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4 bedroom farm house for sale

Coggeshall

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Property Description

Key features

  • A BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED AND REFURBISHED FORMER FARM
  • PLANNING PERMISSION FOR A TWO BED COTTAGE
  • FOUR DOUBLE BEDROOMS ALL WITH EN SUITE BATHROOMS
  • SUPERB BESPOKE KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM
  • STUNNING VAULTED GARDEN ROOM
  • EXTENSIVE OUTBUILDINGS
  • 12.4 ACRES OF PARK LAND AND ANCIENT WOODLAND
  • FLAGSTONE TERRACING, FORMAL GARDENS, FEATURE LAKE

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

PROPERTY SUMMARY

Gatehouse Farm is situated about one mile to the north-west of Coggeshall in an attractive rural setting. The grade II Listed farm dates back to the 16th century but has been extended over the centuries and enlarged by the current owners.
The ground floor of the property which still includes old features of beams and an uncovered Tudor fireplace now has a much more open-plan feel. From the airy entrance hall the accommodation includes a large office, a dining hall and generous sitting room. The kitchen was handmade in beech by a local joiner and an extension allowed the kitchen to open up into a garden room, which has an attractive vaulted ceiling and views out on to the parkland grounds and farmland beyond.
The first floor accommodation was remodelled to allow for four very generous bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom.
The farmhouse is set in 12.4 acres of parkland including four acres of ancient woodland and a feature lake. There are exquisite formal gardens and impressive flagstone terracing including a private courtyard and sun terrace.
To the north-east of the house lies a range of traditional farm buildings, extending to some 14000 sq ft (1300 sq m) including a granary with planning permission to be converted into a two bed cottage.
The extensive driveway sits next to a symmetrical ornate pond and also has permission for a further cartlodge to be built next to the gym.

THE STORY

As the owners of Gatehouse Farm worked their way through the magnificent old building they found all sorts of wonderful hidden treasures. The couple enjoy nothing more than bringing historic buildings back to their former glory while also managing to combine original character with modern day comforts.
"This is the third Tudor farmhouse that we have restored," one of them explains. "We loved its location and aspect: it has sunshine from early in the morning right through until the evening - and enjoys the most glorious sunsets."
He continues: "Our aim was to modernise the house but also to retain its wealth of features and there were some hidden gems along the way. At one point we uncovered a Tudor fireplace which had been bricked up in the past."
SPACIOUS HOME
"It was a house with lots of rooms and corridors, some of which we opened up. We also extended in two places, agreeing with the planners that we would use bargeboard on the exterior as it blended in well."
"As well as the kitchen, the other extension was in part of the house where there had been a boiler room - here we now have a ground floor study and extra bedroom upstairs."
COMFORTABLE LIVING
The whole house was rewired, replumbed and redecorated. The ground floor of the property now has a much more open-plan feel. Light pours in, giving it an airy ambience throughout.
"There are exposed beams and old features yet at the same time it is bright and very comfortable," he points out. "It is warm in the winter and lovely in the summer, with the doors open."
The kitchen has been painted white and topped with granite work surfaces; there is also an Aga.
"When it is just my wife and I here we tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and garden room. The drawing room is very cosy in the winter, however, especially when the wood-burner is lit. It is a triple aspect room so it also has good views and lots of light."
WONDERFUL GROUNDS
To further enhance Gatehouse Farm, the couple bought the field next to the property and planted it out.
"We landscaped the garden around the house and put a lake and lots of trees into the field. Now, after 14 or 15 years, we are starting to see the shape of the parkland. It looks lovely already but will be really very beautiful for the next generation," says the owner.
The house and the grounds, which are just under 12 acres, have been much enjoyed. Over the years they have been a backdrop to some pleasurable family occasions, as well as lively parties.
"Our eldest daughter had her 21st birthday here and our middle daughter celebrated her wedding. This is a perfect place to hold large parties, particularly in the summer months."
NATURAL WORLD
New owners could take the property further if they chose. There is planning permission for an old granary to be converted into a self-contained, two-bedroom cottage and for the erection of a four-bay cart lodge. Other former farm buildings could also have a variety of uses.
"This house has been perfect for us as it is," he says. "The location has also been ideal, offering a nice balance of convenience and country living. We are just outside Coggeshall, which has lots of wonderful shops and restaurants, and yet can also enjoy some wonderful country walks, including over to nearby Marks Hall Arboretum."
He adds: "We will miss all this when we go. We have enjoyed being in the house and having so much nature around us all year round - watching the swans out on the lake and seeing an occasional deer coming right up to the back door."

SETTING THE SCENE

Gatehouse Farm is set in just under 12 acres of its own land. This includes formal garden and the former field that has been planted with trees and now features a lake. 4 acres of the grounds are ancient native woodland, with an abundance of wildlife.

The house itself is surrounded by flagstone terracing, which is sunny throughout the day and ideal for outside dining and entertaining.
To the north-east of the house lies a range of traditional farm buildings, which lend themselves to a number of commercial and storage uses.

WHATS NEARBY

Gatehouse Farm is situated about 1 mile to the north-west of Coggeshall in an attractive rural setting amidst the Holfield Grange Estate adjoining Marks Hall, enjoying views over its own grounds, woodland and surrounding farmland. Coggeshall, with its charming market place and historic buildings, offers a wide selection of shops meeting day-to-day needs, restaurants and public houses. A more extensive range of shopping and recreational facilities are available in the historic town of Colchester which lies about 7 miles to the east.
There is an excellent choice of schooling within the area both in the state and public sectors, including a Primary School and Honywood Secondary School in the village, Colchester High School, Felsted School, New Hall School, Royal Grammar School, Colchester County High School, St Mary's, Oxford House, Holmwood House and the Sixth Form College in Colchester are all within easy reach to the east.

WITHIN EASY REACH

Colchester and Chelmsford are within easy reach, both offering grammar schools, and there are a number of highly regarded independent schools in the locality, including Holmwood House, Felsted, Newhall and St. Mary's School for Girls. Colchester town centre is within close proximity being approximately a 20 minute drive from the village and offers a variety of national retailers and specialist shops having a vibrant nightlife with restaurants catering for most tastes, plus a multi screen cinema and two theatres. Slightly nearer you have the Essex golf club and flying club and the coast and beaches are less than nine miles to the East making it an ideal setting for sailors and naturalists due to the miles of unspoilt shoreline and coastal wildlife.

DIRECTIONS

From the A12 towards Ipswich take the exit at junction 25/Marks Tey. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Coggeshall Road/A120 and continue to follow for approximately 4.9miles. Turn right onto Ambridge Road. Follow the road to the end, roughly half a mile and turn right onto the private lane where Gatehouse Farm can be found on the right.


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  • White Notley (4.5 mi)
  • Braintree Freeport (4.5 mi)
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