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School House, Whepstead ANL-140506-142116001
School House, Whepstead ANL-140506-142116001
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The 19th century children of Whepstead would be stunned by the luxury to be found in their former school today.

School House is understood to have been built in the mid-19th century as the village school and adjoining headmaster’s house, now called School Cottage.

School House, Whepstead ANL-140506-142127001

School House, Whepstead ANL-140506-142127001

Today, this striking grade II listed Victorian house provides about 5,000sq ft of beautifully arranged accommodation, including outbuildings, and stands in stunning grounds of about 1.2 acres with country views to the rear.

Built of mellow red brick and dressed stone under a series of steeply pitched roofs, it possesses a light and airy atmosphere and retains a wealth of high status architectural features including high ceilings, exposed red brick work and a large arched windows and doors.

A particular feature being the very spacious reception rooms including a stunning sitting room with its glazed apex and vaulted ceiling.

In more recent years, the house has been considerably improved and updated.

School House, Whepstead ANL-140506-142105001

School House, Whepstead ANL-140506-142105001

The adjoining School Cottage is a charming home in its own right and is currently used for holiday lets.

School House’s arched Gothic-style side entrance door opens to a hall with doors to cloakroom and utility room.

The 18ft by 17ft kitchen-breakfast room has been tastefully re-fitted with a matching range of units beneath polished oak preparation surfaces with quality built in appliances and a large pantry.

The kitchen has views across the gardens and open country beyond.

The 21ft by 17ft garden sitting room has a high vaulted ceiling with glazed apex and French doors to gardens.

The similar sized drawing room has a fireplace, polished wooden flooring and large windows to the front.

The 17ft by 14ft dining room retains a magnificent arched window and polished wooden flooring, while a pair of doors open to a spacious study large windows.

On the first floor is a large partly vaulted landing with a feature arched window and ladder staircase to a 28ft by 8ft mezzanine room.

The 17ft by 14ft master bedroom has an arch with a window providing breathtaking views across the gardens and countryside beyond. The en-suite bathroom has a spa bath with rain shower over and under floor heating.

The main house has three more bedrooms with built in wardrobes, dressing room, en-suite shower and a family bathroom. Another bedroom is currently used as a study.

The adjoining three-bedroomed School Cottage has a 13ft square sitting room, a 12ft by 10ft dining room and a kitchen built in oven and hob and door to garden.

Guide price: £775,000

Agents: Sheridans, Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 700 018