A former charity school endowed in the late 18th Century by the Reverend ....Samuel Horsemonden and his wife for a school master and school mistress to teach ten poor boys and ten poor girls. It was built in about 1805 by the Reverend John Eveleigh Provost of Oriel College Oxford and two additional school rooms were added in the 1830's and the 1870's. After the school closed in 1915 it was used as parish rooms for many years before being converted to a single dwelling in 1982.
This delightful listed grade 11 property enjoys wonderful outstanding distant views to the rear over the surrounding countryside towards Maldon. Within the village of Purleigh there is the renowned Bell public house, church and the local post office/village store.
The Accommodation Comprises -
An arched brick entrance leads to the recessed entrance porch with a tiled floor and outside light. A wooden entrance door with glazed panels above then opens to the reception hall.
Reception Hallway - 4.47m x 2.79m reducing to 1.42m (14'8 x 9'2 reducing to 4'8 )
A bright and spacious reception hall with a velux window above allowing light into the area with dado rail, double banked radiator, two wall light points. The hall also enjoys a partially vaulted ceiling giving the impression of space, built in double cloaks cupboard with circuit breaker board.
Ground Floor Bathroom -
With a white panel bath and a corner shower tray with sliding shower doors and matching side panels, wall mounted shower controls and shower head. White low level flushing WC with wooden seat, white pedestal wash hand basin with tiled splashback. The bathroom is fully tiled to three walls in a light tiling with an occasional pattern tile and a decorative border tile. Tiled floor, window to the entrance porch, small strip light and shaver point, radiator. Four recessed downlighters, access to insulated loft space.
Bedroom One - 5.33m x 4.14m (17'6 x 13'7 )
An outstanding room with a secondary double glazed four-section window to the front elevation. An interesting feature to the room is the three arched windows to the side elevation, two radiators, partially vaulted ceiling and two wall light points.
Sitting Room - 7.24m x 4.78m (23'9 x 15'8 )
An wonderful room situated at the rear of the house with excellent views over the rear garden and distant views over the surrounding countryside. A recessed fireplace with Jotul log burner, raised brick hearth and a pine finished display mantel. A feature of the room is the high vaulted ceiling with two supporting crossbeams. Secondary double glazed sash window to the side elevation with radiator beneath and a secondary double glazed sash window to the rear elevation with views overlooking the gardens and radiator below. Another interesting feature to the room is the arched small pane window above the window to the side elevation. Three wall light points, TV point, dado rail. Built in double storage cupboard to one side of the fireplace. From the sitting room a pair of full height pine finished double doors with separate personal door to one side opens to the dining room.
Dining Room - 4.80m x 2.90m (15'9 x 9'6 )
These doors open to provide a good through room if required and were an original feature of the school house. Secondary double glazed sash window to the rear elevation with radiator below. Coved cornice to ceiling with molded ceiling rose, three wall light points, stained floor boards. From the dining room a door opens to the kitchen/family room.
Kitchen/Family Room - 8.74m x 3.66m (maximum measurements) (28'8 x 12'0 (maximum measurements))
A most impressive room situated at the rear of the house providing a wonderful outlook over the rear garden with distant views over the surrounding countryside for many miles. A range of fitted worktops with cream finished drawers and cupboards beneath with a single drainer, single bowled stainless steel sink unit with cupboards below. Space and plumbing for automatic dishwasher and free standing fridge or freezer. Set into the worktop is a Proline four-ring electric hob with extractor hood and light above. To the opposite wall there is a further range of work surfaces with two cupboards and four drawers below, Neff electric double oven with cupboard below and above, matching eye level wall cupboards to one side with concealed lighting beneath and corner display shelving. Two further eye level wall cupboards with concealed lighting beneath. From the kitchen there are excellent views over the rear garden through a secondary double glazed window. A brick chimney breast surround with raised brick hearth and Camray oil fired boiler supplying domestic hot water and central heating. To the far end of the kitchen there is a small pane glazed door leading out to the rear garden and a utility area providing a white butler sink unit, adjacent work top with space and plumbing beneath for automatic washing machine. Secondary double glazed sash window to the side elevation, radiator, log burner with slate hearth. Light tiled surround to the work surface, kitchen area with a matching tiled surround to the butler sink unit and work surface. Three florescent strip lights, central heating programmer controls. To one corner of the room is a built in pantry with shelving, wine rack and light. Vinyl wood effect flooring.
