SUBSTANTIAL & ELEGANT PERIOD HOME IN WALLED GARDENS WITH CONVERTED COACH HOUSE AND STABLES INTO TWO INCOME GENERATING COTTAGES
Set in delightful walled gardens, Orchard House dates back to 1901 when the house was commissioned for the local veterinarian, John Miller, who used part of the substantial property as his surgery. The elegant façades are fronted in attractive Burwell whites, baked in local kilns, with a slate roof and sympathetically extended in the 1930s. Well-proportioned accommodation retains a wealth of period features including: beautifully carved staircase, decorative floor tiles, panelled wainscot, stripped panelled doors and ornate open fireplaces. In addition to the six bedroom main house, a two bedroom former Coach House and one bedroom former Stables have been sensitively converted in recent years to provide income generating assets or to suit a variety of other uses whether for extended family or business purposes.
The glorious grounds are a wonderful tranquil feature and entirely enclosed by high brick and flint walls. From formal lawns and topiary to wild flower meadow and Italianate gardens, there is plenty of pockets for enjoyment and a pleasing degree of privacy. The property is approached via a gated driveway with extensive parking, double garage, workshop, garden studio and an attractive summerhouse. In all, grounds extend to approximately 0.8 acre.
Orchard House is situated in North Terrace, a prominent street just to the north of the historic heart of Mildenhall town centre which offers a wide range of schooling, shopping and recreational facilities. In early 2021, the impressive £38m ‘Mildenhall HUB’ will open to create a centralised community service, including leisure facilities, new gym and two swimming pools. The Cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds is approximately twelve miles to the south east with convenient A14/A11 access to the fine city of Norwich, the famous horseracing town of Newmarket, and the university of Cambridge with the M11 providing a fast route to London. Cavenham Nature Reserve, Lackford Lakes, Thetford Forest and West Stow Country Park are a short drive away as is the surrounding countryside; ideal for riding, cycling and rambling.
Orchard House is a much loved and substantial early 20th century family home, which measures approximately 2850 ft2 (264 m2). The former Coach House and Stables have been stylish converted into two bedroom and one bedroom self-contained units and measure 512 sq ft (47.6 sq m) and 825 sq ft (76.7 sq m) respectively. Impressive but unpretentious, historic but homely, Orchard House will suit a broad range of buyers whether for multigenerational living or a lifestyle business.
4.6 x 2.3 (15’1″ x 7’6″)
Impressive portico with decorative columns, dentilled triangular pediment and half glazed panelled door with fanlight – creating an altogether warm welcome note. Symmetry is at play, from the outside in, with doorways either side leading to two atmospheric living spaces:
5.6 x 4.3 (18’4″ x 14’1″)
A dual aspect room with large canted bay window to front aspect and further sash window to side. Fireplace with ornate wood surround, mantelpiece and tiled hearth. Picture rail. TV point. Door to study.
5.6 x 4.3 (18’4″ x 14’1″)
A splendid room of enviable elegance and proportion befitting more formal occasions with large canted bay window with views to front aspect. Picture and dado rails. Fireplace with ornate wood surround and mantelpiece with tiled hearth. Double doors open into the adjacent garden room creating a useful flow and transforming into a large entertainment space.
3.9 x 3.5 (12’9″ x 11’5″)
A large south-facing fenestration lets in a abundance of natural light with French doors to gardens. Pamment tiled floor. Fireplace with decorative tiled inserts, wood surround and mantelpiece on a stone hearth and wood burning stove. The space serves as the ideal all-year round family games room.
4.2 x 3.4 (13’9″ x 11’1″)
Dual aspect with sash windows to side and rear. Rich wood wainscoting throughout. Fireplace with decorative tiled insert on a slate hearth.
3.5 x 3.4 (11’5″ x 11’1″)
Pamment tiled floor. Cloak hanging area. Door to cellar.
2.2 x 2.1 (7’2″ x 6’10”)
Window to rear. Basin and wc. Further sink unit with cupboard below. Housing boiler. Tiled floor.
7.7 x 4.0 (25’3″ x 13’1″)
Large kitchen fitted with a range of base and wall-mounted units to provide drawer and cupboard storage space. Roll top preparation surfaces with 1½ stainless steel sink and drainer inset and five ring gas hob. Decorative tiled splashbacks. Eye-level double oven and grill. Plumbing for dishwasher. Part original tiled flooring. Secondary staircase to first floor. Sash windows to rear. Part glazed door to:
2.7 x 2.5 (8’10” x 8’2″)
Dual aspect with sash windows to front and expanse of lawn to the side. Cloak hanging area. Pamment tiled floor. Door to parking area across from converted Stables and Coach House.
3.0 x 2.4 (9’10” x 7’10”)
Part glazed door to parking area. Pamment tiled floor.
4.4 x 2.7 (14’5″ x 8’10”)
Large dry cellar with original tiled floor. Light and power. Recesses for storing vintage reserve treasures!
Large landing area with window to front garden aspect. Ornate open balustrade. Built-in linin cupboards. Loft access. Ancillary staircase rising from Kitchen.
4.6 x 4.4 (15’1″ x 14’5″)
Master bedroom suite with windows to front and side aspect. Fireplace with ornate surround and mantelpiece. Built-in wardrobes. Door to:
2.2 x 1.4 (7’2″ x 4’7″)
Corner shower, vanity basin and wc. Extensive tiling. Heated towel rail.
4.4 x 4.1 (14’5″ x 13’5″)
Window to side aspect. Fireplace with ornate surround and mantelpiece. Built-in wardrobes. Basin.
