SSTC 4 Bed Cottage - detached 

Upper Street, Oakley Guide price £617,000

Property Features

Upper Street, Oakley, IP21 4AX
Reception Rooms:3

Contact Agent

5 Castle Street
IP23 7AN
Tel: 01379 871 563

About the Property

Dating back to the late 1500’s this Grade II Listed timber framed property offers four bedrooms along with three reception rooms and good ancillary space, all set within a lovely plot of 0.4 Acre (0.16 Hectare). Owned since the early 1970’s the property is now offered for sale with no onward chain.

  • Grade II Listed
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sitting & Dining Rooms
  • Study & Laundry Room
  • Double Garage
  • Approximately 0.4 Acre (0.16 Hectare)

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Property Details


Upper Oakley adjoins its neighbour Brome and together sit at the heart of what was the Brome & Oakley Estate. The Estate survived intact until a final sale in 1953 when the land and buildings were sold. Byways can be found on high ground, up from the Waveney Valley on the approach to Brome village centre. The Parishes of Brome & Oakley combine and cover a wide area yet have a delightful heart comprising much of the property formerly within the ownership of the Hall. A former school serves as the Village Hall where activities take place throughout the year in addition to the weekly and monthly meetings of the Parish Council, Clubs and Societies. On Friday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes a Bar is run for the benefit of the villagers and in high summer the Village Fete is a real draw. The surrounding countryside has good access to a network of footpaths and some excellent walks can be enjoyed to neighbouring Hoxne and Eye. Upper Street stretches from the Low Road to the Eye Road and is considered a quiet country road with relatively little traffic. This near backwater is ideally placed for those who need to travel to the wider area, easily reaching the A140 and A143 for road access through the region and the mainline rail station at Diss for commuting to the City. The journey time to Liverpool Street station is around 90 minutes. The neighbouring market town of Eye provides an excellent range of shops including deli, cafes and restaurants. Whilst a number of surrounding villages have a Primary School, Eye is renowned for the excellent High School with Sixth Form.


Byways is a classic thatched timber framed property dating from the 1500's and Listed as being of Architectural & Historic Interest Grade II. Re-thatched in 2009 in long straw and electrical report carried out in 2022 the property represents a rare opportunity to acquire a sizeable period house within this particular setting: a setting which does not present properties for sale often or lightly. Internally, the accommodation has evolved to provide practical and well proportioned living space and on arrival one is struck immediately by the welcoming and roomy reception hall which acts as a hub to the ground floor layout. Two principal reception rooms combine with social kitchen space (complete with Aga) plus a Study or third reception room to the far end. Good ancillary space includes built-in and fitted storage along with Cloakroom and Laundry with the first floor able to be approached via either of two staircases. Period features include exposed timbers and brickwork, inglenook fireplace and character doors. Oil fired heating is installed with radiators throughout. Outside and not apparent from the road is a detached double garage set to the rear of the cottage and a large garden extending to approximately 0.4 Ac (0.16 Hectares)

Reception Hall

Approached from a Storm Porch at the side of the cottage and an oak ledged door opening to a welcoming and good size hall which extends through to one of two staircases rising to the first floor. Useful built-in Cloaks cupboard. A panel glazed door leads outside to the garden and other panel glazed doors lead off to interior rooms. Double radiator. Attractive internal mullion window.


Fitted with suite comprising low level wc and wash basin. Tiled floor and splashback. Window to the rear. Single radiator.

Dining Room

14'1 x 11'6 (4.29m x 3.51m)
A versatile ground floor room with wide panel glazed window arrangement to the rear providing an attractive outlook to the gardens. internal mullion windows. A further door leads through to the Laundry Room.

Laundry Room

10'6 x 9'9 (3.20m x 2.97m)
With rear lobby and built-in cupboard. Fitted worktop with single drainer sink unit, plumbing for washing machine and additional appliance space. Two sets of wall cupboards. Fitted water softener.

Sitting Room

15'10 x 13'9 (4.83m x 4.19m)
A classic timbered reception room with exposed inglenook fireplace complete with wood burning stove along with timbers including ceiling timbers with a headroom of approximately 5'9 to the underside of the bridging beam and 6'2 to underside of ceiling joists (approximately). Two windows provide natural light from the front elevation and an outlook to the hedged front garden. Two double radiators. Shelved recess. A stairwell door leads to the second staircase along with a further door leading through to the Study.


14'10 x 11'1 Max 8' Min. (4.52m x 3.38m Max 2.44m Min.)
With principal windows to front and side elevations along with a further, smaller window to the rear. Exposed ceiling timbers. Understairs cupboard and recess with hanging rail. Telephone point. Double radiator. Headroom to underside of bridging beam 5'7 and 5'10 to underside of joists (approximately).


