One of the most important & historically significant Grade I listed houses in sought-after Lavenham with stunning period features, lovely south facing gardens of about 0.39 acres, outbuildings & parking. Also, made famous for its appearance in the Harry Potter films.
De Vere House is an outstanding Grade I listed property steeped in history and, more recently, made famous for its appearance in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. Even though Lavenham is synonymous with fine timber framed houses, De Vere House stands out as one of the most prestigious with its beautiful façade and significant period features throughout. The façade is jettied with exposed timbers, brick nogging (herringbone design), leaded mullions and ornate carved timbers. The front door of De Vere House is one of its most notable features and appears in numerous guide books and Treasures of Britain. Internal Medieval and Tudor features include a massive timber frame, fireplaces, wall paintings and a rare stone spiral staircase with carved brick hardrail. The property currently comprises 2 halves which can easily be returned to one family home as it has 2 connecting doors. The smaller wing has previously been a successful holiday let property and comprises: a reception hall, drawing room, kitchen/dining room, 2 bedrooms and 2 ensuite bathrooms. Te principal wing comprises: a stunning hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, 3 first floor bedrooms, family bathroom, cloakroom, vaulted attic bedroom 4 and an ensuite shower room.
The house takes its name from the De Vere family and had previously been known as Oxenford House and Oxford House. In Medieval times the De Vere family were the second richest family after the King and were responsible for creating much of Lavenham’s medieval grandeur. They also built Castle Hedingham Castle and an ancestor, Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford is widely believed to be the true author of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare. Believed to have originally been built by the 12th Earl, De Vere House was subsequently modified by John De Vere, the 13th Earl of Oxford, and probably provided a hunting lodge.
In more recent years, this historically important house has been featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Forming part of Godric’s Hollow, De Vere House can be seen opposite a fictional graveyard with a Christmas tree in the window, with lights on and music emanating. Deservedly, De Vere House proudly stands as one of Lavenham’s most prized properties to this day.
The garden of about 0.4 acres forms a further delightful feature. There is a well-stocked south facing garden and large alfresco dining terrace to the rear of the house with typical English country cottage plantings including honeysuckle, roses, lavender and irises. A brick path leads passed a small lawn under an arch to a generous expanse of grass with mature trees, an old stable, garden stores and a kitchen garden. This area is currently home to a wonderful collection of chickens. There is a useful driveway to the side and it would be possible to create a more defined parking area and garaging on the rear grassed area if required and subject to the necessary consents.
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