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Griggs Farm

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5 Bedroom Character Property for sale in Sudbury

3 5 2
  • Large Sitting and Dining Rooms - Both with Fireplaces
  • Downstairs Bedroom & Bathroom plus Lean-to Garden Room
  • Aga Kitchen with Pantry, Rear Hall and Cloakroom
  • 17ft x 15ft Dairy/Bakery Room
  • First Floor 4 Bedrooms plus En Suite
  • Second Floor Bedroom 5 plus Attic Room (Potential Bed 6)
  • Game Store Building 18ft 6" x 16ft
  • Adjacent Barn for Conversion
  • Orchard with Building Potential
  • Overall Plot Approaching 2.5 Acres


Bulmer is a small pretty village around 2.5miles to the south west of the historic market town of Sudbury, in the Belchamp Brook valley. It has a Church, a Village Hall and a well regarded Primary School. The surrounding undulating countryside contains many other pretty villages. Sudbury provides a good range of main shops, schools and recreational facilities including a modern swimming pool/leisure complex, and Quayside Theatre. The town station provides shuttle trains through to the main London to Colchester line via a change at Marks Tey. Good road connections can be made via the new A120 across from Braintree and the A12 trunk road for London and the M25. Griggs Farm is set at the edge of the village next door to a magnificent converted barn.


Griggs Farm is a 17th century Grade II listed timber framed Farmhouse with a traditional hand cut clay tiled roof. The house has evolved over the years but retains many good period features inside and at the rear is a wing containing a former dairy/bake house which could be incorporated into the main accommodation, perhaps as a stunning new kitchen. Behind the house is a brick built game store which could also be joined on to the house or turned into an annexe. The property does require complete renovation and modernisation, having changed little inside over the 60 year ownership of the vendors.

Alongside the house is a former single storey barn building which has full Planning Consent for conversion to a separate three bedroom detached dwelling. On the other side of the house is an orchard and a pre-application consultation has been submitted to the Local Authority (Braintree District Council) for the construction of two new large detached dwellings. Behind the property is a large grass meadow, ideal for equestrian purposes, with spectacular views beyond over the Belchamp Brook valley.



Vestry Porch 9'6" x 4'6" (2.9m x 1.4m) Traditional vestry porch with a clay tiled roof, fancy barge boards, and brick lower walls. Four panelled front door with leaded light window on either side, opening to:

Reception Hall 16'3" x 8' (4.9m x 2.4m) A good sized hall with front door black and red mosaic quarry tiled floor, useful cupboard with double doors, side and rear lobbies, the latter with stairs up to the first floor. Heavy exposed ceiling beams.

Downstairs Cloakroom 5'x 4' (1.5m x 1.2m) With leaded light window to the front, exposed ceiling timbers, white low flush WC and wall mounted hand basin, chimney and cupboard.

Dining Room 17' x 12' (5.2m x 3.65m) A double aspect room with wide leaded light window and a further leaded light window to the front, casement window to the side. Fireplace with timber surround and mantlepiece, exposed wall timbers on the front wall, wooden floorboards, picture rail, storage radiator.

Sitting Room 16' x 12'6" (4.9m x 3.8m) A double aspect room with a leaded light window to the front, with a casement window to the side looking through into the garden room. Fireplace with Victorian marble surround and mantlepiece, tiled side slips and hearth and cast iron grate, exposed ceiling timbers.

Garden Room 17'6" x 9' (5.3m x. 2.75m) Timber framed and weatherboarded building with slate roof on the side of the house, beside the sitting room.

Kitchen 17'6" x 11' (5.3m x 3.3m) Electric AGA range. Windows to the rear, older style formica wall and base cupboards. Vinyl flooring, door to walk-in pantry.

Downstairs Cloakroom 5'x 4' (1.5m x 1.2m) With leaded light window to the front, exposed ceiling timbers, white low flush WC and wall mounted hand basin, chimney and cupboard.

Walk-In Pantry 12' x 4' (3.65m x 1.2m) Window to one side, electricity meter and switch gear, fitted shelving.

Rear Hall 11'3" x 4' (3.4m x 1.2m) With cast iron casement window out to the rear, connecting door through to the main reception hall and door to :

Cloakroom Porcelain butler sink, tongue and groove clad walls.

Downstairs Bedroom 15'6" x 12' (4.7m x 3.65m) With a door from the rear hall and window to the side. Door to downstairs bathroom.

Downstairs Bathroom 15'6" x 8' (4.7m x 2.45m). With old bath basin and WC. Window to one side.

