A HANDSOME AND WELL-PRESENTED CENTRALLY LOCATED PERIOD TOWNHOUSE
Situated in a desirable part of town, 23 Guildhall Street is an attractive Grade II-listed house steeped in history with the original timber-framed core dating back to the 17th century, a series of elegant Georgian enhancements and some 19th century embellishments. With excellent proportions and generous high ceilings in the principal rooms, the accommodation is laid out around an open-plan Kitchen / Breakfast room. Of particular note is the spectacular converted basement that exudes a baronial tone and lends itself well to a variety of uses, whether for grand dining, study or as a games room. A plethora of period details include ornate cornices, stripped panelled doors, exposed studwork, fireplaces and wood floors. The property further comprises an elegant Sitting Room, Utility room, downstairs Cloakroom, two Bedrooms (one En-suite with views towards the Cathedral beyond) and Bathroom.
A secluded courtyard garden is laid out in a manageable format; largely paved with raised beds and enclosed completely by trellising. There is a useful outdoor store. Attractive townscape views including the distinctive 18th century former snuff factory. Residents’ permit parking scheme is in operation.
23 Guildhall Street is conveniently located within the historic Cathedral town of Bury St. Edmunds and is situated in arguably one of the most desirable residential enclaves and conservation areas (the medieval Norman Grid formed by intersecting Churchgate, Guildhall & Westgate streets). The bars, restaurants and independent boutique shops of Abbeygate Street and the Market Square are nearby. Excellent A14 access is afforded by Westgate Street via Southgate Street. Refer to our Situation page to discover more.
23 Guildhall Street displays many attractive original period features well-blended with modern comforts. The flexible and relaxed accommodation measures approximately 1693 ft2 (157.3 m2) and will suit buyers who seek convenient town centre living.
5m x 1.1m (16’4″ x 3’7″)
An elegant Georgian doorway with fluted half columns, segmental pediment and panelled front door with glazed inserts opens into a long entrance passageway. Original bell pull. Wood panelling. Cloak hanging area. Radiator. Fully glazed door to Kitchen / Breakfast room and door to:
4.93m x 4.39m (16’2″ x 14’5″ )
Two large twelve-pane sash windows to front aspect create a welcoming reception room. The focal point is an exposed brick fireplace with fluted bressummer and pamment hearth. Door to under stair storage with shelving. Ornate cornice and original wide plank polished wood floor. TV point. Two radiators. Door to:
5.01m x 4.55m (maximum) (16’5″ x 14’11” (maximum))
Large fenestration and part glazed door to external rear courtyard garden aspect with two skylights. The convivial and relaxed space incorporates the kitchen with an island. Fitted with a range of matching base and wall units to provide drawer and cupboard storage. Roll-top preparation surfaces and mosaic splashback tiles with one and a half bowl Leisure sink, drainer and mixer tap inset. Appliances include an integrated Beko dishwasher, Stoves Newhome cooking range with four ring hob, grill and oven. Tecnik stainless steel extractor hood. Space for an upright fridge freezer. Door to under stair walk-in larder. The original exposed and polished wood floor theme continues. Phone point. Stairs to First Floor and door to:
2.20m x 2.10m (7’2″ x 6’10”)
Useful utility room area with under counter space and plumbing for washing machine. Work surface and cupboards. Part glazed external door. Window to side aspect. Tiled floor. Door to:
Frosted window to side aspect. Wall-mounted basin and wc. Tiled floor. Radiator.
LOWER GROUND FLOOR
7.30m x 4.71m (23’11” x 15’5″)
Wide brick and wood steps flow down to a spectacular basement conversion with generous 2.5 metre ceiling heights that exudes a baronial tone and lends itself to variety of uses whether for a home office or a grand dining and entertaining space. The focal point is the large fireplace with its attractive exposed red brick chimney breast and bressummer. An array of exposed ceiling timbers create an altogether atmospheric environment. Brick and pamment floor. Six wall light points. TV point. Large cellar light well. Two radiators.
A most enchanting staircase with a plethora of exposed timbers ascends to the First Floor. The landing area has a full height bookcase with display shelves. Double doors to linen cupboard housing the gas-fired combi boiler. Wall light point. Radiator. Stair case to Second Floor. Doors to:
5.03m x 3.84m (16’6″ x 12’7″)
Large Master Bedroom with two large twelve-pane sash windows to front aspect. Fireplace (currently sealed) with wood surround and mantle. Either side are doors; one leading to under stair storage cupboard with two hanging rails and shelving and the other leads to a useful walk-in closet with an array of hanging and shelf space. Deep ornate cornice. Two radiators.
2.20m x 2.00m (7’2″ x 6’6″)
A large sash window fitted with café style tier on tier shutters to rear aspect with rooftop views and garden views. The suite comprises a P-shaped bath with shower attachment and glazed screen, pedestal basin with mixer tap and wc. Tall heated towel rail. Floor to ceiling tiles with decorative frieze. An array of borrowed lite frames provide a natural light source for the landing.
5.89m x 4.00m (19’3″ x 13’1″)
Stairwell with wall light point ascends to a large bedroom space with dormer window to front aspect framed by a Georgian parapet. TV and Phone points. Radiator. Door to:
2.10 x 1.40 (6’10” x 4’7″)
Window to rear aspect with rooftop views and vista towards the Cathedral tower. Suite comprising corner shower cubicle with rain shower, wash basin with vanity unit below and wc. Extractor fan. Hatch to extensive attic storage.
To the rear is a courtyard style brick paved garden with a easterly aspect, ideal for al fresco dining and with little maintenance required. Raised brick beds with wood trellising fully enclose the secluded space and are filled with a bounty of planting: climbing roses, Hydrangea petiolaris, Skimmia japonica, Jasmine, Rosemary, Sage and a Fig tree. Attractive views of townscape beyond including the distinctive 18th century red brick former snuff factory on Whiting Street. Useful outdoor store. External lights and tap.
The property is offered freehold with vacant possession.
Mains water, drainage, electricity. Gas-fired central heating. Broadband internet. AGENT’S NOTE: none of these services have been tested.
St. Edmundsbury District Council (01284 763 233)
Tax band D – £1,720.35 (2019/20)
Strictly by prior appointment through the seller’s sole agent: Whatley Lane Estate Agents (WLEA). If there is anything of particular importance, please contact us to discuss, especially before embarking upon your journey to view the property.
DIRECTIONS (IP33 1QD):
From London/Cambridge (by car) exit the M11 at Junction 9 and take the A11 towards Newmarket. Continue on the A14 towards Bury St. Edmunds. Exit the A14 at Junction 44, signposted ‘Bury St. Edmunds West’. Take the A134 and follow signposts to the town centre, at the third roundabout head north into Southgate Street and follow the road until turning into Westgate Street passing the Theatre Royal on your left hand side. Turn right into College Street, left into Churchgate Street and then left into Guildhall Street and No.23 is 50 metres along the street on the right hand side marked by our For Sale board.
From the town centre (on foot) leave the Market Square, proceed south down Guildhall Street passing our office on the left in Churchgate street continuing down Guildhall Street where No.23 is 50 metres on the right hand side marked by our For Sale board.