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If you watch the television programme Grand Designs and want to have a go at doing it yourself, Bedfords have just the property.

An old pumping station on the river near Ixworth has all the potential to bring your dreams to life in an interesting building in a rural location.

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The pumping station is thought to have been built in the 1950s and at £234,000 comes with planning permission for conversion to an unusual three-storey home.

It is set in two acres with a river frontage on The Black Bourne with views across wildlife-rich Broad Water wetland to the villages of Pakenham and Ixworth.

Though the site is very rural it is close to the A1088 and only a few hundred yards from the junction with the A143 to Bury St Edmunds, which is only six miles away, with the A14 linking it to Ipswich and the Midlands.

It is thought that services are connected to the pumping station because it was once partly used as offices, though the buyer must check this.

The proposed floorplan is for a kitchen and living room with separate dining room, study and large entrance hall on the ground floor, plus a toilet and cloakroom.

The first floor would have a sitting room and two large bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. One of these bedrooms also has its own terrace with a views across the fields.

On the second floor are two smaller bedrooms and a bathroom.

Bedfords says: “Opportunities to convert buildings such as these are few and far between, and they lend themselves to an exciting ‘grand design’-style project.

“They are offered with no upward chain.”

Viewing is by appointment only. For more details call in at Bedfords in Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds or on 01284 769999.

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