Situated in an idyllic, semi-rural location and conveniently situated for Hatfield Peverel main line station and the A12, a listed Grade II former farmhouse believed to date back to approximately the 16th Century with later additions. The house enjoys outstanding views over the surrounding countryside from both the front and rear elevations and offers excellent family accommodation including an entertaining area, a swimming pool, a tennis court, stables and paddocks. The thatched Essex barn has planning permission for office use and can be accessed separately from the lane. The accommodation in this charming property is approximately 4,500 sq ft including separate Annexe accommodation and the grounds and paddocks extend in total to approximately 3.1 acres.
The accommodation comprises -
Canopied entrance porch with two wooden supporting piers and a pitched, tiled roof, outside light, flagstone paved step leading to a wooden entrance door with small pane window to one side opening onto the reception hall.
Reception Hall - 3.73m x 2.67m (12'3 x 8'9 )
A charming reception hall with flagstone paved flooring, exposed stud work to the walls with supporting cross beam, double banked radiator. Trap door to the cellar. Carpeted staircase leading to the first floor. An interesting feature of the reception hall is a window to the kitchen.
Sitting Room - 9.86m x 4.72m max (32'4 x 15'6 max)
The sitting room is approached from the hall through a pair of oak entrance doors. A most outstanding room with exposed timbers to four walls with supporting cross timbers and uprights and exposed stud work to the ceiling. Two sash windows to the front elevation with pleasant views over the adjoining paddocks and the surrounding countryside. Two double banked radiators. Red brick fireplace situated to one end of the room with a recessed brick hearth, log burner and oak bressumer above. From the sitting room a small pane glazed door and window leads out to the side elevation, the terrace and the gardens. To the opposite end of the room is a fitted bar with a raised brick base, polished wooden surface, two storage cupboards below, open display shelving and upright supporting timbers. Fitted into a former fireplace recess is a range of matching storage cupboards and wine store with oak bressumer, small pane window and wall light point to either side of the chimney breast. TV point, six further wall light points.
Snug - 5.08m x 2.51m widening to 3.78m (16'8 x 8'3 widening to 12'5 )
Brick fireplace recess with open flue, brick hearth and red brick chimney breast extending floor to ceiling. Two wall light points. To one side of the fireplace is a range of fitted furniture with double opening door, shelving and glass display shelves above. Wide small pane window overlooking the gardens and terrace with double banked radiator beneath. Exposed stud work to three wall and the ceiling with supporting cross beams. To one corner of the room is matching built in storage cupboard extending floor to ceiling. Further double fitted unit with double doors and storage cupboards and open display shelving above. From the snug a door leads to the dining room and to the fitted kitchen.
Dining Room - 7.75m x 4.93m (25'5 x 16'2 )
A splendid room with flagstone flooring, exposed stud work to the ceiling and a pair of small pane glazed doors leading out to the terrace and the rear garden. Two small pane windows to the front elevation overlooking the terrace and garden with a radiator beneath. Nine wall light points. To one corner of the room is a double storage cupboard. From the dining room a pair of glazed french doors open to the garden room.
Garden Room - 3.10m x 3.07m (10'2 x 10'1 )
A lovely room with an 18ft high vaulted ceiling with exposed stud work and a pair of glazed french doors with matching side panels leading out to the entertaining/swimming pool area with further glazed panels above extending to ceiling height. To two sides of the room is a wide display shelf.
Fitted Kitchen/Family Room - 4.98m x 3.86m (16'4 x 12'8 )
Fitted to a high standard with an excellent range of Corian work surfaces with numerous, hand carved bespoke cupboards beneath. Integrated Neff dishwasher, corner cupboard with carousel baskets. Set into the worktop is a twin bowl sink unit with antique style mixer tap and integrated drainer to one side. From the kitchen there is a very pleasant outlook over the courtyard through three small windows to either side of which is display shelving and a decorated pelmet over each window with two double storage cupboards and display shelf above the third window. To one end of the kitchen is a four oven, red oil-fired Aga with plate warmer to one side. The Aga is set into a recess with a cream tiled surround, decorative border tile and an occasional patterned tile, spotlight. To the opposite wall is an ornate dresser providing storage cupboards, drawers, a Corian finished work surface, further display cupboards above, central display shelving with six spice drawers. Further small worktop to one side of the kitchen with two drawers and wine store beneath, further wall cupboards with open display shelving beneath, display shelving between the two wall cupboards. Cream tiled surround to the work surface areas with decorative border tile and an occasional patterned tile. Slate flooring, exposed stud work to the ceiling with supporting cross beams, eight recessed downlighters, TV point. To one corner of the room is a recess with space and plumbing for an American style fridge. From the kitchen a door leads to the reception hall, the snug and the utility room.
