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5 acres, Long Melford, Sudbury, CO10, Suffolk
For Sale - Guide Price £1,600,000

The Sluice Gate is a unique and exceptional country house in a magical riverside setting. As its name suggests, the property originated as the sluice cottage to regulate the water supply to a Mill and the original occupant would have controlled the sluice gates which previously existed in the water pool. The Domesday Book makes mention of the waterwheel here. Dating back to the early 1800's, the property is surprisingly not listed which has been a benefit as the house has been significantly extended and enhanced over the years creating a home of infinite style and taste. All of the accommodation is arranged on the ground floor and the front elevation is deceptive in respect of the extent of the interior amounting to about 4532 sq ft of free-flowing rooms with some stunning vaulted ceilings and a beautiful colonial-style throughout.

There is a central reception hall with a glass lantern roof from which the rest of the accommodation radiates. A custom built Aga kitchen/breakfast room flows into a cosy sitting room with a fireplace and woodburner. A utility/boot room leads off the kitchen and provides a secondary kitchen space plus an everyday entrance. The large formal dining room and drawing connect through a wide open arch making them ideal for entertaining. Their superb vaulted ceilings are repeated in the glorious master bedroom which has an ensuite dressing room and bath/shower room; this private suite also has its own study which can provide a fifth bedroom if required. Bedroom 2 is particularly spacious measuring 36'7 in length and with an ensuite shower room. There are 2 further bedrooms, an ensuite bath/shower room and further shower room/cloakroom. It is essential to view this property internally to fully appreciate its space, style and remarkable taste. Further accommodation is provided by a delightful detached Studio/Annexe which currently provides an artist's studio with inspirational countryside views and bi-folding doors onto the
garden. This incorporates an attractively fitted full kitchen as well as a contemporary shower room.

The property is approached along a discreet country track which leads to only 3 properties in total with The Sluice Gate Cottage being at the far end. A tree lined private gravelled drive is the beginning of the mystery that leads to the hidden and glorious setting ahead. Expanses of lawn interspersed with a variety of trees bordered by a beautiful stretch of the River Glen, run alongside the driveway which culminates in a spacious parking area infront of the house. There is also a garage/workshop which adjoins the studio/annexe. The garden surrounds the house to all aspects with a large expanse of lawn to the rear and a lovely riverside garden enjoying a southerly aspect. A large terrace adjoins the rear and side elevations of the house with a number of glazed double doors opening onto it. Attractive parkland fencing identify and direct a footpath which runs across a section of the front garden, but this is quite a distance from the house
hence one's privacy is maintained in the majority of the grounds.

The property is hidden away on the far western edge of Long Melford. Long Melford is has previously been voted amongst the top 20 most sought-after villages in England and Wales. There is an excellent range of shops, restaurants, pubs, doctors' surgery, hotels and two Tudor mansions - Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall – both of which are open to the public. The market town of Sudbury (4 miles) provides a rail link to London's Liverpool Street via Marks Tey (about 80 minutes). Alternatively there is a mainline service from Colchester with fastest trains taking from 48 minutes. The historic market town of Bury St Edmunds lies 11 miles to the north.


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