4.4 x 3.7 (14’5″ x 12’1″)
Window to front aspect. Fireplace with ornate surround and mantelpiece. Built-in wardrobes. Door to:
2.8 x 1.4 (9’2″ x 4’7″)
Panelled bath, basin and wc.
4.0 x 3.5 (13’1″ x 11’5″)
Windows to front and side aspect.
4.0 x 2.5 (13’1″ x 8’2″)
Window to side aspect. Built-in wardrobes. Basin.
3.5 x 2.3 (11’5″ x 7’6″)
Window to rear aspect. Built-in wardrobes. Basin.
3.4 x 2.2 (11’1″ x 7’2″)
Panelled bath, large shower, basin and wc. Extensive tiling. Window to rear aspect. Heated towel rail.
3.0 x 1.5 (9’10” x 4’11”)
Shower cubicle, basin, wc and bidet. Window to side aspect.
CONVERTED STABLE COTTAGE:
3.8 x 3.4 (12’5″ x 11’1″)
Window to front. Stairs rising to First Floor. Tiled floor. Secure door to shared utility space.
5.2 x 3.7 (17’0″ x 12’1″)
Full height windows to side aspect. Attractive oak floors. Fitted gas fire. The kitchen area is an L-shaped arrangement fitted with a range of matching units. Roll-top preparation surfaces with stainless steel sink and drainer with mixer tap inset and four ring gas hob with combi-oven and grill below. Stainless steel extractor hood. Space and plumbing for dishwasher and fridge. Mosaic tiled splashbacks.
2.4 x 2.0 (7’10” x 6’6″)
Work surface with sink. Space and plumbing for washing machine. Further appliance space. Storage cupboard. Tiled floor. Return fire door to Coach House.
1.9 x 1.0 (6’2″ x 3’3″)
Low level wc. Vanity basin. Tiled floor.
Vaulted roofline. Wood floor.
4.7 x 3.7 (15’5″ x 12’1″)
Vaulted roofline. Windows to front and side. Wood floor. Built-in wardrobes. Door to:
2.0 x 1.7 (6’6″ x 5’6″)
Corner shower, basin and wc. Heated towel rail.
4.5 x 3.8 (14’9″ x 12’5″)
Vaulted roofline. Windows to front and side aspect with Juliet balcony. Built-in wardrobes. Wood floor. Door to:
2.0 x 1.7 (6’6″ x 5’6″)
Panelled bath with shower attachment, basin and wc.
CONVERTED COACH HOUSE:
4.9 x 3.0 (16’0″ x 9’10”)
Full height windows to front. Oak floor. Vaulted roofline. Secure door to shared utility room. Large cupboard with fitted gas boiler.
3.8 x 2.3 (12’5″ x 7’6″)
Range of fitted units. Roll-top preparation surfaces with sink and drainer. Four ring gas hob with oven and grill below, cooker hood. Window to side. Tiled splashbacks. Appliance space. Tiled floor.
4.4 x 3.7 (14’5″ x 12’1″)
Vaulted roofline. Window to side. Oak floor. Door to:
3.3 x 1.3 (10’9″ x 4’3″)
Large corner bath, basin and wc. Tiled floor. Heated towel rail.
In all, grounds extend to 0.8 acre. A significant asset to the property, they provide an oasis of calm and tranquillity entirely enclosed by brick and flint wall. Laid predominantly to lawn and interspersed with a wide variety of mature trees and topiary hedging. There are well stocked beds and borders with pathways meandering. A wild flower meadow, Italianate garden terrace with pergola, water feature and a pretty timber summerhouse add to the intrigue.
Orchard House is approached through a pair of iron gates leading to a large courtyard providing extensive parking with access to:
4.6 x 2.6 (15’1″ x 8’6″)
4.5 x 3.5 (14’9″ x 11’5″)
Window to front aspect. Sink. Cloakroom with wc.
The main house – originally called Ravendale (or just The Dale) was built in 1901 for a vet (John Miller) who used part of it as his surgery. Built of Burwell White bricks, the house had its own well and was set in approaching one acre of garden which was completely enclosed on three sides by a mixture of flint and brick walls. The Stables and Coach House date from 1850 although it is not clear how these were used prior to the construction of the main house.
The house was extended in the 1930s to incorporate two additional bedrooms, a further staircase and a larger kitchen. There is evidence that airmen were billeted here during World War II.
The present owners purchased the house in a run-down state in 2000. The outbuildings were derelict and the main house sadly neglected. Following a two year building works programme the Coach House, Stables and Barn underwent significant transformation. In addition to installation of gas throughout, new central heating systems and secondary double glazing, provision of en-suite bathrooms and complete re-wiring. A tasteful addition of the boot room / side hall and replacement of external doors completed the significant works.
The property is Freehold with vacant possession upon completion.
Mains water, electricity. Private drainage. Gas-fired central heating. Broadband internet (67 Mbps).
AGENT’S NOTE: none of these services have been tested.
West Suffolk (Forest Heath District Council)
Tax band F – £2,547.87 (2019/20)
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
Only those items mentioned in the sales particulars are included in the sale. Other items may be available by separate negotiation.
DIRECTIONS (IP28 7AA):
From London/Cambridge/Bury St. Edmunds (by car) exit the M11 at Junction 9 and take the A11 towards Newmarket. Continue on the A14 towards Bury St. Edmunds. Exit the A14 at Junction 38, signposted ‘Norwich’. At the Mildenhall roundabout turn left and follow the road into the town. Turn right at the second roundabout into North Terrace where Orchard House will be found a short distance further on the left hand side, marked by our distinctive For Sale board.
Strictly by prior appointment through the sellers’ sole agent: Whatley Lane Estate Agents (WLEA). If there is anything of particular importance, please contact us to discuss, especially before embarking upon your journey.