Whitehouse Barn - A bird watcher’s paradise in Blythburgh

White House Barns, Blyburgh, Suffolk

White House Barns, Blyburgh, Suffolk - Credit: Archant

Whitehouse Barn is a unique home, set down a quiet track in the heart of the Blyth estuary, within the coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a site of Special Scientific Interest.

White House Barns, Blyburgh, Suffolk

White House Barns, Blyburgh, Suffolk - Credit: Archant

This home as is heavenly place for birdwatchers and lovers of nature.

The estuary incorporates a National Nature Reserve, a Suffolk Wildlife Trust Reserve, and an internationally important wetland.

The panoramic views from the barn take in the estuary, surrounding farmland and the church towers of Southwold, Walberswick and Blythburgh.

At low tide the estuary is teeming with waders, dunlins, curlews, egrets and flocks of avocet - and the resident barn own flies over at dusk.

Bird life at Whitehouse Barn

Bird life at Whitehouse Barn - Credit: Archant

Owner Penelope Roskell said: “We have really enjoyed our time here.

“It is a very special place.

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“The people who really love it are nature lovers because it is a really special place for wildlife.

“You don’t need a hide. You can sit in the warm and see the birds.”

The property, which has holiday home status, was converted by renowned London-based architect Richard Griffiths in 2001 from the buildings of a dairy farm.

He has worked an incredible range of high profile buildings including Lambeth Palace, Southwark Cathedral and the St Pancras Hotel.

The architect has ensured that the building is well insulated and heated, with woodburning stoves in both the main living areas of the barn and full underfloor central heating.

When not using it themselves, the current owners have also let the barn over the past 14 years, both as a single unit or two separate units.

The south end is the large part of the barn, incorporating an entrance hall, leading to a very spacious open plan ground floor with living, kitchen and dining areas with glazed doors opening onto morning and evening brick terraces.

Also on the ground floor are two bedrooms, a bathroom, a WC and a utility room.

Stairs lead to two first floor bedrooms, one of which is only accessible by a stair ladder and is popular with children.

The north end of the barn incorporates an entrance hall leading to an open plan ground floor with living, kitchen and dining areas.

Floor to ceiling glazed doors open onto further brick terraces.

Also on the ground floor are two further bedrooms, a second bathroom and WC.

On the first floor can be found a further bedroom and a galleried area currently used as another bedroom and games space and which could be utilised as a study or for other purposes.

When used as two units, the utility room can be accessed from both ends of the barn.

Outside the barn is surrounded by large, level grounds which are part cultivated and part meadow, to fit in with the surrounding landscape.

There is ample parking space too.

There is also another barn currently used as a play barn with table tennis table, table football etc.

Peter Ogilvie, of agents Savills said: “This is a unique home and a rare opportunity to buy a home in a position like this, close to the river and yet with plenty of privacy. We expect it to sell well.”

An open weekend is planned over March 14 and 15. Contact the agents to arrange an appointment.

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