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St James Court, Bury St. Edmunds

  • Offers in excess of £450,000



Situated in a tranquil area and positioned in an elevated leafy setting, this ground floor apartment is serenely located to one side of an imposing building with stunning garden views towards the Cathedral tower in the distance. A spacious three-bedroom* apartment that forms part of the conversion of King Edward VI Grammar School; commissioned by the 3rd Marquess of Bristol among other patrons and governors of the time. This architectural gem is exemplar of the late 19th century Arts & Crafts Movement with its steeply pitched roofs, tall chimney, oriel windows and alternate rows of decorative rectangular and rounded hung tile motifs along the upper storey and gabled ends. The apartment has been comprehensively refurbished by the current owners to include remodelled open-plan living, installation throughout of multi-zone underfloor heating below partial carpeted and expanse of travertine floors, complete re-wiring, new kitchen with separate utility room, bathroom & cloakroom.

Approached along a leafy driveway with access to a large residents’ and visitors’ gravelled parking area. Exceptional well-kempt communal landscaped grounds to entertain and relax in. Elevator access to private residents’ lobby to the rear. Pedestrian walkway to neighbouring tennis court and bowling club facilities. French doors to extensive gardens.


3 St. James Court is conveniently located on the northernmost fringe of the ancient abbey off Eastgate Street within the historic Cathedral town of Bury St. Edmunds and is situated in a residential area with the tranquil nearby award-winning floral Abbey Gardens and River Lark. Excellent A14 access is provided via Northgate Street. The bars, restaurants and shopping of Abbeygate Street and the Market Square are in easy walking distance.


No.3 St James Court displays a host of attractive characteristics well-blended with modern comforts and since its conversion in the 1980s benefits from comprehensive updating to a very high standard, including the installation of underfloor heating throughout. Accommodation measures approximately 891 sq ft (82.8 sq m) and will suit a broad range of buyers, whether downsizers, or young professionals – all who seek the convenience of town centre living, parking and easily accessible, all-important outdoor amenity.

Ground Floor:

Communal Entrance Lobby

Dual entranceways to either the front with elevator access to private residents’ lobby & secure entry phone system, or to the rear grounds & pathway to parking area via French doors.

Apartment Reception Hall

4.78m x 1.78m (15’8″ x 5’10” )
Panelled front entrance door opens to an inviting and usefully wide reception hall with runway of pendant lighting. Cupboard housing large capacity (210ltr) water cylinder. Secure entry phone system receiver. Phone point. Carpeted with underfloor heating. Door to:


Stylishly decorated with dusty pink coloured metro-style tiles and contrasting gloss grey walls. Suite includes low-level wc, vanity unit with water softener enclosed and inset basin and gold mixer tap. Humidistat extractor fan. Picture and recess lighting. Ceramic floor tiles.

Open-Plan Living Room

A triple aspect space awash with natural light and the added amenity of high period ceilings. Expanse of travertine floor tiles with underfloor heating. Mix of pendant and recess lighting. Subdivided into:

Sitting / Dining Area

9.89 x 6.61 (32’5″ x 21’8″)
An attractive ‘light and airy’ space with large sash windows to side and a full height fenestration with French doors inset leading to manicured gardens. Decorative period picture rail. Cleverly divided by a large dining/breakfast bar, ideal for informal entertaining that currently seats eight.

Kitchen Area

4.7 x 3.2 (15’5″ x 10’5″)
The kitchen is fitted with an extensive range of off-white base, wall-mounted and tall larder cabinetry. Decorative mauve to deep purple mosaic tile splashbacks. Wood preparation surfaces with stainless steel sink, drainer and mixer tap inset. High-quality integrated appliances include: Samsung American-style fridge/freezer with ice and water dispenser, Neff four ring induction hob with stainless extractor hood and splash back, Candy eye-level double oven and grill, and Bosch dishwasher. Sash windows to side and rear.

Utility Room

1.8 x 1.7 (5’10” x 5’6″)
Fitted work surface with cupboard below. Space for washing machine and tumble dryer. Window to side. Travertine flooring.

Bedroom One

5.79m x 3.00m (19’0″ x 9’10” )
A large principal bedroom space with double range of sash windows. Reading light and high level TV points. Converted to form a dressing room area with wall-to-wall sliding mirrored wardrobes with compartmentalised shelving and hanging rails. Carpeted underfloor heating.

Bedroom Two

4.39m x 2.01m (14’5″ x 6’7″)
Sash window to rear. Full-height fitted wardrobe which doubles as a study desk area from clever maximisation of space and with cupboards above. High level TV point. Carpeted underfloor heating.

Bedroom Three*

3.00m x 1.98m (9’10” x 6’5″)
Can be re-instated at no additional expense. Refer to floorplan section.

[Agent’s Note: pro-rata of Bedroom One measurements required, please refer to floor plans]


2.1 x 2.0 (6’10” x 6’6″)
Sumptuous bathroom suite of wall to wall metro-style tiles comprising panelled bath tub with rain shower and separate shower attachment, vanity unit with basin inset and mixer tap, and low level wc. Touch timer heated towel rail. Humidistat extractor fan. LED illuminated and demisting mirror. Recessed lighting. Ceramic floor tiles with underfloor heating.


A splendid private residents’ garden creates a welcome oasis given its enviable town centre proximity with its pleasant walk through the historic Abbey Gardens afforded by pedestrian access from the grounds which connects the neighbouring tennis court and bowls club facilities. The elevated position boasts unrivalled far-reaching views of the Cathedral and townscape illuminated at night. Laid mainly to lawn with specimen trees interspersed along the boundary and enclosed by fencing. There is a residents’ seating area for enjoyment of the south westerly aspect.

Adjacent is a residents’ and visitors’ large gravelled parking area and bike store.


Property offered for sale by private treaty on a Leasehold basis.

Mains water, drainage, electricity (economy 10). Underfloor heating throughout. Superfast Fibre Broadband accessible.

We understand the property has the remainder of a 90 year lease term. Maintenance/Service Charge of £275.76 per month to include buildings insurance, external decoration (full list available).

St. Edmundsbury District Council (01284 763 233)
Tax band C – £1,593.28 (2020/21)

Strictly by prior appointment through the seller’s sole agent: Whatley Lane. If there is anything of particular importance, please contact us to discuss in advance of the viewing.


From London/Cambridge/Newmarket (by car) leave the M11 at junction 9 and take the A11 towards Newmarket. Continue on the A14 towards Bury St. Edmunds. Exit the A14 at Junction 43, signposted ‘Bury St. Edmunds Central’. Take the A1101 towards the town centre and take the first exit at the roundabout into Northgate street. Continue along until reaching the traffic lights at the end of Northgate street, then turn left into Eastgate Street. Continue along passing The Fox Inn on your left and a convenience store after which turn right into The Vinefields. Follow the street along until reaching St. James Court and the residents’ car park for No. 3 can be found on the right hand side.

From the town centre (on foot) leave the Market Square, proceed down Abbeygate Street into Angel Hill and either continue along through the Abbey Gardens crossing the River Lark to Vinefields or walk along Eastgate Street proceeding to turn as above.

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