Search

Landmark home in a popular coastal village

PUBLISHED: 08:30 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:00 19 June 2017

Dunwich

Dunwich

Archant

Greyfriars is a birdwatchers’ heaven at Dunwich by the beautiful Suffolk Coast.

At Greyfriars, DunwichAt Greyfriars, Dunwich

Greyfriars, Dunwich

Price on application

Agent: Best Estates 01728 452727

EADT NEWS   JOHN GRANT

** TO GO WITH MINSMERE PICS BY OWEN HINES **

Little tern, one of Britain's rarest breeding birds, is being given a helping hand at the RSPB's Minsmere Nature reserve. Photo: ANDREW EASTON

EADT 21/2/08EADT NEWS JOHN GRANT ** TO GO WITH MINSMERE PICS BY OWEN HINES ** Little tern, one of Britain's rarest breeding birds, is being given a helping hand at the RSPB's Minsmere Nature reserve. Photo: ANDREW EASTON EADT 21/2/08

Greyfriars is landmark family home in the village of Dunwich, within the Suffolk coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - and an area now well known for its birds and wildlife.

Dunwich is only a small village now, but in earlier times it was a major community - once the capital of the Eastern Angles kingdom.

In the 11th Century is was one of the ten largest towns in the country, but major North Sea storms swept away the main village’s houses and churches.

Local legend claims you can hear the church bells ringing on stormy nights, from beneath the waves.

DunwichDunwich

Greyfriars is a substantial home of six bedrooms and four bathrooms, with a further bedroom in a guest suite above the double garage.

It is set in a splendid, isolated position and sheltered and surrounded by formal gardens and woodlands.

The beautiful five acre gardens run down to the cliffs and have ininterrupted and panoramic coastal views.

The original, early Victorian house was extended in 1889 by Colonel Frederick St John Barne, and designed by EF Bishop in the popular seaside style of the period in order to take advantage of its special position.

DunwichDunwich

In 1949 the Barne family then sold the estate, with the house being divided into three separae homes, with Greyfriars being in the middle.

The property has mellow, red brick elevations with tall, imposing chimney stacks, a high pitched roof and a balcony with a verandah, on its east and south sides offering fine views.

It is a lovely location.

Internally the property offers extremely elegant accommodation, including beautifully carved fireplaces in both reception rooms, with high ceilings and other original features.

Matthew Piercy of Best Estates said: “Greyfriars offers fantastic potential, positioned in arguably one of the best locations along the Suffolk coast.”

The property is approached over a private driveway, providing parking space for several cars and leading to the double garage with its one bedroom annex above.

The approximately five acres of grounds feature formal gardens, woodland and paddocks.

It is found down a quiet, private road.

The village benefits from its close proximity to the beach and there are many fine walks in the area, both up the coast to Walberswick and Southwold and down the coast towards Thorpeness and Aldeburgh.

The area is becoming a great attraction for birdwatchers and nature lovers with so many walks available in the heath, marshes and Dunwich Forest.

Birwatchers might spot the endangered Little Tern or Ringed Plover, close to the beach and dunes where they next and breed.

Nearby there is the National Trust Dunwich Heath and Beach Reserve; where there are walks and you can start to complete your bucket list; `50 Things To Do Before You are 11 3/4’.

There is the RSPB Dingle Marshes nature reserve, and a little further away, RSPB Minsmere Reserve, now the home of BBC TV’s Springwatch programme.

So this is a home to keep your binoculars by you, a notebook and a bird recognition booklet too!

On sale with Best Estates -01728 452727.

Price on Application.

5 comments

  • A FEW of the mistakes in this clumsy, repetitive article: "birds and wildlife" ... should be "birds and other wildlife" as the birds are part of the group 'wildlife'; "a birdwatchers’" ..... SINGULAR, so should be "a birdwatcher's"; "separae homes" should be "separate homes"; "with a verandah, on" .... should NOT have a comma; "is a lovely location." ... with all else written about it, this crass statement is unnecessary and child-like;". Anyway, a nice free ad for the wealthy (the local rags' mates) but when I read "The beautiful five acre gardens run down to the cliffs" and immediately thought of the eroding cliffs, I decided it is not for me! Best of luck to whoever buys it but also buy a boat!

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Johnthebap

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Another Masons home for sale perhaps ? You know how they work , scratching each others backs.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Poppys Dad

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • When I sell my house, who at the Star do I contact for a free advert masquerading as a "feature" or "news"???

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    evilweazel

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • When I sell my house, who at the Star do I contact for a free advert masquerading as a "feature" or "news"???

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    evilweazel

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • The credibility of the EADT is not enhanced when you blatantly publish an advertisement masquerading as a news story.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    beerlover

    Monday, June 19, 2017

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Coastal Scene visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Coastal Scene staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Coastal Scene account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other popular content

08:43

The RSPB and Suffolk Police are appealing for information after an East Anglian nesting colony of one of Britain’s rarest breeding seabirds was raided by egg thieves.

19:04

A tower block in Norwich is said to be among scores of high-rise rise buildings across the country which have now failed fire cladding safety tests after the Grenfell Tower disaster, it has emerged.

Music, dance, food, face-painting and storytelling made for a “fantastic” day for visitors to Ipswich Library’s ninth annual multicultural celebration.

Local weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 12°C

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24