 675000 Ref ALD130234 Bedfords Review Issue One 201530 BURNHAM MARKET 01328 730 500 Brick flint cottage 3 miles from the coast Sympathetically restored and beautifully presented period cottage with vaulted open-plan kitchenfamily room sitting room 3-4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms and annexe. Charming gardens of a 13 acre S.T.S.. EPC F Location Field Dalling near Blakeney Norfolk Guide 695000 Ref BUR150170 Detached cottage in a leafy setting Set in a pretty North Norfolk village surrounded by unspoilt countryside 7 miles from Holt. 2 receptions study AGA kitchen 4 beds and 3 baths. Good-sized gardens. EPC E Location Bessingham near Holt Norfolk Guide 499950 Ref BUR150119 Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 31 BURNHAM MARKET 01328 730 500 In the heart of the village A detached house of charm and character in an exceptional location. Hall 3 reception rooms kitchen breakfast room 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms. Parking garage and gardens of around 13 acre S.T.S.. EPC D Location Blakeney Norfolk Guide 1.295 million Ref BUR150067 Elegant proportions A substantial Victorian house situated on the edge of a sought- after village. Kitchenbreakfast room dining room drawing room study 5 bedrooms 4 bathrooms. Parking and mainly walled garden. EPC F Location East Rudham between Kings Lynn Fakenham Norfolk Guide 795000 Ref BUR140091 Bedfords Review Issue One 201532 BURNHAM MARKET 01328 730 500 Wing within a moated hall 3 reception rooms kitchenbreakfast room 6 bedrooms 4 bathrooms double garage and secluded gardens running down to the moat. Location Old Hunstanton Norfolk Guide 895000 Ref BUR120045 Renovated coastal cottage An exceptional village cottage renovated to a high standard. Kitchendining room sitting room 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Parking and beautiful rear garden. EPC C Location Cley-next-the-Sea Norfolk Guide 625000 Ref BUR150036 Grade II listed house with commercial potential Entrance sitting room kitchen further kitchendiner snug first-floor sitting room 4 beds 2 baths and attic room. Parking and attractive rear garden. Location Holt town centre Norfolk Guide 565000 Ref BUR150156 Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 33 Bury st edmundS 01284 769 999 Farmhouse overlooking meadows 1.5 acres A fabulous period house with versatile accommodation situated in an exceptional rural setting on the village edge surrounded by gardens meadows and farmland. 4 reception rooms 5-6 bedrooms 3 bathrooms. Location Wyverstone Suffolk Guide 735000 Ref BSE150046 Holiday cottage in quiet lane A stylish and well-presented rural retreat close to the historic Lavenham. Large open-plan living area with fitted kitchen 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms parking and garaging. Location Preston St Mary Suffolk Guide 295000 Ref BSE150154 Apartment with great views A substantial apartment taking one whole floor extending to almost 3000sq ft with 2 large reception rooms 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Location Lower Baxter Street Bury St Edmunds Guide 945000 Ref BSE130339 Bedfords Review Issue One 201534 Bury st edmundS 01284 769 999 Sought-after development A stunning family home constructed over three floors with 3 reception rooms a fabulous live-in kitchenbreakfast garden room utility room 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Double garage and private gardens. Location Thurston Suffolk Guide 825000 Ref BSE150207 Historic setting A magnificent conversion set back in mature private grounds of one acre with a large range of outbuildings. 4500sq ft of accommodation with superb open-plan vaulted living and dining separate sitting room kitchenbreakfast garden room 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Location Haughley Suffolk Guide 925000 Ref BSE120320 Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 35 WOODBRIDGE 01394 779 444 A remarkable townhouse A delightful traditional building steeped in history and situated in a quiet one-way residential street just a stones throw from the centre of Woodbridge offering tremendous potential. Location Woodbridge Suffolk Guide 435000 Ref WDB150095 A former fishermans cottage Oyster Cottage occupies a wonderful position at the heart of Orford just yards from the historic Quay on the beautiful River Ore. The accommodation comprises kitchenliving room landing 2 bedrooms family bathroom. Location Orford Suffolk Guide 285000 Ref ALD150030 An elegant mews house Occupying the north-east corner of this conversion within the grounds of the former Sudbourne Hall. Entrance hall sitting roomdining room kitchen 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. Communal courtyard and parkland of around 5 acres. Location Sudbourne Suffolk Guide 320000 Ref ALD150041 A delightful extended cottage Overlooking the Stour estuary. Hall dining room sitting room kitchen snug study utility WC 4 bedrooms bathroom integral workshop detached double garage greenhouse. Delightful mature gardens. Location Lower Holbrook Suffolk Guide 475000 Ref WDB150014 Bedfords Review Issue One 201536 Bury st edmundS 01284 769 999 Grade II listed