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15 c village. Near Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and the coast


House • Ixworth United Kingdom

    6 Guests  
    4 Bedrooms  
    3 Beds  
    1.5 Bathrooms  
    Pets welcome
    2 Car spaces 
  Primary home

Exchange types accepted

  Simultaneous  
  Non-Simultaneous  
  Non-Reciprocal & Globe  

Statistics

Listed  February 2019
Views  7735

General overview

***** Strictly Non smoking household******* The 15c village of Ixworth is situated 7 miles north east of Bury St Edmunds, surrounded by the countryside but within easy reach of Cambridge, 32 miles. Norwich, 38. Lies . Ipswich, 22 miles and ferry ports to Europe. London, 90 miles and only an hour to the coast. Stanstead airport 45 minutes away. Heathrow airport 2 hours by car. Train station in bury st Edmunds for transport to london.

The space

34 year old, detached, 4 bedroomed family house with off road parking for 2 cars. Situated in an active village location. The house has a fully enclosed private garden with a large conservatory. 2 patio areas are available to sit and enjoy the garden. One patio area has a large table that will seat 6 people and a sun umbrella. The other patio also has a small table and 4 chairs situated outside the kitchen and is an ideal place for breakfast on a sunny morning. We are organic gardeners and every year plant a variety of vegetables all organically grown, which if in season you would be welcome to help yourselves to. This usually includes Lettuce, Tomatoes, Peppers, Aubergines, Cabbage, Leeks, Khole Rabi, Runner Beans, Raspberries, Strawberries, Carrots, Parsnips, Celery chilli, cucumbers and anything else I may be trying for the first time! There is a fig tree ready to pick and eat straight from the tree ( August time). I also planted an apple and pear tree last year. Hopefully they will fruit this year. We have refenced the garden and are planning more changes to the planting. . There is a coal BBQ you can use.

Guest access

The house consists of 4 main rooms downstairs. A lounge, dining room, refurbished conservatory and kitchen. The kitchen has top quality appliances, beech units, granite worktops and fully tiled floor. We do not have a dishwasher or a coffee machine, but do have an air fryer. There is a newly refurbished downstairs toilet and washbasin. The 4 bedrooms are upstairs. The master bedroom has a King sized brass bed. The 2nd bedroom has a double bed . The 3rd room has a double bed. The 4th bedroom (with a double sofa bed) is a study with computer with high speed internet connection. The bathroom, (which is situated on the same floor as the bedrooms) has a bath with overhead shower, washbasin and toilet and has been recently refurbished . We can supply some baby equipment. Although the house is compact,( I mean small compared to USA housing ) we can accommodate 5-6 ( if sharing beds) The lounge has a satellite smart TV with Netflix . Disney + and DVD player. There is a collection of DVD's suitable for kids and adults. We are avid readers so books for all ages are available. What you will love in the neighborhood In the village there is both a police and fire station, as well as a doctors surgery and pharmacy. Honesty money boxes for the sale of surplus garden produce can be seen in the street. We have good village shops. A well stocked Newsagents/general village store, a Chinese "take away", a fish and chip / pizza shop, a kebab van. A cafe, a ladies clothes store. 2 hairdressers, and a Beauty parlour . A childrens developmental play center. Two pubs/ resturants, one of which is a 15th Century coaching house with many original features. it supplies good food at resonable prices, it also includes a cafe. A post office van visits the village on Thursdays.. a dressmakers/ upholsterers There is also an antique dealers, and A micro brewery has also recently opened in the village. Village hall and library, playing fields and children's play area. The villagers are friendly and are used to us swapping homes and love to hear about where you come from. The houses in the high street date from the 15th Century through all the time lines up until modern day. So it is a missmatch of styles that somehow works well together. There are lots of lovely walks and cycling routes and we can offer 2 bikes, suitable from about aged 10 to adult, (may be able to borrow more if your family needs them) We have maps of the local area showing villages with pubs which also sell good "pub food", "Real Ales" and the locally brewed beers. (of which there are many). Approx 1 mile away there are two working mills, (a watermill and a windmill), where you can watch the millers at work then buy stone ground flour and the best porriage oats ever!, There is also a vineyard which produces a good variety of wines. A farmers market is held each Saturday morning about 2 miles away, where you can buy organic meat and vegetables , artisan breads and other produce direct from the farmer. Stables for horse riding are 1/2 mile away. (can be walked to in 10-15 minutes 2 minutes by car) A nature reserve with a bird watching hide is located on the edge of the village, this is wetland and lots of birds visit all year round. The TV programms "Dads Army" and "Allo Allo" were filmed in the area, and the program writer David Croft( before his death) lived in the next village and Ian Lavender ( pike from "Dads Army" lived ( before his death) in one of the local villages) We also have a sprinkling of TV celebs living in the surrounding villages such as Delia Smith TV chef, Terry Waite and Bill Wyman (Ex Rolling Stone member) and Claudia Schiffer the fashion model.

