Courtlands is a pretty village house near Manningtree in Suffolk with south-facing gardens. Thought to date from the early 17th century, the property had a Georgian façade added subsequently to the original build.

The interior is well proportioned, and period features include a fine Georgian staircase (and a secondary staircase), beamed ceilings, exposed wall timbers and open fireplaces. The sitting room and dining room are ideal for entertaining and the house has four good-sized bedrooms.

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Outside, the pretty gardens are principally laid to lawn, and have a paved terrace area with plenty of space for seating and outside entertaining. The gardens also have a good variety of trees and specimen shrubs including flowering cherry and horse chestnut. A garden pond adds to the charm.

Stratford St Mary is a picturesque village in the Dedham Vale, an area made famous by John Constable, and is well served by local amenities including a nearby farm shop, post office stores and pubs. Colchester and Ipswich are both within easy reach and communications with London are first-rate.

The guide price is £525,000. For further information please contact Strutt and Parker on 01473 220 429 or visit www.struttandparker.com.

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