4 bedroom detached house for saleWaltham Abbey
3 Monkhams Farm Barn is a beautiful brick built barn conversion, originally part of the Monkhams Hall Estate. The property enjoys a commanding position with remarkable views over the surrounding countryside and the Lea Valley. The spacious interior includes four bedrooms, three reception rooms and an impressive bespoke kitchen.
Once a hayloft and stable building for a 16th Century house owned by the Sheriff of Essex, their country home is quiet and secluded.
From their windows, they can look out over the rolling countryside of Hertfordshire and Essex, and yet they are also within easy reach of London.
We loved the privacy of the location and the fact it was in the countryside but was also just 10 minutes from everything we needed, said the owner.
The house itself was also unique. It was perfect for us with three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs and then a further bedroom suite on the ground floor.
The brick-built stables and hayloft, thought to date back to 1820, were in the process of being renovated and converted - along with other former agricultural and outbuildings - when the owners bought the property.
It is really a small hamlet here but there is so much history associated with the area, she said.
This was one of the barns to a very important house that was home to the Sheriff at one time. Both Cromwell and Churchill are believed to have visited at points in the past. King Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson also met up there as it was so private.
CHARACTER AND STYLE
The couple were impressed with the conversion - its clever balance between the traditional and the more modern.
It was an old building but was brand new inside so it offered us the best of both worlds. It was unique, she said.
We had never had a period home before and we loved the fact that every brick was original. Each one had been taken out, cleaned and put back in. Yet at the same time it was clean and fresh inside.
The layout of the house was also ideal. We love having our bedroom downstairs. It is wonderful having that view right there in front of you.
Every room is bright and many of the rooms downstairs have double doors leading to the outside areas and the glorious views. The kitchen, conservatory and family area come together to create one key living space in the house.
We are in this area all day, she said. The kitchen is quite traditional. It is a semi-cottage kitchen in a sage colour, with granite work surfaces.
I love the conservatory too. I like to sit in there in the morning because there is lots of light. It is delightful to wake up and have breakfast in there in the morning.
Other parts of the house that are greatly enjoyed are the office, where the owner works from home, and the television room, which she uses like a snug.
The Monkhams Barns house works well for day-to-day living and for social occasions.
It is brilliant for entertaining because it is so open and it flows so well, she said. We have had some lovely parties outside too. We have a breeze house that has heating, lighting and music. We can pull the sides down if we are chilly.
We have had 12 of us out there until the middle of the night.
She added: There is a lot we will miss about the house - the location, the views, the house itself and the quiet here. I will be heart-broken when we leave.
Solid oak gates open to provide access to this pristine and idyllic development of homes and to the right you will locate number three. Originally built in 1820 as part of the Monkhams Estate, this property was converted approximately four years ago. Externally this home is very attractive with the original brickwork and slate roof giving a striking look. Going through the oak front door you will find the reception hall and porch which enjoy a distinctive modern style with travertine tiled flooring and contrasting wheat coloured walls. There is a cloakroom that has a white suite with white mosaic tiles, terracotta coloured walls and further travertine flooring. Moving on, you will find the kitchen/breakfast room which boasts bespoke cabinets in a light sage colour, creamy travertine flooring and plenty of work surfaces providing space to prepare meals. The beautiful Villeroy and Boch sink is placed so that you can appreciate views to the front. To the right of the sink is a door that guides into the larder or pantry which is finished in the same style as the kitchen, while to the right of this is the laundry room, where you will find bespoke sage coloured cabinets, an additional sink and a stable door to the garden.
Returning to the kitchen, there is an oak staircase rising to the first floor and access to the fantastic conservatory which offers simply breathtaking views over the gardens, the Lea Valley and towards Hertfordshire. This expanse is perfect for entertaining and is decorated in a neutral colour palette with under floor heated travertine tiling and French doors that can be opened in the summer time to bring a sense of the outdoors in. The family room is a quiet area that is ideal for watching television or for relaxed family gatherings, with a striking purple feature wall and French doors allowing plenty of natural light to flood through. At the back of the family room you will find a door that opens into the drawing room, a great place for entertaining with luxurious carpets, all working well with the white walls. The focal point in this room is a limestone fireplace, while original beams add a wealth of character. The study is good for those wanting a place in which to work from home, with views across the valley. The master suite is situated on the ground floor and is a glamorous and opulent room offering fitted wardrobes, along with a walk in wardrobe that has a dressing table and hanging space. The en-suite is lined with marble effect tiles and is a lavish haven which incorporates a walk in shower that has marble mosaic tiles and a large monsoon head.
