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Norton Road
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Great Green, Suffolk£900,000 Freehold

Norton Road

An orchard is heavy with mature walnut, quince, medlar, apple and greengage trees, and a wildflower meadow is a haven for wildlife

This wonderful Grade II-listed 16th-century farmhouse is located in the beautiful hamlet of Great Green, Suffolk. Positioned between the villages of Norton and Thurston, it is a 10-minute drive from Bury St Edmunds. Arranged over two storeys, it extends to over 2,000 sq ft of internal living space and is set in over an acre of land. Original details abound and are complemented by a natural material and colour palette. The gardens surround the house, where formal elements contrast with naturalistic planting and a wildflower meadow. A range of period outbuildings are dotted around the grounds, and over 300 acres of the Suffolk Wildlife Reserve, as well as a vast network of footpaths, are on the doorstep.

Setting the Scene

Built as a farmhouse in the 1500s, Norton Road is composed of a timber frame with wattle and daub. The front elevation was encased with red brick in the 19th century, creating the two-bay façade with the 16 pane sash windows seen today. The rear façade is lime rendered and painted a wonderful ochre yellow. A charming gothic-arched blind arcade detail runs along the top of the elevation, abutting the clay-tiled roof. A gabled flint and brick built porch protrudes from the garden front and opens onto the garden. For more information, please see the History section.

The Grand Tour

A driveway tucked off a small lane leads to the house, and a gravelled courtyard with parking for three cars lies to the right. A fence separates the parking area from a further courtyard, with a workshop to the right and a single-storey service wing to the left.

Entry is to a hall with a garden room on the left and a utility and larder on the right. At the core of the house are the kitchen and open-plan living and dining rooms, which all flow seamlessly into one another.

The deVol kitchen is finished in Little Green lead. A single run of fitted cabinetry with a slate work surface is offset by a freestanding counter with an elm worktop. A vintage stove has been internally restored. East and west-facing windows mean light pours in throughout the day and whitewashed walls with exposed beams create a bright and textural space; pale Suffolk floor-brick run underfoot.

The reception room extends the full width of the house; a large inglenook fireplace with a wood burner forms the focal point of the room. The dining room lies at the far end of the house and is lined with fitted bookshelves with another large inglenook fireplace also with a wood burner.

A whimsical winding staircase leads to the first floor, where there are four double bedrooms, one of which is en suite, and a large family bathroom. The main bedroom extends the entire width of the building with the same east and west-facing windows as the reception. The attic has been opened here, creating a voluminous space in the pitch of the ceiling, with dramatic, soaring rafters. Original window apertures (from before the 19th-century renovation) remain throughout the house, some with original shutters grooves.

An en suite leads off the main bedroom. Three further bedrooms lie adjacent to one another, all beautifully finished and two benefitting from finely finished, fitted, bespoke bookcase.

The family bathroom is painted in Edward Bulmer invisible green and tongue-and-groove panelling runs up to dado level. A freestanding rolltop bath sits next to the window overlooking the splendid gardens.

The Great Outdoors

Set in an over an acre, the gardens are truly outstanding. The front of the house has manicured, formal gardens with topiary, box hedging and a rose garden beyond. The lawn is broken into quadrants by beds planted deep with tulips and alliums. An impressive white rose bush climbs the façade.

Planting at the other side of the house is altogether more naturalistic. A large York stone terrace next to the kitchen is surrounded by mature planting and is a fantastic spot for alfresco dining. Beneath the terrace is a deep brick lined well, currently covered, it could be easily reopened and brought back into use. Paths with raised beds on either side and a greenhouse lead from the dining area to an orchard and wildflower meadow.

The garden has many mature trees, including five ancient oaks, elms and limes. The orchard is heavy with mature walnut, quince, medlar, apple and greengage trees, among others. The wildflower meadow is a haven for wildlife and has phases of growth throughout the summer.

Four workshops are dotted around the grounds, one of which is the old laundry could serve as ancillary accommodation. A stunning bespoke Wendy house has a fitted miniature play kitchen.

Out and About

Great Green is 10 minutes from Bury St Edmunds, which has an extensive array of shops and restaurants. Closer to home, The Fox in Pakenham is under a half-an-hour walk along a footpath through woods. Walks abound, with a complex and vast network of footpaths and bridlepaths on the doorstep. Over 300 acres of publicly accessible Suffolk Wildlife Reserve are also very close.

Thurston railway station is a mile from the house and provides good rail links to Cambridge, Ipswich and London. Liverpool Street Station takes one hour and 47 minutes, and Paddington takes one hour and 43 minutes.

Council Tax Band: F

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. Inigo has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

History

The hamlet of Great Green was historically part of the Thedwastre Hundred, encompassing much of western Suffolk, with Bury St Edmunds at its capital.

Farming has been central to the local economy since at least the writing of the Domesday Book. By 1905 the area around Great Green was home to several small, independent farms with owner farmers. The area’s chalky soil and rich boulder clays, combined with its low levels of rainfall, make it highly productive arable land.

Before the Norman conquest, Bury abbey in Bury St Edmunds was England’s fourth wealthiest and politically important abbey.

In 1214, King John’s discontented earls and barons assembled at the abbey, ultimately forcing the creation of the Magna Carta the following year. In the 11th century, Abbot Baldwin encouraged artisans to come to the town and laid out new streets, spurring an already burgeoning wool manufacturing industry throughout the middle ages.

Norton Road — Great Green, Suffolk
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