Lawshall, Bury St. Edmunds

Bacchus Barn Lawshall,Bury St Edmunds,Suffolk,IP29 4PY
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  • Quintessential Suffolk brick & flint barn conversion with five bedrooms & three bathrooms
  • Splendid Library/Study with bespoke solid Cherrywood bookcases & wood burning stove
  • Fabulous galleried Principal Reception Room with substantial sliding door & fenestration
  • Impressive adjoining Annexe/ Recreation Hall with Kitchen, Shower Room & Bar Room
  • Established parkland & ponds with Yew tree maze
  • Idyllic tranquil setting with big Suffolk skies & stunning views
  • Elegant Sitting Room with exposed flint wall, decorative plasterwork & open fireplace
  • Spacious & extremely well equipped, custom-built Kitchen/ Breakfast Room
  • Useful Outbuilding, double Garage & ample parking



Bacchus Barn is situated in an idyllic, tranquil setting in rural Suffolk with wonderful open views of the countryside. As a conversion of an historic brick and flint threshing barn, it has been superbly extended to the fine country residence it is today, offering substantial accommodation and high quality fittings. The property comprises five bedrooms, two en-suite shower rooms and a family bathroom, three delightful reception rooms, a comprehensive kitchen/breakfast room, a cloakroom and utility area. The large adjoining annexe/recreation wing, which includes a shower room, a cloakroom and a bar room, opens out on to a south-facing sun terrace.

In all, private grounds extend to approximately 3.5 acres (subject to survey), incorporating an impressive yew tree maze created by a Chelsea Gold medallist, ponds, mature specimen trees and shrubs, a kitchen garden, a substantial outbuilding with scope for conversion, extensive parking / turning for vehicles and a double garage.


The property lies on the southern fringe of the village of Lawshall – seven miles from the fine Suffolk cathedral town of Bury St. Edmunds and nine miles, in the opposite direction, from the pretty market town of Sudbury – with commuter rail links to London Liverpool Street. The picturesque villages of Lavenham and Long Melford are both within six miles. The University City of Cambridge and Newmarket Racecourses are reached via the A14 east-west major road link, which is accessed at Bury St. Edmunds, and with the M11 providing a fast route to London. Reputable private and state schools, an eclectic range of high street and independent shops, and some of the country’s finest restaurants and leisure facilities can be found within a short drive. The surrounding undulating countryside is ideal for rambling, cycling and riding


Bacchus Barn is a quintessential Suffolk brick and flint threshing barn, of traditional construction with thick walls and original exposed cross beams and timbers. The versatile spacious and airy accommodation measures approximately 5000 sq ft (465 sq m). A wealth of fine bespoke joinery provides harmonious character and elegance throughout


Reception Hall - Double half-panelled oak doors lead to a spacious half vaulted reception hall with solid oak flooring, ceiling pendant and accent lighting. Solid maple oak panelled doors open to Vestibule and Cloakroom.

Vestibule - Solid oak flooring. Coat hanging space and storage. Strip light.

Cloakroom - Window to rear aspect. Solid oak flooring. Part tiled; fitted with a low level wc, wash hand basin and cabinetry. Recessed ceiling light.

Principal Reception Room - A magnificent open-plan galleried area for relaxing/dining/entertaining. Hand-crafted feature support pillars, solid oak flooring, exposed flint wall, recessed and accent lighting. TV point. Radiator cases. Bespoke double height glazed fenestration, incorporating substantial sliding door to south-facing garden.

Impressive cantilevered open riser maple staircase with curved ‘viewpoint’ half landing, polished maple handrail, turned cylindrical newels, LED illuminated glass spindles and etched glass treads.

Casement doors open to:

Sitting Room - An elegant room for comfortably lounging by a roaring log fire, featuring a decorative plaster mantelpiece and open fireplace. Exposed flint wall, ornate cornicing, ceiling pendant and accent lighting. Built-in bespoke media unit. TV point. Radiator cases. French doors to garden. Casement doors open to:

Library - A splendid dual aspect room with exquisitely handcrafted and custom designed floor to ceiling feature bookcases in solid cherry wood with integral filing cabinets, storage and panelling. Characterful feature brick fireplace with oak bressummer beam over a wood burning stove. Solid oak flooring. Recessed and accent lighting

Kitchen / Breakfast Room - Off the main reception room, a maple, oak panelled door opens into the extremely well-appointed and high-end fully fitted-kitchen with triple aspect windows to attractive enclosed rear kitchen garden.

Original cross-beams with half vaulted ceiling, dimmable recessed lighting & ceiling pendants. An extensive range of beautiful custom-built wall-mounted and base units in solid maple, providing comprehensive storage. Emerald Pearl granite work surfaces abound, framing a double stainless steel sink, a Miele five ring gas hob and preparation areas - complemented by tiled splash backs, task lighting and numerous power sockets. There is a handsome housing of matching Miele ovens, a Miele microwave oven and a Miele steam oven. Also a Miele dishwasher, cooker hood and a substantial Sub Zero fridge/freezer.

To the side of the spacious dining area is an impressive maple and granite island unit, comprising a round stainless steel sink, heated towel rail, further drawers, storage cabinets, wine rack, a recess for recipe books, very useful power sockets and a breakfast bar with high stools below. Radiator case. TV points. Marmoleum chequered tiled flooring continues through to:

Utility Room - A range of custom-built solid maple units, with laminate worktop, composite sink and attractive tiled splashback. Fitted plumbing, oil-fired boiler, water softener. Half vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and traditional pulley laundry airer. Doors to rear kitchen garden, sun terraces and south-facing garden.


