Architect: Andrew Hughes
Earl Soham, Suffolk
This exciting conversion of a 19th-century chapel into a five-bedroom home was recently completed by Andrew Hughes Architects. The house can be found bordering water meadows in one of Suffolk’s most appealing villages, Earl Soham.
Hughes has been careful to conserve many of the finest original features of the building – such as the original ceiling scissor beams – while opening up the spaces of the former chapel. A large, light open-plan living / kitchen / dining room occupies the entire first floor and leads out onto a wonderful terrace which offers views across the surrounding countryside.
Further accommodation includes, on the ground floor, five bedrooms (two with en-suite bathrooms) and a second reception room. There is also a utility room, a family bathroom and a small shower room. The former Sunday School building sits alongside the main house and provides an extra versatile space that has the potential to be used as a further guest bedroom, a games room or office / studio. The good-sized garden is largely lawn bordered by beds and hedgerows with an area of orchard at the far end.
Hughes has carefully completed this outstanding refurbishment to a very high standard. An architect trained at The Bartlett School of Architecture in London, he is a specialist in contemporary interventions into historical buildings. Before moving back to his native Suffolk, he worked on many widely acclaimed projects with David Gibson Architects that similarly combined the old with the new.
The house is within walking distance of the village green at the centre of Earl Soham, a thriving and sought-after Suffolk village. It benefits from a highly regarded pub (that brews its own beer), an award-winning butcher, a tennis club and an excellent primary school.
More comprehensive facilities are only three miles away in the historic town of Framlingham. Earl Soham is fortunate to lie in the catchment area for Thomas Mills High School, one of the most highly rated state schools in the country (described as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted). Private education is offered locally by Framlingham College and Brandeston Prep School.
Ipswich is 14 miles to the south and provides regular rail services to London Liverpool Street, taking just over one hour.
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