Little Cornard is a small hamlet on the side of the River Stour valley, just on the edge of the thriving market town of Sudbury. It is surrounded by some of the most attractive countryside in the Essex/Suffolk borders, with many delightful villages and lovely walks. Sudbury provides a good range of amenities, including many shops, schools, a small theatre and a modern swimming pool/leisure complex. There are Tesco, Aldi, Waitrose and Sainsbury superstores, and branch line stations at Sudbury and Bures, which provide links through to Marks Tey providing a change to the main Colchester to Liverpool Street line. Colchester itself is around twelve miles away, providing direct main line rail connections and an extensive range of facilities and amenities. Around ten miles away is the Eight Ash Green junction of the A12 and A120 providing links through to the M25 and across via the new express road to Stansted Airport and the M11, making the property ideal for the city commuter.
Blackhouse Lane is bordered on one side by newly planted trees, beyond which are the grounds of Sudbury's famous rugby club. On the other side of the lane are two high quality newly built houses, fields and Blackhouse Farm (now a private residence) and so this is a good semi rural setting which combines the best of town and country. The primary schools and the renowned Thomas Gainsborough Upper School are actually within walking distance and there are good bus connections at the end of the lane.
One of just two substantial detached houses constructed by PG Bones & Sons, renowned Essex and Suffolk house builders. It is built in the style of a Suffolk farmhouse with a mixture of red brick and rendered walls under a tiled and slate roof. Thoughtful architectural details include double shamford brick plinths all around, detailed red brick chimney stacks and a jettied gable at the front. The windows are uPVC wide gap double glazed with internal glazing bars in traditional style. The interior provides very spacious and bright accommodation with an exceptional 31' long kitchen/ family room with vaulted ceiling and bi-fold doors opening out onto the garden. Upstairs are four large double bedrooms, two with en-suite showers and a family bathroom. The sitting room has a fireplace with woodburning stove and heating is by advanced air sourced heat pumps with underfloor heating downstairs and traditional radiators upstairs.There is a 25' long detached double garage with heated studio/office above with its own shower/cloakroom. There is an impressive drive to the front with plenty of parking and a landscaped garden to the rear. The side boundary has wonderful views out across a wooded spinney and Sudbury Rugby Club and there is an orchard to the rear.
ON THE GROUND FLOOR
Canopy Porch 6'6" x 4'6" (2m x 1.4m) High tiled roof with an oak support, set on a brick pillar, block paving and a fine solid oak front door with inset fanlight opening to:
Reception Hall 19'6" x 13'3" (5.95m x 4m) overall. An impressive entrance hall with front door, alarm control panel, double doors to the sitting room and doors to the other rooms. Turning staircase with solid ash newel posts and handrail, and with painted banisters and useful understairs storage cupboard housing heating manifolds.
Double Aspect Main Sitting Room 18'3" x 15' (5.55m x 4.6m) With two large double windows to the front and four way bi-fold doors to the rear opening onto the terrace and gardens with views over an orchard beyond. Brick lined operational open fireplace with deep ash pit and wall mounted TV point above.
Second Sitting Room/Formal Dining Room 15'6" x 15' (4.7m x 4.6m) into bay. At the front of the house with a wide and deep bay window, wall mounted TV point.
Downstairs Cloakroom 6' x 4'9" (1.8m x 1.45m) Leading off the hall with a window to the front, radiator, Roca suite comprising WC and hand basin.
Kitchen and Dining/Family Room 31'6" x 21' (9.6m x 6.4m) reducing to 16'3" (4.95m) An outstanding room - one of the distinctive features of the house. The kitchen end has normal ceiling height with LED downlights, and the dining/sitting end has very high vaulted ceiling with pine crossbeams and 8' tall four way bi-fold doors opening onto the terrace and garden and a further picture window to the side. To be fitted with an excellent range of grey painted shaker style units with granite composite work tops and tiled splashbacks. Layout includes central island unit. Integrated appliances will be fridge, freezer, wine cooler, two eye level ovens, electric hob, microwave and dishwasher. There will be a choice of finishes subject to the stage of construction. Doors to the hall and utility room.
Utility Room 10' x 8'6" (3.05m x 2.6m) A triple aspect room with windows to the front and side and a half glazed back door out to the rear. Airing cupboard housing boiler controls. Two electricity trip switch panels and extractor fan and loft hatch. LED downlights and further units to match the kitchen with spaces for washing machine and tumble dryer.
ON THE FIRST FLOOR
L Shaped Galleried Landing 15'6" x 14'9" (4.7m x 4.5m) With a gallery rail overlooking the stairwell to match the banisters and window on the half landing, loft hatch, airing cupboard with power points. Light tube giving additional daylight.
