Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 2AF
ELEGANT GEORGIAN TOWN HOUSE
South Hill is situated in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds a popular market town which offers excellent shopping and recreational facitlities including the restored Theatre Royal, Abbey Gardens & Art Gallery. The town has convienent communications being just off the A14 with ready connections to the west for Newmarket, Cambridge and to the east
Stowmarket with its direct line to London's Liverpool Street Station, Ipswich and Felixstowe.
South Hill is an impressive Georgian town house believed to originally date from the late 15th century/early 16th century with much 18th century rebuilding and extending. The property is of a red brick constuction under a tiled roof. Listed Grade II it extends across three storeys offering well proportioned accommodation and benefits from a wealth of original features including shuttered sash windows, a fine three-storey bay overlooking the rear gardens, panel doors, exposed floor boards and a variety of fireplaces with ornamental marble surrounds.
On the ground floor there is an elegant drawing room with triple-aspect bay window with shuttered French doors leading out on to the garden and fireplace with marble surround. The dining/music room has exposed oak floorboards, fireplace with marble surround and a doubleaspect room with low shuttered sash windows again offering lovely views over the gardens to the rear. The kitchen/breakfast room leads off the entrance hall with pamment floor, 2-oven Aga and pantry. Off the kitchen is a side hall, cloakroom and laundry room. The first floor accommodation comprises three bedrooms, dressing room and bathroom. On the second floor there are an additional four bedrooms, en suite shower room and bathroom.
The rear of the property is accessed through automatic timber gates giving access to parking for several vehicles. There are steps up on to a raised terrace and Victorian Gazebo with marble floor, perfect for dining in during the summer months. There is also a working greenhouse which has power and water connected.
The gardens are a very special feature of the property. The owners have developed and landscaped them since 1993 when they planted 137 yew trees to form compartments in the garden, including a small maze which has reached maturity and creates a boundary between a herbaceous border and a shady area. The gardens are well stocked with various perennials including geranium, sedum, iris, eryngiums and salvias as well as shade loving species such as dicentra, gillenia, epimediums and polygonatum. There are also very fruitful apple, quince and medlar trees.
South Hill was first mentioned in 1759. The house has historically been associated with the Gage family of Hengrave Hall, who discovered the Greengage. Originally the property was one and then later divided having been both a girls' and boys' boarding school and reputed to have been the inspiration for Charles Dickens during his visit to Bury St Edmunds - "now where is this boarding school? It is a large old redbrick house just outside the town, sir, replied Job Trotter" - Charles Dickens - The Pickwick Papers. It was here that Pickwick was pushed over a wall by Sam Wheeler, "crushing three gooseberry bushes and a rose tree."
Mains electricity, water, gas and drainage. Gas fired central heating.
- 7 bedrooms
- 3 bath/shower rooms
- drawing room
- dining room
- kitchen/breakfast room & pantry
- laundry room
- small cellar
- large walled garden