Property of the week from Chapman Stickels: Harkstead mansion with character, stables, swimming pool and tennis court

  Posted: 14.06.21 at 11:30 by Derek Davis

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If you are looking for a new home on the Shotley peninsula, 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 right now on our Shotley peninsula Nub News property pages, now being sponsored by local estate agents Chapman Sickels.

Horse lovers will be enchanted by this week's property, which has large rooms, original features, tennis court, swimming pool and six bedrooms, on the market with Chapman Stickels for £2.5million.

Surrounded by open countryside with lovely valley views, The Vale Farm, in Harkstead is set in lovely undulating countryside, close to the river Stour.

Listed Grade II of architectural or historical interest, The Vale Farm was formally cottages which have been combined to form a large farmhouse of huge character. There is a wealth of period features throughout, of particular note being the exposed studs, beams and wonderful fireplaces.

Spacious kitchen and lounge make up some of the rooms, along with five bathroom and an abundance of outside space.

The property is approached by a long hedge lined drive way which passes through the extensive equestrian facilities before culminating in a wide sweep fronted by the garages at the front door.


The Vale Farm is approached by a long hedge lined drive leading first to the stable yard with 6 loose boxes, tack room, wash room and kitchen, together with horsebox/tractor barn, hay store and other ancillary stores and workshop. Behind lies the office suite and a one-bedroom cottage. Opposite the yard is a covered menage with overhead sprinkler system to suppress any dust.

Of particular note to those who work from home, there is 300MB fibre optic connected to the house, office, and cottage.

A heated swimming pool is tucked away close to the house with a spacious pool house. The hard tennis court has recently been totally refurbished.

The formal gardens lie principally to the south and east, beyond which are the paddocks – in all about 6.5 acres.

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Harkstead has its own popular public house, an active village hall, church and regular farmer markets. The nearby larger village of Holbrook offers good daily facilities with a primary and secondary school, doctor's surgery, pubs and shops.

The well known centre at Pin Mill is close by on the estuary of the River Orwell and further water sports are located at The Royal Harwich Yacht Club at Woolverstone and Alton Water which is also in close proximity to Harkstead. Private schooling is well catered for with Ipswich High School for girls at Woolverstone and the Royal Hospital School on the outskirts of Holbrook.

Commuters can take advantage of both Manningtree and Ipswich main line stations, the journey taking 60 and 65 minutes respectively to London's Liverpool Street Station. There is public transport to Ipswich and other parts of the peninsular.

For more details or to arrange a viewing contact estate agentsChapman Stickels Call 01473 372 372 or email [email protected]

For more information on this, and many other homes, go to our property pages here...


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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