Savills | Woolverstone, Ipswich, IP9 1AU | Property for sale
2,935 sq ft(272.67 sq m)
Guide price £1,250,000

WoolverstoneIpswich, IP9 1AU


    Key features

    • Exceptional river front property
    • Included in Nikolaus Pevsner's 'The Buildings of England' series
    • Beautifully presented accommodation
    • Orwells Furniture designed bespoke kitchen
    • Wide double garage with studio above

    Exceptional riverside house in the gothic revival style.

    About this property

    • The Cat House is an exceptional, Grade II listed building, described in Nikolaus Pevsner's 'The Buildings of England' series as a "Gothick cottage of 1793".

      The Cat House supposedly gets its name after a former owner, sympathetic to smugglers, who would place a stuffed cat in the window to warn against patrolling coast guards.

      A fine example of a Georgian house in the gothic revival style, the building has wonderful period features throughout including an embattled north gable and gothic arch windows.

      Internally, the house comprises light filled and well-proportioned rooms. The bespoke kitchen, hand built by Orwells Furniture, has a three oven AGA, with an additional two fan ovens and gas hob. Granite work surfaces and island provide superb space for preparing meals and entertaining.

      Integrated appliances include a Miele Nespresso machine; a Fisher & Paykel multi-temperature drawer, which can be used as a fridge, freezer or wine cooler; Neff dishwasher; and Bosch washing machine.

      The kitchen leads through to a conservatory, with French windows, to the east and south elevations, out to the garden. The elegantly proportioned dining room has wooden floors and a multi-fuel burning stove.

      Double doors lead to the triple aspect sitting room, with an inglenook fireplace with an inset multi-fuel burning stove. The study/media room is an incredible double aspect home office and further reception room. It has a gas fire and integrated hidden projector and screen.

      On the first floor are the four bedrooms and family bathroom. The principal bedroom is an especially charming room with a dressing room and en suite shower room.

      OUTSIDE
      The Cat House has delightful wrap around gardens. To the rear of the property, the terrace is a marvellous area for entertaining, with lawns and mature borders. To the side of the property is a further area of lawn, which is an excellent sun trap.

      There is an attractive and spacious double garage, constructed by Roger Gladwell, with lighting and electric; above which is a studio.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    The Cat House is an incredibly special house in an amazing setting overlooking the River Orwell. I am fascinated by its interesting history - a former owner used to warn smugglers against patrolling coast guards.

    Alexander McNabProperty agent

    Local information

    • The Cat House occupies an outstanding position, by the Royal Harwich Yacht Club and overlooking the River Orwell, in the village of Woolverstone, within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
    • Woolverstone is a delightful and ancient village on the Shotley Penisula in south Suffolk, famed for its excellent sailing. The village is home to a number of interesting buildings including St Michael's Church, the 17th century Woolverstone Hall, now the well-regarded Ipswich High School, and the Lutyens designed Woolverstone House.
    • The beautiful Shotley Peninsula has some excellent river walks and is a wonderful location for bird watching. The pretty village of Pin Mill (2.7 miles), further along the peninsula, has a superb public house, The Butt & Oyster, recommended by The Good Pub Guide, and a village shop.
    • Ipswich (5.6 miles) is the county town of Suffolk and provides a wide selection of independent and high street shops; numerous restaurants including The Mariners, set on a 19th century Belgian gunboat; and a variety of theatres, galleries, and museums. A mainline railway station offers direct trains to London Liverpool Street from 68 minutes. Alternatively, Manningtree Railway Station (9.8 miles) offers regular services to London Liverpool Street from 56 minutes.
    • Historic market towns including Woodbridge (14.1 miles) and Framlingham (21.8 miles) offer an incredible range of independent shops, delicatessens, cafés, restaurants and public houses.
    • Local sporting facilities are fantastic: Woolverstone Marina is home to the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, which offers both dinghy sailing and cruising; there are myriad gyms and swimming pools in the vicinity; the Ipswich Sports Club has eleven tennis courts and also offers squash, racquetball and hockey. There are rugby clubs in Ipswich and Woodbridge, and highly regarded golf clubs including Ipswich and Woodbridge.
    • Education provisions are excellent in both the state and independent sectors, including renowned Ipswich High School in Woolverstone, Ipswich School, the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook and Woodbridge School, all of which are included in the Good Schools Guide
    • All times and mileages are approximate.

    Additional information

    • SERVICES - Mains electricity and water; private drainage; oil fired central heating.
    • EPC Exempt
    • Tenure = Freehold