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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Penlan Hall Lane, Fordham, Colchester, CO6

Sold STC £1,450,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 4 reception rooms
  • kitchen/breakfast room
  • 5 bedrooms (2 en suite)
  • cellar
  • beautiful landscaped gardens & paddocks
  • heated swimming pool & pool house
  • studio
  • double garage
  • About 2.5 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An elegant period country house in an elevated rural situation with distant views.


Suttons is situated to the west of the village of Fordham in open countryside a delightful rural situation. Local shopping facilities are provided in Fordham where there is a village shop and Earls Colne, and there is a Sainsbury's 4 miles distant at Stanway with a more extensive range of shopping and recreational facilities in Colchester. A good range of private and state schools are within easy reach including a primary school at Fordham, Holmwood House Preparatory School at Lexden, and Colchester Royal Grammar School and Colchester County High School for Girls. For the commuter there is a train service from Marks Tey or Colchester to London's Liverpool Street and Stratford. There is access onto the A120 at Little Tey and onto the A12 at Marks Tey.


Suttons is listed as being of Architectural or Historical Interest Grade II and is believed to date from the 17th century. Constructed of a timber frame under a peg tiled roof with rendered elevations, the house provides well proportioned accommodation with sash windows, a symmetrical front elevation and an elegant lead roofed porch. Access from the parking area leads through a spacious lobby/orangery to the ground floor living space. The reception /sitting room has double doors opening into the dining room, both of which have fireplaces. An adjacent well fitted kitchen/breakfast room has an AGA. From the lobby/orangery there is a cloakroom, utility room and a boot room/shower room with a door to outside. Off the inner hall is a door through to the morning room and bespoke Amdega conservatory which overlooks the main garden. There is also a cellar presently used for wine storage. The first floor is reached by a staircase to a large landing illuminated by a skylight/lightwell. Off the landing is the master bedroom suite (comprising a bedroom and en suite shower room and dressing area), with four further bedrooms (one with an en suite bathroom) and a family bathroom. All the upstairs rooms have views over the surrounding countryside.

Suttons is approached over a gravel drive with a parking area for a number of cars and a double garage with wc. The gardens are a particular feature of the property. To the north is a "wild" garden interspersed with a variety of trees and shrubs and to the front of the house, set behind a high beech hedge, is a low maintenance designed gravel garden. A gate leads through to the south-facing formal parterre garden adjacent to the conservatory comprising low box hedges enclosing rose beds connected by gravel pathways. Through a rose-clad brick pergola is the main garden laid out with a lawn area surrounded by flowers and shrub borders with a variety of trees including medlar, quince, mulberry and magnolias. A central flower bed is enclosed on one side by a beech hedge and to the south by a yew hedge. To the east of the house a terrace opens out onto a further lawn area and kitchen garden. To one side is a fruit cage, greenhouse and potting shed and to the other a studio, workshop and orchard. A path through the orchard leads to the sheltered swimming pool and pool house, beyond which is the pond garden with a gazebo. To the north and east of the gardens are paddocks.

Note - Electricity for the swimming pool currently runs off the farm supply but will be separated and a new electricity meter installed by the vendor.

Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil-fired heating.

Strictly by prior appointment with the sole agents Savills.

Square Footage: 3,890 sq ft
Acreage: 2.5 Acres


From Colchester take the A1164 at Eight Ash Green towards Halstead. Continue on the A1164 through the village of Ford Street towards Earls Colne and after a short distance turn right into Penlan Hall Lane. Continue up Penlan Hall Lane for about one mile and Suttons will be seen on the right-hand side.


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Added on Rightmove:
08 June 2016

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