- Standing peacefully in its own grounds of 2.46 acres
- Tucked away in a lovely location
- Stunning contemporary barn conversion
- Separate self contained annexe
- Vaulted Glass Reception/Dining Hall
- 5 bedrooms plus en-suite and family bathroom
- Pantry / Wine Cellar
- Terrace / Decking / Hot Tub
- Stables / Paddocks / Workshop
- Double Garage & Caravan/Horse Box Garage
Ground Floor: Vaulted sitting room - Study - Vaulted Glass Reception/Dining Hall - Kitchen and Breakfast Room - Boot Room - Cloakroom - Bedroom with Ensuite Bath/ Shower Room
First Floor: Master Bedroom with Bath and En-suite Shower Room - 2 Additional Bedrooms - Family Bath/Shower Room - Mezzanine Sitting Room
Basement: Bedroom/Den - Utility Room - Pantry/Wine Cellar
Annexe: Ground Floor: Open Plan Sitting Room/Kitchen/Dining Room
First Floor: Master Bedroom - Shower Room - Sitting Room with Walk In Closet
Outside: Double Garage - Caravan/Horse Box Garage - Workshop - Stables - Paddocks - Terrace - Decking - Gazebo - Hot Tub - Orchard - in all extending to 2.46 acres
The Property The original barn is understood to date from the 15th Century but is not listed. The renovations and extensions took place 2003 to 2006. Oak Farm Barn is now an impressive contemporary home. It enjoys an elevated position with far reaching views over open countryside. The annexe was created in 2010 followed by the caravan/ horse box garage and stable block. All the buildings are of a similar construction with brick footings, stained black shiplap cladding and hand made clay pan-tiles to the roofs.
Both properties take full advantage of the natural setting, with well proportioned light filled rooms overlooking the beautifully tended gardens, grounds and views beyond. Fixtures and fittings are all of the highest quality. The kitchen was designed and installed by Mark Wilkinson with travertine work surfaces. The bathrooms are German quality and the built in cabinetry in the study and bedrooms are by James Hardy. The main original barn is now a magnificent sitting room with oak floor with underfloor heating with exposed timber work and high vaulted ceilings. A stunning brick and flint chimney stack accommodates a Bodart and Gonay wood burner. This room has bifold doors leading onto a deck with gazebo and jetty over a large pond. French windows also lead out onto the terrace with shade sail over for alfresco dining. Also part of the original barn is the study with triple aspect views overlooking the pond and front paddock. The fitted cabinetry provides office facilities for two people and also accommodates the Hub for music, video and data distribution throughout the house and annexe.
Double oak doors lead from this amazing period room to the contemporary glass reception/ dining hall. whose bifold doors lead out to the front of the property and also to the rear onto the dining terrace. This room is open plan to the kitchen with a glass, oak and steel staircase leading to the first floor sitting room with glass balcony overlooking the dining Hall. it also leads to the cloakroom and ground floor bedroom and bathroom. The Kitchen is designed and installed by Mark Wilkinson and has an integrated induction hob with extractor over, fan oven, steamer, coffee maker, dishwasher and double fridge freezer. The double sink also has a waste disposal system. bifold doors open onto the dining terrace with a door to the boot toom and out to the gardens. The ground floor also has a triple aspect master bedroom suite with en-suite bath/shower room. Stairs lead down to the basement where there is a large utility room, Drying Room, Walk in Pantry cum Wine Cellar and large Bedroom which could also make an ideal Cinema Room/Den/Playroom or Games room.
Oak Farm Barn is ideal for entertaining. Music is available to most rooms of the house and also with external speakers to the Dining Terrace. Bifold doors from the Sitting room, Dining Hall and Kitchen open out onto the Terrace and Deck. The shade sail over the Terrace provides shade from the sun and is waterproof so even summer showers can't spoil alfresco dining. The deck has a large gazebo with hipped cedar shingle roof which also provides shade and shelter from summer showers.
The deck also extends to a Jetty over the large well planted pond which is crystal clear and makes a wonderful habitat for birds and dragon flies. The jetty makes an ideal sitting and intimate dining area especially for breakfast as the sun starts to warm the garden. LED floodlighting means all these areas can be enjoyed throughout the evening too. The Jacuzzi Hot Tub seats 5 and is a firm favourite with everyone.
And, of course, the stables mean horse riding can be available for hacking out across the beautiful Suffolk countryside. For youngsters there is also The Park with a variety of swings climbing frame, slide, rope bridge and monkey bars. The Tree House is a magical safe refuge from adults where even young children can play safely in their own world. And of course the Jacuzzi Hot Tub is a firm favourite with children as well as adults.
On the first floor is another master bedroom suite with a large bath set into the bay window and en-suite Designer Shower Room. Fitted Polished hardwood wardrobes with integrated TV span the whole of the South wall. This master also has an en-suite Shower Room.
Two additional Bedrooms utilise the Family Bath/Shower Room on this floor the cleverly designed layout allows these bedrooms to be utilised separately or as a Family Guest suite. A small sitting room overlooks the the ground floor Reception Hall.
A paved footpath with marker lighting leads from the Boot Room to the Annexe and also the Garages. The Annexe has an open plan Kitchen cum Sitting Room/ Dining Room on the ground floor. The bespoke walnut Kitchen has granite tops with integrated ceramic hob, oven, microwave oven, dishwasher, double fridge freezer and 2 wine chillers. Stairs lead to a sitting room on the first floor with built in book shelves and a walk in closet. There is also a large shower room and bedroom with wardrobes spanning the west wall. The double garage has electric doors. This garage, the caravan garage and workshop all have power and lighting installed.
The stables are by Scotts of Thrapston and provide three good sized stables. The current owners use one as a Tack Room. There are three paddocks with mature trees providing shade in the summer. The two main paddocks are fenced with post and rail fencing and gates by Jacksons Fencing who provide a maintenance free product, guaranteed for 25 years.
A feature of the Property is the Garden, designed for ease of maintenance with year round interest. Fruit trees have been planted throughout, and the gardens provide a plentiful supply of fruit and herbs for the kitchen. There are over 30 semi-mature (7 to 8 year old) fruit trees. These include a variety of dessert and cooking apples and pears, plums, gages, quince and mulberry. There are also redcurrant, blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes and rhubarb. the area around the terrace and deck is planted with herbs including sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley, coriander, basil chives and bay.
Location Fressingfield is an attractive village which is close to the pretty market towns of Diss and Harleston. It has a range of amenities and services to offer, such as two shops, a medical centre, pub, restaurant, primary school, and three churches. Fressingfield has a very active community with a variety of clubs and activities available for all ages. The stunning Suffolk coastline is roughly 20 miles East of Fressingfield and makes for a lovely family day out.
Harleston 4 miles, Diss 12 miles, Southwold 18 miles, Norwich or Ipswich 25 miles.
Diss train station has direct links to London and Norwich.
Viewing Viewing is strictly by arrangement with the vendors' agent Durrants, please call 01379 852217.
Services Oil fired central heating and underfloor heating. Drainage: Private treatment plant.
(Durrants have not tested any apparatus, equipment, fittings or services and so cannot verify they are in working order)
Local Authority Mid Suffolk District Council
Council Tax Band G