A delightful Grade II listed village house with a detached artist's studio/annexe with lovely grounds of about 1 acre and stunning views over rolling countryside within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Black Fen is a charming Grade II listed house dating back to the 17th/18th century of traditional timber frame construction under a thatch roof. Situated in Scotland Street on the edge of the ever popular village of Stoke by Nayland, the property enjoys wonderful views over the adjoining undulating countryside.
The property exudes character with many original features including fine inglenook fireplaces, exposed beams, timbers and traditional hardwood doors. The principal reception rooms and bedrooms face south with views over the garden
and countryside thus making it a very light and bright house.
The sitting room and dining room both have woodburning stoves within the inglenook fireplaces while the study hasa woodblock floor and extensive bookshelves. The well equipped kitchen features an oil fired ‘Aga’ flanked by marble worksurfaces with further extensive oak worktops, bespoke cupboards, wall cupboards and drawers, a Butlers sink, plumbing for dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer and space for a fridge freezer. The adjoining garden room has two doors out to the south facing terrace built in bench seating and tiled floor with underfloor heating. At the opposite end of the house the ‘snug’ shower room and fourth bedroom, which has a separate staircase could be adapted in to a self-contained granny/guest annexe. The three principal bedrooms are accessed off the main staircase and all enjoy wonderful southerly views.
Black Fen is about 0.5 miles outside the immensely popular village of Stoke by Nayland. Houses rarely become available in the sought after, peaceful and picturesque hamlet of Scotland Street which is surrounded by the rolling countryside of the Dedham Vale in an Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty. There are two very popular restaurants, The Crown Inn and The Angel, as well as a village store, book shop, garage, primary school and Golf & Country Club with
two 18-hole courses and well equipped gym. Nearby Nayland and Hadleigh provide for everyday needs, whilst both Ipswich and Colchester provide extensive amenities including highly regarded schools and mainline stations with fastest trains to Liverpool Street from Colchester taking 49 minutes. Nearby Manningtree station is also a commuter option. Popular Littlegarth Prep School is about 4 miles.
The peaceful gardens are a special feature of Black Fen amounting to about one acre. A wide paved terrace adjoins the rear of the property with extensive lawns beyond interspersed with mature trees and shrubs established well stocked herbaceous beds and a vegetable garden. A recently created sunken terrace has been created to take full advantage of the afternoon sun and glorious views.
A drive to the side of Black Fen opens onto an extensive parking area and access to the detached double garage block comprising the garage 5.8m x 4m, a wc and log store. Nearby is the light and airy studio/annexe with ensuite shower room. The small ‘Barn’ close to Black Fen is of timber frame construction under a wonderful thatched roof with many of the original timbers exposed.