Occupying an exceptional setting in one of Suffolk’s more quiet coastal villages in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Greyfriars has an enviable position in a peaceful setting with gardens extending all the way to the coastline. The property, with its red brick elevations and magnificent chimneys, was originally the central part of a much larger house which was divided in the early 1950s. Now an incredible detached family home balancing impressive period features and proportions with flexible living accommodation and separate one-bedroom annexe.
The accommodation has a number of remarkable original features throughout, providing the property with an air of period style and elegance. There are high ceilings and large sash windows, creating a light and airy atmosphere, as well as magnificent carved wooden fireplace surrounds, intricate ceiling plasterwork and wooden parquet flooring. The two main reception rooms are the substantial drawing and dining rooms, both of which have floor-to-ceiling bay windows with south-facing aspects, ornate carved wooden panelling and fireplaces, as well as wooden flooring. The current kitchen has a pantry and space for a breakfast table with a surprisingly spacious separate utility/boiler room; subject to the necessary consents the utility room could be converted to create a kitchen/breakfast room with doors leading to the garden, ideal for 21st century living. From the utility room there is access to the garage and steps down to the cellar.
On the first floor there are two double bedrooms, both of which are en suite and feature spectacular south-facing sash bay windows looking out across the gardens, grounds and the sea beyond. There is also a library on the first floor, which could be used as a further double bedroom if required. The second floor has four further bedrooms – two of which are utilised as a study and sewing room and a family bathroom.
To the western wing and accessed by a separate staircase is the annexe. Ideal for an elderly relative or as guest accommodation, this comprises sitting room, a fully equipped kitchen, one double bedroom and a shower room. It could also be considered as an income stream for those wishing to rent it out separately.
Once an important Anglo-Saxon port, Dunwich is now a small, picturesque village on the Suffolk coast, with a smuggling past and thriving Ship Inn pub. It sits within the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provides ample opportunities for walking including along the Suffolk Coastal Path towards the rspb Minsmere Reserve, Walberswick and Southwold, as well as Dunwich Heath itself.
Saxmundham, about 10 miles away, has Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets as well as a variety of every day shopping options, and also a railway station. Darsham Railway Station is about 4 miles to the west and offers branch line services via Ipswich to London Liverpool Street Station. The popular coastal town of Southwold is 9 miles to the north and has a wide range of shopping facilities as well as numerous hotels, pubs and restaurants.
The front of the property is approached along a fence and tree-lined gravel driveway, with ample parking and turning space for a number of cars. Access is also provided to the integrated garage. The rear of the house possesses a delightful covered veranda with over-hanging wisteria, fine wooden columns and shaded paved seating, leading down to the more formal garden. Together with areas of gravel and terrace ideal for al fresco entertaining, mature trees, box-hedging and a variety of palm tree, there is a whimsical feel created to the rear of the property. The gardens extend through a wooded and shady meadow, to a long stretch of open field, which leads directly to the cliff above the beach. A summer house provides an ideal vantage point for enjoying the sea views or watching the sun rise; of particular note services are connected. In total the grounds extend to almost 6 acres.