Utility Room - 4.72m x 4.42m max (15'6 x 14'6 max)
A T-shaped room with a Corian worktop and an excellent range of matching bespoke drawers and cupboards to the kitchen. White enamelled butlers sink with integrated drainer to one side, adjacent Corian worktop, storage cupboards beneath, space and plumbing for automatic washing machine. This bright room has a very pleasant outlook with a small pane window to the rear overlooking the entertaining and swimming pool area. Two small pane doors, one leading out to the courtyard and the other to the entertaining/swimming pool area. Radiator, slate tiled flooring, attractive cream tiled surround to the sink area with matching border tile and an occasional patterned tile. Built in wall cupboard with shelving. Exposed stud work to the ceiling with ten recessed downlighters. Along one wall are three built in cupboards all with light, one being a pantry with shelving, another housing the Boulter oil-fired boiler supplying domestic hot water and central heating with shelving and another providing storage for brooms etc.
Ground Floor Cloakroom -
Low level flushing wc with decorated seat and concealed cistern. Large, shaped white wash hand basin with cupboard below, slate tiled floor, double banked radiator. Exposed stud work to two walls with matching stud work to the ceiling with two recessed downlighters and an extractor fan. Recess with stud work surround and recessed mirror. The cloakroom is panelled to dado rail height.
Larder - 2.03m x 1.52m (6'8 x 5'0 )
Small pane window overlooking the swimming pool area, decorated pelmet above and double storage cupboard, display shelving to either side. Space for fridge/freezer, Corian worktop with four drawer unit. Exposed stud work to the ceiling with two recessed downlighters. Slate finished flooring.
Door to further WALK-IN LARDER with an excellent range of shelving and a small pane window to the rear elevation overlooking the swimming pool area, space for fridge/freezer, slate tiled flooring.
Study/Office - 3.10m x 4.14m (10'2 x 13'7 )
Slate tiled flooring, pine panelled ceiling with five recessed downlighters, two wall light points, double banked radiator. Telephone point, TV point. Small window and small pane glazed door leading to the garden room.
A door from the garden room leads to the Annexe which could easily be incorporated into the main house if required but at present provides separate living accommodation.
Sitting Room - 5.94m x 3.68m (19'6 x 12'1 )
A charming room with a red brick fireplace, matching chimney breast to ceiling height, log burner. Pair of small pane glazed doors leading out to the terrace, small pane window to the front and side elevations. Double banked radiator. Decorative studwork to the ceiling, five wall light points. Spindled and balustraded staircase leading to the first floor.
Fitted Kitchen - 3.23m x 2.39m (10'7 x 7'10 )
Fitted to a high standard with wood finished work surfaces and an excellent range of drawers and cupboards beneath, incorporating a large single bowl sink unit with chromium finished mixer tap. Integrated Neff dishwasher, space for free standing fridge/freezer. To one end of the room is an Everhot double oven cooker with hot plate above which is a concealed extractor hood with light set into a pine finished canopy with a rane of matching eye level wall cupboards with open display shelving. From the kitchen a small pane window overlooks the swimming pool area, small pane glazed stable door leading to the exterior. Further matching eye level wall cupboards, work surface with space beneath for storage. Stud work to the ceiling with five recessed downlighters.
Shower Room -
White corner shower tray with opening shower doors and matching side panels, wall mounted chromium finished shower controls. White Butlers sink with chromium finished mixer tap and storage cupboard beneath. Adjacent work surface with space and plumbing beneath for automatic washing machine. Low level flushing wc with decorated seat. Space for further domestic appliance, built in storage cupboard. Wall mounted Thermicon oil-fired boiler supplying domestic hot water and central heating for just the annexe. Stable door leading out to the exterior with a frosted glazed panel to the upper half, small pane frosted glazed window to the rear elevation, Flagstone flooring, radiator. Exposed stud work to the ceiling with four recessed downlighters. Shaver point. Attractive mosaic tiled surround to the shower and work surface areas.
NB This room provides a very useful shower/wc adjacent to the swimming pool and entertainment area.
Annexe Landing -
Spindled balustrading to the staircase, exposed stud work to the ceiling with access to insulated loft space. Small pane window to the front elevation, radiator. Built in airing cupboard with insulated hot water tank, immersion heater and shelving.
Annexe Bedroom/Bedroom Five - 4.29m x 3.35m (14'1 x 11'0 )
Small pane window to both the front and side elevations providing an excellent outlook over the side gardens, the front paddocks and surrounding countryside. Two double banked radiators. Exposed stud work to the ceiling, six recessed downlighters. Polished floor boards. Pair of double doors opening to a dressing area.
