Superb Arts and Crafts house with stunning views.
Threeways is one of Walberswick's finest Arts and Crafts houses. Surrounded by mature gardens on a generous plot and benefitting from sea views, the house was built in 1905 by architect Frank Jennings (father of WWII filmmaker Humphrey Jennings). As recorded in Pevsner's Buildings of England, Jennings' architecture is notable for its refined detailing and inventive incorporation of historic materials reclaimed from medieval Suffolk buildings
For more that 20 years Threeways has been a family home and comes to the market having undergone extensive and skilled architectural conservation and transformation.
Walled and hedged gardens surround the house, incorporating original features including brick and tile lychgate, niched seating area and lime-rendered bicycle house, all of which formed part of the restoration project. The mature well-stocked garden features the distinctive pairing of English and Irish Yews as well as Holm Oaks and young and old fruit trees including heritage varieties of apple and medlar, plum and pear.
A cobble and Suffolk tile path leading to the front door opens into a pamment-tiled central hallway with original fireplace. This space is connected to the south-facing sitting room by double doors, forming an extended reception area. Featuring box-bay and clerestory leaded windows, the living room opens up via a glazed, arched doorway to the secluded garden and a sheltered outdoor dining area.
The dining room with original fireplace and timber-panelled chimney breast benefits from garden access and green views from box- and triangular-bay windows.
The adjoining eat-in kitchen has been remodelled to create a triple-aspect space with the typically Suffolk feature of a buff brick floor. Six deeply punched windows to three orientations provide views of the surrounding gardens. A larder off the kitchen gives access to a cellar suitable
for wine storage.
From the central hallway, stairs lead to a landing seating area with views towards Walberswick beach. Beneath a carved oak beam believed to date from the medieval era, this space is lined with timber settles salvaged by Jennings from East Anglian churches. The stairs continue to a generously proportioned first floor ante room, from which restored linenfold panelled doors - with original bespoke ironwork - open up to four generous double bedrooms (one en suite) and a family bathroom.
The contemporary architectural intervention of a spiral staircase - articulated in adjacent bathroom and bedroom - leads via oak treads to a new attic room with panoramic sea-horizon view from a custom made, zinc-clad dormer window. From this space access is gained to extensive attic storage (not included in approximate area).
Employing traditional craft skills and materials, the conservation restoration included a new roof of hand-made Keymer tiles (each bearing the handprint of its maker), complete re-rendering of the house in traditional lime mortar, new cast iron guttering and full renovation of Threeways' historic casement windows with their archetypally Arts and Crafts expressed pin-jointed construction, leaded lights and bespoke wrought-iron fittings.
The house offers development potential in the form of a separate double-height garage outbuilding.
Threeways is an exceptional house, designed by renowned architect, Frank Jennings, in one of my favorite coastal villages. I love the charm and character of the house, the stunning sea views and the beautiful gardens.Alexander McNab