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Tolleshunt Major

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Property Description

Key features

  • EIGHT- BEDROOM COUNTRY HOME
  • MAIN HOUSE WITH FOUR BEDROOMS
  • FOUR-BEDROOM ANNEXE
  • SUPERB KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM
  • SET IN 3.3 ACRES
  • THREE RECEPTION ROOMS
  • ATTACHED OFFICE OR STUDIO
  • DOUBLE GARAGE WITH ATTACHED WORKSHOP

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

PROPERTY SUMMARY

An extensive detached village house offering versatile accommodation including self-contained four bedroom two storey annex. The property stands in excess of three acres with useful outbuildings. The gross internal floor area amounts to 4351 sq ft. In the main house there is an impressive vaulted kitchen/breakfast room, pantry, ground floor cloak/wc, dining room, sitting room, snug and study. Whilst on the first floor there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The annexe comprises of a sitting room, dining room, kitchen and ground floor cloak/wc whilst on the first floor are four bedrooms, en suite to the master and family bathroom. The property can be combined with access via the rear central bedroom. Outside the grounds extend to 3.3 acres which are predominantly laid to well tended lawn with a range of mature trees and shrubs enclosed by hedgerows and post and rail fences. There is an arrangement of outbuildings incorporating a detached stable block.

THE STORY

For more than 45 years now, The Red House has been a magnificent place to spend time with family and enjoy country living.
Surrounded by its own grounds and located close to the village of Tolleshunt Major, the former farmhouse dates back to Victorian times but has been beautifully renovated and extended by its current owners.
"When we first came here there were people in the village who remembered coming to the farm as children," one of the owners says. "But in all the time we have been here - and certainly for many years before us - the fields have never been ploughed, which was one of the great attractions to us. We are keen on wildlife and wanted to live somewhere we could feel close to nature and where there was plenty to see."

SPLENDID HOME

The property required significant work to transform it into their dream home but as a surveyor he could see its great potential. And today it is a splendid home, combining exquisite period features with exceptional modern spaces, and offering generous family living, which includes a self-contained, four-bedroom annex.
"It was only just about habitable when we bought it but I knew it could become a wonderful home," he recalls. "It took about a year to gain planning permission then another year to get it ready to live in. We spent about five years clearing the land, and have improved and added to the house over the time we have been here."

TALE OF TWO HOMES

The creation of the annex was the first major addition to The Red House. This saw them build what is effectively a second four-bedroom home, complete with its own drawing room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom.
"It adjoins the main house and is ideal for older relatives as it can also be completely separate, with its own entrance. Equally, it can become part of the main house, transforming the whole place into a large, eight-bedroom home, where almost all the rooms have wonderful views."

MODERN LIVING

The second dramatic change to the property was the addition of the magnificent kitchen. This saw the couple extend out to create a sizeable, vaulted space, with a beautiful, beamed ceiling and windows on three sides, as well as skylights.
"This is my favourite room: it has an island in the middle and adjoins a utility room that we created from a very large larder," he says. "We can stand in the kitchen and look out over the fields to watch the birds and occasionally catch sight of muntjac deer."
Other reception rooms in the main house include the snug, dining room, study and drawing room, with its open fireplace.
"I do like this room too," he adds. "It has an L-shape, which means you can sit round the corner and read quietly or listen to music. The annexe also has a large sitting room, and, of course, there are two dining rooms and two kitchens in this house: if you have a large family or enjoy entertaining, there is always plenty of space here."

WORK AND PLAY

Another favourite space is his studio, which adjoins the main property but has an external entrance: "I used to run a company and could work from home here. Now, however, I have retired and it is where I like to draw and paint."
Other useful areas, which could potentially have a multitude of uses, include the double garage, with a workshop attached, and a timber-framed building, where his son used to restore antiques.
"We also have two stables and a tack room, plus a paddock," he adds. "We kept horses here for years."

OUTDOOR LIFE

Over the years the exceptional family home has been the setting for so many happy occasions. Summer days have been spent relaxing on the south-facing terrace, watching the fish in the natural pond or walking or cycling in the area. The beach is just a few miles away and there are several places nearby that are popular for sailing.
"There is certainly plenty to do both at home and in the area, depending on what you enjoy," he says. "We have been here for such a long time and achieved a lot but there are still things new owners could do if they wanted to make their own mark. Planning permission still exists, for example, for an indoor swimming pool and conservatory.
"For us, however, it is now time to move on but I would love to see another family coming here to look after and enjoy this house as much as we have done."

SETTING THE SCENE

The grounds at the Red House extend to approximately 3.6 acres and include areas of garden and paddock.
There is a terrace for sitting out in the sunshine, a natural pond, a greenhouse and a small vegetable garden.
Outbuildings include an attached office or studio, double garage with adjoining workshop and two stables and tack room.

WHATS NEARBY

Tolleshunt Major is a small rural village within easy reach of Colchester and Maldon. Although enjoying a rural location the property is still easily accessible to the A12 trunk road, which leads to Colchester and East Anglia and to the South, Chelmsford, M25 and London. The surrounding countryside offers a variety of outdoor pursuits with excellent walking and cycling. For sailing enthusiasts the nearby Tollesbury and Maldon provide a variety of facilities. There are also some fine golf courses found in the region.

WITHIN EASY REACH

The nearest railway stations are Kelvedon 5.3 miles/Witham 5.5 miles which have a fast and frequent service to London Liverpool Street.

HOW TO GET HERE

From Witham proceed North bound on the A12 taking the turning for Rivenhall, proceed along Oak Road turning right at the junction and follow this road passing the walls of Great Braxted. At the next junction signposted to Tiptree turn right and then the first left into Loamy Hill Road, proceed down Loamy Hill Road turning left, signposted Tolleshunt major. Continue along Witham road where the property can be found on the right hand side.


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  • Witham (4.6 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Kelvedon (4.6 mi)
  • Witham (4.6 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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156 - 158 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

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