Full DescriptionMagnolia House is a spacious, detached, Grade II listed property in a prime location. Although early Victorian(1840) it is built in the Georgian style. It has an extensive, well maintained garden. Properties of this nature are rarely available in Halesworth.
Within easy walking distance of the town's award winning pedestrianised shopping street, the station and the primary school, Magnolia House could not be more conveniently situated. The charming market town of Halesworth has Norwich approximately 25 miles to the north and the county town of Ipswich 30 miles to the south. The popular Regency resort of Southwold is 10 miles to the east. Rail access to London is via the local Lowestoft to Ipswich line with a change in Ipswich for London's Liverpool Street (approximately 65 minutes from Ipswich). Access to London by road would be via the A12 which is approximately 5 miles to the east.
The house is built from Suffolk white and soft red bricks under pitched slate roofs. The sash windows are enhanced with working internal shutters in addition to which there are period fireplaces in most principal rooms, boarded floors, decorative cornicing and panelled doors. The accommodation is over four floors: from the cellar through the ground floor with three reception rooms continuing up to the first floor which has two en suite bedrooms, two further double bedrooms, a reading room, two bathrooms and an inner landing with a staircase up to the second floor attic space which has a large study/guest bedroom, a cloakroom and eaves storage space. Outside the plot extends to 0.40 acre with parking for six cars and a side drive to the former stables which have a multitude of uses. The stables are on two floors and from the first floor doors open onto the top garden area.
To the front of the property a heavy panelled entrance door with glazed fanlight (possibly both original) provides access to the Reception Hall with doors to all principal rooms, access to the cellar, servants' staircase and the main staircase to the first floor which has a mahogany handrail. The sunny Sitting Room has windows to the front and side and a dual fuel stove in the fireplace with large built in bookcases on each side. On the other side of the Hall the Dining Room, a similar size to the Sitting Room, has a window to the front and a gas fired imitation coal stove in the fireplace. There is a serving hatch to the Utility Room. Behind the Sitting Room is the smaller Living Room which has also been used as an invalid bedroom. It has an open fire and a sash window facing the garden. A second door provides access to the Kitchen/Breakfast Room designed and fitted by Henry Gordon Jones of Aldeburgh and featuring a double oven gas fired AGA with additional gas hob and two electric ovens and a Henry Gordon Jones larder cupboard plus the usual units. From the Kitchen there is also access to the ground floor Shower Room, the part glazed rear porch and double garden doors opening on to the patio with remote controlled awning. Behind the Dining Room is the Utility Room with a sink, a dresser and a part glazed side entrance.
The two principal bedrooms are at the front each with shower rooms en suite. Also at the front is a small Reading Room. Bedrooms 3 and 4, both doubles, on the south side of the house, overlook the main garden area. There are two full bathrooms on this floor one with a useful laundry area.
An inner landing has a staircase to the attic currently used as a Study/Guest Bedroom with an east facing window and two large eaves storage cupboards. The attic landing has doors to further eaves storage space and a cloakroom with WC and wash hand basin.
To the front and side the drive provides parking with access to a gated decorative courtyard garden with covered access to a workshop and the former stables which have had a variety of uses and, subject to obtaining the necessary planning permission, may be able to provide a home office, granny-annex or playroom.
The main gardens, on three levels, feature many seating areas, two ponds, flourishing quince, mulberry, medlar, walnut, pear and apple trees, together with flowering shrubs, many roses and a vine in the greenhouse. Two large Magnolia Grandifloras, one each side of the front door flower from July until Autumn. The magnificent Copper Beech nearby has been professionally thinned for safety.
In all a home which must be viewed.