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5 bedroom detached house for sale
Rye Hill Road
- FIVE BEDROOMS
- THREE RECEPTION ROOMS
- FABULOUS KITCHEN
- EN SUITE TO MASTER
- DETACHED BARN
- APPROXIMATELY 3 ACRES OF GROUNDS (STMS)
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 3217 SQ. FT
Lyn Reed likes nothing better than to throw open the doors of the pretty garden
room at Rye Hill House to just enjoy the views and watch the wildlife.
The views from here are fantastic, she said. The house is set in three acres of land and I do get to see a lot of visiting wildlife from deer to lots of different birds.
Parts of Rye Hill House, which is just 10 minutes from Epping, date back to the Georgian period, and, since moving in 10 years ago, Lyn has lovingly restored the property from top to bottom to enhance its existing character.
I know the house dates back to the 1750s, she said. In fact, I have some photographs of the house taken in the 1960s which show its original shape.
REVERSAL OF ROOMS
The house boasts five spacious bedrooms, a large open living area, bespoke kitchen and outside there is an L-shaped barn complex, which offers scope for development.
The house is primarily a family home with a very warm and welcoming feel to it, she said.
In renovating the house, Lyn changed the layout of the rooms on the ground floor.
Basically, we moved the kitchen to the other side of the house to take advantage of the views and made the rooms at the other side into one big living area, where the space can be divided up for different uses.
Extensions included adding the garden room off the kitchen and a new entrance and cloakroom facility.
Many of the house's original features, such as original wood flooring in the dining room, fireplaces, cornicing and door surrounds are still very much in evidence. All the ground floor rooms benefit from high ceilings and are large, airy and bright with a feeling of spaciousness.
Rather than create lots of smaller rooms, my aim was to have bigger spaces. I have also used strong colours as I felt the size of the rooms could take it, explained Lyn.
The fabulous bespoke kitchen has hand-painted, duck egg blue units, top-of-the-range appliances and a central granitetopped island.
I love the kitchen - and it is where I spend most of my time, she said. It is very much the heart of the house and is big enough for people to gather whenever we have visitors over.
GO WITH FLOW
The garden room, is also another of Lyn's favourite rooms. I tend to sit in that
room more than anywhere else in the house, she said. It is so warm and cosy in there and then there are the wonderful views of the gardens and fields beyond.
The impressive dining room with its original wood flooring and fireplace has been tastefully decorated and features a large glass dining table and is where she likes to host more formal dinner parties.
This house is fabulous for entertaining, she stressed. When I made the changes I designed it so that all the rooms flow and people can move around the space easily.
Over the 10 years that Lyn has lived at the property she has hosted a variety of
parties, from New Year's Eve gatherings to summer barbecues.
There is a terrace across the kitchen and dining room, which can be accessed
through the French windows in that room. When we have had summer parties
that is where we like to be, she said.
Living in such a wonderful rural location, but at the same time having easy access to rail and road networks was one of the overriding attractions to the house.
However, now that Lyn's son has left for university she feels it is time to let
another family benefit from the fabulous family home.
Living here has afforded us a great lifestyle, she said. We have all the advantages of the countryside with wonderful walks and scenery, but at the same time I can get on a train and be in London to see a West End show in no time at all.
From the approach to Rye Hill House and the countryside surroundings, you can imagine life in the property to be idyllic. Entered via electric gates to its
cour tyard parking, the striking elevations of Rye Hill House heighten your curiosity to look inside.
GROUND FLOR ACCOMMODATION
Stepping into the entrance hall, you note the cloaks cupboard and a guest cloakroom before moving into the kitchen. A range of duck egg blue units, complimented by granite work surfaces and a centre island which also houses a double butler sink, create a homely feel and perfectly suit the character of
this home. The open plan garden room means views over the grounds are offered from three aspects and is an ideal area for relaxing, whilst double doors leading to the garden create an open feel during the summer months. A useful utility room is situated next to the kitchen. The dining room, which is suited to
more formal enter taining, also has double doors leading to the grounds. With a large sash window and high ceilings, the dining room feels extremely spacious and a fireplace adds to the ambience. The large drawing room is triple aspect and created around a central fireplace, meaning the room could be arranged
as two areas. An additional area, perfect for a study, is to the rear of the drawing room. A second cloakroom on the ground floor has access to the cellar.
FIRST FLOR ACCOMMODATION
All five bedrooms and the family bathroom are located on this floor. The master suite is dual aspect and has an en suite shower room as well as a dressing area with mirrored wardrobes. The second bedroom has a large balcony which is the ideal spot to take in the surrounding countryside. The remaining three bedrooms are all of good proportions. Being elevated, wonderful views are offered from all the rooms on this floor.
SETTING THE SCENE
Surrounded by a tall hedge, the manicured grounds of Rye Hill House are mostly laid to lawn and feature a number of shrubs and trees.
A driveway leads to a gated entrance to the property which also includes a barn, which is currently used for storage and garaging.
The house sits in the middle of its plot and all around are open fields and countryside. It also has the advantage of having its own lake.
The lake is natural and full of fish, said Lyn. It is nice to walk or sit around it on a hot summer's day.
WITHIN EASY REACH
Rye Hill House is situated just 10 minutes from Epping, where there is a London Underground station, as well as a good selection of shops and restaurants.
The main overland railway station is in Harlow, which takes travellers into Liverpool Street, and just half an hour away is Stansted Airport.
As well as being extremely close to the capital and all the facilities that it offers, the house is also within easy reach of the city of Cambridge which takes about an hour by car.
It is also just a five-minute drive away from the M11 motorway. One of the biggest attractions in the area is Epping Forest which is about a 15-minute drive away.
A number of schools, both independent and state run, are in the locality.
Exit the M11 at junction 7 and follow the signs to Epping. Proceed along London Road and take the first right onto Rye Hill Road. Rye Hill House will then be fond on the left hand side.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode is CM18 7JG
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