DRESSING AREA: Range of hanging rails and shelving, exposed stud work to the ceiling, recessed downlighters. Polished floor boards.
Annexe Bathroom -
White bath with white low level flushing wc with decorated seat, white wash hand basin set into a vanity unit with double storage cupboard beneath. Radiator. Small pane window to the rear elevation from which there is a pleasant outlook over the surrounding countryside. Shaver point. Decorated stud work to the ceiling, six recessed downlighters, extractor fan. Stained floor boards. Three single storage cupboards.
Main Landing -
From the reception hall a carpeted staircase leads to the landing with two double banked radiator, three wall light points. Built in airing cupboard with insulated hot water tank, immersion heater and shelving. Exposed stud work to one wall with a decorative tiled canopy to the landing end. Access to loft space. From the landing three steps lead down to the master bedroom suite.
Master Bedroom Suite -
Bedroom - 4.98m x 4.37m (16'4 x 14'4 )
An outstanding room with a high vaulted ceiling with exposed stud work to the ceiling and walls with supporting cross beams. From this room there is a delightful outlook over the surrounding countryside through a small pane sash window. Small pane window to the side elevation overlooking the gardens. Two double banked radiators. Red brick fireplace with raised brick hearth and oak display mantel and a range of open display shelving to one side. Wall light point. Two single built in wardrobe cupboards one with shelving and one with hanging rails. Door to bathroom en-suite.
En-Suite Bathroom -
Fitted to a high standard with a white shaped oval bath with chromium finished free standing mixer tap and shower attachment set on a raised oak finished dais. White low level flushing wc with concealed cistern. Two oval wash hand basins with wall mounted chromium finished mixer taps set onto a glass vanity unit with two double storage cupboards beneath. Above the wash hand basin is a large wall mirror surrounded by an oak frame with three recessed downlighters and a shaver point. Small pane window to the side elevation. To one corner of the room is a large white shower tray with opening shower door and matching side panels, chromium finished mixer tap and shower head. Wall mounted white ladder towel radiator. The ceiling is panelled with six recessed downlighters and the bathroom is half tiled in a light tiling with a decorative border tile and an occasional patterned tile. Oak floor boards, exposed stud work to the walls .
Dressing Room/Further Bedroom - 4.67m x 3.76m (15'4 x 12'4 )
This room could easily be used as another bedroom if required as it is approached from the landing.
Currently used as a dressing room with an excellent range of fitted wardrobes along one wall comprising three double and two single wardrobes providing shelving and hanging space, the two centre doors are glazed with fabric screening. To one end is a range of eight drawers with a display surface above. Small pane window to the side elevation. Small pane sash window to the front elevation with double banked radiator beneath. To the opposite wall are two large built in wardrobes with hanging rails and shelving.
Bedroom Two - 4.93m x 4.80m (16'2 x 15'9 )
Two small pane windows to the front elevation, small pane window to the side elevation overlooking the gardens. Double banked radiator. Stud work to the ceiling with five recessed downlighters, two wall light points, TV point.
AGENTS NOTE: This room could easily be incorporated into the annexe if required as it is accessible both from the annexe and from the inner landing.
Walk-in Wardrobe -
With light, fitted hanging rails and shelving to either side.
Inner Landing -
Two recessed downlighters, range of wardrobes providing hanging rails. This area has a partially vaulted ceiling and storage area above with a ladder, recessed downlighting and balustrading.
Bedroom Three - 4.37m x 4.09m (14'4 x 13'5 )
Small pane window to the rear elevation. Wide small pane window overlooking the garden room with a double banked radiator beneath. Two double fitted wardrobes with storage drawers beneath, single wardrobe with storage drawer beneath. Fitted worktop/desk unit with three drawers beneath and a shaped white wash hand basin in a recess with wall mirror and lighting to either side, double storage cupboard beneath. Stud work to the ceiling, seven recessed downlighters. To either side of the double wardrobes and the central bed recess is a drawer and cupboard with open display shelving.
Bedroom Four - 4.42m x 3.89m (14'6 x 12'9 )
Small pane window to the rear elevation with an excellent outlook over the surrounding fields. Small window to the side elevation overlooking the courtyard. Fitted vanity unit to one wall with a white rope edged, oval wash hand basin with double storage cupboard beneath. Two double fitted wardrobes with hanging rail, two further storage cupboards. Double banked radiator, exposed stud work to the ceiling with six recessed downlighters. The room is half panelled in pine.
Bedroom Five - 2.95m x 2.59m (9'8 x 8'6 )
Small pane window to the side elevation overlooking the courtyard with a double banked radiator beneath.
