Fit for the kings’ poet

Suffolk House, Lidgate ANL-140918-095437001
Suffolk House, Lidgate ANL-140918-095437001
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The Gread II listed Suffolk House is a village home with connections to one of the leading literary figures of the early 15th century.

The house in Lidgate was the home of the John Lydgate (1370 to 1450) who became a monk at Bury St Edmunds at 15 and was a prolific poet whose patrons included King Henrys IV, V and VI. He was born in Lidgate and died in Bury’s monastery.

Suffolk House, Lidgate ANL-140918-095448001

Suffolk House, Lidgate ANL-140918-095448001

Today, the house offers spacious, two-storey accommodation which retains a number of period features.

Its fine timber frame is exposed throughout the house with chamfered beams. There are large inglenook fireplaces with exposed red-brick chimney breasts on both floors.

But it also has a high standard of modern fittings, so the 15ft 6in by 14ft 7in double-aspect kitchen-breakfast room has modern wall and base kitchen units with granite work surfaces, a matching island, granite drainer and stainless steel sink unit.

There is a range cooker with extractor over plus built-in microwave and Bosch coffee machine and concealed appliances including dishwasher, fridge, freezer and wine fridge.

Suffolk House, Lidgate ANL-140918-095459001

Suffolk House, Lidgate ANL-140918-095459001

The house also has an 18ft by 12ft conservatory with views over the garden.

The largest ground floor room is the drawing room at 29ft 10 in by 9ft 8inb widening to 12ft 10in in the main part of the double-aspect room. It has oriel and leaded windows and a big red-brick inglenook fireplace with bressummer beam.

There is a door to the 16ft 3in by 12ft dining room and steps down to a 15ft square cellar, with heating, light and power, which could be used as a playroom.

The 19ft 4in by 16ft 10in sitting room is also double-aspect with an oriel window, beautifully carved and heavily timbered ceiling, exposed studwork, red-brick inglenook fireplace with a carved bressummer and a wood-burning stove.

Upstairs, the main bedroom is a 22ft by 18ft 4in vaulted, double-aspect room with exposed tie beams and studwork and open fireplace with brick hearth and a bressummer. It also has a built-in wardrobe and vanity unit with inset wash hand basin.

A four poster bed is available by separate negotiation

There is an adjacent bathroom, in addition to the family bathroom on this floor.

There are five other bedrooms, the smallest of which is 11ft 4in by 9ft 2in, and one has an en suite shower room.

The agent Bedfords says that despite its size, Suffolk House retains a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Suffolk House stands in a large mature garden setting of about two acres, which offers a high degree of privacy – an ideal setting for its own swimming pool, hard tennis court, garden studio and stabling.

Guide price: £995,000

Agents: Bedfords Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769999