Updated: Feb 6, 2019
The story so so far: We sold our house in Aldeburgh Oct 2017.
We finished buying (it was a long process) the "Former Stables" in Ipswich with planning permission in April 2018.
Started our restoration new-build project "Stables House" in December 2018.
What it is: It is a stable block built in 1895 for the big house at the top of the hill overlooking Christchurch Park formerly known as Parklands but now a nursing home called Norwood House. The Stables together with the kitchen garden with its vinery, forcing house and tomato house, was sold to Ipswich Borough Council in 1922 ad they kept it a store from then on, till we bought it.
The building is tucked away off Park Road down a short track that also serves two cottages which where also part of the Parklands estate.
The stable block is a fine building around a three sided courtyard with a handsome leaded cuppola on the roof. In its day the building consisted of a coach house, harness room, two stalls and two loose boxes, straw room, hay room, tool room and a dung heap. There is also a small cellar with the original boiler that heated the vinery. The large garden faces south and runs down to the park boundary. The east side is a brick wall all the way down the east side is. and a close boarded fence on the west.
What's not to like??