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Hardwick Road, Starston, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20

££1,650,000 Guide

5 Bedroom Detached House Sold STC

A fine Grade II listed country house nestled in five acres (STMS) of wonderful south Norfolk countryside. Secluded from the road, take a mystery tour along the long driveway until you are greeted by this fine house, standing proud. When the current owners first visited Starston Hall over 20 years ago, they knew immediately that this was going to be their perfect family home.

The well appointed accommodation provides a wonderful sociable home with the kitchen opening out on to a covered seating and entertaining area. The fine drawing room with its high ceiling and fireplace offers a little bit of grandeur. Sumptuous dinner parties are enjoyed in the atmospheric dining room. The most amazing ceiling heights, character and incredible views over the grounds and countryside beyond are found in the five excellent bedrooms.

Starston Hall is all about the unique setting, with something on offer for all. The sweeping carriage driveway sets the scene. Partially moated, sweeping lawns, meadows ideal for a game of football, and meandering woodland walks where an abundance of wildlife can be found.

The barn is converted and provides the perfect place to play a game of snooker. It would make an ideal hobby room or cinema room and lends itself as a potential annexe, subject to the relevant consents. Mentioned in Pevsner's Architectural Guides, the house is Grade II listed and situated on a ley line, having been built around 1601. However, it is believed that there was an earlier property on this site as the moat is Medieval.

In more recent times the property was owned by David Carr, who was a member of the Carr's biscuit family, and a well known local artist. He became friends with L. S, Lowry who visited Starston Hall on a regular basis. David was one of the founders of the Norfolk Contemporary Arts Society. As mentioned in the book by Bryan Robertson and Ronald Alley - David Carr, The Discovery of an Artist (published in 1987), one visitor to Starston Hall commented "Starston was a revelation. As the director of a public gallery forever in quest of works of art for exhibitions, I had been a weekend guest in many of the great country homes in England, but I had never seen a country home before that had been kept in such perfect and wholly unpretentious eighteenth - or mid nineteenth century country house style."

On your doorstep are wonderful and magical country walks, an abundance of wildlife, peace and tranquility. A perfect retreat.

STARSTON A peaceful idyll, it's a quiet life in Starston. Take a stroll around this leafy corner of south Norfolk and you'll see the signs of a past life: the wind pump which was used to transport water from the Beck river, the sign of the former pub, and the old railway station and village school, now quaint cottages. The church of St Margaret stands proud, looking over the village.

Just 1.5 miles away, nestled in the beautiful Waveney Valley, is the bustling market town of Harleston, filled with historic buildings, a beautiful chapel and plenty of character around every corner. There is a delightful array of individual speciality shops, bustling market stalls, food and music festivals and a thriving centre for the arts. The town is renowned for its thriving community and independent shops, together with everyday facilities including a post office, chemist, doctor's surgery, supermarket and a selection of public houses, tea rooms and restaurants. In addition, there is also an antique centre with several shops, art cafe, pottery, sports centre with gym and tennis court and a recreational ground. There are good local schools and a library, with further education and amenities found in the nearby town of Bungay.

Further schools can be found at Saint Felix in Southwold, Framlingham College and the popular Langley with a school bus service from the town centre. Two major supermarkets can be found in Diss, approximately 10 miles away, which also provides a frequent commuter mainline train service to London Liverpool Street.

SERVICES CONNECTED Mains electricity and water. Oil fired central heating. Electric car charging point.


ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING An Energy Performance Certificate is not required for this property due to it being Grade II listed.

TENURE Freehold.


Tenure: Freehold




No EPC available for this property

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