Master Bedroom 1 15' x 11'6" (4.6m x 3.5m) With a wide dormer window to the front overlooking the drive and forecourt, and then a cottage and open fields beyond. Doors to en-suite shower room and dressing/wardrobe room. Radiator. Wall mounted TV point.
En-Suite Dressing/Wardrobe Room 6'9" x 6'6" (2.05m x 2m) With velux window to the rear, radiator.
En-Suite Shower Room 8'6" x 4'6" (2.6m x 1.4m) With velux window to the rear, fitted Roca range including shower cubicle, hand basin and low flush w.c, radiator. LED downlights and air exchanger. Chromium heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2 14' x 12'6" (4.2m x 3.8m) Dormer window to the side with views right out across Sudbury Rugby Club pitches and countryside, with the town beyond. Radiator. Wall mounted TV point. Door to:
En-Suite Shower Room 9'3" x 5' (2.8m x 1.5m) With Roca shower cubicle, low flush w.c, hand basin, radiator, LED downlights, air exchanger. Chromium heated towel rail.
Bedroom 3 21'3" x 11' (6.5m x 3.35m) A double aspect room with wide window to the front and a dormer window to the side overlooking the rugby pitches and Blackhouse farm. Radiator. Wall mounted TV point.
Bedroom 4 13'6" x 11'6" (4.1m x 3.5m) With dormer window to the rear overlooking the rugby club pitches, wall mounted TV point, radiator.
Family Bathroom 11' x 5'9" (3.35m x 1.7m) White suite comprising Roca panelled bath with separate shower above, hand basin and low flush w.c, radiator, velux window, LED downlights, air exchanger. Chromium heated towel rail.
GARAGE/HOME OFFICE BLOCK
A substantial brick built building in traditional soft red bricks under a slate roof to match the house.
ON THE GROUND FLOOR
Double Garage 25' long x 21' wide (7.6m x 6.4m) With two sets of high doors to the front, 8'6" eaves height and suspended concrete floor. Power and light connected. Half glazed door to the side.
ON THE FIRST FLOOR
Staircase & Lobby Stairs leading up from a separate external uPVC door to the side. Gallery rail overlooking the staircase. Power points and doors to the office/studio and shower/cloakroom.
Office/Studio 16' x 13'6" (4.9m x 4.1m) Fully equipped as a room with two velux windows to the side and casement window at the gable end overlooking the drive, good ceiling height with LED downlights and electric panel heater.
Shower/Cloakroom 8' x 5'6" (2.45m x 1.7m) Shower cubicle, low flush w.c, pedestal hand basin, velux window. Heated towel rail.
OUTSIDE - OVERALL PLOT: 142' DEEP X 98' (43M X 29.5M) APPROX 0.32 ACRES
THE DRIVEWAY & FRONT GARDEN
The driveway leads in from Blackhouse Lane serving just this property and the matching house next door. There is a landscaped area opposite the house, housing the modern sewage treatment plan and the chipping sprayed tarmac drive 98' wide x 58' deep (29.5m x 17.5m) goes past the house and round to the garage by the side (leading onto the second property). The front garden is laid to lawn with a pathway leading round the side to the back and a mature hawthorn hedge down the left hand boundary.
Back Garden 98' x 50' (29.5m x 15m) The back garden is enclosed by new close boarded fencing along the rear and right hand boundaries and a mature hawthorn farm hedge on the left hand boundary. Beyond the rear boundary is the orchard of a barn conversion along the lane, but beyond the side boundary are the grounds of Sudbury Rugby Club. Immediately beyond the hedge is a natural spinney area with the pitches in the distance giving a wonderful country backdrop. Extensive flagstone terrace across and around the rear of the house with block paved edging and a path down to the garage and studio/office doors.
SERVICES We are advised that metered mains water, electricity and telephone are connected, although we have not made enquiries to confirm. Drainage is to an individual modern sewage treatment plant located in the front lawn beyond the drive. Central heating by air source heat pump with underfloor heating on the ground floor and radiators upstairs. Satellite dish. Please note we have not carried out a survey, nor tested the plumbing, heating, electrical and drainage systems. House purchasers are always advised to have a survey.
COUNCIL TAX Babergh District Council ([use Contact Agent Button]) Charge band to be advised.
TENURE, SOFT FURNISHINGS & FIXTURES Freehold. Full list of fixtures provided with formal
VIEWING AND DIRECTIONS Viewing by appointment please through the vendor's agents, as above. Leave Sudbury towards Great Cornard along the Cornard/Bures road. Pass Sainsburys, Great Cornard Church and as you leave the town, go over the last roundabout and straight on. Blackhouse Lane is the first turning on the left as you go into the country.