An exceptional Victorian farmhouse with contemporary wing, surrounded by an ancient moat, with tennis court, swimming pool, stables and manège. All in 11 acres.
Situated in an enviable setting, surrounded by a historic moat in the grounds of a former medieval hall, Drinkstone Hall is a substantial Victorian house of elegant proportions, which has been considerably remodelled and extended in the last decade, to incorporate a stunning kitchen extension, which forms part of the main living areas and gives a contemporary twist on the original building, which cleverly fuses Victorian elegance, generous ceiling heights, attractive cornicing and sash windows, with bi-fold doors and a Sonos integrated speaker system.
The accommodation extends to almost 6,000 sq ft and serves well as a family house, with versatile living accommodation, which is particularly extensive on the ground floor, comprising a large reception hall with elegant staircase rising to the first floor, with tiled floors, as well as decorative cornicing, with receptions to the east and west, a drawing room with open fireplace and double aspect and a formal dining room, with open fireplace and a double aspect. The inner hallway gives access to a study with useful storage and fireplace and exposed polished brick floors.
The kitchen/dining/living room is an expansive contemporary addition to the house, which offers breath-taking views over the moat and the grounds beyond, with bi-fold sliding doors to the north and east, and the kitchen incorporating a high-quality, hand-made Shaker units with large oak-topped central island, as well as an Aga Neff hob and oven and integrated appliances. This open-plan living area opens to a dining room and sitting area with an, open fire and tiled hearth, and sliding doors to a snug.
There is a side hall with its own independent access, which could serve well as an annexe, but currently provides ground floor shower room and useful utility/laundry room, with an independent staircase leading to a superb 24' bedroom/studio.
The principle accommodation on the first floor is accessed from a large elegant landing, the master bedroom with superb views over the gardens to the south and east and dressing area fitted with a range of bespoke wardrobes and storage, as well as an en suite bathroom, with separate shower cubicle, vanity wash hand basin and low-level WC.
To the west is the bedroom wing, with bedroom two enjoying a double aspect and fitted wardrobes and bedroom three with fitted wardrobes, both served by a large family bathroom, with separate shower cubicle, twin sink and low-level WC. Bedroom four, with its own en suite bathroom. On the second floor is a further bedroom, with en suite bathroom and offering fabulous views over the grounds and attic storage.
The property is approached from the village lane, onto a gravel driveway with five-bar electric gates, giving access to a sweeping driveway, which provides parking for a number of vehicles, a carport as well as a detached double garage.
There are a number of notable attributes in the grounds, to include a 20m floodlit Manège, a stable block with four stables, tack room, a heated swimming pool with thatched summerhouse and tennis court. The moat itself, frames the formal gardens and land with a superb variety of mature trees, leading out to a large level of grazing, with post-and-rail fencing, field shelter and water supply.
Mains water, private drainage via Klargester. Oil-fired heating.
The main village of Drinkstone is situated approximately 8 miles from the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds and a similar distance from Stowmarket, which has a mainline station to Liverpool Street. The A14 is about 3 miles away giving good access to the County town of Ipswich, the Port of Felixstowe and the A12, and in a westerly direction to Cambridge and London via the M11. Both Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket have a wide range of shopping, leisure and recreational facilities, and local shops are available in the neighbouring village of Woolpit.