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Sold 6 Bed Country Home

Warren Lodge, Little Saxham
£1,250,000 Guide Price

Property Details

  • Exceptional rural setting
  • Wonderful historic features
  • Six well proportioned bedrooms: two with en-suites and two in a potentially self-contained guest annex
  • Immaculate self-cleaning natural pool
  • Established grounds with mature trees
  • Spinney/woodland
  • Beautiful and spacious kitchen
  • Stunning garden room
  • Formal drawing and dining rooms
  • Striking entrance hall and hand made staircase
Set within a hidden location, Warren Lodge is an exceptional country house, the original part of which is believed to have been built as an ornamental yet practical gamekeeper’s cottage serving Ickworth House.

Based in Little Saxham, and, unusually, with bridlepath access into Ickworth Park – presumably for convenience during the house’s former working life as a gamekeeper’s cottage serving Ickworth House – Warren Lodge, which has been successfully and sympathetically extended, is now an exquisite country house within a truly exceptional setting.

Despite being a mere 3.5 miles from the centre of Bury St Edmunds, the property is accessed solely by a beautiful, bucolic circular bridlepath. From the heart of its rural surroundings, Warren Lodge enjoys wonderful, panoramic field and woodland views in every direction from the middle of its triangular 1.5-acre plot. While offering excellent access to Bury, Cambridge and London, it’s an extremely peaceful and private situation with the nearest buildings or road being half a mile away.

The original part of the property is dated 1865 (to the exterior south façade) and retains many charming mid-19th century features including: a carved stone Coat of Arms (most likely belonging to the Bristol family) depicting a trio of trefoils on the south gable; intricately pierced barge boards; decorative cast iron windows; crenelated walls and stylised fascias, as well as some original fireplaces within the interior.

Carefully, sympathetically and respectfully extended by the current owners, Warren Lodge is now a fabulous six-bedroom family home set over two floors.

A generous kitchen and breakfast room together with the sitting room (or snug) form the heart of the house. Within the cosy sitting room, the beautifully proportioned, original windows are adorned with striking wooden shutters re-purposed from reclaimed Arts & Crafts panelling (circa 1880). Furthermore, a run of under-worktop kitchen units have been fashioned from an antique Regency feather mahogany sideboard (circa 1820). This part of the house also constitutes a large portion of the original cottage, which adds to the sense of homeliness. So, despite being a substantial country house, the property also retains an element of its charming character from formerly being a rural cottage. This area also houses the study and generous, well served utility room, as well as access to what is currently used as the two bedroom guest annex (with its own access). The annex also delivers its own separate bathroom and kitchen dining area.

Within the extended part of the house, Warren Lodge provides spacious and resplendent drawing and dining rooms befitting of a striking country house and offering exceptional and generous spaces in which to host larger social occasions and family gatherings.

A particularly stunning room, accessible from both the drawing room and hall and with double French doors facing east, west and south (providing access to the natural pool), is the garden room, which literally brings the garden into the house and offers an incredibly relaxing and light rich setting.

All 14 windows within the extension are hand built and beautifully stylised to show a Victorian interpretation of a Tudor arch design. This design is also echoed on the doors and throughout much of the interior and exterior of the property, providing a cohesive sense of style that is so perfectly attuned to this property’s heritage of being a country cottage so successfully extended into a substantial country house. Inspiration has also been drawn from the trefoil design of the crest adorning the exterior of the original cottage and this is also echoed within the interior features throughout the property.

The spacious and formal entrance hall includes a wonderful, sweeping staircase, made by hand from sycamore and teak. The main hallway upstairs boasts a stunning Art Nouveau chandelier above the staircase, which was reclaimed from Ickworth House .

Overall, what is so remarkable is – without exception – every room offers incredible views and many with a choice of windows facing south, east and west; this is particularly notable in the master bedroom, dining, drawing and garden rooms. The sense of the rural setting and the wonderful established grounds are ever present from within the house – a feat that is extremely hard to achieve.


Outbuildings
At Warren Lodge there are four outbuildings on-site comprising: two timber single garages (currently used for storage); one timber garden shed with slate roof and Victorian cast iron windows that match the old part of the house; the two-storey summer (pool) house. In addition there is an integrated brick-built double garage (currently used as a workshop) that is below the first floor of the guest annex. (The property’s shepherd hut will move with the current owners and so is not a fixture but the site on which it resides offers a wonderful potential destination in which to house something similar in the future.) There is also a loggia wood store located behind the west walled and hedged garden.


Second Sale Of The Property By The Same Family
Warren Lodge has been so beloved that the current owners, who bought it in 1984, originally sold it in 1994, and then, having missed it greatly, bought it back in 2007. Now – ten years on, Warren Lodge is for sale once more providing an exceptional opportunity for new owners to take up residence in this incredible house…

The current owners explain: “What we have loved about Warren Lodge is the amazing feeling of peace and space; the beautiful mature trees and wildlife; the fantastic panoramic sunsets; the freedom to pursue carpentry and gardening at anytime, and occasionally to host noisy parties!”


