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Easthorpe

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Property Description

Key features

  • GRADE II* LISTED
  • SIX DOUBLE BEDROOMS
  • 7,158 SQ FT OF ACCOMMODATION
  • FOUR RECEPTION ROOMS & LIBRARY
  • BESPOKE ''AGA'' KITCHEN/BREAFAST ROOM
  • "NANNY" ATTIC ROOMS
  • APPROXIMATELY 11.29 ACRES
  • LARGE TWO- BAY COACH HOUSE

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

PROPERTY SUMMARY

An imposing former Rectory situated in a convenient village surrounded by open countryside with views across manicured gardens and countryside beyond.
Set back from a country lane behind wrought iron parkland fencing, St Marys Grange has been thoroughly and painstakingly modernised and refurbished by the present owners over the last 10 years.
The well-appointed ground floor accommodation briefly comprises an elegant drawing room, impressive dining room, sitting room and study with a wealth of period features. The library opens through onto a beautiful Plain English kitchen and solid oak framed garden room/breakfast room. From the back hall there is a secondary cloakroom and a generously sized utility room.
On the first floor, which is accessible from two separate staircases, there is a luxuriously appointed master bedroom suite with a large dressing room, en-suite bathroom and separate en-suite shower room.
In addition, there is a further guest bedroom suite comprising bedroom, dressing room and en suite bathroom. There are a further 4 good sized bedrooms and 2 family bathrooms, and on the second floor there are 2 attic rooms currently used as a nanny flat. To the back of the house is the recently refurbished detached Coach House which has previously had planning permission and listed building consent for conversion into a 1 bedroom annexe and to the side the construction of a new four car garage. Outside the grounds offer a very private parkland setting amidst 11.6 acres.

THE STORY

On a warm, sunny day the owner of St Mary's Grange likes nothing better than sitting beside the tranquil lake in the beautifully, landscaped gardens of the country home.
"If the sun is shining it is simply stunning and just perfect,"
Situated in just over 11 acres of land in the village of Easthorpe, this former rectory, parts of which date back to the 16th century, has been lovingly refurbished by the owners, who bought it 10 years ago. Today, it is a magnificent family home, providing room to roam and explore for the owner's three young children. From an adult perspective, it is also an idyllic retreat with plenty of space to entertain and host all manner of gatherings. It even boasts a small wine cellar.

HISTORIC BUILDING

The Grade II Listed former rectory was further extended in the 16th century then again in the 18th century. It boasts many original features including Tudor chimneys, fireplaces in every room, and beams and leaded windows, many of which have been carefully restored to their former glory.
"The first thing that struck me about the house was the size of the rooms and the high ceilings. We could see straightaway that we could do a lot to it - it took us about three years to get it the way we wanted it."

BEAUTIFUL ROOMS

The house boasts four main reception rooms including a drawing room, sitting room, dining room and study as well as a large, linking hall area accommodating a library. Spread over three floors, there are in total seven bedrooms and five bathrooms. On the second floor, there is a flat comprising a living room, bedroom and bathroom.
"We built a new garden room with solid oak and a lead roof, installed a new heating system and refurbished all the bathrooms and the kitchen," she says. "Every room in the house has been decorated."
The bespoke Plain English kitchen opens to the conservatory now used as a breakfast room by the family.

FRENCH STYLE

The grandeur of the rooms allowed for French styling so an artist was enlisted to hand-paint a motif in the drawing room and produced delicate shades in the dining room. He also painted a child-friendly frieze on the nursery wall.
The house has two flights of stairs and all the bathrooms have been fitted with fixtures and fittings by Lefroy Brooks.

FAMILY TIMES

There are so many special places to enjoy at St Mary's Grange.
"We have masses of space here and aside from us, and our nanny, there is usually at least some other family member or friend here to stay on a weekend. Now the children are getting older and less dependent, we do find that we use all of the rooms.
"We call the drawing room our escape hatch and the children know it is off limits to them. They tend to use the sitting room for watching television, but on a Sunday in the winter, we light the fire and all hunker down for the day."
The owners like to entertain both indoors and out. The dining room has been the venue for many gatherings including shooting party breakfasts, Sunday and Christmas lunches, as well as all manner of parties.
"I love the dining room because of the way it is decorated. It has some of my favourite furniture including a beautiful chandelier, plus we have created happy memories in that room," she adds.

Across the courtyard from the kitchen is the old coach house which could be converted into a separate dwelling.
"We recently used it to host our nanny's wedding. We had about 60 guests," she says. As well as two post and rail paddocks, we also have a tennis court and in the front garden there is a flat area to play cricket."
The lake is fully-stocked and frequently used for swimming by the children.
"We spend most of our time at home. We don't tend to go away for weekends because what we have here is as nice as any hotel," she admits.

SETTING THE SCENE

Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award-winner, Thomas Hoblyn, is responsible for landscaping the grounds of St Mary's Grange. A York stone terrace runs around the house and at the front knot gardens, holly bushes and box hedging were created.
Herbs grow close to the kitchen but at the rear there are only two flower beds for easy maintenance. Trees and plants include redwoods, silver birch and chestnuts, eucalyptus and cedar, as well as rhododendrons. Next to the paddock is an old playroom, which has been converted into a studio for teaching yoga.

WITHIN EASY REACH

Colchester town centre and it's high street shops, cafes and leisure facilities is within easy reach and there is also an excellent range of schools in both the private and public sector. Colchester North Station, Marks Tey and Kelvedon station offer direct links to London Liverpool Street with services running every 30 minutes. The popular choice of schooling is either in Lexden, with Royal Grammar School, Girls High, Oxford House and St Marys Senior School, a short drive to Copford for St Marys Prep School for Girls or Holmwood House on the outskirts of Lexden. All within easy driving distance.

WHATS NEARBY

Easthorpe village sits to the south of Colchester and is a short drive to the town centre. Conveniently located for access to transport links via A12 and London commuters at either Kelvedon or Marks Tey stations. The village is surrounded by open countyside and is very popular with cyclists and walkers alike. There is a real community spirit and diversity within the village. It is a short distance from its neighboring villages of Messing and Copford that both provide primary schooling and local public house.

DIRECTIONS

Heading southbound on the A12, continue for approximately six miles before turning left into Easthorpe Road, signposted Easthorpe. Proceed through the village of Easthorpe and past Well Lane on your right and the Church on your left where you will find the gates to St Mary's Grange on your left hand side.


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  • Chappel & Wakes Colne (4.7 mi)
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  • Marks Tey (1.5 mi)
  • Kelvedon (3.3 mi)
  • Chappel & Wakes Colne (4.7 mi)
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156 - 158 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

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