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Queen's Cottage, Ousden
Queen's Cottage, Ousden
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The historic Queen’s Cottage is believed to have originally been built as a manor courthouse and dates from at least the 16th century.

This fine country house in Ousden has rendered elevations with pargetting under a peg tiled roof and is listed Grade II as being of specific architectural and historical interest.

Queen's Cottage, Ousden

Queen's Cottage, Ousden

It retains much of its original character with features including fine inglenook fireplaces and a wealth of exposed timbers and studwork, including carved and moulded beams and evidence of mullion windows.

The house was painstakingly restored and significantly extended in 2004 by well-regarded period property specialists Valiant Builders, using the same materials and construction methods as the original and incorporating a heavy oak timber frame.

The accommodation incorporates an entrance hall, three reception rooms, kitchen, cloakroom, four bedrooms, two bathrooms (one en-suite) and study or fifth bedroom.

The double aspect kitchen has fitted base- and eye-level units, worktops with tiled splashbacks, one and a half bowl sink with drainer, integrated appliances including four ring hob, oven and grill with extractor hood, and space and plumbing for washing machine and fridge -freezer.

Queen's Cottage, Ousden

Queen's Cottage, Ousden

The 16ft by 11ft double aspect dining room overlooks the garden and features exposed timbers, elm floor and a bespoke oak staircase to the first floor.

The 16ft by 13ft sitting room has two windows to the front, a huge redbrick inglenook fireplace, exposed timbers including the original medieval arched entrance, an elm floor and recess with shelves.

Part of the extension is occupied by the impressive 31ft by 16ft drawing room with an inglenook fireplace and wood burner, oak timbers and oak staircase to the first floor, ceramic tiled floor and French doors to outside.

The 16ft by 8ft garden room is of timber and glazed construction and is located off the drawing room with a tiled floor and part-glazed door to the garden.

On the first floor there are four generous bedrooms, most with high vaulted ceilings displaying the magnificent timber frame.

There is a double aspect study or bedroom five with countryside and garden views and access to the useful loft store room which may be suitable for further accommodation.

The property has a gravel driveway to the side providing parking and with sensor lighting.

The large, mature grounds are mainly to the south of the house with lawns, specimen trees and a paved terrace adjoins the front with outside lighting. The sale includes a small copse across the lane.

Guide price: £580,000

Agents Sheridans, Bury St. Edmunds, 01284 700 018