An attractive former Rectory with an annexe bungalow located close to the centre of the village in a delightful elevated situation in about 6.5 acres.
The present owners have added a substantial detached bungalow annexe linked just through the conservatory and finished to a high standard with matching bespoke brickwork. An ideal home for two families. Heritage House appears at first site to be a large Georgian house built with traditional red brick sash windows with a clay tiled roof. However, it was actually built in 1939 and there is an inscription stone dedicated by Henry, Bishop of Chelmsford “who blessed this house on 14th December 1939” for the rector who was tds Bayley. The builders even went to the trouble of using 2” thick bricks, which were the size used in early Georgian times.
Covered porch way with a high brick archway and steps lead up the original wrought iron gate to the arched oak front door leading to the reception hall. The reception hall is ‘L’ shaped with sweeping staircase leading up to the first floor with light coming down from the large window on the half landing. This hallway leads to all the main rooms. The drawing room has French doors with fanlight above and south facing sash windows to the side overlooking the geometric gardens and fields beyond and a further arched sash window to the rear overlooking the terrace and paddock. There is a fine original white marble heavy fireplace with matching hearth and mantelpiece with working fireplace.
A pair of double doors lead through to the dining room with an arched sash window to the rear overlooking the terrace and paddock beyond and a French door out to the conservatory. The fine brick and modern timber conservatory faces south and east with views across the terrace and the gardens beyond and has wide gap double glazed windows and roof panels, a pair of French doors, four opening fanlights and limestone style floor tiling having under floor heating.
The sitting room is a charming room at the corner of the house with sash windows to the front and side looking over the geometric box hedge gardens, front lawn and drive and there is a pretty cast iron open Victorian style fireplace. A cloakroom leads off the hall with plenty of room for coats.
A study/lobby connects the hall and the kitchen, with a sash window to the front. There is a double aspect kitchen/breakfast room with sash windows to the front and side overlooking the main lawn and drive. Fitted with a range of shaker style wall and base cupboards all around with spiral pewter handles and with granite effect laminate work surfaces with multi coloured tiled splash backs. There is a hood over the cooker and also a central peninsula five seater breakfast bar. The kitchen is comprehensively equipped with a one and a quarter bowl black composite sink with mixer tap, 4-ring black ceramic hob with filter hood above and oven below and there is space for a full height fridge freezer.
There is a traditional inglenook style brick and tile fireplace housing a cast iron wood burning stove, also providing hot water, and original herringbone pitch pine block floor and door to the rear lobby. The butler’s pantry has china shelves and cupboards and leads through to the dining room. The rear porch has a half glazed stable door opening under a covered porch way to the side terrace and main drive and there is a large boot cupboard with original sliding panels.
A large landing with fine sweeping staircase leads up with the original oak handrail and a splendid 10’ high arched window to the front in Georgian style. There is a further sash window at the end overlooking the gardens, loft hatch with retractable loft ladder and airing cupboard with double doors.
The master bedroom, at the rear corner of the house is superbly placed to catch the morning sun and there are sash windows to the side and rear with fine country views, an extensive range of built in wardrobes cupboards including bedside cupboards with pull-out shelves and numerous drawers.
Bedroom two has two sash windows to the rear overlooking the terrace and paddock. Bedroom three, again at the corner of the house has sash windows to the front and side with fine country views and built in cupboards. This room is adjacent to the bathroom and master bedroom and so could perhaps become an en-suite bathroom. Bedroom four has a sash window to the front overlooking the main lawn and bedroom five has a sash window to the rear overlooking countryside.
The bathroom is fitted in a white suite comprising panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, low level WC, and oval wash hand basin. The second bathroom has a matching coloured suite comprising panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, pedestal wash hand basin, low level wc and separate shower cubicle.
Recently constructed in 2007, this is a purpose built and completely self-contained annexe bungalow with its own front and back doors and underfloor heating. The front door opens from the side terrace and there are French doors connecting through into the main house via the conservatory. The reception hall is accessed via a front door from the drive where there is a private terrace just for the annexe.
The sitting room is a lovely light room with vaulted ceiling and a deep bay window with French doors and further windows on either side, all looking onto the main terrace facing south with gardens and paddocks beyond. There is also a wonderful art nouveau polished metal fireplace.
The kitchen and dining room has a window above the sink to the front overlooking the side terrace and main lawn and a pair of French doors opening into the conservatory, and further window to the other side. The kitchen is fitted with an excellent range of cream shaker style wall and base cupboards with pewter style handles and beech woodblock effect laminate working surfaces with tiled splashbacks. Comprehensively equipped with one and a half bowl white sink with mixer tap, four ring Bosch ceramic hob with filter hood above, eye level Bosch fan oven with matching microwave/grill above and an integral washing machine, fridge and freezer. There are limestone style floor tiles, high vaulted ceiling and a glazed door through to the reception hall.
Bedroom one has windows to the side and rear overlooking the private terrace and the herb garden, underfloor heating and there is a range of custom built-in wardrobe cupboards and shelves all along one wall.
Bedroom two has window to the side overlooking the herb garden and built-in triple wardrobe cupboard.
The en suite shower room is an excellent fully tiled room with one and a half size shower tray with curtain and shower assembly, low flush WC and pedestal hand basin.
A superb bathroom has matching white suite comprising panelled steel bath with traditional mixer tap and shower attachment, low flush WC and handbasin set into vanity unit.
Outside and Garden
A particular feature are the grounds which surround the house and include fine terraces, formal gardens and then some good paddocks beyond. A sweeping carriage drive leads up to the house past the main lawn with some fine trees including a magnificent Blue Spruce. This opens into a large turning and parking area where there is the garage (22'6 x 18'6) and a formal parterre screened by a red brick wall. There is a small private terrace behind the annexe, laid out with flagstones and brick edged borders. It is believed that there is an original well bore hole under the front terracing that could be re-instated.
Behind the main house is a large fine flagstone terrace opening on to the lawn with paddock rail beyond and an ornamental pond. To the right hand side of the house is a delightful box hedge geometric garden with a timber framed walk with climbing plants. At the other end is a large rose and herb garden with raised beds and an ornamental pond with fountain. In all around 6.4 acres (subject to survey). Beyond the main gardens is a wild flower and wildlife meadow with new plantation and summer house with open views across fields. There is also a mature copse with some fine Elms leading down to some additional outbuildings and the entrance to the large fenced paddock.
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