An outstanding Grade II listed detached family house with a wonderful interior, beautiful south west facing garden and excellent parking in the centre of this sought after and well served village. The property is within easy walking distance of good amenities.
The Gables is a handsome, detached, property offering the rare combination of a very spacious family home with a lovely garden within easy walking distance of Long Melford’s many amenities. Probably dating back to the 1500s, this Grade II listed house has a brick façade with double-hung sash windows and a plain columned portico front entrance with a cornice hood. It is of a massive timber frame con struction with high ceilings and pleasing room proportions, and the
roof is tiled with fine chimney stacks including 2 octagonal shafts. The property was extensively refurbished by the current owners in 2003 and further extended in 2004 with the addition of a conservatory/family room which adjoins the
large kitchen/breakfast room creating the hub of the house. On entering the house, one is instantly impressed by the grand reception hall with pale pamment floor tiles, elegant easy-rising staircase and high ceilings; both principal reception rooms radiate from the hall. The drawing room has
exposed timbers and 2 fireplaces and there is a formal dining room as well. The bespoke kitchen/breakfast room is a particular feature and was built by Knights Country Kitchens; there are extensive Sycamore units, granite worksurfaces, a pewter 3-oven Aga with an electric companion, a combination oven and a ceramic hob. Further integral appliances include a dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Both the kitchen and conservatory have a wonderful outlook over the garden. There is also a covered water well feature, a utility room, boot room and ground floor cloakroom/shower room. On the first floor, the landing gives access to all 5 bedrooms including the master bedroom which has a dressing room as well as 2 ensuite ‘his & her’ shower rooms. A spacious study could provide a 6th bedroom. In addition, stairs from the
landing lead up to the attic which has velux windows and could provide further accommodation if required (stp) but currently provides excellent storage. As it stands, The Gables provides about 3723 sq ft of accommodation excluding the attic.
Long Melford is frequently voted amongst the top 20 most sought-after villages in England and Wales. There is an excellent range of shops, restaurants, pubs, doctors’ surgery, hotels and two Tudor mansions - Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall – both of which are open to the public. The market town of Sudbury (2 miles) provides a rail link to
London’s Liverpool Street via Marks Tey (about 80 minutes). Alternatively there is a mainline service from Colchester with fastest trains taking about 48 minutes. The historic market town of Bury St Edmunds lies 10 miles to the north.
The south west facing garden forms an important feature and there is also excellent parking. Gates open onto a spacious gravelled parking courtyard which gives access to the double open-bay garage with a workshop to the rear, in total amounting to about 497 sq ft. The garden lies to the rear of the house and has been beautifully landscaped and
planted with a wonderful selection of flowers, shrubs and trees to ensure year-round interest and colour. A flagstoned terrace adjoins the conservatory and kitchen which gives
way to a lawn interspersed and bordered by flower beds, trees and a delightful sunken garden. Plantings include alliums, roses, dahlias, irises, lilies and lavender, an acer and apple and pear trees. The garden is fully enclosed by a lovely
old red brick wall as well as a crinkle-crankle wall which runs alongside the vegetable patch.