Creeting St Mary | Suffolk | IP6 8PR
Bury St Edmunds 16 miles | Ipswich 9 miles | Newmarket 28 miles
A substantial Grade II Listed former Rectory of just under 7,000sq.ft providing a fantastic business opportunity or conversion back to a family home, subject to planning, with the added benefit of gardens, grounds and outbuildings to include a Listed barn, all set within just under 9 3/4 acres (s.t.
CREETING HOUSE Creeting House is a wonderful Grade II Listed former Rectory presenting brick and flint elevations under a plain tiled, gable ended, steeply pitched roofline. The property is a great example of high Victorian gothic architecture dating back to 1861.
The versatile accommodation is predominantly arranged over two floors, and of particular note are the formal reception rooms providing wonderful ceiling heights and views over the rear garden, and the drawing room which has a Jacobean style carved wooden chimney piece. Also of note is the Aga kitchen/breakfast room with views over the front with a full range of wall and base units.
The attractive gabled porch to the right of the house is of pretty knap flint brickwork with the date of 1863 together with a Latin inscription and provides access to the wonderful large entrance hall (35ft 9 x 13ft 2) with an open fire inserted in the red brick chimney breast. This room also has a mosaic style tiled floor.
The ground floor also comprises study, utility room, caterer's kitchen and two WCs. Two independent staircases lead down to the cellars, one of which has a barrel vaulted ceiling. This cellar provides the opportunity of further accommodation or possibly a cinema room, subject to the necessary consents required. The main staircase gives access to the landing where there are five bedrooms, all en-suite. The second staircase leads to the east wing.
The first floor of the east wing comprises a staff /granny flat; bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and sitting room with log burner stove. On the second floor there are two further bedrooms, a bathroom and an attic store room.
The property currently has a 4 star silver rating for quality in tourism from 'Visit Britain', the official tourism website of Great Britain. The house can currently be rented for Bed and Breakfast, hospitability functions such as meetings, weddings, location shoots and family gatherings, although the house would lend itself to being converted back to a wonderful family home, subject to any necessary consents.
OUTSIDE Creeting House is approached over a gravel driveway. The front and side of the property provide ample parking for many cars and on the eastern boundary there is a large vegetable patch. At the front there is a large expanse of lawn with a range of mature trees and shrubs. The more formal gardens can be found at the rear of the property where there is a fantastic area of garden which is predominantly laid to lawn with a range of wonderful specimen trees. From here access is given to the paddocks and grounds beyond to include a large pond.
At the front of the property there is a useful timber framed Listed barn (48.6 sq.ft x 22sq.ft) which, subject to the necessary consents, would make ideal further accommodation. There is also a small garage/brick built shed and an outside converted home office and store room with power and light connected.
HISTORY Originally on the site of Creeting House was a small Rectory but the building mysteriously burnt down in 1861 leaving only the kitchen quarters standing. Following this the property was rebuilt in 1863 and the house remained as a Rectory until sold by the Church in 1954. Following this time the property was converted into a private school and continued as a school until 1988 when it was converted for use as a commercial company, and back into a house with the current occupiers in 1994.
Further history of the house can be found on the website www.creetinghouse.co.uk
LOCATION Creeting House is situated opposite St Mary's church in the heart of the village of Creeting St Mary which is ideally located for the A14. Amenities within the extended village include a popular local primary school, community centre and local Parish Church. The nearest shopping facilities are available within the small town of Needham Market which is approximately 2 miles to the south. Other nearby towns include Stowmarket which is approximately 4 miles to the west, Debenham 10 miles to the east, Bury St Edmunds 16.5 miles to the west and county town of Ipswich is approximately 10 miles to the south east. From Needham market, Stowmarket and Ipswich there are mainline rail connections to London Liverpool Street with a journey time of approximately 1 ½ hours (from Stowmarket). Stansted Airport is approximately 1 hour 10 minutes away.
PROPERTY INFORMATION Services
Mains water, electricity and drainage. Calor gas central heating to the main house and storage heaters to the second floor.
Mid Suffolk District Council. Council Tax Band E
Method of Sale
Creeting House is offered for sale as whole with vacant possession upon completion. No onward chain
DIRECTIONS From the A14, leave at Junction 51 and at the roundabout turn in the direction of Needham Market. Take the second right into Flordon Road and at the village sign, turn right into All Saints Road.
From Needham Market High Street turn into Hawks Mill Street and follow the road to the end, turn right then left, into All Saints Road crossing over the A14 . Creeting House can be found on your right hand side opposite the Church.
AGENTS NOTE The property is sold subject to an Overage Clause (Please contact the Agent for further information).
Call Lacy Scott & Knight
on 01284 748600 to arrange a viewing