Published: Monday 4th Nov 2013
Written by: Suffolk Secrets Team
Ashtree Farm is an ancient, Grade 2 listed timber-framed farmhouse full of character situated in open, countryside close to the historic market town of Halesworth. It is set in extensive grounds with a private drive leading to the property and has four bathrooms, five bedrooms.
HISTORY OF PROPERTY
The earliest part of the property is at least 15th century, maybe earlier. The parlour was originally built against a 15th century medieval hall and the house was re-modelled to form a three bay sitting room in early to mid-16th century. The house was of Yeoman status with a 15th century parlour to the west and the taller, 16th century hall to the east. The windows of the house show 17th century iron work. In the late 19th century the house was 'gentrified' to reflect the owners' wealth and status. The original pargetting was removed and the front framework brick infilled in the Tudor style to match the splendid 'Tudor' chimneys.
Of particular interest are the various decorative features including fleur-de-lis; various initials, a cross and a Tudor rose featured within the noggin*. Dolphins are carved over the front door. Various names, symbols, initials and candle burns can be seen on the internal beams. A matching Victorian Wing was added to the eastern end of the hall. The 18th century oak casement windows command fine views of the Blyth Valley to the south.
Ashtree Farm sleeps 10 people and is available for holiday lets and short breaks (off-peak). For further details or to make a reservation please click here or call Suffolk Secrets on tel: 01502 722717.
***Definitions 2: Noggin is a short horizontal wooden beam used to strengthen upright posts in the framework of a wall. It is used to prevent racking or the movement of structural vertical beams or posts. It is mostly used when building a partition wall. A word used in the building trades to describe horizontal timber brace or support. This was originally spelled nogging and meant infilling a timber frame with brickwork.