Grand Suffolk coastal estate with major resi potential offered for £5m

Grade II* listed former school on Suffolk's Heritage Coast is a "remarkable opportunity"

Bawdsey Manor, a turreted Grade II* listed former school in a righteous Suffolk seaside setting, has come to market for £5m, with selling agent Knight Frank flagging that it has a huge amount of potential for all sorts of buyers – including as a resi development or an epic private residence.

The estate, which covers 144 acres of Suffolk Heritage Coastline, comes with 78,000 square feet of principal buildings. These include the striking main manor house overlooking the mouth of the River Debden, a former stable courtyard, extensive additional educational buildings, cottages at Bawdsey Quay, as well as the boathouse café and storage, together with a slipway/jetty.

The design of the Manor House was originally conceived by a local architect, William Eade, and intended as a holiday home for the owner, MP, stockbroker and sailing nut William Cuthbert Quilter. Quilter also had a steam-powered chain ferry built across the Debden to make it easy to reach Felixstowe train station, and made Bawdesy his main home a few years later. 

The property and grounds were sold in 1937 by the Quilter family to the Air Ministry, who used it as a research station and it was at Bawdsey Manor where the ground-breaking radar technology was first developed and used during WWII.

Following brief closure, the manor was used as an air defence unit from 1979 to 1986. In 1994, the MOD sold the estate and the current owner who relocated his international school, from Harlow, Essex to Bawdsey Manor. The site was home to Alexanders College until the college closed in 2016.

Knight Frank’s country estate and institutional divisions have teamed up to market the Bawdsey estate, aiming too target a pretty broad spectrum of buyers from global leisure operators and institutions to resi developers and private individuals. The property is being sold off in lots or as a whole, with “areas of the estate that have potential for redevelopment and refurbishment.”

Emma Cleugh, Partner and Department Head of Knight Frank’s Institutional Consultancy department: “Bawdsey Manor has a very varied combination of land and buildings from the Grade II* listed manor house and stable block with formal gardens, to the various outlying buildings and land that have historic associations with the use of the property as a school and by the RAF during the war.  The property now presents a remarkable opportunity to the market and we anticipate interest from a number of different sectors from the UK and overseas.”

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