Savills | Church Road, Wingfield, Diss, Norfolk, IP21 5RA | Property for sale
5,199 sq ft(483 sq m)
Guide price £1,750,000

Church RoadWingfield, Diss, Norfolk, IP21 5RA

  • Recently sold

Key features

  • Sold in June 2022
  • substantial accommodation amounting to over 5,000 sqft
  • established gardens including ponds, topiary gardens, paddock and woodland
  • detached home office/garage
  • about 9 acres

An Historic Grade II* Listed Country House in a delightful village setting with stunning gardens.

About this property

  • Carefully and extensively restored Wingfield College is a listed Grade II* building of special architectural/historical interest. It also has high speed fibre broadband, and plenty of office spaces for homework.

    Behind a Palladian façade (of about 120' in length) from the 1760s are fascinating medieval interiors with a spectacular partially galleried Medieval Great Hall and a mixture of Tudor and Georgian rooms with many original features and floorboards. Largely constructed of 14th century oak timber frame with rendered exteriors under a pitched peg tiled roof to the front and further patterned peg tiling at the rear combined with black pantiles.

    The front hall is flanked by a Georgian panelled drawing room with original paintwork, an open fireplace, arched recess and pine flooring. The library features a delightful fireplace with carved surround, and a full wall fitted with glass fronted shelved cabinets. The mediaeval cloister long hall, with 1600s brick floor, has a secondary stair to the first floor and doors to courtyard and topiary garden. There are two further reception rooms (one of which is currently used as an office) with a wealth of features and attractive outlooks. To the rear of the house is the great hall c1377/14th century crown post, exposed beams and studwork, oriel and mullion windows and principal stair to the first floor. It contains a rare survival of Tudor linen fold panelling, with portraits of previous owners and patrons Charles Brandon (Duke of Suffolk) and Mary Tudor (sister of Henry VIII and Queen of France). Beyond this is the cloakroom and beyond to the kitchen/breakfast room with 4 oven Aga and range of kitchen units and door to the outside. The first floor bedrooms are off a long landing and total 6 bedrooms, all well-proportioned with lovely outlooks. There are 3 bathrooms, one of which has a copper bath, and one of which is ensuite with the principal bedroom and also has dressing room/bedroom 6.

    The house is set well back from the quiet lane with a circular drive and established topiary hedging. The stunning gardens have been created to form a number of spaces with visual and dramatic planting. The gardens include many old-fashioned roses and an eccentric topiary garden. There are wide lawns which overlook a large swimming pond with parkland fencing. Further paths lead through a number of mature trees and up to the orchid wildflower meadow to one side of which is a second large pond and orchard, with a child's treehouse. On the other side of the road lies an arable field which has been let to a local farmer and amounts to about 5 acres, and could easily be converted to a paddock. There is a walled vegetable garden to the side of the house with greenhouse and numerous fruit trees along the side wall.

    The outbuilding is situated to the southeast of the property with access by right of way over a separate driveway and room for parking. It has a secure lockable garage, two storerooms 15'3” x 11'6” and 17'8” x 10'8” and a ground floor cloakroom. A staircase up to a superb studio room / home office (15'3” x 11'6”) with attractive views and good natural light.

    HISTORY Described by Pevsner as "a handsome house of 1780" before it was discovered to be the original Wingfield College founded in 1362 by Sir John de Wingfield. The old college represents the origins of education in England and is a reflection of the great wealth and power of medieval East Anglia.

    Now a private family home, the site of the old college is of rare historical and archaeological interest and is associated with many important and colourful historical characters including: The Black Prince, Mary Tudor, Henry VIII and the de la Poles, Dukes of Suffolk, one of the richest and most powerful families in Mediaeval England, including William de la Pole (who features in Shakespeare's Henry VI) and John de la Pole (Richard III's named heir). Among numerous entries in historic and architectural reference books, Wingfield College has a significant entry in Simon Jenkins' book "England's 1000 Best Houses", which calls it “one of the most extraordinary houses in Suffolk” and says “every inch of the interior is interesting - this is a truly historic house.” Two books have been published on the architecture and history of the college, including “Wingfield College and its Patrons: Piety and prestige in medieval Suffolk” (2015).

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    Note: Photos taken in June 2019

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This is one of the most lovely houses I have seen in agency, a wonderful family house with great accommodation and the most spectacular gardens.

Tom OrfordProperty agent

Local information

  • Set in a rural position on the edge of the small village of Wingfield with its famous church and well-known public house/restaurant, Wingfield College has attractive rural outlooks over the Waveney Valley countryside and is located in a conservation area. The house is in close proximity to a number of villages such as Eye, Fressingfield, Stradbroke and Hoxne, which between them satisfy day to day shopping requirements and recreational amenities (swimming pool, tennis courts). A much wider range of amenities are available at Harleston, Framlingham or Diss and these include a wider range of shopping, educational and recreational facilities as well as golf courses at Diss, Cretingham and Stowmarket. The A140 provides ready access to both Ipswich and Norwich, the county towns of Suffolk and Norfolk as well as the A14 which in turn connects to the A12, M11, the Midlands and national motorway network beyond. The commuter can take advantage of half-hourly main line train services to London's Liverpool Street Station from Diss, Stowmarket, Ipswich and Manningtree taking from 90, 75,65 and 50 minutes respectively.

Additional information

  • SERVICES - Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Burglar alarm. Fire alarm system. High speed fibre broadband to the premises.
  • Directions: From London take the M11 towards Cambridge. Turn onto the A11 to Newmarket and proceed onto the A14 to Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. Turn left onto the A140 and follow the directions below: From Ipswich take the A14 turning onto the A140 to Norwich. After approximately 19 miles take the B1118 towards Hoxne and Stradbroke. Continue through Hoxne and turn second left sign posted to Wingfield and Fressingfield. Take the first left and continue along this road and Wingfield College will be seen on the right hand side. (Wingfield College is also marked on brown and white tourist signs off the B1118).
  • EPC Exempt
  • Tenure = Freehold