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8 bedroom manor house for sale

Grove Hill, Dedham

Guide Price £2,900,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Elegant Grade II Listed Georgian Residence
  • In the Heart of Constable Country
  • 6/7 Bedrooms Plus Two Bedroom Apartment
  • Extensive, Flexible Layout - 13,000 sq ft
  • Mature Grounds of just under Four Acres (sts)
  • Stunning Reception Rooms incl Magnificent Ballroom
  • Basement and Cellar
  • New Three Car Detached Garage
  • Lots of Parking Space
  • Beautiful Setting Adjoining Open Farmland

Full description

About the Property An elegant Grade II Listed Georgian residence located in a beautiful setting adjoining open farmland, deep in Constable Country. The accommodation comprises five double bedrooms, three bathrooms plus two guest suites (each with two bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom). Ground floor accommodation includes two large reception rooms, a magnificent ballroom, study, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom and sauna. Basement accomodation includes a large games room and wine cellar. Extensive and flexible layout extending to about 13,000 sq ft. The Grove is set in rolling mature grounds of just under 4 acres (sts). Three car detached garage with potential Studio/Home Office over. Lots of car parking space.

Fascinating History about The Grove at Dedham

The Grove is an historic Grade II listed house on the outskirts of Dedham. The earliest recorded owner was Daniel Lewis in about 1700. Joseph Eyers took over the house in 1738 and there is a memorial to his wife (who died from swallowing a pin) in Dedham Church. Subsequent owners included James Torin, then his son Robert and in 1796, the banker John Marratt. Marratt extended the house in the Georgian style and purchased more land to create an Estate. The panelled room still retains the original panelling and the timber frame of the older house can be seen behind it. John Constable sketched “The view of Dedham” from outside the house in 1803, the same year he went to sea for a month with the previous owner Captain Robert Torin. Constable knew the house well and wrote to his wife about a party he attended there in 1827 when it was occupied by William Mules and Lady Pilkington. William Mules and Lady Pilkington extended the house adding further bedrooms, the Ballroom and Billiards room. The classical friezes that decorated the Ballroom have been restored by the present owner. Subsequent owners included Myles Lonsdale, Deputy Lieutenant of Essex, Sir Robert Hamilton Lang and Sir William Collingwood (whose family owned the house for three generations). The current owner purchased the property in 1993 and has restored and maintained the house to a high standard. 

About the Area Dedham is a picturesque village on the Essex-Suffolk border and is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is situated on the River Stour and is surrounded by an attractive mixed agricultural landscape.

Dedham lies in the heart of Constable Country made famous by the painter John Constable. The High Street, with its pretty Georgian facades hiding original medieval buildings, remains charmingly unspoilt and has a thriving community providing an excellent range of shops including a general store (Co-op), pharmacy, Post Office, butcher, bookshop, cafes, restaurants, pubs and the popular primary school. There is a dentist and choice of three local doctor’s surgeries. At the centre of the village is the 16th century Church of St. Mary. There is excellent walking and riding in the area. Rowing boats are available on the river Stour which flows down to Flatford Mill and for sailing enthusiasts the river Orwell and the sea are nearby. Convenient for commuters, Dedham is just one mile from the A12 trunk road and four miles from Manningtree Station which enjoys a one hour train service to London, Liverpool Street. 

Accommodation with approximate room sizes:  


Portico Entrance Supported by Ionic columns with balustraded balcony over. Two three quarter glazed doors with shutters to: 

Entrance Lobby - 7’5 x 4’6 Light panelled walling, half glazed door with matching side panels and window light over to: 

MAIN ENTRANCE HALL - 10’1 X 9’10 REDUCING TO 7’9 10’1 x 9’10 7’9 A large pleasing hallway with elegant curved stairway to First Floor and lots of natural lighting from full length window at the far end of the hallway (lovely views towards the rear garden), four central hanging lights, dado railing, two radiators (one with shelf over), ample power points, Security and Fire Alarm control panels, timer thermostat for central heating and large built-in storage cupboard under stairs.

From Main Entrance Hall - doors to – Living Room, Dining Room, Ballroom, Study, Inner Hall (secondary access to Massage/ Sauna room areas, first floor and basement access).

