3 bedroom detached house for saleMill Lane, High Ongar, Ongar
The Old Cottage is a most enchanting Grade II listed, heavy timber-framed, former farmhouse, dating from circa early 17th century. Full of rustic charm and in need of modernisation, it has an original red-brick central chimney stack with attached diagonal shafts and a hipped, peg-tiled roof which incorporates two matching gabled dormers to its front elevation. The property stands in approximately two acres with delightful, mature gardens, a potential paddock and timber outbuildings. It enjoys a semi-rural location, surrounded by woods and farmland, about two miles from Ongar town. Having been in the same ownership since 1983, it was the property's 'instant appeal' which led to the current occupants purchasing the house, following a seven year search for the right property. Now, with many happy memories of their stay in residence at The Old Cottage, the owners have decided it is time to move on to something a little more manageable.
Entrance Porch 9'4 x 6'4 Framed, ledged and braced timber door to the reception hall.
Reception Hall 20' 8'8 This area provides access to the kitchen and dining room and has stairs leading to the first floor. There is an oak-framed window overlooking the porch and exposed timber studwork. To one corner of the reception hall is the Cloakroom/wc which has a small, oak-framed leaded window (S).
Kitchen 11'7 x 8'3 Opening to the lounge. Leaded casement window (E) and an oak-framed leaded window (N) with views towards the lawn/potential paddock.
Lounge 19'5 x 17' The focal point of this charming room is the original red-brick, inglenook fireplace with a log-burning stove set on a brick hearth. The log-burning stove is used for the central heating (there are radiators to most rooms) and domestic hot water. Leaded windows, both oak-framed and Crittall, (N) and (W), include an oriel bay. The room has exposed timber studwork and ceiling beams. A doorway leads to a boot room area/secondary entrance, which has a stable-type external door. This area opens into the dining room.
Dining Room 17'2 x 13' into inglenook This room also has an old, red-brick fireplace with inset bressummer and a log-burning stove standing on the hearth. There is an oak-framed window with leaded light Crittall casements (S) and an oriel bay (W). As in the lounge, this room has exposed timber studwork and ceiling beams.
Landing The landing overlooks the reception hall and leads to all three bedrooms and the bathroom. There is a ceiling hatch providing access to the roof void and a small linen cupboard.
Bedroom One 16'10 x 9'10 Oak-framed, leaded casement window (W) and leaded window (S). Exposed timber studwork. Walk-through to dressing area 2.74m x 1.98m (9´ x 6´6) with exposed timber studwork and framework and small, oak-framed leaded window. From the bedroom a door opens to a further dressing room/storage area which has a dormer window with oak-framed leaded light (E) and another oak-framed window (S).
Bedroom Two 16'9 x 9'9 This bedroom has a cast-iron fireplace and leaded windows, one oak-framed, to two aspects (W) and (N).
Bedroom Three 12'6 x 6'10 Oak-framed leaded Crittall window (N). Exposed timber studwork and a secondary ceiling hatch to the roof void
Bathroom 17'7 x 5'1 Comprising, panelled bath, low-level wc and wash basin. Dormer to front elevation (E), with oak-framed leaded window and separate leaded window (N).
Exterior Through a five-bar timber gate, a track driveway leads to hardstanding and turning space (W) where there is a range of timber feather-edged outbuildings. These comprise garaging, workshop and open bays used for log storage. To the north there is a vegetable garden and large expanse of grassland with deciduous, fruit and coniferous trees. This area has potential for use as a paddock. To the front of the house (E) a crazy-paved path follows the contours of an old brick retaining wall with steps up to the terraced lawn. This is flanked by a row of attractive conifers and a specimen blue cedar is the centrepiece. Adjacent to this is an ornamental pond surrounded by evergreen shrubbery. To the south, there is a sunken garden with woodland trees, wishing-well with canopy and timber summerhouse. In all, about two acres.
Mains electricity and water (no gas)
From Epping High Street: Follow signs to Harlow and at the traffic lights bear right onto ´The Plain´ B181 (signpost North Weald). When you reach a mini roundabout, continue forward onto the High Road B1818. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A414. Continue to the next roundabout (Four Wantz) take the 2nd exit following the A414 signposted Chelmsford, then turn right onto ´The Street´ and follow the signposts to High Ongar. Turn right onto Mill Lane. Continue for about one mile and the property can be found on the right.
From M25 (J27): Leave M25 at Junction 27 and join the M11 (signposted Stansted Airport, Harlow, Cambridge). After about five miles, leave the M11 at Junction 7 and at the Hastingwood Interchange roundabout take the 4th exit onto the A414 (signposted Chelmsford). Continuing along the A414 for about two miles, at the roundabout take the 1st exit (A414). At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit (still continuing along the A414). Then at the next roundabout take the 2nd exit (signposted Chelmsford). Turn right onto The Street and then right onto Mill Lane.
From Brentwood (Shenfield Road): Start out from the A128 signposted to Chipping Ongar. Continue across four mini-roundabouts staying on the A128 for about 6 miles. Turn right onto Stondon Road, follow for about half a mile and turn left onto Mill Lane.
Epping Central Line Station: 6.51 miles ; Ingatestone Railway Station: 5.67 miles; Brentwood Railway Station: 8.1 miles
Stansted International Airport: 12.82 miles; Harwich Ferry Port: 45.73 miles
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