A beautiful 17th Century Manor Farmhouse, set in 2 acres of country garden, Cravens Manor has grown over the centuries with several architectural additions including an attic space conversion and now offers a grand venue for large family gatherings, celebrations and relaxing holidays.
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About the Property
From the spacious entrance hall, two reception rooms, traditional farmhouse kitchen and formal dining room, up stairs to the bedrooms and bathrooms and up to the attic with its sloping floors and hidden staircase, everyone will find a space to enjoy or simply get lost in the charm of this magnificent country home. Each room is generous in size, simply decorated, keeping fuss to a minimum, but offering all you need for a relaxing family holiday.
Parking for several cars on a private sweeping driveway.
Set in a country lane, neighbouring Henham Park, Cravens Manor is secluded yet has easy and direct access to the A145, A12 and only 10 minutes drive to the authentic seaside towns of Southwold and Walberswick. With two acres of private garden including swimming pool, heated from end of May to end of September, and tennis court for family fun, you won't need to go far for entertainment.
This property is ideal for
A family holiday with trips to the seaside towns of Southwold, Walberswick and Aldeburgh. Southwold has one of the few remaining Piers with a vintage amusement arcade, "under the pier" show, shops and The Beach Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and traditional ice-cream sundaes. Equally appealing are the rural walkways and wildlife reserve at Dunwich and if you have room for your bicycles, the quiet lanes are great for exploring on two wheels.
For theatre, music, art and film lovers a trip to The Cut in nearby Halesworth is definitely recommended. An excellent venue for local art exhibitions, concerts, and film showings, The Cut relies heavily on the local community to keep it going.
The Latitude festival is an annual event held on the neighbouring Henham estate with elements of theatre and art, comedy and politics, music and dance, poetry and literature and appeals to all ages.
Eating and Drinking
This area is a treat for those who enjoy sampling the local pubs and restaurants. The Bell Inn, Walberswick and The Swan, Southwold are both excellent and away from the coast Halesworth and Beccles offer a variety of fine eating establishments.
For a taste of time gone by, The Tally Ho tea room at Mettingham, near Bungay is one of the best and highly recommended.
The Market towns of Beccles and Halesworth are also 15 minutes away with a variety of independent stores, grocers and butchers. Market day in Halesworth is Wednesday and rural Suffolk is littered with farm shops so you won't need to travel far for great local produce Wangford Farm Shop or Southwold Farmers Market are worth visiting. If you want to plan ahead, the major supermarkets all deliver to this area and Halesworth has a Co-op Rainbow Express, which is open until late.
The front door leads to the large entrance hall with terracotta tiled floor, piano, table, chair, Moroccan carved chest and stairs to the first floor. From the hall you have access to the cloak room, dining room, kitchen and TV room.
Cloak room with wc and hand basin.
The spacious farmhouse style kitchen has a pine table and 8 chairs, fitted units fill one wall with a larder fridge/freezer, dishwasher, sink and microwave. There is a large electric Leisure range cooker set in an Inglenook fireplace and East facing windows look out over the garden.
Off the kitchen is a lobby with plenty of room for boots, shoes and coats with a door to the patio area at the rear of the house.
Beyond the lobby is a utility room with a washing machine, tumble dryer, clothes drying rack, sink and double drainer, chest freezer, Dyson vacuum cleaner, cleaning materials and high chair. An additional pantry/storage room houses a second fridge and more cupboards.
The formal dining room, with views over the front lawn, has seating for twelve around a large oak table. A classic white recessed wall unit houses a selection of glassware and a wine rack.
The family TV room has a beautiful open fire, leather sofa and chair and large flat screen TV .
The sitting room is accessed from the TV room through a small sunny nook with a wicker seat for two. The sitting room is bright with two grand sofas centred around a large coffee table. The room is divided by exposed oak beams to provide a reading area with a traditional writing table and built-in book case.
The stairs lead to a small sunny gallery landing with chaise longue and table with two chairs.
The master bedroom suite is bright and very spacious with a king-sized four poster bed and voile drapes, TV and cheval mirror. The suite is divided by the grand fireplace which is incorporated into an extensive range of wardrobes, storage and a bookcase. A lounging area with sofa and rocking chair enjoys views over the front lawns. The en-suite bathroom has warm cream coloured ceramic tiles with a mosasic feature, shower over the bath, wc, wash basin, heated towel rail and large mirror with shaving / makeup light.
The first floor double bedroom has a Victorian style double bedstead, dark wood bedside cabinets, chest of drawers and wardrobe and sunny South facing window.
The first floor twin bedroom has two single beds with wicker bedsteads with matching cabinet and wardrobe and plenty of room for a cot. The room is bright with two windows and a green painted floor. A second staircase, leading from the kitchen up to the attic rooms, can be accessed from a door in this bedroom.
The first floor family bathroom is bright with white ceramic tiles and a bath with overhead Aqualiser shower, wc and wash basin.
There is a first floor TV room suitable for children/teenagers, with sofa, TV and games.
The second floor attic rooms can be access from the ground floor via the staircase off the kitchen or from the first floor twin room.
The second floor double room has an ornate wrought iron double bedstead, bedside tables and lamps, wardrobe and features exposed beams and roof joists and cottage shaped sloping roof.
The second floor twin bedroom has matching single beds, white cheval mirror, wardrobe, vanity table and chair and plenty of room for a cot. A west facing velux window set in the cottage shaped roof makes this a bright cosy room.
The second floor attic twin room has two single beds with tubular steel frames sloping ceiling, built-in, funky painted low storage, hanging rails and TV - great for children or the young at heart.
The second floor shower room has a wc, wash basin and corner shower enclosure with a curved glass door.
Bed linen and towels provided but please bring your own beach towels
In the interests of other visitors please do not smoke in the house
Central heating is provided and logs for the open fire.
There is a large and private paved terrace at the rear of the property with seating, table and chimenea. There is a traditional barbecue for guests to use and charcoal can be purchased from the local farm shop.
The outdoor swimming pool is heated by the sun, aided by calor gas from the late May bank holiday to September and maintained at about 27 degrees celsius. Poolside furniture is available for relaxing after your swim, or before.
The hard tennis court is for guests to use for family fun, rather than serious matches. Please remember to bring your own balls and racquets.
There is plenty of lawn for games and an area of grassland, previously used as paddock.