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Ruffins House, in Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds, on the market for £4.25m





A remarkable country house, formerly part of the Marquis of Bristol’s Ickworth Estate, has gone on the market.

Ruffins House, in Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds, is a substantial country property set back in a parkland setting with a long winding drive, which culminates in a wide gravel forecourt and then through ornate brick piers to the clock house courtyard.

It is on the market with a guide price of £4,250,000.

Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove

The property is believed to have been constructed circa 1840 and is of brick and flint construction under a peg tile roof with five octagonal chimneys.

Agents Savills, of Ipswich, say it combines many of the qualities of an outstanding country house: a handsome facade, parkland setting, elegant reception rooms and an impressive sweeping approach.

The house is reached through brick pillars with electronically operated gates and wing walled entrance.

Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove

There is a further automated gate with the drive passing a large parking area to the east of the house.

In recent years the house has undergone an extensive modernisation, extension and refurbishment programme.

Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove

Period features have been sympathetically retained along side providing state-of-the-art 21st century living such as underfloor heating, air conditioning, Sonos system, CAT 6 along with Toto sanitary ware, a Reko lighting system and CCTV.

The accommodation, which is arranged over three floors incorporates many decorative features associated with the period including arched decorative cornicing, oak panelling, open fireplaces and an impressive oak staircase.

Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove

On the ground floor there is a spacious, light-filled reception hall, elegant double aspect drawing room, a very comfortable sitting room with double doors out on to the mature, landscaped gardens and a large study/office.

There is also a stunning bespoke, luxury open plan kitchen entered through the rear entrance hall with utility and cloakroom off.

The kitchen has been built to the highest specifications with high-end appliances including Wolf ovens and a Sub-Zero built in fridge, the island built in Bora Tapinaki and induction hob.

Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove

The kitchen, through pocket doors lies a pantry fitted out with a commercial walk-in fridge and separate walk-in freezer.

It opens out in to the garden/family room which has a coffee station, walls of glass either side of the room with bi-fold doors out on to the terrace affording views out across the surrounding south facing gardens and parkland.

Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove

The dining room lies beyond and has two sets of double doors out on the the west facing garden. A second office can be accessed from the dining room and externally via the internal courtyard.

On the first floor the principal bedroom lies along the western elevation with en suite shower room and walk in wardrobe.

Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove

A further guest suite affords a large bedroom, en suite bathroom and dressing room with doors out on to the balcony. There are a further two double bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom and balcony, and a family bathroom.

Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove

The second floor offers two further bedrooms, sitting/store room and games room/bedroom, as well as a bathroom.

The grounds are very much a feature of Ruffins and have been improved by the current owners with the planting of over 400 specimen trees and the creation of a formal garden to the west of the house with a wide sand stone terrace.

Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove

There is also a striking avenue of pleached hornbeam trees running south from the sitting room bay window.

The entire 27.2 acres are fully fenced throughout with stock proof fencing and are predominantly given to parkland but also feature a six-acre post and rail paddock with water laid on, woodland belt and orchard featuring dessert and cider apples as well as pear and cherry.

Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove
Ruffins House, Chevington, near Bury St Edmunds: Picture: Savills, Ipswich/rightmove

A separate Old School House annexe features a sitting room with kitchenette, two bedrooms and a bathroom is located within the courtyard along with the detached former school house and a range of garages, which lie along the northern side of the courtyard.

Ruffins House is set within the heart of mature parkland close to the villages of Horringer, Chedburgh and Chevington.

Bury is about four miles to the north east.