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The Sutton Hall Estate sold

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Woodbridge 6 miles • Aldeburgh 18 miles • Cambridge 66 miles • Ipswich 14 miles (direct rail service to London Liverpool Street from 70 minutes) • London

Entrance hall • Sitting room • Music room • Drawing room • Dining room • Conservatory • Kitchen / breakfast room • Larder • Boot room • Utility • Cellar • 8 bedrooms • 3 bathrooms
Swimming pool • Summer house • Beautiful landscaped gardens
Extensive range of farm buildings / outbuildings, garaging and annexe
11 further farm houses and cottages • 2 barns with planning permission for residential conversion
3 ranges of farm buildings with potential for conversion / re-development • Estate office and stable block
Over 3.5 miles of river frontage and private quay on the northern banks of the River Deben
1,432 acres of irrigable arable land served from 2 reservoirs • 375 acres of mature woodland
243 acres of grazing and parkland
Sporting shoot
In all about 2,177 acres (881 hectares)

For sale (i) as a whole, (ii) as two Estates or (iii) in up to 21 lots
A diverse rural estate combining highly productive arable land, benefitting from a whole farm irrigation system and temperate coastal climate, together with a wealth of residential assets and traditional buildings lining the northern banks of the River Deben, accessible to Woodbridge and the Suffolk Coast.
Sutton Hall, a well presented Grade II Listed house with eight bedrooms, sits at the heart of the Estate with formal gardens and views over adjacent parkland. The Estate includes a further 11 residential properties along with two superbly located barns, ideal for residential conversion and for which planning permission has already been obtained.  With over 3 1/2 miles of frontage to the River Deben and private quay at Methersgate, the Estate offers considerable scope for private recreation, including sailing and sporting interests, as well as opportunities for further commercial investment.
In addition to the production of high value vegetable crops, land uses including commercial and amenity woodlands, pastures and grazing marshes are spread evenly across the whole Estate, giving the potential to divide the Estate into two almost equal parts, without compromise.  The degree of flexibility offered by the  Estate may also have benefits for future inheritance planning and investment strategy.

Lotting Schedule

Section A – The Sutton Hall Estate

Lot 1           Sutton Hall                                 44.45 acres (17.99 Ha)
Lot 2           Land at Sutton Hall Estate    1,045.82 acres (423.30 Ha)
Lot 3           Nut Tree Farmhouse                1.91 acres (0.77 Ha)
Lot 4           Longacre                                     0.50 acres (0.20 Ha)
Lot 5           Middle Barn                               6.12 acres (2.49 Ha)
Lot 6           Eve’s Cottage                              1.53 acres (0.61 Ha)
Lot 7           Groom’s Cottage                        0.30 acres (0.12 Ha)
Lot 8           Amy’s Cottage                            0.14 acres (0.06 Ha)
Lot 9           Pettistree Hall Farm Barns     2.49 acres (1.01 Ha)
Lot 10         Pink Cottage                               0.1 acres (0.04 Ha)
Lot 11          Primrose Cottage                      0.23 acres (0.09 Ha)
Lot 12         Keeper’s cottage                        0.30 acres (0.12 Ha)
Lot 13         Woodhall Lodge                        0.43 acres (0.17 Ha)
Lot 14         Woodhall Farm Barns             4.86 acres (1.96 Ha)
Section A   Area sub-total                           1,109.18 acres (448.93 Ha)

Section B – Cliff Farm Estate

Lot 15         Cliff Farmhouse                        44.22 acres (17.90 Ha)
Lot 16         Land at Cliff Farm Estate       826.90 acres (334.63 Ha)
Lot 17         Land at Sutton Heath              130.52 acres (52.83 Ha)
Lot 18        Quay Cottage, Boathouse        31.40 acres (12.72 Ha)
and Methersgate Quay
together with pastures,
grazing marshes and woodlands
Lot 19        News Hill Barn                           2.09 acres (0.85 Ha)
Lot 20       Church Farmyard                      3.31 acres (1.34 Ha)
Lot 21        Forest Heath, forest
and land                                      29.28 acres (11.85 Ha)
Section B  Area sub-total                            1,067.72 acres (432.12 Ha)

Estate Total

Sections A & B        2,176.90 acres (881.05 Ha)

The Sutton Hall Estate has been owned by the Quilter family since the late 19th century. Purchased by Sir Cuthbert Quilter as part of his Bawdsey Estate, centred around Bawdsey Manor, the overall estate was assembled over a period of about 20 years. At the start of the 1900’s, the Estate, much as today, would have relied upon a diversity of enterprises including the grazing of cattle and sheep on pastures and marshes with arable cropping on the uplands, commercial woodlands together with sporting and fishing (with sea catches being landed at Methersgate Quay).  With the mechanisation of farming, greater emphasis was given to arable production and in the late 1990’s substantial investment was made in the construction of two winter storage reservoirs together  with pumping equipment and underground irrigation mains enabling irrigable crop production across the whole of the farm. The current owners took over the running of the Estate in 1992 and, since then, have both restored and modernised the Estate in a way which preserves its character and beauty whilst also making it a home and thriving business.


The Sutton Hall Estate lines the northern banks of the River Deben, to the east of Woodbridge. Located between Sutton village and the River, the Estate is situated some 14 miles to the east of Ipswich.  The area is well served by the A14 and A12 trunk roads, giving access to Felixstowe and the Suffolk Coast from Cambridge and the west and from London respectively. Sutton village sits approximately 4 miles to the east of the A12 Melton Junction, on the northern edge of Woodbridge. Ipswich and Woodbridge are both served by rail links to London. A range of shopping and  recreational facilities are available in both Woodbridge and Ipswich with preparatory schools at The Abbey Woodbridge, Ipswich School, as well as Orwell Park, the Royal Hospital School and Framlingham College Preparatory School all in easy reach. The latter also provide secondary schooling together with Ipswich High School and Culford School, close to Bury St Edmunds. The Suffolk Coast is an area renowned for natural habitats, much being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with excellent walks, beaches and bird watching. Aldeburgh, Snape, Southwold and Orford along the Suffolk Coast are becoming increasingly popular destinations with high demand for second-home ownership and rental properties. Sailing on the River Deben and nearby River Alde have long been a particular feature of the area.


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