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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Rowhedge

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Property Description

Key features

  • GRADE II LISTED REGENCY/VICTORIAN HOUSE
  • DRAWING ROOM, DINING ROOM, FAMILY ROOM
  • FOUR DOUBLE BEDROOMS; TWO BATHROOMS
  • HOME OFFICE
  • FARMHOUSE-STYLE KITCHEN/DINER, PLUS UTILITY
  • LARGE SUN TERRACE, 200FT REAR GARDEN
  • DRIVEWAY AND EXTENSIVE OFF STREET PARKING
  • PRIVATE MOORING

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

PROPERTY SUMMARY

A landmark property within the village believed to date back to circa 1840-50, and on the open market for only the third time in 80 years, Colne View is a double-fronted, double-bay Grade II Listed Regency/Early Victorian detached house, located on the waterfront in the village of Rowhedge with extensive views across the River Colne. This attractive period home benefits from extensive off street parking and its own private mooring, one of less than a handful within the village. The mooring can cater for boats up to 37ft.
The property has an ambundance of original period features with accommodation of approximately 2100 sq ft. To the front of property are the drawing and dining room that benefit of views across the river. The hallway leads to the family room and good size kitchen/diner with large utility/boot room. On the first floor are four, fairly equal size, double bedrooms, a family bathroom and, jack and jill shower room that doubles as an en-suite to the master. Externally, front lawns bordered by a colourful selection of flowers and private driveway for two vehicles leading to a double length garage and workshop. To the rear there is a large sun terrace leading to a lawned garden, approx. 200ft, with a selection of shrubs, flowers and trees, home office/studio, greenhouse, and garden shed.

THE STORY

When they first arrived at Colne View 10 years ago, Peter and Di said they felt like custodians of the magnificent home, ready to take care of it for the next chapter in its long history.
Now that they are moving on they agree they have brought something of themselves to the Grade II Listed house: they have updated and upgraded it to ensure it gives generations to come just as much pleasure as it has given them.
"We fell in love with it as soon as we saw it," Peter recalls. "It had lovely large rooms and wonderful river views; we liked the village a great deal and the house came with its own quayside and mooring, which was ideal for us at the time as we were both into sailing."

GEORGIAN STYLE

Colne View, which stands in a prominent waterside position, dates back to around the 1830s. Built by a local brewery manager, it was given a new façade in the Victorian era.
"We have completely renovated the house in our time here," Peter explains. "We did everything from replacing the boiler and radiators to putting in a new courtyard and adding railings of the type the property would once have had. In all the work we have carried out our aim has been to retain the character where possible."
Rooms were redecorated in carefully chosen 1829 Georgian shades and the kitchen was reorganised and new units installed to allow the couple to use it as a dining area.
"It is now ideal if there are just two or four of us," he says. "We do, of course, have the dining room for more formal occasions or big family dos."

EVERY OCCASION

The generous space at Colne View has lent itself well to both family life and entertaining:: there are rooms for every occasion, mood and time of the day.
"We love the lifestyle this house offers - being in the kitchen or out in the courtyard, where we have a nice, large, eight-seat table and a parasol, and it feels like a room in itself," says Peter. "Because this house was Georgian designed and built, all the rooms are the same large size."
He continues: "The master bedroom is very nice, with its spacious en suite bathroom; the family bathroom had a very small hip bath in it when we arrived - we have now replaced this with a big shower and oak units built by a family carpenter."
There is even an outside office or garden studio, which could be ideal for anyone looking to work from home.

HAPPY DAYS

Over the past decade many special occasions have been celebrated at Colne View: the house and the garden are both perfect for parties.
"We had my 60th birthday here, with a live band playing in the garden and a few barrels of beer out in the courtyard. It had a pirate theme and about 70 people came - it was great fun and went on until about 5am," he recalls. "People can be inside or out when we have a party but this is one of those places where you often find people congregate in the kitchen to start with."
On regatta day a marquee goes up in the garden and friends and family flock to Colne View to join in the fun.
"We have really enjoyed being by the river as much as we thought we would," he adds. "The village is such a lovely place to live too: there is Regatta Day in June and then carols on the quay at Christmas, followed by mulled wine and mince pies served by the local pub landlord."

LONG WALKS

The couple plan to stay in the village, which has a friendly community and lots of amenities. There are two pubs, a social club, doctor's surgery, school and various shops.
Colchester is just 20 minutes away by bus and with good access to the A12, leading to the M25, it is easy to travel to London and other parts of the country.
"Di walks a lot and I used to cycle," Peter says. "There are some beautiful places to walk in the area - you can even walk all the way along the river to Colchester."

RIVER WILDLIFE

Life by the river has also ensured the couple feel close to nature. Every morning the garden is filled with the sound of the dawn chorus and there are always birds to spot out on the water.
"We often see oyster catchers and egrets and we even have a seal who turns up from time to time," he says. "We have really enjoyed the prominent, waterside position of this house. It is a local landmark and would have been the first house the fishermen from the village would have seen on returning home after a day out on the sea. We feel very lucky to have lived here and to have been its custodians for all this time - now it is time for someone else to enjoy it as much as we have."

SETTING THE SCENE

The outside areas at Colne View have been as much part of life as the house itself for Peter and Di.
At the back of the house are glorious, mature gardens, with lawn and lots of leafy trees and shrubs. There is a courtyard for outside dining, which is a wonderful sun trap.
The garden also includes an outside studio or office. There is a detached garage and private driveway.

WITHIN EASY REACH

Rowhedge is surrounded by excellent, walking, cycling and dog walking routes. A short drive are the nature reserves of Fingringhoe Wick and Abberton Reservoir, perfect for spotting an abundance of local and migrating wildlife. Colchester North Station is a 15 minute journey or, Colchester Town Station is a 10 minute journey, both providing direct links to London Liverpool Street. The A12 is also a 15 minute drive away while the A120 gives access to Harwich and ferry services. Stansted Airport is approximately an hour by road. The beaches, sailing and windsurfing activites on Mersea Island are within easy reach, with Mersea boasting one of the best seafood restaurants in the County, and, of course, the famous Colchester Oysters. Also close by is the wonderful countryside of Dedham Vale made famous by the artist John Constable.

WHATS NEARBY

Rowhedge is a pleasant riverside village on the outskirts of Colchester, offering good local amenities including, primary school, two village stores, two public houses and a doctors surgery. The village boasts a diverse and friendly community and, hosts an annual regatta and various village events throughout the year. Colchester is approximately 4.5 miles away, where main line rail services provide access to central London in about 55 minutes. Colchester itself offers excellent education in both public and private sectors, including Colchester County High School for girls and The Royal Grammar School for boys, as well as Holmwood House, St Marys, the boys High School and Oxford House Prep School. Colchester's busy High Street offers extensive facilities to meet everyday needs, complemented by the out of town Tollgate shopping centre at nearby Stanway and Sainsburys Supermarket. Waitrose in North Colchester, is only a short drive and also deliver to the village

DIRECTIONS

Once in the village of Rowhedge on the Rowhedge Road, at the junction go straight over onto the highstreet, with the River Colne on your left. Continue past Albion Street where the house can be found on the right hand side.


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  • Hythe (2.3 mi)
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  • Hythe (2.3 mi)
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156 - 158 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

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