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Wingfield House near Diss, associated with Henry VIII and Mary Tudor, up for sale for £1.75 million



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A six-bedroom home which has links to Henry VIII and Mary Tudor, described as 'one of the most extraordinary houses in Suffolk', has come on the market for £1.75m.

Wingfield College, near Diss, which is of special architectural and historical interest as it dates back more than 600 years, is up for sale with estate agents Savills.

The Grade II* listed country house on Church Road in Wingfield - a former college founded in 1362 by Sir John de Wingfield - is set in about nine acres of land.

Wingfield College is on the market for £1.75m. Picture: Savills
Wingfield College is on the market for £1.75m. Picture: Savills
Wingfield College has a circular drive. Picture: Savills
Wingfield College has a circular drive. Picture: Savills

Author and newspaper columnist Simon Jenkins described the property as 'one of the most extraordinary houses in Suffolk' and added 'every inch of the interior is interesting - this is a truly historic house' in his book England's 1000 Best Houses, published in 1999.

Wingfield College does indeed have a rich history. Despite its Palladian façade from the 1760s, the home dates back even further than that, with medieval interiors such as the partially galleried Medieval Great Hall and a mixture of Tudor and Georgian rooms with many original features and floorboards.

Savills say it is largely constructed of 14th century oak timber frame with rendered exteriors under a pitched peg tiled roof to the front and further patterned peg tiling at the rear, combined with black pentiles.

Wingfield College is set on around nine acres of land. Picture: Savills
Wingfield College is set on around nine acres of land. Picture: Savills
Wingfield College's kitchen area with an Aga. Picture: Savills
Wingfield College's kitchen area with an Aga. Picture: Savills
The property has a long history. Picture: Savills
The property has a long history. Picture: Savills

"This is one of the most lovely houses I have seen in agency, a wonderful family house with great accommodation and the most spectacular gardens," property agent Tom Orford said.

The property's front hall is flanked by a Georgian panelled drawing room with original paintwork, an open fireplace, arched recess and pine flooring.

Meanwhile, the home also features a library, a medieval cloister long hall, a courtyard and topiary garden.

Two further reception rooms boast a wealth of features, while to the rear of the house is the great hall with a 14th century crown post and exposed beams.

Exposed beams are a feature found throughout Wingfield College. Picture: Savills
Exposed beams are a feature found throughout Wingfield College. Picture: Savills
Exposed beams are found within the home. Picture: Savills
Exposed beams are found within the home. Picture: Savills
Portraits of the home's previous owners are found within the property. Picture: Savills
Portraits of the home's previous owners are found within the property. Picture: Savills

Not only that, but it contains a rare Tudor linen fold panelling, with portraits of previous owners and patrons Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, and Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and Queen of France.

Beyond this, there is a cloakroom and a kitchen/breakfast room with an Aga.

The six bedrooms can be found off a long landing on the first floor, while the property also offers three bathrooms - one which is ensuite from the principal bedroom and another has a copper bath.

One of the bedrooms with historic features. Picture: Savills
One of the bedrooms with historic features. Picture: Savills
Exposed beams are found within the home. Picture: Savills
Exposed beams are found within the home. Picture: Savills

Outdoors, the house is set well back from the quiet lane with a circular drive and established topiary hedging.

The gardens have been created to form a number of spaces with what is described as visual and dramatic planting.

There are also wide lawns with overlook a large swimming pond with parkland fencing.

Outdoors, you will find a swimming pond. Picture: Savills
Outdoors, you will find a swimming pond. Picture: Savills
The swimming pond. Picture: Savills
The swimming pond. Picture: Savills

Further paths then lead through a number of mature trees and up to the orchid wildflower meadow to one side of which is a second large pond and orchard, with a child's treehouse.

On the other side of the road lies an arable field which has been let to a local farmer and amount to about five acres, which could be converted to a paddock.

There is also a walled vegetable garden to the side of the house with a greenhouse and numerous fruit trees along the side wall.

The house also features a walled vegetable garden. Picture: Savills
The house also features a walled vegetable garden. Picture: Savills
There's visual and dramatic planting in the gardens. Picture: Savills
There's visual and dramatic planting in the gardens. Picture: Savills

Meanwhile, an outbuilding found to the southeast of the property has access by right of way over a separate driveway and room for parking.

It has a garage, two storerooms, a cloakroom, as well as a studio room/home office with attractive views and natural light.

Wingfield College is on the market with Savills with a guide price of £1,750,000.

To find out more about this property, contact Savills on 01473 234800 or visit search.savills.com/property-detail/gbiprsips220028.