Guide Price £1,250,000
Fornham All Saints, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Fine and Country are proud to present a rare opportunity to own this handsome and magnificent Grade II Listed period residence. Situated in an enviable location in the desirable village of Fornham All Saints, with close proximity to the historic and vibrant market town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. This Grand Dame sits within grounds of just over two acres (stms), which includes formal gardens, orchard, double garage, driveway parking for multiple vehicles, an orangery, and a Hartley Botanical glass house.
ASHNOLA HOUSE Fine and Country are proud to present a rare opportunity to own this handsome and magnificent Grade II Listed period residence. Situated in an enviable location in the desirable village of Fornham All Saints, with close proximity to the historic and vibrant market town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. This Grand Dame sits within grounds of just over two acres (stms), which includes formal gardens, orchard, double garage, driveway parking for multiple vehicles, an orangery, and a Hartley Botanical glass house.
SELLER'S INSIGHT We were looking for a spacious family home with character, and a large garden to live in and bring up our young family. The property felt very welcoming and we knew it would make a great family home for us all. We shall miss the luxurious space of all the rooms, and the privacy Ashnola House provides us with. It has been a privilege to live in such a pretty country house, conveniently located two miles from a thriving market town. All of the family love spending time in the beautiful kitchen that leads into the simply delightful orangery, which is filled with light and definitely the beating heart of the house. However, we also adore the two formal reception rooms which not only bask in sunlight throughout the day, but have a great atmosphere at night. The high ceilings will be missed by all the family. Ashnola House is a true grand country house, with lovely private grounds which is on the very edge of Bury St Edmunds, one of Suffolk's jewels. With easy access to the A14, Cambridge, London (and it's airports), and the port of Harwich, we feel extremely well connected. Having raised our family here, who have all now departed to university, we feel the time is right to pass this wonderful home to it's next owner.
STEP INSIDE Over the years the current owners have constantly improved the property. They have done a complete overhaul of the heating, plumbing, and electrical systems. The bathrooms and kitchen have been renovated, the latter having the addition of a stunning and welcoming orangery with under floor heating. Superbly presented, this home provides substantial accommodation combining period features with modern elegance and supreme comfort. The dining room is a wonderful place to entertain, with candle light that flickers across the beautiful wood panelling and original fold-back casement shutters taking you back in time. The elegant dual aspect drawing room is a serene informal area to unwind, relax, or play a board game with the family. The kitchen/breakfast room has a superb array of floor and wall cabinets with a rectangular island enhancing the beauty and practicality of this family space. The orangery with lantern design glass roof, has French doors to a relaxing outdoor courtyard with seating and mature plants and shrubs. Back indoors on ground level, the original scullery is now a warm and welcoming family sitting room with exposed beams, and an open fire place. Leading away from here there is a downstairs guest room with en-suite and access to the formal grounds. Two dry cellars are accessed from the ground floor, one from the entrance hall by the staircase, and the other from the kitchen. Stairs lead from the inner entrance hall to the first floor landing with plenty of built in storage. The dual aspect master bedroom is of substantial proportions, with a barrel ceiling, and scope to add an en-suite. There is a fabulous guest room with mezzanine which would make an ideal play loft or study room to a child's or teenager's bedroom. Two further, excellent size double guest rooms, and a bathroom, shower room, and separate WC complete this floor. The upper floor has three rooms, the most intriguing of which has to be the Admiral's room. Indeed, a bona fide Admiral did reside here in past times and constructed this "naval" style room to afford him views over Bury St Edmunds. The two large rooms that complete the accommodation are currently used as an office and for storage, however could be redressed as a two additional, sumptuous bedrooms for family or guests.
STEP OUTSIDE From the grand Georgian entrance the house brims with a light atmosphere, charm and an individual character that offers country living with the convenience of being close to a vibrant town. Set in grounds of just over two acres (stms) with private, serene rose filled courtyards, a formal lawned garden, a breath-taking Hartley Botanical Glasshouse, and orchard offering privacy and tranquility. The grounds that unfold before you are truly unexpected and astounding. To the front of the property there is a substantial shingled driveway with ample parking, a detached double garage, and pretty mature enclosed front gardens which Ashnola House uses to it's best to entice and delight you on your first sighting of this handsome home.
LOCATION Fornham All Saints still feels like a village despite its proximity to central Bury St Edmunds. Bury St Edmunds is a unique and dazzling historic gem with a richly fascinating heritage - the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious Cathedral and Abbey Gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus a variety of cultural attractions and fine places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and very convenient for Cambridge.
- Grade II Listed Detached Village Residence
- Seven/Eight Bedrooms
- Dating Back To The 17th Century
- Kitchen/Breakfast Room
- Bespoke Orangery With Lantern Roof
- Four Reception Rooms
- Ground Floor Bedroom With En - Suite
- Grounds Of Just Over Two Acres (stms)
- Double Garage And Ample Driveway Parking
- Close Proximity To Bury St Edmunds