Monday, 7 October 2013

Former farmhouse and a schoolhouse, Suffolk

Wreck regular Kit sent me this property. We both agreed it was on the pricey side (planning permission - pah!) but lovely-looking.
It's a mostly 17th century, Grade ll-listed farmhouse, with around an acre of land including ponds and garden area. It's at Witnesham, near the village of Ashbocking in Suffolk, around seven miles from Ipswich.
The farmhouse itself is derelict and needs significant work. The plans allow for full renovation (rather than rebuild) to turn it into a large, three-bedroomed house.

The plans (took me a while to find them - typo in the agent's details) have caveats in relation to bats, newts, matching existing materials, and providing detailed drawings before you can start. Although none of that is unexpected on this scale of job. Planning application here and listing building consent here
I'd also want to find out more about the vendor's plans for the two barns he's hanging onto.
It's on the market through Clarke and Simpson with a guide price of £250k. Details here, pdf here. More pics below.
While I was on Clarke and Simpson's site, I also came across this unconverted former boys school (below) in the village of Laxfield, seven miles from Framlingham and around ten from Diss.

It comes with planning permission (and corresponding price hike) to convert it into a good-size two-bed home. It has a courtyard but otherwise not a lot of space around it, but the main room is a gorgeous, vaulted space:

The Old Boys school is up for auction on October 10th with a guide price of £150k. Details here.