TV challenge interior
Cordwainers is an Grade II listed , iconic Lavenham house and it has been so imaginatively restored that it featured in the BBC’s Great Design Challenge in 2014.
It dates from the 15th century and was once the One Bell Inn, though the name Cordwainers comes from when it was the home of a shoemaker.
It has a fine oak timber frame with colour washed render infill under a clay tile roof.
The frame’s timbers are also exposed inside but blended with a tasteful modernisation which included rewiring, new plumbing and central heating.
So while you have an entrance hall with a patterned quarry tile floor thought to have come from Lavenham church, it also has a new bespoke kitchen and two new bathrooms.
The kitchen has oak floorboards and hand made units with Silestone work surfaces and a ceramic one-and-a-half bowl sink. There is a central island with storage, under a solid wood work surface, with an inset induction hob.
Integrated appliances include an oven, steam oven, dishwasher, Monarch Scaleout water softener and a fridge-freezer. There is a stable door into the courtyard garden.
The 20ft 5in by 12ft 9in sitting room is double aspect with the front bay window having a window seat. The room also has an open fireplace, a large corner cupboard and a shelved recess.
There is also a cloakroom on the ground floor.
On the first floor, the landing, which has LED lighting, is used as a study.
The 13ft 10in by 11ft 4in main bedroom has a fitted cupboards and an en suite bathroom with a slipper bath and large walk-in shower cubicle with a dual-head Aqualisa shower and hand made Alice Gibbons tiles.
The second bedroom is a 14ft in by 9ft 10in, double aspect room with two leaded-light side windows and a front sash window. It has period oak floorboards, a wardrobe and an airing cupboard.
The third bedroom is just over 9ft square, with exposed ceiling timbers.
The family bathroom is beautifully fitted and has a heated tiled floor, mirrored wall and LED lighting.
The total internal floor area is 1,515sq ft.
Cordwainers is unusual among Lavenham High Street properties in having a front garden. It is mainly laid to lawn, with a small hedge to one side and a path to the front door.
At the rear is a private courtyard, mainly laid with Indian sandstone paving, but with flowers and shrubs, a glazed potting shed and useful brick storage shed. It also has a gate onto Market Lane. There is a garage for the property in Lion Yard, almost opposite the house.
Guide price: £650,000
Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 700535