The Living Room - 33’8 (measured into bay) x 19’1 reducing to 18’

A great family room with double aspect sash windows to front and “bow” with curved glazed doors to terrace and two curved sash windows to side - pleasant views over rear gardens. Beautiful tiled open fireplace with inset coal effect gas fire, painted wooden surrounds, three radiators, TV VHF Satellite and Telephone points, ample power sockets, picture rail, detailed cornicing, original ceiling rose, two Flemish style chandeliers, connecting door through to:

The Dining Room - 24’5 x 18’8 (pictured on page 4)

A super entertaining room with interconnecting doors to the Main Entrance Hall, Living Room and Ballroom. Two large full length sash windows with garden/terrace views. Detailed cornicing, ceiling rose with Flemish style chandelier – two glass rose lights, two radiators, ample power points, connecting doors to:

The Magnificent Ballroom - (20 ft ceiling height) 39’10 (measured into bay window) x 19’10 (reducing to 19’4)

A truly impressive entertaining room steeped in history with regular visitors of the likes of John Constable. Reproduced classical friezes. Quality oak flooring. Large double aspect – three full length sash windows to rear and second “bow” with curved glazed doors to terrace. Two curved sash windows to side provide lots of natural lighting, with views over the side and rear gardens. Large marble open fireplace with grand over mantle mirror, four radiators. Flemish style 34 branch chandelier of grand proportions with eight pairs of matching brass wall lights. TV point and ample power points, connecting door to the Main Entrance Hall. 

The Study - 16’6 x 16’ Dual sash windows to the front elevation. Detailed cornicing, radiator, small shelved cupboard with telephone points, ample power points and door through to:

The Kitchen/ Breakfast Room (L Shaped) - 18’ x 13’

Windows to three elevations. Two oven AGA (oil fired) with recessed tiled surround and granite work surfaces. Inset twin bowl sink unit set in granite work surface with hand painted pine cupboards and drawers under. Stoves electric oven and 4 ring halogen hob. Full length pine dresser with glazed cupboards and granite work surface, matching pine dresser with glazed cupboards. Solid oak flooring, 3 sash windows to side (with secondary double glazing) overlooking courtyard, Xpelair controls, ample power points, picture rail, wrought iron centre light, Large walk-in pantry with double aspect windows, shelving, power points with space for large fridge/ freezer, fridge and more, fitted blinds.

From Kitchen/Breakfast Room doors off to Laundry Room and Utility Room. 

Utility Room Single drainer stainless steel sink unit. Plumbing for dishwasher, power points, window to rear (with secondary double glazing), quarry tiled flooring. Connecting door to Inner Lobby providing access to stairs to Basement & First Floor. 

Laundry Room - 11’9 (max) x 10’6 Deep two bowl Portland stainless steel washing unit with hot & cold water supply, plumbing for automatic washing machine and tumble dryer with vent, single radiator, power sockets, double aspect windows, and two connecting fully glazed doors to Kitchen/Breakfast Room.

From the Main Entrance Hall two doors lead through to two Inner Lobby areas with connecting passage to Kitchen/Breakfast Room stairs up to first floor and and two stairways down to the Basement Accommodation. Inner Lobby Areas – three shelved walk-in storage cupboards. 

Doors off to:  

Cloakroom - 7’5 (max) x 6’4  

Separate WC - 9’8 x 5’1  

Shower Room  

Sauna - x 3’9  

Massage Room - 9’6 x 8’8  

FIRST FLOOR ACCOMMODATION Spacious and particularly wide landing area.

First Floor Landing with door to stairway off to 2nd floor.

The first floor landing is of an extremely good width with three large centre lights, radiator, power points. Galleried landing area with views down towards the large window of the main hallway at the rear of the property. To the front of the landing there are double casement doors leading through to the outside balcony of stone construction, situated directly above the main entrance. From first floor landing doors off to: 

The Guest Room - 17’4 x 16’9 Attractive Victorian open fireplace, dual sash windows to front elevation, built in storage cupboard with wash basin, power points, radiator, pleasant views over front garden.

The Winter Bedroom - 24’6 x 15’10 (pictured top of page 6)

Dual sash windows (with secondary double glazing) to side with views over the gardens. Two centre lights, central fan to ceiling, built-in chest of drawers either side of the bed, radiator, built-in double wardrobe and door through to:  

(max) Shower Room - 7’4 (max) x 6’2  

The Round Room - 14’ An amazing circular room with domed ceiling, two radiators, three curved sash windows with super views over the gardens and open countryside, Door through to small dressing room, with fitted shelves and window to front elevation

From the main first floor landing, up a short flight of stairs is another doorway through to an inner lobby area with built-in shelving and doors through to the Summer Bedroom and Dressing Room. 

The Summer Bedroom - 20’10 x 19’5 Curved bay window with three curved sash windows with adjacent side window (with secondary double glazing) to rear, radiator, ceiling fan/centre light, lovely views to the rear garden and over open rolling countryside, connect door through to  

The Dressing Room - 16’11 x 13’11 (further connecting door through back to the inner lobby) 

Bathroom Two - 9’6 x 9’2  

Separate WC - 7’3 x 3’6  

The Panelled Room/Bedroom - 16’11 x 15’11 Dual sash windows to front elevation with pleasant views over front garden, pedestal wash hand basin in white, double radiator, beautiful panelled walls with dado rail, connecting door to the two bedroom first floor guest suite.

Off the main landing there is a further door through to a second inner lobby with doors off to the family bathroom, large walk-in airing cupboard and the two bedroom first floor guest suite.  

