Picturesque six-bed cottage and family home of 53 years goes up for auction

The Thatchers cottage in Filby is going up for auction

The Thatchers cottage in Filby is up for auction - Credit: Auction House East Anglia

A "picture postcard" thatched cottage and beloved family home of more than 50 years has been put on the market.

This picturesque six-bed property in Thrigby RoadFilby, is currently being listed by Auction House East Anglia with a guide price of £550,000 to £650,000.

The property, which was originally three cottages, has been combined into one spacious family home.

It was re-thatched in recent years and includes a one-bedroom annex in addition to several spacious main reception rooms and five bedrooms.

One of the main reception rooms

One of the main reception rooms - Credit: Auction House East Anglia

The kitchen and dining room with exposed beams

The kitchen and dining room with exposed beams - Credit: Auction House East Anglia

The Thatchers cottage has been in the same family since 1969 but now Andrew Davies and his brothers have decided it is time to part with it. 

The 57-year-old, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, said: "It has been a fantastic family house for more than 50 years. I grew up there so we have lots of wonderful memories.

"But after we lost our parents you suddenly realise that a home is really the people and not the place.

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"Unfortunately we just can't afford to keep it. We've had lots of happy times in the cottage but we have to move on."

This large six-bed cottage would make a perfect family home

This large six-bed cottage would make a perfect family home - Credit: Auction House East Anglia

The kitchen within the self-contained annex

The kitchen within the self-contained annex - Credit: Auction House East Anglia

The ground floor includes the lounge, dining room, kitchen, conservatory, day room, utility room, two shower rooms and a side hall providing access to a self-contained annex with a lounge, kitchen, double bedroom and a shower room. 

On the first floor there are five bedrooms, a bathroom, a large loft area and an attic.

Outside there is also a large garden and extensive off-road parking.

Mr Davies added: "It's a quirky thatched house with beautiful old exposed beams and such a lovely character but it does need a fair amount of work to bring it up to modern standards.

The garden covers 1.2 acres

The garden covers 1.2 acres - Credit: Auction House East Anglia

"We would love if it became another family home, with grandparents. It is just ready-made for that.

"Alternatively, an annex for a grown-up child who can’t afford to buy their own home.

"Or it could easily become a two or three-bed holiday home or rental."

The property will go up for auction on Wednesday, July 27.

The Thatchers cottage in Filby

The Thatchers cottage in Filby - Credit: Auction House East Anglia

Property facts

Road: Thrigby Road, Filby

Price: £550,000 - £650,000

Auction House East Anglia: 01603 505 100/www.auctionhouse.co.uk/eastanglia