Delightful, spacious conversion of the former village school situated close to the centre of this desirable village.
This charming former village school is a a delightful, light and spacious Victorian family house with a lovely welcoming, comfortable feel situated close to the centre of this desirable village south of Newmarket. Built in 1875 of brick elevations with attractive brick detail beneath a slate roof, it was converted in 1990 into a detached private residence. Period features include pretty arched windows, doors with arched detailing, impressive, wide kitchen doors with period door furniture and upstairs there is deep cornicing and vaulted ceilings which are interspersed with the substantial sandblasted Victorian frame which really adds warmth and depth to the accommodation. There is a double height window at the front of The Old School and a galleried area at one end of the drawing room allows both this and the guest bedroom to benefit from its light. As a result, the guest bedroom or potential study is flooded with light and has a charming painted semi-circular balcony at the far end.
The vendors have undertaken considerable improvement works to this charming property which include extensive double glazing most of the windows, re-building the upper section of the conservatory in solid wood, building works to the chimney, insulating and re-roofing, installing a new boiler and considerably improving the outside terrace.
The spacious accommodation is approached via an arched front door with windows either side to the entrance hall with lovely stripped herringbone parquet flooring, turning stairs to the first floor, understairs storage and a useful cloaks cupboard. To the left is the drawing room a vast triple aspect space which is vaulted at the far end by the tall double height front window, a fireplace with wood burning stove and brick hearth and wooden flooring. Being over 35 ft long, this area could be used for both sitting and dining, if required. To the rear is a useful study with an arched window overlooking the garden. A family/playroom with adjoining conservatory - with terracotta octagonal tiled flooring and patterned inset tiles - also overlook the terrace and gardens beyond. To the right of the hall is the super triple aspect kitchen/dining room with a large granite topped island with drawers either side, an oil fired Aga with tiled splashbacks and over mantel, fitted floor units and basket drawer storage, fitted dishwasher, electric oven, double bowl sink unit and Banquette seating providing useful storage. Beyond is the utility room with cupboard housing hot water cylinder and slatted shelving, plumbing for washing machine and space for large fridge/freezer. Here there is a stable door to the garden and a cloakroom.
On the first floor, the landing provides additional storage and steps lead to the inner landing and one's first glimpse of the exposed timber frame and attractive deep cornice with saw-tooth detail. The four bedrooms here are all vaulted, the master bedroom to the rear is particularly impressive with further cornicing, views of the garden and fitted wardrobes. Here there is an en suite bathroom providing both a shower and a bath with central Victorian style mixer taps and shower attachment. The second or guest bedroom at the front has the aforementioned semi-circular balcony. On the left of the landing is the fifth bedroom with wide window to the side and a deep wardrobe adjacent to the family bathroom with its free standing bath, tongue and grooved panelling and tiled shower.
The original school railings with brick pillars lead to the shingle drive with parking area. There is a grassed area of front garden with lavender bed. To the rear of the property is a wide terrace with pizza oven, plenty of space for al fresco dining and sitting and a brick retaining wall with steps leading to the garden, mainly laid to lawn with some mature trees and raised vegetable beds.
In all approximately 0.26 of an acre.
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I think this is a real gem a converted village school with spacious accommodation, Aga kitchen and vaulted first floor bedrooms with lovely terrace and garden beyond. In a handy spot with rail access from Dullingham station to Cambridge, Newmarket or Bury St Edmunds and access to the A11/M11 within 5 miles.Lucy Banks