Offering light, elegant and beautifully finished accommodation throughout, this handsome Grade II Listed former rectory - believed to date in part to the early 19th Century - sits in the heart of the picturesque West Suffolk village of Hartest. Tucked away behind All Saints' Church, the property benefits from just under 2 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds. In addition, a two bedroom coach house offers further ancillary accommodation.
A handsome and welcoming entrance hall provides access to the majority of the principal rooms, all beautifully proportioned, with period features and high ceilings; an elegant drawing room and dining room both with doors leading outside and open fireplace/woodburner; a library with cloakroom; morning room with fireplace and access to the gardens which leads through to a ladies study. From an inner hall access is provided to a snug with fireplace and views across the gardens, and the large kitchen/breakfast room with Aga, central island and bespoke units. A gym, pantry, utility and further cloakroom completes the ground floor. There is a cellar with wine store which is accessed from the inner hall.
Two staircases lead to the first floor; consisting of the spacious principal bedroom with dressing room and large en suite, two further double bedrooms, dressing room/bedroom 4 and a family bathroom. A second floor has four further bedrooms, one with a spacious en suite bathroom, and a family bathroom.
The Coach House offers a superb addition to the main house, with two bedrooms and family bathroom upstairs, and kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room with fireplace and dining room downstairs.
Local Authority: Babergh Distrcit Council.
Services: Mains electricity, water and drainage. Oil-fired central heating.
Council Tax: The Old Rectory – Band H
The Coach House – Band E
Agent's note: The present owners rent an additional circa 2 acre paddock with electricity and water supply which lies adjacent to their boundary.
The Old Rectory occupies a secluded setting behind All Saints' Church in the popular and sought-after village of Hartest. Renowned for its traditional butcher, The Crown Inn public house and a thriving local community, the village lies 7 miles south from the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, with a wide range of facilities and a rail link to Newmarket and Cambridge. For the London commuter, Sudbury station is about 10 miles to the south and also has train services to London of approximately 1 hour 20 mins, via Marks Tey.
Within close proximity are Lavenham, Long Melford and Clare, which amongst other villages, have a fine variety of pubs, restaurants and local amenities. Private schools in the area include Old Buckenham Hall at Brettenham (nr Lavenham) whilst at Bury St Edmunds there are South Lee, Moreton Hall and Culford School. Recreational opportunities include racing at Newmarket, a wide variety of golf courses, the Heritage Coast to the east of Suffolk and the surrounding countryside offers excellent walks.
Well situated within its stunning grounds, The Old Rectory is approached along a private, tree-lined gravel drive with large turning and parking area sweeping in front of the house. To one side is a double garage and entrance to the Coach House. To the east of the Old Rectory is a secluded courtyard with a number of garden store sheds.
The majority of the gardens are to the south of the property with terrace area, ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining. Views from here are across the pretty gardens, mainly laid to lawn with a number of fine mature trees and borders. The central water course is a fine feature of the gardens, which is accessed by two foot bridges, with a further area of garden beyond including an Alitex greenhouse with surrounding attractively laid borders.