Molet House - Lavenham cottage where the Queen once stayed
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Lovely Lavenham is widely regarded as one of England’s prettiest villages.
Historic homes, many dating back to medieval times when it was one of the wealthiest places in the country, are clustered together - looking like they have grown just where they stand. In fact the street scene has developed with the economic success of the village. Molet House, in Barn Street, is a beautiful character home - Grade I listed for its architectural and historical importance
It is simply one of the finest homes in Lavenham.
It also comes with a purpose-built studio outbuilding where an artist or craftperson can follow their hobbies.
This would originally have been a wealthy merchants home when Lavenham was at the heart of the wool and cloth trade which made England great.
This home is now on the market, for the first time in 18 years.
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Molet House itself has had many visitors and owners, of course.
An engraved slab marks the visit of Queen Elizabeth who slept here on March 24, 1586.
The house has an entrance hall, with a 9ft high ceiling and moulded beams, a tiled floor and a handmade oak staircase rising to the first floor.
A mullioned window with leaded glass has views over the garden and a door opens on to the terrace.
There is a drawing room, also with a 9ft high ceiling and large leaded glass windows.
There is also a sitting/dining room with a 7ft wide wall of glass, incorporating doors open on to the terracing and the garden beyond.
There is a log burning stove on a York stone plinth.
The kitchen/breakfast room, has a door to the garden and a street entrance. It is finished with an extensive range of painted solid wood fronted units, with glass display cabinets and oak worktops, and with a single drainer sink unit, with space for a range cooker and plumbing for a washing machine.
There is also a ground floor shower room.
On the first floor there are four bedrooms with far-reaching views, a cloakroom and a bathroom, with pretty leaded windows and exposed beams.
The bathroom is finished with marble tiles and a worktop incorporating a large, double-ended bath with period style fittings and shower attachment, and separate shower cubicle, and wash hand basin.
Outside the studio, also used for entertaining, includes a kitchenette area and a shower room. Double gates open to a driveway which leads to parking space and a car port. The grounds are exceptional, with large walled areas, wide expanses of lawn, terraces, well stocked beds and trees. They amount to approximately 0.4 acres.