Landmark home in a popular coastal village
PUBLISHED: 08:30 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:00 19 June 2017
Greyfriars is a birdwatchers’ heaven at Dunwich by the beautiful Suffolk Coast.
Price on application
Agent: Best Estates 01728 452727
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.
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.
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.