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Hillwatering, Langham ANL-140522-164307001
Hillwatering, Langham ANL-140522-164307001
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Hillwatering is a listed cottage of enormous character and was home of ‘Dane of Dior’ Jorn Langberg, chief couturier and director of Christian Dior in the 1960s.

A lover of beauty, he saw something in the wreck Hillwatering then was.

Hillwatering, Langham ANL-140522-164319001

Hillwatering, Langham ANL-140522-164319001

The gardens were Jorn’s passion and his impeccable attention to detail shows with ‘rooms’ throughout the grounds, created with neatly clipped hedges, hidden woodland walks, a fabulous water garden, a reclaimed brick terrace, outside dining area and herb gardens

His former art gallery with studio and balcony over is ideal for a home office or, subject to planning, guest accommodation.

Hillwatering provides superb living space, ideal for entertaining, yet informal enough for everyday enjoyment.

However, the agents say it now requires a programme of modernisation and refurbishment and interested parties are advised to take note of the presale survey provided.

Hillwatering, Langham ANL-140522-164255001

Hillwatering, Langham ANL-140522-164255001

But this unique home has superb style and now offers an opportunity to rework and update what is one of Suffolk’s finest.

The reception hall/library is 15ft by 12ft 4in narrowing to 9ft 5in with a red-brick floor, exposed beams and open inglenook fireplace, with bressummer beam, fitted with a wood-burning stove. There are oak bookshelves and a door to garden.

Even the cloakroom has the character born of exposed studwork

The morning, sitting and dining rooms have exposed studwork, red-brick floors and red-brick inglenook fireplaces with bressummer beams.

The garden room is about 15ft square with double-aspect picture windows overlooking the terrace and water garden. It also has high timbered ceilings, a brick floor, exposed brickwork and a door to garden.

There is an original 1960s galley kitchen with stainless steel work surface, matching tiled walls, oven, grill, inset stainless steel sink unit and space and plumbing for a dishwasher.

The three bedroom suites are approached via three separate staircases from the dining room, library and sitting room.

They range from 9ft 8in by 12ft 3in to 16ft by 12ft 3in and all have en suite bathrooms, exposed timbers and wooden floorboards. The master bedroom not only has a 16ft bathroom but also boasts a dressing room with built-in wardrobes.

The former art gallery outbuilding comprises a substantial garage, with automatic up-and-over door, 10ft square gallery space with red-brick pamment floor and a utility room. Over that, approached by an exterior staircase, is a vaulted studio room.

Guide price: £595,000

Hillwatering, Langham, IP31 3ED.

Agents: Bedfords, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769999