The beautifully crafted solid maple and glass stairway leads to an airy galleried mezzanine landing, which provides a bright comfortable area to relax and read, while enjoying the big Suffolk skies and secluded landscape. Exposed beams. Velux window and loft access. Ceiling pendant and recessed lighting. Spacious airing cupboard, with deep shelving and hot water cylinder.

Principal Bedroom - Along a private landing off the mezzanine gallery, this very large triple aspect bedroom with pleasant sitting area is found beyond two sets of extensive mirrored wardrobes. Ceiling pendant, wall lights, TV point.

En-suite Shower Room - Fully tiled. Large glass panelled cubicle with power shower. Low level wc and elegant basin console. Illuminated vanity mirror and shaver point. Towel radiator. Recessed ceiling lights.

Bedroom Two - Spacious bedroom with sitting area, enjoying south-facing views. Exposed beam/timbers. Capacious fitted mirrored wardrobe. Ceiling pendants. TV point.

En-suite Shower Room - Fully tiled. Large rectangular shower cubicle with tiled seat, sliding glazed panels, power shower & jets. Low level wc, pedestal ceramic basin, vanity mirror, glass shelving, towel rails. Exposed beam. Recessed ceiling lights.

Bedroom Three - Double bedroom with exposed beam/timbers. Wall length recessed built-in mirrored wardrobe. Ceiling pendant. TV point.

Bedroom Four - Exposed beam/timbers. Ceiling pendant. TV point

Bedroom Five - South-facing aspect and Velux window. Exposed beam/timbers. Hand-crafted extremely roomy fitted wardrobe with built-in mahogany drawers and mirrored sliding doors. Ceiling pendant. TV point.

Family Bathroom - Velux window. White suite comprising large double-ended Airbath, separate shower cubicle with tiled seat and power shower, low level wc and wash hand basin set in custom-built mahogany vanity unit. Illuminated mirror and shaver point. Towel radiator. Exposed beam/timbers. Recessed ceiling lights.


Recreation Hall - An incredibly large, airy space with two pairs of French doors, opening onto the substantial south-facing sun terrace with stunning views. Velux window. West-facing windows to the original brick and flint barn detail and the kitchen garden. Dimmable wall lights. Ceramic tiled floor with underfloor heating. The walls are tastefully decorated with trompe l’oeil imagery of Italianate landscape (by a local artist of note).

Shower Room - Large tiled shower cubicle, wash hand basin with fitted vanity unit. Illuminated mirror with shaver point. Towel radiator. Separate low level wc. Gerflor Edelweiss flooring. Recessed ceiling lights.

Kitchen - Gloss cream wall and base units with laminate worktop and composite sink. Bosch electric oven and ceramic hob with feature glass splashback and LED cabinet lighting. Stainless steel cooker hood. Towel radiator. Ceramic tiled floor. Recessed ceiling light. Water softener.

Bar Room - Bespoke built-in oak cocktail bar with illuminated glass shelving and mirrored back panels. Under-counter fridge with glass sliding doors, storage cabinetry and deep drawers. Mood lighting. Dimmable ceiling pendants and wall lights. Laminate flooring. Windows to side aspect. Glazed door to sun terrace for outdoor entertainment.

AGENT’S NOTE: This large impressive self-contained building lends itself to a variety of possibilities. Hot water and heating are supplied by its own external combi boiler and oil tank


The property is approached via a sweeping gravel driveway, opening out to a large gravel forecourt, which provides parking for numerous vehicles.

DOUBLE GARAGE 5.66m (18’7”) x 5.33m (17’6”)
With up and over doors, power, lighting and plumbing. Courtesy door to side.

OUTBUILDING 7.27m (23’10”) x 4.59m (15’1”)
Large double doors with separate side access and two windows to brick and timber framed structure with pantile roof. Power, lighting and water connected. Log store, oil tank and further storage to rear.

From the property and the sun terrace, one enjoys the expansive south-facing lawn, which incorporates an intricate yew tree maze by a Chelsea gold medallist and is bordered by post and rail fencing, with far-reaching views across farmland to the ancient woodland of Chadacre Estate. The garden gently undulates to the west, comprising natural ponds and a parkland of mature trees, providing an idyllic sanctuary for wildlife. Around the property itself are established ornamental shrubs and colourful flower beds. A south westerly facing walled kitchen garden and sun terrace to the rear is approached through an attractive wrought-iron gate, with separate access available to the annexe

AGENT’S NOTE: Grounds are suitable for Equestrian Use/Paddocks.


The property is offered for sale FREEHOLD with vacant possession upon completion.

Mains water, electricity, and oil-fired central heating. Private sewage system. Telephone line subject to BT transfer regulations. AGENT’S NOTE: none of these services have been tested.

Only those items mentioned in the sales particulars are included in the sale. Other items may be available by separate negotiation.

Babergh District Council
Tax band G - £3,052.93 (2020/21)

The sale is subject to all rights or support, public and private rights of way, water light, drainage and other easements, quasi-easements and wayleaves, all or any other lights rights, whether mentioned in these particulars or not.

From London/Cambridge/Bury St. Edmunds leave the M11 at junction 9 and take the A11 towards Newmarket. Continue on the A14 towards Bury St. Edmunds. Take the Bury St. Edmunds East junction and follow the signs for Nowton Park. Proceed through the picturesque villages of Nowton and Hawstead and continue for a few miles into Lawshall. On entering the village proceed along Bury Road, continue on to Melford Road at the small crossroads and the property can be found 3/4 mile on the right hand side down a gravel drive.

Strictly by prior appointment through the seller’s sole agent: Whatley Lane. If there is anything of particular importance, please contact us to discuss, especially before embarking upon your journey to view the property