The Old Dairy/Bakery 17'6" x 15'6" (5.3m x 4.7m) Currently with external access, this forms part of the rear wing of the house and was originally a bakery/wash house. Part of the room is vaulted right up to the first floor ridge, but the other was originally another bedroom which could be reinstated. Retaining the original red brick chimney breast with the baker's oven and old copper oven for heating the hot water. Window and door from the rear courtyard and two windows to the other side.


Landing 20' (6m) long. A long landing running down the centre of the house, with a window at the rear, some exposed beams, door with stairs to the second floor, built-in cupboard and built-in eaves linen cupboard, old storage radiator.

Bedroom 1 16' x 11'3" (4.9m x 3.4m) Above the sitting room, with a leaded light window to the front, and a small casement window to the side. Art Deco Edwardian cast iron fireplace, natural floorboards, some wall and ceiling timbers. Door to:

En Suite Bathroom 6'6" x 6'6"(1.8m x 1.8m) With white three quarter length bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, pedestal hand basin, low flush WC, leaded light window to the front, exposed timbers, wooden floorboards.

Bedroom 2 16' x 15'6" (4.9m x 4.7m) Dormer window to the rear, eaves cupboard, high vaulted ceiling with good head height and two exposed beams, wooden floorboards.

Bedroom 3 16' x 11'3" (4.9m x 3.4m) Above the dining room with a leaded light window to the front with a casement window to the side. Victorian cast iron fireplace, some exposed beams, wooden floorboards, walk-in eaves airing cupboard with a window and hot water tank.

Bedroom 4 13'6" x 13' (4.1m x 4m) Above the hall with a leaded light window to the front, vanity unit in the corner with oval hand basin. Victorian cast iron fireplace.


Landing 14' x 9'6" (4.2m x 2.9m) With dormer window to the rear overlooking the grounds broad oak/elm floorboards, storage cupboard, doors to bedroom 5 and attic store.

Bedroom 5 14' 6" x 13'6" (4.4m x 4.1m) With a dormer window to the rear, vaulted ceiling with good head height, broad oak/elm floorboards.

Attic Room (Potential Bedroom 6) 16'3" x 13' (5m x 3.7m) Vaulted ceiling with good head height, red brick chimney stack, broad oak/elm floorboards. Currently with no window but if one were added, another bedroom.


Game Store 18'6" x 16' (5.6m x 4.9m) A substantial red brick building with pitched tiled roof, immediately behind the rear wing of the house and potential to be converted. Open right up to the 9' high ceiling with the original game racks, high level windows at either end and double doors at the side. Quarry tiled floor.

Detached Adjacent Barn Beside the house is a barn building constructed mainly of red brick and flint under a tiled, slate and corrugated roof. This has full planning consent for conversion to a separate residential dwelling (see below).


Griggs Farm stands well back from the road with a green verge and a low mature brick wall in front. There is a large shingled parking area to the right with space for a number of cars, behind which is the barn for conversion. The front garden is laid to a lawn with mature trees and flower borders. Immediately to the rear of the house is a courtyard garden, again laid to lawn, which opens out to the land behind. To the left of the house is an orchard with development potential and behind the house is a large meadow. The front part of the right hand boundary is a high brick wall which then turns to a paddock rail fence running down to the bottom. The rear and left hand boundaries are hedgerows. In all approaching 2.5 Acres, subject to survey.


Full Planning Consent was granted by Braintree District Council (Application Number 19/01231/FUL) to renovate and convert the main barn on the right into a separate new detached three bedroom dwelling. As part of this Planning Consent a new access road can be built in and across the front of the house, giving access to the orchard on the left hand side.

A Pre-Application Consultation is currently with Braintree District Council for the orchard area, for the potential construction of two large new individual detached private houses.


SERVICES We are advised mains water, electricity and drainage are connected, although we have not made enquiries to confirm.

COUNCIL TAX Braintree District Council (Tel: ) advise charge band F, amount payable 2020/21 £2622.97.

TENURE The entire property is offered for sale as a Freehold with vacant possession on completion.

VIEWING AND DIRECTIONS By Appointment through the Vendors agents as above.

From Sudbury leave south on the A131 Halstead Road. Turn right at the traffic lights at the bottom of Ballingdon Hill to Bulmer Road and follow out of Sudbury for around one and a half miles. You come into the village of Bulmer and follow right along the street and the house is at the far end on the right hand side.

Property Ref: S12423


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