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5 bedroom house for sale
Kingsford, Colchester, Essex
- 5 bedrooms (1 en suite)
- 5 reception rooms
- Cloakroom/shower room
- About 3 acres of garden
- Detached summerhouse/office
The Stream is situated a few miles to the south of Colchester on the edge of the popular village of Layer De La Haye with its primary school, village shop and post office and two public houses. The property is a short distance from Birch Grove Golf Club and Clarice House Health Spa. The historic town of Colchester offers a wide range of shopping, recreational and educational facilities, both private and state, together with a regular commuter train service to London Liverpool Street.
The Stream is thought to have been built originally in the late 1930s/1940s and has been substantially altered and extended by later generations. This is only the second time it has come on the market in the last 70 years. The property is of part timber frame and part brick construction with rendered elevations beneath a wired thatched roof.
The accommodation in brief comprises a reception hall with cloakroom/shower room and there is an open plan 'L' shaped drawing room/dining room with French windows opening into the pool terrace. From the drawing room sliding doors open onto the garden room which enjoys views across the lake and garden. In addition there is a sitting room, cinema room, study and kitchen/breakfast room on the ground floor, together with a side hall and utility room. At first floor level the staircase gives way to a part galleried landing and there is a fine master bedroom suite with bespoke built in Burr oak bedroom furniture comprising headboard, bedside tables and drawers. This room overlooks the gardens and double doors open onto a balcony, again overlooking the garden and lake. Adjoining the master bedroom there is a walk-in dressing room with built in shelves, cupboards, drawers and shoe racks and fitted dressing table with tall mirrors and clothes rails. There is also the adjoining en-suite bathroom/shower room. In addition there are four further good sized bedrooms. There is scope for one of the bedrooms to be converted into a family bathroom at first floor level and given the extent of the ground floor accommodation with a total of five reception rooms and a study, one of the reception rooms could easily be turned into a further bedroom given the ground floor cloakroom/shower room.
The property name is derived from the crystal waters of the stream which meanders through the garden, ultimately joining the Roman River. The property enjoys a magnificent setting overlooking the gardens (comprising mostly trees) and lake which are thought to have been designed by one of the exhibitors of the Chelsea Flower Show in the late 1940s or 1950s. Areas of lawn are punctuated by the water gardens to either side of the meandering stream and the lawns in turn give way to the lake with a mass of lily pads and aquatic plants including flag irises, reed mace and bulrushes. The gardens sweep down to the banks of the Roman River and beyond into mature deciduous woodland. The river frontage is in excess of 1/3 mile. The gardens are interspersed by plantings of a wide variety of trees including weeping willow and a wide variety of ornamental conifers including furs and cedars which provide a magnificent backdrop to the lake and gardens ensuring a year round colour and shelter. Throughout the garden there are banks of azaleas and rhododendrons, a profusion of spring bulbs providing a cacophony of spring colour and an orchard of apple and pear trees. In the woodland too bluebells are found.
Close to the house is an extensive area of paved terrace with a heated swimming pool beyond. The gardens extend to approximately 3 acres with the woodland, a haven for wildlife, extending to a further 10.75 acres.
Take the B1026 Maldon Road from Colchester to Layer de la Haye. Pass Clarice House on the right and proceed down the hill. The property will be seen towards the bottom of the hill on the left hand side before the bridge over the Roman River.