The elegant house – one of the most attractive homes to come to the market in East Anglia, according to selling agent Bidwell – is set in beautiful parkland and after the second world war was owned by Mr Blackwell of Crosse and Blackwell fame.

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He rescued historic fireplaces from the Polish Embassy in London, which can be found today in the sitting room.

The Hall is mainly circa 1800, incorporating part of a 17th or 18th century house at the back and a Victorian extension. A pair of semi-detached three-bedroom cottages, one with a conservatory, also is included in the sale.

The current owner’s father bought the house in 1952 and it is now a friendly family home with six bedrooms, kitchen/breakfast room, sitting and drawing rooms and reception hall. The second floor has scope for the store and attic rooms to be transformed into more accommodation.

Set in about 20 acres, Brinkley Hall is six miles from Newmarket and is ideal for equestrians with a stable block and yard and additional stables with a barn.

Green fingered potential buyers will appreciate the sweeping lawns with an imposing chestnut avenue planted to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo, old walled kitchen and herb gardens. In the 1800s a row of limes and copper beeches were planted. The limes were dubbed the Twelve Apostles, but sadly only five have survived the 1987 gales.

Fast trains run to London in under an hour from Cambridge and Whittlesford stations and the house itself is in a good position in Brinkley close to the village church.

The guide price is £3m. For more details contact Bidwells 01223 841842, www.bidwells.co.uk.

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