5 bedroom detached house for saleThe Fountain Cottage, Hockley, Essex, SS5
Withdrawn from Market £850,000
- FIVE BEDROOM DETACHED HOUSE
- VICTORIAN/EDWARDIAN RED BRICK
- CORNER PLOT
- PRESTIGIOUS RESIDENTIAL AREA
- OFF-STREET PARKING & GARAGE
- WALKING DISTANCE TO PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOLS
- WALKING DISTANCE TO HOCKLEY HIGH STREET
- 1 MILE TO HOCKLEY TRAIN STATION
- 4 MILES TO LONDON SOUTHEND AIRPORT
Full descriptionHardingEstateAgents.com are privileged to offer this opportunity to purchase an absolutely stunning piece of historical interest. The Fountain Cottage is an imposing, five bedroom, two storey, Victorian/Edwardian red brick detached family home occupying a corner position in a prestigious residential area.
The Fountain Cottage is one of only a handful Victorian properties in Hockley, none of which come onto the market often so this is a rare opportunity to own a piece of local history. It retains many of its original features including the fireplaces, vertical sliding sash windows, original stripped pine cladding and more. It has been decorated and furnished to an exceptionally high standard throughout, even down to using Farrow and Ball for the paint work! The present owners have lived in the property since 1986 so 30 years of love have gone into restoring and maintaining the property in to the stunning family home it is today.
The property was originally built in the mid 19th century c1850'ish as a bungalow with a smaller property (spring Cottage) adjoining at the rear and on the land of the main cottage. We believe that Augusta Mary Tawke (a local dignitary) was one of the original owners. Around the turn of the century Miss Tawke had the original bungalow converted to the five bedroom house it is today for the benefit of her daughter Augusta S Tawke. The fountain situated on the front corner of the property was built by the Tawke's for the horse's coming up from the village loaded with bottled spa water from the Hockley Spa and for the horse's being exercised from the numerous stables that are still in the close proximity to Fountain Cottage.
Hockley is a large, well-served village in the South East of Essex between Chelmsford and Southend-on-Sea. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book; however, is thought to have earlier origins following the discovery of a Roman coin and Saxon pottery within the burial mound, Plumberow Mount. Also of note within the village is the historic church of St. Peter and Paul dating from the medieval and possibly Norman period. The 280 acre ancient Hockley woods, now a Nature Reserve and protected as a site of Special Scientific Interest, is within easy reach.
The village itself caters for a useful range of everyday amenities, Hockley high street is within walking distance, offering bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, pharmacy's & bus stops, whilst neighbouring towns Rayleigh, Westcliff and Southend-On-Sea caters for a broader range of commercial, entertainment, shopping and educational amenities. Of particular note are the two main popular schools within walking distance (Hockley Primary & Greensward Academy) while having grammar schools for boys and girls in both Westcliff and Southend-On-Sea.
Hockley Railway Station is just 1 mile away, this provides a regular service into London Liverpool Street and Southend-On-Sea Town Centre. Not only this, you're just 4 miles from the ever expanding London Southend Airport which caters for domestic flights and international destinations across the UK & Europe. Hockley is well placed for the open countryside around and, more particularly, has a coastal landscape with the River Crouch and River Roach within easy distance, catering for numerous pastimes including walking, sailing and bird watching.
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