An impressive former vicarage in extensive grounds,
The Old Vicarage, home to the vicars of Hoxne for over 500 years, has been transformed by the present owners into a superb family home.
It is an exceptional historic house, included in Nikolaus Pevsner's The Buildings of England series.
The present, Grade II listed, building dates to about 1470 and is believed to sit on the site of a bishop's palace. It is a timber framed building with 15th century style studwork and herringbone brickwork.
Internally, the accommodation flows remarkably well with elegantly proportioned and light filled rooms with high ceilings. The partially glazed oak front door leads to a delightful reception hall and library, with a door to the wine store and French windows out to the garden.
Double doors lead to the bespoke kitchen with granite work surfaces and island; three oven AGA; integrated appliances; double electric oven and Belfast sink. Leading off the kitchen is a useful utility room, adjacent to the secondary stairs leading to the upper floor.
Further double doors lead to a bright breakfast room with views overlooking the Waveney valley.
The drawing room has original early-Georgian panelling, a handsome marble chimneypiece and west facing French windows. The dining room has another attractive chimneypiece with an inset wood burning stove. Beyond the dining room is a study with glazed door to the garden. A further reception room is used as a snug.
The first floor accommodation comprises six well-proportioned double bedrooms, three of which have en suites plus the family bathroom. The principal bedroom is an especially charming room with a south- facing window, which forms part of a suite with a dressing room, and en suite.
Stairs to a boarded loft which provides useful storage.
The Gardens of the Old Vicarage are mainly laid to lawn, with shrubberies and an orchard with a variety of fruit trees.
The moat encloses an area of about 1.3 acres. The clear waters are now filled with fish; a charming foot bridge and jetty complete the idyllic image.
To the rear of the house is a large pond with a terrace providing an excellent area for feeding the fish; accompanied by an additional two terraces, there are plenty of areas for alfresco dining.
A drive leads from the gateway to the house, which has ample parking. There is a cart lodge comprising a workshop, garage and carport with studio above.
Also in the garden is a summer house and garden sheds.
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The Old Vicarage is one of the most delightful and impressive houses of its age. It has a fascinating history, believed to be the site of a bishop's palace and I absolutely adore the moat: I can just imagine rowing a boat along the clear waters.Alexander McNabProperty agent