14'9 x 14'6 (4.50m x 4.42m)
Fitted around four walls in units featuring solid timber fronts creating extensive cupboard and drawer storage options along with wall cupboards to match. Single drainer sink unit with drainer bowl and mixer tap along with unsoftened drinking tap. Plumbing for dishwasher. Built-in eye level double oven and four ring electric hob in addition to a Rayburn Royal oil fired range cooker complementing the Starflow oil fired boiler supplying domestic hot water and radiators and located within the walk-in cupboard to the side of the main chimneybreast. Windows to both front and side elevations numbering three in total. Telephone point. Recess beneath stairs with integrated drawer system. A character space with exposed ceiling timbers allowing a headroom beneath ceiling joists of approximately 6'5.

First Floor Landing

Approached via a staircase rising from the hall alongside the main chimneybreast part of which has exposed red brickwork. The landing contains an area of shelving along with exposed timbers and doors leading of to three of the four bedrooms and shower room.

Bedroom 1

15'5 x 13'7 (4.70m x 4.14m)
A cracking room with semi vaulted ceiling, traditional with this style of property along with exposed wide floorboards and evidence of a mullion window, now concealed. A dormer window provides an outlook to the front and being the middle of three dormers, creates the attractive front elevation. Double radiator. Cupboard built-in to side of chimneybreast. A further door leads to the 2nd stairs rising from the the sitting room serving this room and Bedroom 4.

Bedroom 2

12'10 x 12'4 (3.91m x 3.76m)
Featuring a dormer window to the front elevation along with a gable window towards the drive. A further semi vaulted room complete with vanity wash basin, built-in airing cupboard with hot water storage tank and shelving, access to loft space. Double radiator. Two single and one double wall lights.

Bedroom 3

13'3 x 11'3 to back of wardrobes. 10' to wardrobe (4.04m x 3.43m to back of wardrobes. 3.05m to wardr)
With window to the rear elevation and a view of the gardens. Shave point. Built-in four door wardrobes.

Shower Room

Fitted with a suite comprising low level wc plus vanity wash basin and oversized shower enclosure with Mira Sport shower unit fitted. Velux window. Double radiator.

Bedroom 4

15' x 11'6 (4.57m x 3.51m)
Approached from the second staircase, rising from the sitting room or from Bedroom 1. A further character room with semi vaulted ceiling and exposed timbers plus further dormer window to the front elevation along with a window to the rear. Double radiator.


Byways is set nicely back from Upper Street behind a well established front hedge. A driveway leads off the road past the cottage and turns right towards a DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE. In addition to providing access the drive will accommodate a number of vehicles and two parking/turning spaces are tucked to one side. The gardens extend away to the rear and are well established and extend to approximately 0.40 Acres (0.16 Hectares) and contain a wide range of shrubs, trees and plants within the lawn along a pond. A Garden Shed will remain along with Greenhouse and behind the garage lies the oil storage tank and a Log Store.


The vendor has confirmed that the property benefits from mains water, electricity and drainage.

Wayleaves & Easements

The property is sold subject to and with all the benefit of all wayleaves, covenants, easements and rights of way whether or not disclosed in these particulars.

Important Notice

These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and should not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. Harrison Edge has no authority to make or give in writing or verbally any representations or warranties in relation to the property. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. No assumptions should be made that the property has all the necessary planning, building regulation or other consents. Harrison Edge have not carried out a survey, nor tested the services, appliances or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise. In the interest of Health & Safety, please ensure that you take due care when inspecting any property. See also notes on Viewing below relative to Covid-19

Postal Address

Byways, Upper Street, Oakley, IP21 4AX

Local Authority

Mid Suffolk District Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX. Telephone:+44 (0) 300 123 4000

Council Tax

The property has been placed in Tax Band F.

Tenure & Possession

The property is for sale freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

Fixtures & Fittings

All items normally designated as tenants fixtures & fittings are specifically excluded from the sale unless mentioned in these particulars.


By prior telephone appointment with the vendors agent Harrison Edge T: +44 (0)1379 871 563 07542 965 660 *** Covid-19 - No more than two related viewers will be admitted to the property and assurances must be provided neither party has Covid-19 symptoms or has suffered from the illness. Viewers must bring with them appropriate PPE. ***


From Eye Town Centre follow the B1077 north turning right to Brome village. At the crossroads turn right into Rectory Road. Passing Oaksmere, the former Dower House to Brome Hall, continue for approximately 1.5 miles through Brome village, passing Brome Hall drive after which Byways will be found on the right just the drive to Pecks Farmhouse.


Simon Harrison
T: +44 (0)1379 871 563
M: 07542 965 660


From Eye Town Centre follow the B1077 north turning right to Brome village. At the crossroads turn right into Rectory Road. Passing Oaksmere, the former Dower House to Brome Hall, continue for approximately 1.5 miles through Brome village, passing Brome Hall drive after which Byways will be found on the right just the drive to Pecks Farmhouse.


By prior appointment with the vendors agent Harrison Edge T: +44 (0) 1379 871563

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