New home with character in a pretty Suffolk village

PUBLISHED: 16:49 08 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:59 08 July 2017

Douglas Pike who has built the new, cottage-style home in Scotland Street, Stoke by Nayland

Douglas Pike who has built the new, cottage-style home in Scotland Street, Stoke by Nayland


New cottage style home with a contemporary interior in Stoke by Nayland, could be yours for around £650,000.

Knutmill, Scotland StreetKnutmill, Scotland Street

Stoke by Nayland is a favoured village, set in rolling countryside in a beautiful part of Suffolk

The conservation village has plenty of historic, individual homes and two pubs, a fine church, shop and garage.

Nearby is the Stoke by Nayland hotel and golf course, and it is only a 15 minute drive into Colchester railway station for trains.

Scotland Street, Stoke by NaylanScotland Street, Stoke by Naylan

This is a lovely position, and Douglas Pike has built a surprising cottage style home here, in Scotland Street.

It replaced an ugly, Sixties-style bungalow.

From the outside the new home, nestled between two older properties, has the look of a large, traditional cottage.

Scotland Street, Stoke by NaylanScotland Street, Stoke by Naylan

There is even an oak front door with a reclaimed door knocker.

But self-builder Douglas, a former dentist, has introduced lots of contemporary ideas and a mix of materials inside.

I went along to meet him there.

Knutmill is on a site which has four levels, so the house is set back from the roadway below, there are terraced gardens behind and, at the top of the hill, there is an access to rolling fields and the Stour Valley Walk footpath.

You can walk to the centre of the village, without going on the road.

This three bedroom home also comes with a detached garage, a carport and an annexe which could be a studio, home office, gym or additional guest accommodation.

The main house is mainly open-plan on the ground floor, with bi-fold doors and French doors opening to the courtyard, in order to bring the outside in.

The composite flooring conceals underfloor heating on the ground floor and there are radiators on the upper level.

In the main living area a woodburning stove sits above a stainless steel hearth.

This is a new home with a lot of unusual features and treatments, including a lot of natural wood, metal, a terrcotta tiles.

The staircase is a striking and unique feature, of wood, steel and recycled plastic.

Douglas Pike came up with the design, and a local carpemter and a blacksmith built it and installed it on site.

“it is absolutely superb,” he said, “and a real one-off design. The treads are recycled plastic.

“There is a high level of insulation and a solar panel of the roof supplies the hot water.”

The modern kitchen includes a polished concrete worktop, and steel edgings, and every window has curved recesses. “they bring in more light,” he said.

He had to have long discussions with planners, to get permission for the new home, he said, because it was a conservation area and it had to be accepted.

“I am pleased with it. From the outside it looks like a cottage, but it is very different inside. A lot of thought has gone into everything.”

There is a second ground floor reception room/bedroom three and ground floor wet room.

On the first floor the stairs open up to light landing/sitting area, with windows to two aspects and there are two more bedrooms, a family bathroom with a deep free-standing Heritage bath, and an en suite shower room.

Douglas added: “This is a perfect home for downsizers, who want a smaller property and none of the maintenance worries of an older home,

“This is a superb village with an absolutely lovely church, you can see it from the front of the house. It is a lovely position.”

At the rear there are various patios and sitting out positions, and the annexed has a living seedum roof.

Knutmill is for sale with Fenn Wright.

The guide price is OIRO £650,000.

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