One of Suffolk's most iconic houses.
The village of Kersey is regarded as one of the prettiest villages in East Anglia, straddling a ford across the River Brett and up the slopes of a little valley with St Mary's Parish Church crowning the hill. The village thoroughfares are lined with a wonderful array of period houses and cottages. Kersey is also a vibrant community centered on its primary school, parish church, village hall and 14th century inn. The surrounding area contains many other delightful Suffolk wool towns and villages, including medieval Lavenham. The market towns of Hadleigh (2 miles) and Sudbury (11 miles) each provide excellent everyday amenities whilst Colchester (15 miles) and Ipswich (12 miles) offer highly regarded schools and mainline railway stations for London's Liverpool Street.
River House is a wonderful Grade II* listed building set in a prime location. Dating from 1490 with a distinctive Elizabethan tower and later alterations, together with a large two-storey rear wing of rare character the property benefits from planning permission to create further living space. The property requires major renovation but has the potential to be a very fine village house with generous outside space and period outbuildings. The original construction is on a jetted oak timber frame, many parts of which are still visible throughout the property. In around 1560 the distinctive Tudor brick tower was added to the front and in Georgian times the jetted front was replaced with a flat façade with sash windows. There are fine inglenook fireplaces and the massive central brick chimney stack remains. Upstairs there is some very important mediaeval wall paintings, presently protected behind a modern wall. The rear 'maltings' wing running alongside the stream has been derelict for some years, but clearly very early in origin. It is built with a timber frame and retains some fine original mullions and window shutters. It looks to have been constructed initially as an upper floor building only with bays underneath.
To the rear of the house is a fully walled courtyard garden, alongside which is a range of brick stables and pottery workshop. Beyond the former maltings wing is a garage barn, a collapsed 16th century timber-framed barn and a large 19th century brick barn as well as another long rear garden alongside the stream with open fields behind.
Square Footage: 6232 sq ft
Acreage: 1.25 Acres