Kettlebaston is one of Suffolk's hidden gems, being a tiny village set on high ground with a wonderful selection of thatched and tiled period cottages and houses. Right away from through traffic, the surrounding area contains many other lovely villages along the Brett Valley, including medieval Lavenham with its remarkable timbered houses and good selection of public houses, restaurants and specialist shops. The market towns of Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Hadleigh are all within reasonable driving distance, providing between them links to the A14 for Cambridge and the East Coast, main line railway stations through to London and multiple facilities.
Clay Cottage is a unique Listed Grade II as being of architectural and historical importance. It is in two distinct parts, the front being the original mid 17th century cottage built with clay block walls with rendered elevations under a lovely neatly thatched roof. In the 1970's a substantial two storey extension was added at the rear, again with rendered elevations with black weather boarded gables under a traditional mansard clay tiled roof. The whole property has traditional wooden casement windows, those in the newer part with sealed double glazed panes, with Jim Lawrence fittings throughout. To the side is a neat driveway providing plenty of parking and to the rear is a pleasant enclosed garden with lawn, sun deck and useful shed. The interior of the house has been beautifully finished by the present owners and is now presented superbly with an excellent shaker kitchen with Corian worktops, superb luxury bathroom and modern downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and the dining room could be used as a third bedroom and the cloakroom could be re-converted to a shower room to allow single floor living. The particular feature of the house is its 22' sitting room which is vaulted right up to the top with no first floor above, giving a wonderful spacious feel, exposed timbers and superb acoustics, with a brick fireplace and woodburner. Much of the furniture can be included in a sale.
ON THE GROUND FLOOR
Reception Hall 14' 6" x 9' 6" (4.4m x 2.9m), plus the iron stairwell (handmade by a local ironmonger). A most impressive reception hall with a traditional panelled multi-glazed front door with matching windows on either side and a window to the other side. Plenty of space for book shelving or a desk, wide staircase with superb wrought iron balustrades up to the first floor, turning on the half landing, useful understairs storage space, two radiators, solid herringbone French oak Parquet flooring. Doors to the sitting room, dining room/bedroom 3, kitchen and cloakroom.
Vaulted Sitting Room 22' 3" x 10' 6" (6.8m x 3.2m). Marvellous room created from the whole of the original cottage, with a high vaulted ceiling giving a wonderful feeling of space, and excellent acoustics. Two double casement windows plus a box bay window at the front and a further casement window to the side giving lots of natural light. Red brick operational open fireplace with chimney breast above, copper canopy and fitted Hunter cast iron wood burning stove. Fine exposed ceiling timbers and central cross brace with Queen posts, lovely old brick block floor, tow radiators
Entertainment/Dining Room/Bedroom 3 13' x 10' (3.95m x 3.1m). A dual aspect room with large casement windows to the side and rear, the latter looking down the garden. Herringbone oak Parquet floor presently fitted out as a library with an extensive range of bespoke/handmade oak book shelves.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room 13' 3" x 10' 3" (4m x 3.1m). Very well fitted with an extensive range of cream shaker style wall and base units with pewter style handles and Corian marble effect high quality working surfaces with integral kickbacks with matching splash back behind the hob. Comprehensively equipped with porcelain butler sink with traditional mixer tap, Smeg stainless steel double oven with a stainless steel externally ducted filter hood above. Integrated washing machine and space for a full height fridge/freezer, large marble effect floor tiles, double ceiling light and under pelmet lights, radiator, window above the sink looking down the garden and a half glazed traditional timber back door to the side.
Cloakroom (potential shower room) 9' 3" x 6' (2.8m x 1.8m), slightly "L" shaped. Leading off the hall and presently configured as a cloakroom with a contemporary Villeroy and Bosch low flush WC and hand basin with column mixer tap. Custom built broom/storage cupboard with double doors, radiator, patterned glazed window to the front, large marble effect floor tiles. (Previously a shower room and easily re-converted). Controls for the new outside boiler are in this cupboard.
ON THE FIRST FLOOR
Landing with Study area 10' x 6' 3" (3.1m x 1.9m), plus stairwell. A nice bright landing with double casement window with lovely views of the thatched roof and space for a desk. Large built in airing cupboard with double doors, housing a new Joule pressurised hot water cylinder and with ample linen shelving. Loft hatch with retractable loft ladder leading to a very large loft space for storage, doors to all the bedrooms.
Bedroom 1 13' x 10' 3" (3.95m x 3.1m). A double aspect room with windows to the side and rear looking out over other thatched cottages and the garden. Good high ceiling. Radiator.
Bedroom 2 13' x 10' 6" (4m x 3.2m). Double casement window to the rear overlooking the garden and other cottages beyond, good high ceiling. Radiator.
Luxury Bathroom 8' 3" x 6' (2.5m x 1.8m). Beautifully fitted with contemporary Villeroy and Bosch suite comprising double ended bath with side mixer tap, pop up waste and a separate Aqualisa shower above with glass shower screen, large pedestal hand basin with column mixer tap and low flush WC, brown contemporary wall tiles, double medicine cupboard, large marble effect floor tiles, double casement window with patterned glass, heated towel rail.
The Gardens The cottage stands back from Back Lane within sight of the wonderful parish church (parts of which date back 1000 years) and surrounded by a remarkable collection of other period cottages, mostly thatched. To the front is a lawn and a neat curb edged shingled driveway leads down alongside the house with parking for three cars and space perhaps for a garage, subject to listed building and planning consent granted many years ago but has lapsed). To the far side of the house is a gate round to the rear and a modern uPVC oil storage tank. Maturing new hornbeam hedge along the front and side boundaries and conifer hedge on the other side.
To the rear is a shingled path leading across the back of the house and opening on to a long level lawn with mature hedge and fence on the left with a picket fence along to the right and the rear. At the far end is a timber shed with full width deck alongside.
Timber shed 8' x 8' (2.4m x 2.4m) A modern Dutch style timber shed with pitched slate roof double doors and window to one side.
Overall plot size 110' x 48' (34m x 14.5m).
SERVICES We are advised that mains water, electricity and telephone are connected, although we have not made enquiries to confirm. Central heating and hot water powered by oil with modern uPVC storage tank beside the house, with modern externally mounted Grant oil boiler. Drainage to a private system contained at the far end of the garden with access via hatches on the deck. Various outside lights. Please note we have not carried out a survey, nor tested the plumbing, heating, electrical or drainage systems. House purchasers are always advised to have a survey.
COUNCIL TAX Babergh District Council ([use Contact Agent Button]), Band 'D' amount payable 2019/2020 £1,736.57.
TENURE, SOFT FURNISHINGS AND FITTINGS Freehold with vacant possession available - no upward chain. We have not inspected the title deeds. Fitted carpets included, curtains, much of the furniture and other fixtures may be included, by negotiation. Full list provided with formal contracts.
VIEWING AND DIRECTIONS Viewing by appointment please through the Vendor's agents, as above. Coming into Kettlebaston uphill from the Preston St Mary direction, at the centre of the village turn into Back Lane and the cottage is the second property on the right, opposite The Old Rectory.