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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Marks Tey

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Occupying a mature plot that extends to half an acre (STMS), this wonderful Grade II Listed home is brimming with character and charm. Inside there are five bedrooms, three reception rooms, a farmhouse kitchen and a conservatory. Outside there is plenty of parking, a useful workshop, a home office and games room.

The Story
From the castings in the stonework depicting figures and scenes to the fantastic fireplaces, Godmans Farm has numerous exquisite features - but it is also a superb family and entertaining home.
It is a house with so much character but it is also a perfect party house, said Andy Haste. We have had our children's 18th and 21st parties here, and our 25th wedding anniversary party.
Andy, his wife Sue and their children, had admired Goodmans Farm from afar for a long time: We had walked past it so many times when the kids were little and it was considered the house to own in the village. It came up just at the right time, he said.
We love the fact that just about every room has got something special, whether it is the odd shaped old beams, stained glass or the stonework.


The family still love the history and character of the timber-framed, Grade II Listed house.
Some of the beams come from old ships, said Andy. The property was around during the time of King Henry VIII and there are lots of little design features, which illustrate that era. These include castings in the stonework depicting figures and scenes.
Across the top of the fireplace in the drawing room there is a beautiful casting of a battle scene in the plasterwork. It is really impressive.
The old house is large and spacious inside, and steps go up or down into each room, adding to the character.
We have a beautiful dining room with a fantastic fireplace. We have tried to keep the house traditional inside and have a lovely oil lamp and candelabra hanging over the dining table as a centre piece.


There is a large conservatory, an informal sitting room and a formal drawing room.
We go in to the drawing room to relax in the evenings. There are French windows leading on to a covered decking, where it is wonderful to sit and enjoy the last sun of the day.
The large traditional farmhouse kitchen is the hub of the house where everyone tends to congregate.
Off the kitchen is the large conservatory. We have a decked area, which has a hot tub and barbecue section. It is perfect for socialising.


Upstairs, the master suite has a stunning stained-glass window, which creates a beautiful morning light.
There is lots of stained-glass in the house and in our room the stained-glass is an old hunting scene. The sun comes streaming through it in the morning and the colours are amazing, shining right over our bed, he said.
One of the bedrooms is only accessibly via its own private staircase from the kitchen.
It is a really cute bedroom, which is perfect for when teenagers have their friends to stay or for overnight guests.


In the garden, there is an office and a great games room.
It is a super house for having kids in. The children loved it as we came here as they moved in to their teenage years. For Andy and Sue, it has been the perfect house too - and they will be sad to leave.
We will miss everything about it but it is just too big for us now as the children have left home. It really is a lovely house and I can't imagine finding another one to match it.


Godmans Farm is situated amid well tended gardens and set back from the road, screened by mature conifers. Taking the imposing heavy timbered door with carved spandrels, you find the entrance hall where a wealth of exposed stud work and timbers is indicative of what lies beyond. The drawing room oozes character, with a beamed ceiling, further exposed stud work and an antique feature pine/cast iron fireplace creating a warm and cosy ambience. This room has a triple aspect allowing the south westerly sun to flood into the room, while French doors open onto the delightful canopied decking area which overlooks the garden.

Across the hall is the family room, which is used frequently by the current owners due to its welcoming atmosphere. The room boasts a mellow red brick fireplace with bressumer and a wood burning stove which heightens the inviting appeal, while a heavily timbered ceiling and exposed stud work generate a wealth of charm. Additionally a dual aspect provides pleasant views over the front and rear gardens. From here a door gives access to an inner hall which flows between the kitchen and the dining room. The dining room is a great space for entertaining family and friends with the capacity for up to twelve people and views over the front garden. There is a red brick fireplace with bressumer and a wood burning stove, ornamental niches with a heavy timbered ceiling, exposed stud work and an original mullion window.

Before stepping into the farmhouse kitchen you will note a cloakroom/shower room on your left hand side. The kitchen has been sympathetically designed and has an impressive vaulted ceiling exposing the joists, rafters and the mellow red brick chimney breast which has an alcove for the range and a moulded bressumer. The custom made kitchen is fitted with an array of built in cupboards offering plenty of storage with wooden work surfaces. There is also a matching plate rack and a cupboard with a stable door guiding to the front. The conservatory itself offers a superb space for family entertaining and has French doors leading onto the rear garden. Stairs from the kitchen provide access to the fifth bedroom which is versatile and would be ideal for visiting guests wanting some privacy.


Taking the principle staircase to the main landing you will find exposed timbers and oak panelling along with moulded niche displays. The spacious landing is l-shaped with two windows overlooking the rear garden. Two useful built in cupboards provide storage and one of these also provides access to the loft. All four bedrooms are doubles and enjoy plenty of exposed timbers and stud work. Additionally all of the bedrooms have hand basins with the fourth bedroom boasting an en-suite shower. This floor is completed with a generous family bathroom.

In the large Essex village of Marks Tey, Godmans Farm is set in half an acre of land.
The house is set well back from the road screened by mature conifers and a gravel driveway gives access, via a five bar gate to a large parking area, which in turn provides secondary vehicle access onto Godmans Lane. There are useful outbuildings incorporating a workshop, home office and attached games room.
It was great for the kids growing up and even now when they come home, we go in there for a game of pool or darts, said Andy.
The gardens are principally laid to lawn and wrap around the property with an impressive weeping willow, various flowers and shrubs, as well as an ornamental pond.

Godmans Farm is situated in the highly regarded village of Marks Tey, with excellent links to the A12. The popular Marks Tey railway station is within walking distance with direct links to London's Liverpool Street. There is also the locally well renowned food store and general shopping facilities.
The historic town of Colchester is only 15 minutes away and boasts excellent shopping, restaurants, bars and fascinating heritage. It is also just 30 minutes to Chelmsford and 35 minutes from coastal resorts, such as Clacton and Frinton.
Ipswich is within easy reach offering an good range of shopping and recreational facilities, whilst the A120 provides good access to Stansted airport, the M11 and link roads.

(39'4) From the A12 towards Ipswich take the exit at junction 25/Marks Tey. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Coggeshall Road/A120 and continue to follow for approximately
0.9 miles where the property will be found on your left hand side just after the petrol station on your right hand side.

For those with satellite navigation the postcode is CO6 1LT.

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