detached chapel Situated in one of Burys finest and most sought- after locations with exceptional two-storey accommodation cleverly fusing contemporary style and nuances with the original fabric and character. Dining hall drawing room library study integrated kitchen cloakroom 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms laundry and walled garden. Location St Marys Square Bury St Edmunds Guide 815000 Ref BSE140269 Four of the best on the market NOTABLE renovations Coach house overlooking the Cathedral The unique brick-and-flint former coach house situated behind the historic West Front and cathedral comprising 2 reception rooms 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Location The Courtyard Bury St Edmunds Guide 299995 Ref BSE140246 Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 37 WOODBRIDGE 01394 779 444 A charming farmhouse A fine listed 17th-century farmhouse full of character and situated in a mature garden and paddocks in all about 2.85 acres alongside open countryside. Entrance hall drawing room sitting room dining room study kitchenbreakfast room cloakroom 6 bedrooms and family bathroom. In all about 2.85 acres. Location Campsea Ashe Suffolk Guide 795000. Ref WDB150045 Family house with 2.5 acres This attractive edge-of-village 5 bedroom house standing in mature gardens and paddock of 2.5 acres occupies a tucked- away position between Framlingham and Woodbridge. Location Hacheston Suffolk Guide 675000 Ref WDB150123 A splendid Tudor farmhouse A prominent Grade II listed farmhouse with an excellent range of attendant outbuildings in a mature garden. Entrance sitting room dining room study breakfast room kitchen conservatory butlers pantry shower room 7 bedrooms. In all about 0.8 acre. Location Great Blakenham Suffolk Guide 500000 Ref WDB150134 Bedfords Review Issue One 201538 WOODBRIDGE 01394 779 444 A beautiful cottage A modernised and improved cottage bathed in natural light tucked away in the heart of Orford. Entrance porch sitting room dining room kitchen bathroom landing 3 bedrooms and shower room. Rear courtyard lawned front garden and planning to create off-street parking. Location Orford Guide 625000 Ref WDB150020 A fine historic farmhouse A delightful traditional Suffolk farmhouse with well- balanced accommodation and a substantial range of buildings including a charming single-storey two bedroom cottage separate studio a large Suffolk barn amenities and paddocks. Location Iken between Orford and Snape close to the Heritage Coast Guide 1.3 million Ref ALD150020 SO LD Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 41 BURNHAM MARKET 01328 730 500 Georgian former rectory with stunning gardens Sold following bids from several prospective buyers. We have disappointed bidders looking for similar houses. Location Burnham Market Norfolk Guide 2.2 million Ref BUR150027 Superb coastal house An extremely well-presented house comprising a sitting room kitchendining room 4 bedrooms double cart lodge parking and large gardens. EPC E Location Stiffkey Norfolk Guide 850000 Ref BUR150031 SO LD Bedfords Review Issue One 201542 Left Nick Glendinning standing outside his superb conversion T his is certainly a striking and unusual house. The former Methodist Chapel now renamed The Chapel Rooms is a 19th century building flanked by two new wings. The whole is a clever conjunction of two styles old and new imaginatively designed by architect Andrew Hughes to sit in harmony with one another. The original chapel is tall and solid the warm-coloured lintels revealed when bright A dilapidated and neglected former Methodist Chapel has been transformed into an exciting and unique village house. We talk to the developer to find out how he achieved this turnaround. The Chapel Rooms at Gislingham Text by Frances Hopewell-Smith. Photographs by Alex Sarginson Ancientmodern Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 43 Main image Superb style newly relaid parquet flooring Above Semi-vaulted handmade kitchen paintwork was stripped away. On either side stand the asymmetrical modern additions in black wood cladding one a straightforward extension and one attached by a glass fronted door and hallway. To the side at the back there is a double garage with flower beds edging the drive and room for more parking. The Chapel was built in 1860 and had been empty for 21 years. No surprise then that it was in a bad way trees had grown through the roof and there was rubble rubbish and debris piled up inside. But with the vision and determination of Nest this sad and sorry building was transformed in just six months into the modern gem it is today. They began the ambitious project in December 2014 and thanks to the forward thinking and experience of all concerned it was finished in June 2015. The secret says Nick Glendinning from Nest is in the planning. Every brick tile timber nut bolt fixture and fitting is predetermined so theres no delays or hold-ups. Even the paint colours and minutiae of final touches are decided upon before work starts. Having admired the outside together Glendinning gives a guided tour of the inside. The living room is converted from the main chapel hall and certainly