A FINE 16th CENTURY MANOR HOUSE WITH SUBSTANTIAL PARTLY CONVERTED SUFFOLK BARN AND ESTABLISHED GROUNDS
Basts is Grade II* Listed of special architectural and or historic interest. It is reputed to have been built by Thomas Wall in about 1510 but stands on the site of an older house and manor. It is described in Eric Sandon's Suffolk Houses as a tall 3 storied timber framed structure with it's double jetty's and triple hipped roofs, with an appearance which suggests that it once stood alone at this corner of the village. The house retains many of its fine period features including magnificent carved oak ceilings, studded walls, mullion and leaded windows,
oak wall panelling and other fine features characteristic of
the period. Basts has remained in the ownership of the same family for over 35 years and the owner prior to this had also owned it for over 30 years. It is rare for a property of such historical importance to come on to the market, particularly when it occupies such a lovely setting.
An oak front door leads to the entrance hall with under stair
cupboard. To one side is the study/library with fully fitted
bookshelves, wall panelling and exposed timbers. The drawing
room lies beyond and is a magnificent room with mullion
and leaded windows, an Inglenook fireplace, parquet flooring and door out to the gardens. The dining room displays some of the finest beams in the house, a further Inglenook fireplace and oak wall panelling. A panelled door leads through to the kitchen/ breakfast room with a brick floor and lofted beamed
ceiling. There are base and wall mounted kitchen units with
granite worktops, integral Neff hob, wall mounted ovens and
matching island with integral dishwasher. Beyond the kitchen is an inner hall with storage cupboard, a large cloakroom, utility/rear hall and an external door to the boiler room.
The first floor is reached via a wide staircase which leads onto a large landing/sitting room with high beamed ceiling and fine mullion windows. The principal bedroom features an arched brick fireplace and with an ensuite bathroom to one side. The dressing room has a wall of panelled wardrobes. The second bedroom is off the main landing with connecting door to a bathroom. A side landing leads to a separate shower room, a bedroom with fireplace and walk in cloakroom and a further bedroom with superb beams, wall panelling and which also connects to the end bathroom.
The second floor is accessed off the main landing with the
original oak stair leading to a fully plastered room with oak
floorboards. A side door leads through to 4 un-converted
attic rooms which run the full length and breadth of the
house and offers scope for further substantial accommodation if required and subject to planning.
A converted end section of the main Suffolk Barn, arranged on two floors and with gas central heating. A side entrance leads to the hallway with stairs to first floor, utility room, bathroom and 2 bedrooms. The first-floor staircase leads to a well fitted kitchen with numerous base units, 4 plate gas hob and cooker. Steps lead up to the main living room with a pitched vaulted ceiling.
Basts is approached through twin entrance gates and onto a
gravelled drive which sweeps around the back of the house
to a wide parking area. There are a number of traditional
outbuildings which lie to the east of the main barn and
include a triple bay cart lodge, work shop/former stable barn
and garden outbuilding with cloakroom. The main barn
displays the fine oak frame and with double doors opening out
to the rear meadow. The gardens and grounds provide a lovely setting for the house. To the east is a large pond with a further pond beyond and numerous established trees, and close by, a tributary of the River Finn which meanders through the grounds. In front of the house are more formal gardens, with rose beds bordered by low box hedges and flower beds. There is a circular terrace, symmetrical box hedging and to the far end of the garden a gate leads through to the 2 arable fields which are currently under cultivation.
Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil fired central heating (House) and gas fired central heating (Cottage).
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This is one of the most incredible timber framed houses I have seen in my 30 years in agency. The discreet village setting and beautiful gardens are enchanting.Tom Orford