Ipswich: 5-bed Victorian house in private grounds with studio workshops


About the Property

Hidden gem in Ipswich town: 4-bed Victorian house set in 1.4 acres of walled garden, situated on the hill east of the docks.

All original features including the huge Victorian weighed sash windows with original mahogany shutters that rise discreetly to completely enclose the entire ground floor. 

CAT5 networking throughout, with modern entertainment system fitted in every room of the house, all connected to Sonos etc.

Lots of outbuildings including a 41 feet long workshop with sky lights on floated floor and divided at 26’ that would make an ideal recording studio space.



Situated to the east side of Ipswich town centre in secluded grounds, yet with good access to the town centre. 

Long winding carriage drive bordered with trees and shrubs, passing workshop outbuildings.


Outbuilding 1: Prefab garage 

Dimensions 22’ 6”


Outbuilding 2: Wooden workshop 

Dimensions 15’ 6″ x 41’ 

Divided at 26′ by pair of wooden garage doors

The next 15′ are open to outside and have roll down curtains with windows

Stands on a 12″ concrete pad topped with 32mm wooden floor

Double plugs at worktop height every 5’

Single 32 amp sockets on both sides 

4 large sky lights so natural light

32 amp in all garages 

All outbuildings have compressed air and CAT 5E in workshop from main house


Main house


4 bedroom Grade II listed, built in 1863 for a prominent civil engineer.


The property displays early example of cavity wall with Flemish bond red brick, under slate roof.


The original Victorian features have been retained.


The property is surrounded by beautifully enclosed and secluded grounds of approx. 1.39 acres.


The whole property is enclosed by a substantial red brick wall.


The principal rooms front west and south and from the upper floor west, panoramic views of the town and beyond.




Extending to the left, with light connected and solid pine door to:


Entrance Hall


Side feature arched sidelight windows to the front aspect, original open fireplace, archway and tiled flooring, telephone point, double radiator, single radiator, stairs to first floor, built-in cloaks closet, cornice coving, door to inner hall and doors to:


Octagonal Lounge


Approximately 17′ in diameter and windows to 3 aspects, alcove (originally referred to as recess for a sideboard), open marble fireplace with tiled hearth and surround, TV point, light moulding and cornice coving/ moulding and door to:


Dining room


5.49m (18′) x 4.57 meters (15′) approx.


Bay window to south aspect, pinewood shutter, wrought iron fireplace with marble surround, tiled hearth, cornice coving to ceiling and light mouldings, picture rail, part timber panelled walls and storage cupboard.




4.27m (14′) x 3.66m (12′) approx.


Windows to West aspect, too original alcoves, cornice coving, original fireplace with marble surround, original cast iron radiator and useful library shelving, cupboards and drawers in mahogany.


Inner Hall


Doors to:




2.74m (9’) x 1.37m (4’6”)


Window to east aspect with pine cupboard and shelves.


Belfast sink.


Store Closet


3.81m (12’ 6”) x 1.37m (4’ 6”)


Window to east aspect with pine cupboards, drawers and shelves.




7.62m (25’) x 4.27m (14’) approx.

Kitchen has underfloor heating.

Currently used as a breakfast room. Part timber panelled walls, storage cupboard, double radiator, quarry tiled flooring with built-in pine dresser and a line of 10 bells (original feature), door to kitchen and door to:


Rear lobby


Window to north aspect, door to cloakroom with wash basin, door to separate WC and door to cellars. 


Door to outside.


Separate WC


Window to north aspect.




In four compartments including wine cellar with power and light connected, oil fired boiler. 

Original brick built-in wine bins.


Kitchen/ Old Scullery


4.27m (14’) x 3.05m (10’ 10”) approx.


Windows to south and east aspects, door to rear yard area with well and door to covered verandah leading to two outbuildings.


Wooden shutters to all ground floor rooms.


All main rooms including bathroom have bell pulls.


Stairs to:


Half landing


Window to north aspect and two steps up to lobby with airing cupboard and second WC. 


Stairs continue to:


First Floor




Cornice coving, closet and door to:


Bedroom 1


5.49m (18’) x 4.57m (15’) + bay


Bay to south aspect, original fireplace with cast iron marble surround and cornice coving.


Bedroom 2 (originally making 5 bedrooms) has now been converted to a bathroom with underfloor heating.


Octagonal shape. Approx. 17’ in diameter.


Windows to west and south aspects, two double radiators, fireplace with marble surround and cast iron gate, cornice coving and connecting door to:


Bedroom 5/ Dressing Room


3.05 (10’) x 2.74m (9’)


French doors to balcony to west aspect, marble fireplace and radiator.


Bedroom 3


4.37m (14’) x 3.81m (12’ 6”)


Window to north aspect, double radiator, closed marble fireplace.


Bedroom 4


3.66m (12’) x 3.35m (11’)


Window to west aspect, two built-in pine cupboards and radiator. Fireplace with cast iron and marble surround.




3.81m (12’ 6”) x 2.9m (9’ 6”) approx. ceiling removed to open up to roof skylight.  

Fitted with cast iron bath and two wash basins. Window to east aspect, original fireplace. Stunning vaulted ceiling conversion.




Front west facing with two garages and brick built mews stable and workshop. Gardens are well stocked with various plants, shrubs, trees & wildlife. 


Mowed lawn areas to south and east and with a summer house in the grounds. From the verandah are two outbuildings peviously known as knives and boots room, a room measuring 8’ x 6’ and the original coal shed measuring 8×6 and an old brick built ham house – with electricity connected – providing useful storage space and second brick-built coal shed.


 Agents note: 


The gardens have been fitted with electricity points for outdoor functions.


Suffolk County Council & Ipswich Borough Council.


These sales particulars have been prepared by the previous agency who sold the freehold to the current owner several decades ago.


The previous sale was in 1920s from the original owner. 


Therefore the vendor is the 3rd owner of this house since 1863.


The vendor has upgraded the media networking infrastructure with CAT5 throughout the house and extending to the workshop outbuilding, which is seen as the obvious area for a recording studio.


Regarding the soundproofing of the workshop. The vendor is not directly involved with recording but works in a related industry and is passionate about music to the extent that the whole house is connected to Sonos and the workshop is often a place where music is played.


The nearest neighbours are 40’ away on the otherwise of the substantial brick wall that separates the property from the terraced houses whose rear gardens provide the distance from the wall.


Additional soundproofing and acoustic treatment of the workshop is the buyer’s responsibility. 


The agent has not done a survey. All measurements are given as a guide only and no liability can be accepted for any omission, error or mis-statement in these particulars. 


The original plans and drawings for the house are included with the sale.


Some additional documentation relating to the original grounds are also included.



The property will be sold as freehold, subject to signed contract


The advertised price is Offers in excess of £1.3m