Suffolk Property of the Week: Sparrows, Stoke Road, Layham,

A charming period house nestled in a secluded shallow valley with woodland and meadows to all sides

By Derek Davis

22nd Feb 2024 | Property of the Week

Well defined Sparrows (Picture: Chapman Stickels)
Well defined Sparrows (Picture: Chapman Stickels)

If you are looking for a new home near the Shotley peninsula, or just looking to see what is out there, 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, from Chapman Stickels.

This week's outstanding property on offer, is the secluded Sparrows, Stoke Road, Layham, on the market with Chapman Stickels for £695k.


Positioned on its own along a minor country lane, Sparrows is an attractive detached house which according to its Grade II Listing dates from the 18th century, although internally it appears to be earlier.

The house has been subsequently extended to the rear (in the 1950's) as well as a more substantial addition to one side, which was built in the early-1990's.

The original front section comprises the main reception room, providing an abundance of exposed beams and a fireplace with wood burner.

Beyond is the kitchen / breakfast room which provides a further fireplace with woodburning stove, work surfaces with integral appliances and numerous base and eye units. 

The remaining reception space is the twin aspect dining room with French doors leading onto the rear patio.

The first floor provides four double bedrooms, where bedrooms two and four form part of the original building with further exposed wall beams.

All the rear rooms (on both floors) give delightful views over the gardens and fields beyond.

Sparrows can be described as a 'stand-alone' property which has no near neighbours, giving the property a great deal of privacy.

The wonderful, secluded gardens are chiefly to the rear, which are completely private and consists of a paved terrace with large areas of lawn beyond interspersed with greengage and apple trees.

The eastern section provides a large vegetable patch with a greenhouse and timber sheds. Ample off-road parking is to both sides of the house, where the main parking area gives access to a two-bay cart lodge and adjoining store.

The boundaries are clearly defined, with a stream abutting the far western end. In all, the property covers some 0.42 acres. 


Sparrows is located some 0.5 miles to the south of the village centre and occupies a tranquil setting. Lower Layham is situated in undulating countryside of the Brett Valley and the village provides a parish church, village hall and a public house.

The popular market town of Hadleigh is approximately five minutes away by car and offers a wide range of local amenities including restaurants, pubs, sports facilities and a wide selection of shops.


Mains water and electricity are connected. Private drainage. Oil Fired Heating. Kitchen stove provides water to two radiators and supplements the hot water.

Babergh District Council: Band F (2024)

Link here for more details about Sparrows, on Stoke Road, Layham or to arrange a viewing, contact estate agents Chapman Stickels or call 01473 372 372 or email [email protected]

If you are looking to sell your house contact the valuations team.


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