The opportunity to own magnificent properties with a heritage such as East Bergholt Lodge are rare.

Originally built in the 16th century, it was for many generations the home of the Hughes and Wake-Walker families. Admiral Sir William Frederic Wake-Walker KCB CBE was famous for his participation at Dunkirk, as well as his role in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck.

Grade II * listed, East Bergholt Lodge is thought to date from 1505. It was remodelled in the 18th century, and 20th century enhancements added a Gothic porch and Tudor style chimney stacks.

Great British Life: East Bergholt Lodge is for sale at £2.25million. East Bergholt Lodge is for sale at £2.25million. (Image: Rufus Owen/Full Aspect)

There are 10,500 sq ft of accommodation over three floors. On the ground floor are the principal rooms ¬– drawing room, library, dining room, kitchen, sitting room, utility room ¬– plus there’s a cellar and a vast timber-panelled entrance hall.

Climb the magnificent staircase to a galleried landing and on the first floor are seven bedrooms, one with an en suite; the others share a cloakroom and bathroom. On the second floor are seven more bedrooms - former staff quarters - a tank room and store room.

Next to the Lodge is Lodge Cottage, Grade II listed, timber-framed, with two double bedrooms. This is ideal staff accommodation and for the past two decades has been the home of the housekeeper of East Bergholt Lodge.

Great British Life: East Bergholt Lodge could be refurbished as an impressive family home. East Bergholt Lodge could be refurbished as an impressive family home. (Image: Rufus Owen/Full Aspect)

The grounds extend to almost 15 acres, with meadows, terraces, a croquet lawn, former tennis courts, swimming pool, pond and woodland. There are also several outbuildings including garages and a barn with former stables.

East Bergholt Lodge has enormous potential to be refurbished as an impressive family home. It could also become a perfect country house hotel, given its location just minutes from the A12 and London train connections nearby at Manningtree.

East Bergholt Lodge, Hadleigh Road, East Bergholt CO7 6QU

Guide price: £2,250,000

Viewing: By appointment only with Clarke and Simpson

T: 01728 724200