The Grounds
On the north side of the property there is an orchard with pear, apple and plum trees as well as a dedicated vegetable patch, which is currently growing beans, rhubarb, rocket and potatoes.

The main south west facing established garden offers an incredible, tranquil and rural setting and includes mature trees as well as a lovely ornamental peach tree – all of which can be enjoyed as part of a walk down to the southern most tip of the boundary to the property’s own spinney / woodland.

To the west of the property is a pretty walled and hedged garden offering a private setting and a formal aspect to the grounds, which marries beautifully with the crenelated walls and stylised fascias. Nearby is an historic – and safely covered – 40m (120ft) well, which is now only used to discharge water out of the heating pump system.
To the back of the property (west side) is an entrance surrounded by stunning and well established wisteria.

Warren Lodge’s own spinney is inhabited by splendid mature oak and ash trees. This area also offers a purpose built circular fire pit with a rustic grass seating area surrounding it for family and social gatherings. The garden attracts an array or bird life including hawks, buzzards, barn owls, woodpeckers and a variety of finches.

Overall, the grounds are quite simply stunning and offer all the very best assets of an English country garden. (They also provided an exceptional setting for a family wedding as the current owners discovered when they hosted their daughter’s big day with great success.)


Near Self-sufficiency
Self sufficiency is a near reality at Warren Lodge thanks to solar panels and the almost limitless supply of pure water owing to the property’s borehole. The property currently receives the Renewable Heat Incentive which pays for all power.


Natural Swimming Pool Area
The grounds include an idyllic, self-cleaning, natural swimming pool. The swimming area of the pond is 3.5m x 12.5m and the regeneration zone around it is a similar area filled with gravel and water plants to filter and remove nutrients from the water to keep it clear and algae free. The swimming area is 1m deep at the shallow end and 2.5m deep at the deep end. It has been installed for seven years and works very well.

The pool sits – in a south facing position – between a dedicated patio (near the house) and a decked area (also the site of the summer house), which also boasts a hot tub with water consistently at a balmy 38ºC making swimming a year-round option for hearty folk! During summer, beautiful water lilies flower within the regenerating borders of the natural pool.

The natural pool has its own related custom and hand-built, two-storey summer house complete with a traditionally styled, hot water, outdoor shower. The summer house also offers a drinks fridge, sink and kitchenette on the ground floor with a covered balcony area above providing incredible, uninterrupted 360-degree views of the exceptional grounds and rural setting enjoyed by the property.


Location
Despite being a mere 3.5 miles from the centre of Bury St Edmunds, the property is accessed solely by a beautiful circular bridlepath (pictured above) and also enjoys bridlepath access into Ickworth Park.

Warren Lodge is situated within a hidden and peaceful spot in the small village of Little Saxham, which is approximately three miles west of the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the property’s amazing location is owing to the setting of Warren Lodge, which enables exceptional opportunity to walk, run or cycle in any direction without immediately having to traverse a road. Within close walking distance is a stunning 40-acre woodland where a sea of bluebells blossom in spring.

Little Saxham has excellent access to the A14 in both directions and therefore to Ipswich (30 miles away), Cambridge (27 miles away) or London (approximately two hours by train). The small village is an ancient settlement reputedly referenced as “Sexham” within the Doomsday Book (an historic survey commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1086).

Little Saxham is within the catchment of good local schools (currently rated ‘good’ by OFSTED at all levels). The village is also in proximity of a range of independent, private schools.

Only 3.5 miles from Warren Lodge is Bury St Edmunds. It has so much to offer including wonderful shops with plenty of independent and artisan retailers as well as the favourite hight street stores within the old town and the newer shopping area that constitutes the Arc. Market days are on a Wednesday and Saturday and offer a truly authentic experience. There’s also a thriving cafe culture and plenty of restaurants; the stunning St Edmundsbury Cathedral; the truly exceptional Abbey Gardens with ruins of the former abbey dating back to the 12th century. The town also has its own theatre, comedy club and hosts a panoply of cultural events. Highlights on the calendar also include the town's summer festival and the Christmas market.


Directions
From the direction of Bury St Edmunds, head towards Little Saxham on the Westley Road. Pass the crossroads (to Westley and Horringer) and then after 0.75 miles, just past the deer warning sign on the left, a bridlepath crosses the road – turn right into the bridlepath. Warren Lodge is about 0.75 miles up this bridlepath. (For satellite navigation, please use the postcode: IP29 5LF.)


Services
Water is supplied to the property by a 60m (197ft) borehole – while there is the potential for mains water to be established at Warren Lodge, the owners currently enjoy no water bills thanks to the borehole, which provides an unlimited free water supply and there is also a ground source heat pump in place.


Video Tour
This property is offered with a Video Tour. To view, go to: https://youtu.be/9G3AHs_6eUk


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