Beech House: An exceptional historic home in Saxmundham
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The market town of Saxmundham is thriving again, with its mix of local shops and amenities, and Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets.
In walking distance of Beech House is the railway station and other amenities such as doctors, dentists, library and post office.
The Heritage Coast at Aldeburgh is about seven miles away.
This exceptional, Grade II* listed townhouse is at North Entrance, Saxmundham and so is close to the centre of the town and amenities.
Beech House, dating from the 17th Century, sits within its original walled gardens and also has a cottage annexe.
The house was mentioned in Pevsner’s The Buildings of England and is said to be one of the finest houses in the town and the local area.
He described it as a “stately early 18th Century house.”
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The house has retained many fine details and original character features.
There are superb panelled reception rooms, fine fireplaces and working window shutters.
Overlooking the large walled gardens there is an excellent, 46ft kitchen/breakfast/living room which has been built in conservatory style and makes a superb everday living area for a family.
The house has an entrance hall, the kitchen/dining room/conservatory, a separate dining room, a drawing room, utility room, a library and an office.
There is also a useful cellar.
On the first floor the master bedroom suite comprises a dressing area and an en suite bath and shower room.
There are five more bedrooms on this floor, two en suite, and a family bathroom with access from one of two landings.
Stairs continue on to the top attic floor, where there are two more bedrooms and a bathroom.
Adjoining Beech House is a self-contained, and fully modernised, annexe cottage.
It provides additional two bedroom accommodation which could be used as a granny annexe, for staff or has potential for letting.
A major feature of Beech House is the well tended walled garden which lies at the rear of the house.
It has a mellow red brick wall and a central lawn, with climbing roses, espalier per and cherry trees.
At the northern end of the lawn is a rose and herb garden, with a low box hedge knot garden, to the rear of which is a concealed garden shed.
An arched gateway leads through to a productive kitchen garden with a greenhouse and a greenhouuse with a vine clad timber pergola.
A further gateway leads through to the front driveway and parking area, which also leads to two garages.