STEEPED in a thousand years of history, Priory Park has been home to a medieval settlement, Augustinian monks, subjected to the whims of Cromwell, rescued by Wolseley and, in the 18th century, been a hub of smugglers’ intrigue.
The hundred acres of landscaped grounds with magnificent estuary views, ponds, fountains and nature trails stretching to the water’s edge form a natural extension to your own garden. Preserved as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Site of Special Scientific Interest, Priory Park is a rare and exceptional property.
Within Priory Park nestles Priory Court, the park home village. A unique residential development, it offers space, independence and security within fabulous surroundings.
You will find a wide variety of homes on ‘the Court’. This diversity of styles contributes to the unique character of the park home village. Each home has a private drive allowing ample parking next to the home. The development is of low density with the homes being well spaced apart. This provides each with a garden large enough for the enthusiast, but not overwhelming for the reluctant gardener.
The varied and different homes also enjoy different gardens, ranging from maintenance-free courtyard style, to traditional lawn with herbaceous borders.
Security at Priory Park is always there, but unobtrusive. Automatic gates close at night with access by a numbered code. Homeowners operate a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, and park staff live within the grounds. There is also a park alarm system which, if fitted, features an emergency button as well as infrared sensors for burglar alarm facility.
Within the grounds of Priory Park, along with the nature trails and woodland walks, homeowners can use the tennis courts and nine-hole golf course. The Merry Monk bar and restaurant serves as a relaxed and comfortable meeting place. Along with the park’s direct frontage on to the River Orwell foreshore, the neighbouring 150-acre country park abounding with pines, sycamores, chestnuts and ancient oaks, offers enchanting, tranquil walks.
The Priory is family owned and run. Now well into the second generation, James and Lisa Little live on the park with the third generation, Jake and Sophie, growing up fast! Why not pay them a visit...
At the time of writing properties included a 45x20 Omar Sheringham
; 44x20 Stately Cardigan Cottage
; 42x20 Permahome Guildway
; 40x20 Manor Oakleigh
and 38x20 Countryhome Lambrook Cottage
Priory Park, Ipswich, Suffolk IP10 0JT. Tel: 01473 727393. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.priory-park.com
• Fees are £149.04 per month or £1,685 in full.
• Annual service and maintenance charges include water and sewerage rates
• 50+; no resident children
• Pets by permission only for cat and/or small to medium-sized dog
This review was published in the Residential Parks Guide available with the August 2010 issue of Park & Holiday Homes. To order your copy please click here