A WONDERFULLY ATMOSPHERIC GRADE-II LISTED TIMBER-FRAMED PERIOD HOUSE NESTLED IN SOUTH-FACING GARDENS
Dating back to the late 16th century, the style and construction of Bridge House, with its continuous jettied front elevation, was designed to reflect the high status, wealth or importance of the resident. Extended in the 19th and 20th centuries, accommodation today is both substantial and versatile arranged over three floors. Noteworthy architectural features include a host of exposed timbers, mullion windows, Jacobean oak panelling, magnificent inglenook fireplaces and original floors. Presented to the market for the first time in several decades, the impressive living spaces flow from a large and lofty reception hall and landings above connecting both wings with a conservatory and garden room at either end. In addition, a cloakroom, two principal reception rooms, study, snug, kitchen with delightfully large walk-in larder, utility/boot room, five bedrooms (two en-suite) and family bathroom.
In all, private grounds extend to approximately in excess of half an acre (subject to survey), incorporating south-facing lawns, sun terrace, mature specimen trees, topiary, gated drive, extensive parking, large detached garage, workshop/fuel store all enclosed by a brick wall, hedging and divided by a gentle brook. Two bridges lead to a quaint mature orchard and summer house.
Bridge House is situated on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, in the company of other fine period properties on the periphery of the Rickinghalls (superior and inferior), which adjoin the equally historic village of Botesdale. The two villages offer a thriving community and provide an excellent range of everyday amenities, including schooling, health centre, dental practice, village inn, flourishing small supermarket and two churches both dedicated to St. Mary. More comprehensive facilities can be found just across the Norfolk border in the market town of Diss. Centred around the famous Mere, one of the deepest natural inland lakes in the country, the town offers a good range of schooling, shopping and recreational amenities together with a mainline rail link to Londons Liverpool Street.