Family Bathroom - 11’10 x 10’9 reducing to 11’10 x 10’9 8’  

Large Walk-in Airing Cupboard  


Entrance Hall Built-in linen cupboard, connecting door to the panelled bedroom and doors to:  

Kitchen - 8’1 x 6’10  

Sitting Room - 14’8 x 10’  

Bedroom One - 10’7 x 10’5  

Bedroom Two (single bedroom) - 7’4 x 6’11  

Bathroom - 8’6 x 5’8  

SECOND FLOOR / GUEST SUITE NO. 2 Hallway with stairs up to landing with doors to:  

Kitchen - 12’10 x 7’7 reducing to 5’4 12’10 x 7’7 5’4  

Sitting Room - 14’6 x 13’4  

(pictured on page 8) Bedroom - 13’6 x 12’10  

Bedroom Two - 14’ x 12’9  

Bathroom - 12’11 x 9’11(pictured above)  

Tank Room - 14’1 x 11’4  

BASEMENT AND CELLARS ACCOMMODATION Two staircases lead down from the Ground Floor one to the Back Hall and the other to the Basement Side Hall. 

Back Hall Slate floor, window to rear, external rear door and doors to: 

Inner Lobby Two power points, hot and cold wash hand basin with mirror over, window. 

Separate WC - 5’11 x 2’11  

Low level WC, window.  

Small Store Room (Chair/Garden Store) - 5’11 x 5’3  

Window and power point.  

Cloakroom – 8’9 x 3’6  

Low level WC, window.  

The TV Room – 10’5 x 19’5 42” plasma screen on swivel mounting, TV point, power points, three ceiling lights, window to rear garden with blind and half glazed door through to:  

(pictured on page 8) Games/Billiards Rooms – 30’6 x 19’3 Attractive stone flooring, three sash windows and blinds to rear providing ample natural lighting. TV point, numerous power points, two large radiators, seven lights to ceiling and two wall light points.

Second exterior entrance door (from the courtyard side of the property) to Basement Side Hall with tiled floor and half glazed doors through to:

Office - 15’ reducing to 11’6 x 10’7 reducing to 8’8 

Store Room - 7’11 x 6’8  

Cloakroom - 8’3 x 5’8 From the Basement Side Hall, further doorway through to inner lobby doors off to the Strong Room, Workshop and Wine Cellar and stairs up to Ground Floor. 

The Strong Room - 8’1 x 6’3  

(max) reducing to 9’7 The Workshop - 23’ x 13’3  

Wine Cellar – 16’ x 14’  

The Boiler Room - 18’3 x 11’9  

The General Cellars - 16’3 x 14’2  

OUTSIDE The property occupies a mature plot of about 4 acres (sts) being mainly laid to lawns interspersed and lined on the curtilage with mature trees and shrub borders. To the south of the rear garden there is a beautiful and tranquil pond area with two ponds and a waterfall with mature shrub and flower borders and edgings and carefully planned pathways.

There is vehicular access at both sides of the property with ample car parking to the front of the property which is secluded and tree lined from the road. There is a separate driveway leading through double electric gates to the Courtyard which provides access to the garage and the side doors of the property:

Large three car Garage - 34’3 x 28’9 (max) reducing to 18’

The newly constructed garage of brick construction with a slate roof is of extremely generous proportions - 34’3 x 28’9 (max) - with two south facing windows. Two electrically operated vehicle doors provide access to the garage from the courtyard. A third provides access through the garage to a paddock area of approximately three quarters of an acre (sts) behind the garage. Double pedestrian doors to the side provide access to the rear garden. Ample power points throughout. Further part glazed personal door to side yard/storage area.

Connecting doors within the ground floor through to Pump Room.

There is further potential home office/leisure space on the first floor (15’ x 28’9) with two opening round windows and two skylights. 

Pump Room - 10’2 x Housing sewage pumps and controls, hot and cold wash hand basin, power point.

In the courtyard there is an external canopy to the side of the property with adjacent wood store enclosed by red brick walling.

We understand from the vendor that there may be a possibility of purchasing additional farmland to the rear of the property subject to separate negotiations. In all, excluding the rear ¾ acre (sts) paddock there is car parking for easily 20 to 30 cars.  

Services Mains water and electricity are connected to the property. Oil central heating with the storage tanks built into in the cellar and there is a Calor gas tank used to supply the coal effect fire in the main lounge. Sewage is pumped to the main sewer. There are ample power points throughout and most rooms have telephone and TV points. There is some secondary double glazing and thermostatic valves fitted to most radiators. All the shutters on the sash windows are functional. There is a very comprehensive intruder and fire alarm system with remote monitoring.

Possession - Vacant possession upon completion. 

Viewing Strictly by prior appointment through the vendors sole agents: Fine & Country on 01394 446007. 

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