Property of the Day: Ashen House, Suffolk

A listed farmhouse with beautiful outbuildings and a 16th-century moat

THE PROPERTY: This five-bedroom, five-bathroom, Grade II-listed house comes with nearly 20 acres of land. As well as several outbuildings, the property includes an 865-square-foot, one-bedroom annexe, a beautiful two-storey converted granary, seven paddocks and a 16th-century moat.

THE LOCATION: Ashen House is just outside the small village of Ashen, with views across the Stour Valley. It is near to the market towns of Lavenham, Long Melford and Sudbury, and is 25 miles from Cambridge. The famous Newmarket racecourse is fewer than 20 miles away.

THE INTERIOR: The house is a mixture of period styles, with 16th-century oak panelling in the sitting-room, and inglenook fireplaces and Georgian painted panelling in the drawing-room and some bedrooms. The current owners have improved the property by adding a two-storey classical wing, which includes a library with an original Tudor fireplace, oak flooring and views over the gardens. The kitchen has a walk-in larder, an Aga oven and granite worksurfaces.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The outbuildings are particularly lovely. The converted 18th-century granary is a fantastic space for entertaining, with a kitchen, wine store and two large open-plan areas with exposed beams. There is also a landscaped garden to the side of the barn with flint and brick walls, lavender beds and a covered space, perfect for barbecues in the summer.

BUY IT NOW: £2,200,000 with Savills

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