Property of the week from Chapman Stickels: Hardy House lovingly renovated in classic Suffolk Hall style

  Posted: 03.07.21 at 09:59 by Derek Davis

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If you are looking for a new home or just feeling a bit nosey, then look no further than our Property Of The Week features, which will be showcasing the most interesting homes for sale on our Shotley peninsula Nub News property pages, now being sponsored by estate agents Chapman Sickels.

With its stunningly designed garden, five bedroom sea rooms packed with character, this Grade II-listed home in Benton Street is quintessentially Suffolk, and on the market with Chapman Stickels for £745,000.

Every aspect of this 14th century Suffolk Hall House, inside and out, has been lovingly restored over the past 15 years and boasts numerous period features.

Five bedrooms, five reception rooms, two bathrooms, and spacious kitchen help make up the unique Hardy House, which was originally two homes, although you would never notice the join.

Internally the house offers an unorthodox layout, yet it is both practical and pleasing, with emphasis to the principal rear reception rooms and bedrooms overlooking the fabulous gardens and Brett Valley beyond.

Original features are evident, notably a 14th century arch adjoining the dining room and sitting room which gives a free-flowing layout.


Two staircases lead to individual landings and as such the bedrooms are located on separate ‘wings’.

Outside is equally impressive with wonderful, well-designed gardens. The south west facing gardens are a particular feature which are thoughtfully designed and beautifully presented which gently descend towards the Brett Valley, revealing delightful rural views towards Layham.

Although extensive, the gardens are generally of low maintenance. Vehicular access is via Tinkers Lane providing parking for numerous cars which in turn gives access to a larger parking area.

Beyond the carport and pergola is the detached triple garage and rear workshop with roof terrace which utilises the outside space to great effect, whilst also screening eight solar panels. In all, the property covers some 0.26 of an acre.

For more details browse the brochure here or to arrange a viewing, contact estate agentsChapman Stickels Call 01473 372 372 or email [email protected]


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Chapman Stickels is a company of independent estate agents established in September 2019, headed by the two founding partners Robert Chapman and Benedict Stickels.

The company’s ethos is firmly based on core values – to provide impartial and informed advice on all aspects of residential property, ranging from the marketing and sale of individual village and country houses, development sites, conversions, planning matters and lettings.

Robert and Benedict have lived and worked in Suffolk and north Essex for most of their lives and have 45 years’ combined experience within the region, both having previously occupied senior positions in corporate and independent companies. An extensive local knowledge, combined with long-standing and well-regarded reputations, have made the partnership a natural collaboration.

Their personal, client-based approach, which embraces traditional values and media, coupled with a strong focus on digital marketing, is, we believe, a more dynamic solution than a simply online or impersonal digital one. Extensive local knowledge being the key.


Chapman Stickels fully embrace the changing face of the industry and their proactive approach includes a robust, dynamic and broad-based digital marketing campaign – the cornerstone of their ability to service their clientele.

Despite the ongoing economic and political uncertainty, the microclimate of our area remains upbeat, particularly the Shotley peninsula, and Stour Valley in south Suffolk, given its outstanding beauty and its excellent communication links.

Chapman Stickels chose the bustling town of Hadleigh as its centrally placed location to serve its geographical region: South Suffolk and North Essex. Our area is a constant lure to both local and national buyers – particularly from the Home Counties and London.

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