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4 Bedroom detached house Ashburton Road, Ickburgh £430,000

The house on Ashburton Road has a wealth of character and is an idyllic setting, with beautiful forest and lakeside walks from the doorstep

From her inviting home at Ickburgh, near Mundford, the current owner of the property on Ashburton Road can step straight out to go on a tranquil walk. She can head across the countryside, make her way down to the river at the end of the private road or stroll to Lynford Arboretum and Lakes or the forest. This picturesque area is known for its natural beauty and its wildlife, she explains. "It is so quiet here that when I walk down the road all I can hear is birdsong," she admits. "I often see a barn owl as it flies through from the church and I have uninterrupted views out across the fields from my home." She adds: "This is such a peaceful place to live and yet I can also pick up the main road very quickly, which makes it easy to travel to places like Thetford, Bury St Edmunds, Norwich and Cambridge, as well as to head down to London."

HOME WITH HISTORY
The attractive property has been her home for 10 years now, she explains. Dating back to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, it is believed to have originally been two farm workers' cottages that were part of the Lynford estate. "When I first saw it, I liked the fact it had large windows and was very light for a cottage," she recalls. "Because it was originally two houses, it also had lots of storage and quirky features, such as a walk-in cupboard."
VERSATILE LIVING
The property also offers very flexible accommodation. Its well-proportioned spaces can be adapted to suit different requirements and phases of life. "You come straight into a reception hall, which I also use as my office," she explains. "This has been ideal for me but there is a large outbuilding, with two separate spaces, which could easily be converted into an office or studio as well." The house is much more spacious than it looks from the front, she observes: "This is because it has a double depth. It is a very comfortable home to live in and there is a good flow between rooms."
ROOMS WITH VIEWS
Also at ground floor level, is the drawing room, which like the reception hall has a beautiful wooden floor. "From here you can see straight out across the fields," she says. The drawing room leads through into the dining room, which has a quarry tile floor and space for a large table to seat up to 10. It leads into the utility room, rear hall and storage cupboard, as well as the kitchen breakfast room. The kitchen, which also has a quarry tile floor, features a breakfast bar and range-style cooker; beyond it is another hall leading to a ground floor shower room. Four double bedrooms and a family bathroom can be found on the floor above. "All the bedrooms have good views: my daughters have the two largest ones but mine has a double aspect, which I love."
GREAT OUTDOORS
The attractive garden, with its magnificent outlook has given the owner great pleasure. There is space for outside dining, barbecues and relaxation. The pretty flint outbuilding sits comfortably within the garden space. "When family or friends visit it is nice to sit out here or to walk to Lynford Lakes." She suggests. Thetford Forest also offers a number of good walks and trails. It is known for its High Lodge visitor centre, with play and picnic areas, a Go Ape high rope attraction, bike and Segway hire, and a café. "For anyone who enjoys being outdoors, there is a lot to do in this area," she agrees.
SUPERB LOCATION
The village of Mundford, with its shop, pub, Post Office and butcher's is just a 20-minute walk from the house. There is also a primary school here. It takes about 10 minutes to drive into Swaffham or Thetford, where there is a broader range of amenities, while historic Bury St Edmunds is about 30 minutes away. "I have always found it very easy to travel from here," she observes. "I can get to London on the A11 if I need to or catch the train from Thetford. I am only moving now because I am downsizing but this has been an excellent family home and a lovely, peaceful place in which to live."
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