Family Bathroom -
Pink suite comprising a panelled bath with chromium finished mixer tap and shower attachment, tiled splashback to the bath area. Low level flushing wc. pink wash hand basin set into a laminate surround with double storage cupboard beneath. Shower cubicle with a raised shower tray, shower curtain, wall mounted shower controls and shower head. The shower cubicle is fully tiled. Small pane window to the side elevation overlooking the courtyard. Radiator.
Bathroom Two -
White bath with chromium finished mixer tap and shower attachment, white low level flushing wc with decorated seat. White shaped wash hand basin set into a fitted vanity unit with six drawers beneath. Mosaic tiled surround to the wash hand basin area with a light blue tiled surround to the bath area with decorative border tiling. To one end of the bath is a fitted linen bin. Wall mounted chromium finished ladder towel radiator. Extractor fan, four recessed downlighters, shaver point.
AGENTS NOTE: As this bathroom is located off of the inner hall it could easily be used as an en-suite to bedroom two.
The property is approached through a pair of five bar gates which lead to the courtyard to the side of the property. The gravelled courtyard provides a parking/turning area for a number of vehicles and leads up to a discreetly situated parking area for a horse box, boat etc. Within the courtyard are established shrub beds with a raised pebble bed to one end with shrubs adjacent to which are a range of storage pens suitable for chickens, rabbits etc. Outside lighting. This large area is a very pleasant feature of the house and to the left hand side is a double storage shed suitable for garden equipment. Adjacent to the storage shed is a garden shed with power and light, outside water tap. Adjacent to the shed and between the stables is an open fronted cart lodge area accessed from both sides allowing covered storage for livestock etc.
Four Stables -
With stable doors and a concrete area immediately to the front.
Entertainment Area/Swimming Pool -
This area is completely secluded and is adjacent to the rear of the house with a brick wall and wooden gate leading through from the courtyard.
Heated Swimming Pool - 10.97m x 5.49m (36'0 x 18'0 )
With Roman end, steps, mosaic tiled with paved surround and seating areas to either end. Outside lighting. Electically operated solar cover.
Entertaining/Games complex - 19.51m x 4.09m (64'0 x 13'5 )
To two sides of the swimming pool area is an excellent thatched entertaining/games complex providing covered seating and relaxing areas adjacent to the pool. Adjacent to this area is a large storage area for the swimming pool equipment with power and light, a herringbone brick floor, pump, filter and air heat source pump.
Pitched, wired thatched roof, power and light installed, herringbone brick flooring. To one corner is the former feed trough. To one end of the swimming pool is the continuation of the thatched entertainment area providing covered seating measuring 28'6 x 13'9 again with a wired. pitched thatched roof, herringbone brick flooring and to one end is a bar area with tiled surface. From this area a pair of double doors and a single door lead to another useful storage area with herringbone flooring measuring 13/4 x 12'4 with a wired, pitched thatched roof, power and light.
Formal Gardens -
The formal gardens are situated to the side of the house and are principally laid to large areas of lawn. Sandstone finished paved terrace with brick edging on three levels leads around the side of the property and to the rear of the annexe continuing round to the entertainment/swimming pool area. The terrace continues behind the entertainment area and leads to the tennis court. The lawns continue down to a natural pond in one corner of the garden. From the lawns a pedestrian bridge over a stream leads to the far part of the garden where there is a thatched barn. Adjacent to the barn is a further lawned area screened by established hedging with fruit trees.
Tennis Court -
A full size tennis court with an Astroturf play area.
The tennis court area is screened by established shrubs and the main lawns lead along the side of the tennis court which is screened from the lane by established conifer, Laurel and other evergreen hedging.
Thatched Barn -
With separate access from the lane through a five bar gate. Separate stable block, tack room and tractor shed. This large Essex barn, at present used for storage could have a variety of uses and, subject to planning and listed buildings consent, there is the possibility for conversion into further living accommodation, gymnasium or similar.
To the left hand side of the courtyard are paddocks screened from the lane by hedging and accessed from the stables and the cart lodge area. Adjacent to this area is a concrete hard standing providing parking for a horse box and also an aluminium framed greenhouse.
Front Garden -
Immediately to the front of the house is an established flower bed and picket style fencing with a gravelled pathway leading along the front of the house to the courtyard.
Further Paddocks -
On the opposite side of the lane are approximately two acres of further paddocks with post and rail fencing and hedging and incorporating a field shelter to one end. From the paddocks is a very pleasant outlook over the surrounding countryside. A five bar gate leads from the paddock across to the courtyard area.
AGENTS NOTE -
The grounds extend in total to approximately 3.1 acres.
Services: We understand mains water and electricity are connected to the property and there is a private drainage system.