What We Say At The Zoe Napier Group:
This is a rare find. A property of real stature with an interior of unspoilt historical and architectural interest from which to enhance and improve to modern day living. There is so much potential here, not least the Essex Barn being on a separate title with its own future potential.
What The Owners Say:
This was our parents' home, which has been owned by the same family for 55 years. The time has come to pass this much-loved property on to new owners, where we hope that they will embrace all on offer. We have commissioned a RICS survey allowing buyers to make informed offers. This is available through our selling agent.
History & Background:
An instantly impressive Grade II Listed, seven-bedroom country farmhouse, situated in a slightly elevated position on a rural lane with approximately 1.82 acres and a substantial Essex Barn. The property is available for the first time in 55 years; a rare find and offering so much potential.
The house has aesthetically pleasing elevations, ranging from the attractive Georgian facade on the front elevation, to the three gabled Victorian extensions from the original core of the house, which is believed to date back to 1607. The interior offers a feast of character with attractive floorboards, an immediately impressive galleried hall with wide stairs, exposed timbers in the older parts, open fireplaces, a cellar and a super farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room with AGA, a servants' staircase, and a rear scullery.
Within the mature grounds are two outbuildings, including a brick-built cart lodge with stables lying adjacent to the house. This building lends itself to ancillary or annexe conversion, subject to the usual consents. The main Essex Barn is another great space, offering scope and potential for future residential use STP (see agents notes).
Please note that generous consideration was made when setting the guide price in anticipation that general (and some essential) maintenance and updating to the property will be required by the incoming buyer. A RICS pre-market survey report is available to potential buyers, on request. Please see 'agents notes' for additional information.
Setting & Location:
The property is situated in the Colne Valley on the Essex/Suffolk border, located on the edge of the rural farming village of Colne Engaine and largely surrounded by farmland with a wonderful network of footpaths and bridleways nearby. Located along a rural country lane, with extensve frontage, the house majestically sits in a slightly elevated position with gated gravelled access. The substantial Essex Barn is set back, lying adjacent to the cart lodge building with period stabling and parking amidst part walled mature grounds backing onto open farmland and woodland. It has a C of E primary school (Ofsted Good), village shop, Church and village hall, a country pub (Five Bells) and within one mile is the larger village of Earls Colne offering additional amenities including two golf clubs (one with gym/leisure membership), restaurants, a doctor's, post office, and Co-op store.
The larger market town of Halstead is just 2 miles from the property and Colchester (Britain's oldest recorded town) is 12 miles and Stansted Airport approximately 25 miles away. Mainline rail stations are at Marks Tey, Braintree, Kelvedon, or Witham for London's Liverpool Street.