Notes

Ixworth is within easy access of all the local attractions. There is so much to do that you will be spoilt for choice. Suffolk is an ideal county, with clean beaches, tourist attractions and lots of castles stately homes and history and usually good weather. London can be reached via a local railway station or take the train from bury st edmunds ) off peak group travel is cheap. But cheaper fares can be obtained by buying early Bury St Edmunds is famous for its award winning Medieval Abbey Gardens and floral displays around the town, which have won Britain In Bloom competition 3 times. the spire on the Medieval cathedral, has finally completed a few years back as it was never originally built. . The Abbey gardens (of which the Abbey was torn down in the dissolution of the monasteries) are right in the center of town and the river is inhabited by fat ducks and picnics can be held whilst the children clamber over the abbey ruins. This is a lovely place on a hot summers day. There are a good variety of shops just a 2 min walk from here . Multiple places to eat are available including a Michelin starred restaurant. An Excellent Market is held twice a week on Saturdays and Wednesdays, when buses bring people from all over East Anglia. There is also the magnificent Theatre Royal, the only fully restored and working Georgian theatre in the country. Swimming pools, museums, excellent shopping are located here, it is only 7 miles from us(10 mins by car). A shopping mall and concert hall is located here too. www.burystedmundsandbeyond.co.uk. Lots of National Trust and English Heritage properties in the area

Features


Washer
Washer
Clothes dryer
Clothes dryer
Oven
Oven
Microwave
Microwave
Fridge
Fridge
Iron
Iron
Hair dryer
Hair dryer
Heating
Heating
TV
TV
WiFi
WiFi
High Speed Internet
High Speed Internet
Bathtub
Bathtub
First aid kit
First aid kit
Smoke alarms
Smoke alarms
Bed sheets
Bed sheets
Towels
Towels
Workspace
Workspace
Fireplace
Fireplace
Toys
Toys
BBQ
BBQ
Garden / yard
Garden / yard
Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace
Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace

Travel Styles

    Budget
    Family
    Foodie
    Relaxing
    City
    Village
    Beach
    Culture
    Cycling

Accessibility

Accessible laundry access 
Slip resistant laundry flooring 
Accessible parking space 

House rules

    Suitable for infants under 2
    Suitable for children ages 2-12
    Pets welcome
    No smoking

Allergens

    Cat free
    Dog free
    Smoke free

Dates of Availability

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Neighbourhood

We are about 30 mins from Cambridge, with its 12th Century University and colleges, students will ferry you on the River Cam in punts along the backs of the colleges which you can hire in the summer. Ipswich, Norwich & the Norfolk Broads, the seaside and Great Yarmouth with its seaside attractions are about 50. Minutes away. Ferry Ports to Europe about an hour away. Thetford forest ("The Kings Forest") and lakes are 15 minutes away We are also on the edge of " Constable Country" Sandringham (the Norfolk winter home of the king ) is about 1.5 hrs away, with the house and gardens open to the public. Newmarket race course is 20 mins away, where you can see top jockeys exercising the race horses (at dawn!). Why not spent a day at the race course? or visit the National Race horse Museum? There is so much to do " Something for everyone" from Amusement parks and Beaches to castles, theatres and teapot factories fully enclosed garden. safe for children village location. Well stocked village shops. yet only 10 minutes by car to the nearest town great kitchen. everything you would need.

Getting to my home

Good transport system to our area. A14 approx 6 miles away , links up to major motorways that crisscross the uk. A small Train station 3 miles away links to London. ( Liverpool Street) Larger Train station in bury st Edmunds. links to ( kings cross). Thetford railway station ( 11 miles away) links to the north of England

Nearest airport

London Heathrow. Approx 2 hr. london Stansted 45 minutes. Norwich approx1hour. Ferry ports to Europe approx 1 hour

Getting around

Shops at bottom of high street. 2 pubs. Cafe , Good public transport. But to get the best from our area I would recommend a car

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