Rear Hall -
With a wooden entrance door with two glazed panels to the front elevation, stone flooring, radiator, cloaks rail. door to kitchen and to the study. This was the original entrance for the school children.
Living Room - 4.37m x 4.17m (14'4 x 13'8 )
With a secondary double glazed sash window to the front elevation, radiator. A feature of the room is the red brick fireplace surround with open fire and brick hearth. A painted spindle balustraded staircase with exposed studwork to the adjoining wall leads to the first floor with an excellent range of fitted bookshelves beneath the staircase. From the living room there is also a door to the main reception hall.
Study - 4.14m x 3.20m (13'7 x 10'6 )
With a secondary double glazed sash window to the front elevation with radiator below. Original brick fireplace extending floor to ceiling with brick hearth. At present the chimney breast is boarded up. To one side of the fireplace there are two storage cupboards.
Access to insulated loft space. Original built in wardrobe with hanging rail.
Bedroom Two - 4.45m x 4.34m (14'7 x 14'3 )
With a sash window to the front elevation from which there are distant views over the surrounding countryside, radiator below. Two single fitted wardrobes, central bed recess with two storage cupboards over. Recess with oval wash hand basin with chromium finished mixer taps and double storage cupboard below, tiled surround to the wash hand basin area. Built in airing cupboard with insulated hot water tank, immersion heater and shelving, further storage cupboard to one side. A step up to the shower cubicle with a fully tiled shower area, sliding shower door, wall mounted shower controls and shower head.
Bedroom Three - 4.45m x 4.01m reducing to 2.90m (14'7 x 13'2 reducing to 9'6 )
With a sash window to the front elevation providing a pleasant aspect with excellent distant views, radiator below. To one corner of the room there is fitted wash hand basin with tiled splashback and double storage cupboard below and original fireplace.
Bedroom Four - 3.40m x 3.12m (maximum measurements) (11'2 x 10'3 (maximum measurements))
With a secondary double glazed window to the side elevation and a secondary double glazed small pane window to the rear elevation from which there are outstanding views over the surrounding countryside for many miles. Wall mounted wash hand basin with tiled surround, two eaves storage cupboards, access to loft area, radiator.
Separate WC -
With a low level flushing WC with wooden seat, secondary double glazed small pane window to the rear elevation with outstanding distant views. Vinyl wood effect flooring, access to eaves.
Family Bathroom -
With a coloured panel bath with gold finished mixer taps and shower attachment, pedestal wash hand basin. Tiled surround to the wash hand basin and bath areas. Frosted glazed window to the side elevation, small pane secondary double glazed sash window to the rear elevation with distant views over the surrounding countryside. Radiator, double built in storage cupboard.
Front Garden -
The front garden is boarded by a picket-style fence with a wooden gateway and a brick paviour path leading up to the front entrance door and along to the left hand side of the property. To the right hand side there is an area of lawn with a brick brick paviour pathway leading up to the other entrance door, with flower beds to the front of the property. To the left boundary is a side wall.
Rear Garden - 39.01m x 22.86m (128'0 x 75'0 )
The delightful rear garden is an outstanding feature of the house being being principally laid to lawn interspersed with a variety of colourful flower and shrub beds. From the garden there are outstanding distant views over the surrounding countryside for many miles. To the rear of the house there is outside lighting. Outside cold water tap. The garden is bounded by established hedging along the left hand boundary with hedging to the rear boundary and post and rail fencing to the right hand boundary. The rear garden measures 128 ft in depth by 75 ft in width measured across the rear of the property.
Agents Note -
The property occupies an elevated position on top of Purleigh Hill and therefore provides wonderful distant views over the surrounding countryside towards Maldon. Oil storage tank and private Klargester private sewerage system. Water meter and electricity connected.