Individual architect-designed home in rolling countryside for sale in Monks Eleigh for £850k

Second Pits, Monks Eleigh

Second Pits, Monks Eleigh - Credit: Archant

Scandinavian style country house at Monks Eleigh - could be yours for £850,000

Monks Eleigh

Monks Eleigh - Credit: Archant

Architects and designers have produced a tremendous range of interesting homes in Suffolk over recent years.

Second Pits, at Monks Eleigh, is a striking indvidual home of modern style and interest.

This Scandinavian style country house dates back to 1959 and was designed by renowned architect Sir Philip Dowson, and based on an A-frame structure and a timber clad exterior.

Monks Eleigh

Monks Eleigh - Credit: Archant

Second Pits sits in an elevated rural position, with grounds extending to 2.6 acres, above the picturesque village of Monks Eleigh, blending into the surrounding undulating countryside. It is a tranquil rural home with unique architect-designed styling.

The property has been extended over time and the internal layout modified in recent years with the versatility that allows for flexible family living.

It is set on a north sloping hillside, surrounded by its extensive gardens and grounds.

Monks Eleigh

Monks Eleigh - Credit: Archant

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The village is well served with a public house, community shop, Post Office, church and playing field. There is a health centre at Bildeston and more shopping and other facilities in Lavenham, Hadleigh and Sudbury.

The house has accommodation laid out in two wings, with the original house built on a series of A-shaped frames, with a plain tiled roof that extends to the ground level.

The later addition is linked by a glazed hallway, and has a ground floor layout that can serve as a self-contained one bedroom annexe if required.

Second Pits, Monks Eleigh

Second Pits, Monks Eleigh - Credit: Archant

The overall design was intended to ensure all the rooms have far-reaching views across the attractive gardens and the surrounding countryside.

On entering the property there is a welcoming, glazed entrance hall that links the original eastern wing with the western wing, a later addition.

The eastern wing has an internal hall with doors to the main accommodation and to a downstairs shower/cloakroom.

Monks Eleigh

Monks Eleigh - Credit: Archant

A kitchen area opens onto a dining room which serves as the heart of the home. This in turn leads to the impressive, vaulted sitting room with a woodburning stove as a centre piece and sliding doors leading out to south facing terrace.

A stairwell leads to the master bedroom, with en suite cloakroom and completing the eastern wing is a galleried walkway leading to a mezzanine library which has a south-facing balcony that is ideal for quiet, contemplative moments overlooking the gardens.

The western wing incorporates a lobby area with a stairwell to the first floor bedroom accommodation and access to a ground floor boiler/drying room.

The ground floor area of this wing includes a of private sitting room, and kitchen and one bedroom, giving it potential for use as an annexe.

The reception room has double doors leading out to the south facing verandah.

There is a fitted kitchen and a utility room with independent access to the front of the property and driveway.

There is also a double aspect bedroom/study and en suite bathroom which completes the ground floor accommmodation.

On the first floor there is a light-filled landing area leading to three further double bedrooms, all featuring balconies to the south and west with views across the grounds and surrounding countryside. There is also a family bathroom.

Outside there is parking space for several cars.

The gardens are a notable feature of the property and would suit a family or a keen gardener.

To the west the grounds are primarily laid to lawn and have served as two paddocks with a field shelter/stable unit.

To the east of the house is an orchard and to the south an area that is ideal for entertaining during the summer months.

There are views over a beautiful pond, which was the original pit.

Second Pits is for sale with Strutt & Parker, with a guide price of £850,000