makes an impact. It has a glorious double height ceiling and your eye is drawn up to an intricate carved wood ceiling rose. The star feature of the room though apart from the sheer drama of its size is the dark oak gallery now designated as a study area supported on two sturdy oak piers which sits directly over the double front doors and ground floor lavatory. The room is painted Lamproom grey a soft comforting colour which complements the wood and the glimpsed white of the adjacent kitchen. At the opposite end of the room from the gallery is a new triptych-style double glazed window looking out over the freshly laid garden. Attached to this airy and spacious room is a large kitchen with Carrara marble worktops and intelligent design features. Another clever mix of new and old. The dining room space is combined and has doors leading out to the garden. It can all be separated by sliding dark oak doors also original because as Glendinning explains I like to incorporate as many of the original features and materials as possible. As well as these doors we found some bricks under the dais and used them to make the fireplace. Its important to get a balance between the old and new so it flows seamlessly. The ground floor is perfect for entertaining and the fact that the kitchen dining room can be closed off completely is a bonus. At the other side of this living room along the hall past a neat cupboarded utility area is the new bedroom wing. Here the windows are aligned to give views through to the high ceilings of the main room and the sky beyond. The two bedrooms on the ground floor have a sleek family bathroom in between. Upstairs a generous sized and light master bedroom en suite shower room and smaller bedroom are all finished to the highest standards in line with the rest of the house. There is under floor heating throughout the ground floor powered by an efficient air source pump system. It takes only 6-8 hours to get up to temperature with an app it can be turned on remotely heats the water and is extremely cost effective. The rest of the power is electric and all the many well-placed blocks of sockets include one for an ethernet cable. Sitting in the pretty village of Gislingham the chapel is an integral part of its history. So much so that the Parish Council gave their blessing and prompt planning permission to rescue it and a near neighbour who was married in the chapel says she is delighted to see it alive again. This is a thoughtfully and lovingly designed house the space and use of mixed materials optimised to give a unique and adaptable new home. The Chapel Rooms is on the market with Bedfords for 625000. For more information please call our Bury St Edmunds office on 01284 769 999. I like to achieve a balance of contemporary design with the fabric of an old building. It can be hard to get all the details right but here it works really well. Bedfords Review Issue One 201544 AldeburgH 01728 454 505 An elegant Victorian village house A beautifully presented Grade II period house renovated and maintained to a high standard located in the heart of this Suffolk village north of Framlingham. Location Stradbroke Suffolk Guide Price 475000 Ref ALD150096 A stones throw from the beach An attractive Grade II listed cottage with well-proportioned accommodation a stones throw from the beach. Entrance hall sitting room with wood-burning stove kitchen breakfast room 2 bedrooms bathroom. Courtyard garden. Location Aldeburgh Suffolk Guide 425000 Ref ALD150039 Remarkable river views A traditional cottage on this historic quay. Entrance hall 2 bedrooms both en suite utilityboot room open-plan sitting room dining room kitchen and balcony. Off-street parking front and rear gardens. Location Bawdsey Quay on the river Deben. Guide 375000 Ref WDB140008 Aldeburgh above the High St A deceptively large residence with drawing room kitchen dining room three bedrooms garage parking and garden. Location Aldeburgh Suffolk Guide 650000 Ref ALD150097 SO LD Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 45 46 Bedfords Review Issue One 2015 Bedfords will be at the Holkham Fair as usual and we hope to see you there HolkhamCountryFair Holkham Country Fair returns this July and once again Bedfords are delighted to support the event. Our roadside boards have already sprung up on verges around the county and we will welcome friends and clients old and new to our usual stand B2 just by the Grand Ring at the fair which takes place on Saturday 25th July and Sunday 26th July. Held in the beautiful parkland grounds of Holkham Hall the event has over 200 trade fine food and craft stands showcasing rural crafts and country pursuits and there are a number of spectacular attractions this year including an RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast by a Douglas C47 Dakota on the Sunday as a tribute to the significant importance of aircraft in World War II during which Norfolks airfields played a pivotal role. Held at the beginning of the holidays and free for children under 14 years of age Holkham Country Fair is the perfect way to start summer and celebrate our fantastic countryside. Events www.holkhamcountryfair.co.uk