Exceptional riverside house in the gothic revival style.
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.
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.
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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 McNab