Rising up the smooth oak staircase to the semi galleried hallway, the original oak beams are immediately visible, and become a feature along with the luxurious chandelier that hangs centrally in the hallway. The white walls and deep carpet continue the indulgent feel of the house and from the hallway there are two windows that look out to the front, bathing the area in light. Bedroom two enjoys a feeling of grandeur with original beams lining the ceiling, elevated dual aspect views, fitted oak wardrobes and an en-suite with a bath and shower, along with an antique sink and vanity unit. The white tiled walls have borders and flashes of pearlescent white mosaic tiles within and the shower cubicle is made up of entirely these tiles. Bedroom three offers a contemporary farmhouse feel, with white walls and an original oak beam, offset by the oak fitted wardrobes, while bedroom four has further built in wardrobes. Completing this floor is the chic family bathroom with a white suite and smooth white tiles, contrasting with flashes of smoked grey pearlescent mosaic tiles around the room. The suite is made up of a bath, WC, basin and a shower with a monsoon head. The exposed beams are present in this room and give it a slight rustic feel.
SETTING THE SCENE
To the front of the house there is a large pebbled/pea shingled drive which is edged with raised flower beds that include French lavender and other perennials. There is parking for 10/12 cars in the front of the house and two remote operated garages.
To the rear of the house the gardens are beautiful; the plot extends to about an acre and the lawn is edged by post and rail fencing. The main lawn is about 250 ft x 80 ft and is lined with laurel bushes. You will find a block paved terrace, perfect for summer entertaining and a breeze house which is fitted with heaters. At the side of the house there are three sections which comprise the dog kennel, two large raised vegetable patches and a small holding area, where Indian Runner ducks and chickens live. Additionally there is a shed and a smaller tool shed, along with a log cabin effect annexe that is ideal for teenagers or for an older relative wanting their own space.
WITHIN EASY REACH
Waltham Abbey is a vibrant town on the borders of Essex and Hertfordshire, located close to Epping, Loughton, Enfield, and Cheshunt. There is a small parade of shops situated a short drive away from the house, but slightly further afield in Enfield or Cheshunt there are a more extensive range of shops, small boutiques and some other good convenience shops, including a Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer and a Waitrose. Enfield and Cheshunt offer a range of entertainment facilities. There are a great deal of restaurants from Italian to Mexican and La Mexicana a short distance away. You will find many wine bars in the area and many other amenities only a stones throw away in Epping and Loughton
Schooling in the area is good with Albany and Cooper Sale Hall private school nearby. Further afield, Chigwell School is renowned for being one of the best schools in Essex and for younger children Tudor Cross Pre-School and Waltham Holy Cross Junior School both have good reputations.
3 Monkhams Farm Barns is within easy reach of Stansted Airport via the M11. There is also an over ground National Express East Anglia rail link directly in to London. The M25 is only a short drive away and from here you can access Lakeside and Bluewater Shopping Centres. For those wanting the bigger retail parks High Bridge is within easy reach.
We are just six or seven minutes from the M25 and eight minutes from Epping, she said. We are 15 minutes from Harlow and are close to Waltham Abbey. It is also quick to get to Bluewater shopping centre.
Waltham Cross Station is within easy reach. From there it takes just 23 minutes to get into London.
From the Crooked Mile roundabout proceed along the B194 past the Wheatsheaf public house. Continue for 200 yards and on the right you will come to a grey coloured circular house. Turn right here and a set of black gates are will be in front of you. Continue through these gates and follow the road up hill and over the speed bumps. You will come to another house and from here follow the road to the right and then to the left. You will find a large set of oak gates and the house can be found behind these to the right.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is EN9 2EP.
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