4 bedroom detached house for saleRectory Lane, Woodham Mortimer, Essex, CM9
Guide Price £1,100,000
- 4 bedrooms
- En suite bathroom
- 3 reception rooms
- Reception hall
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Detached double garage
- Planning permission for a 2-storey 1,200 sq ft extension
- Further land, stables and barn may be available by separate negotiation
- Beautifully tended garden and grounds
An idyllic country house on the edge of Danbury with the benefit of planning permission. Further land available by separate negotitiation.
Woodham Mortimer is a small village between Danbury and Maldon and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The name is derived from the Old English meaning "Village in the Wood" and at the time of the Norman Conquest the parish was known as Little Woodham. The village has a local pub (The Hurdlemakers Arms), the parish church of St Margaret's, a driving range, a village hall and a cricket club.
Woodham Mortimer is only 7 miles due east of the city of Chelmsford and its excellent choice of facilities, including two outstanding grammar schools, a bustling shopping centre, a station on the main line into London Liverpool Street and access onto the A12. Closer to home, the picturesque village of Danbury also has a good choice of shops, amenities and two preparatory schools (Heathcote and Elm Green) and the nearby town of Maldon (recently named by The Times as the best place to live in the countryside) is a charming settlement on the River Blackwater dating back to Anglo-Saxon times and famous, among other things, for its sea salt and the traditional Thames sailing barges that use it as their home port.
Hill Place sits on a plot of approximately an acre set back from the road about half a mile down a quiet leafy country lane (Rectory Lane). The house is Grade II listed and dates back to the 16th century or earlier, with 17th century and later alterations, and a quote from the Listing states, "timber framed, plastered ground floor, exposed frame first floor. Jetty to left return. Hipped red plain tiled roof with gable to right central red brick chimney stack. Wing at rear."
The accommodation is configured so that the principal reception room and kitchen/breakfast room are at the heart of the house with access directly onto the garden. The front door leads into a large reception hall with staircase to the first floor and provides access to all the living accommodation which flows well and has a wealth of period features. The drawing room is dominated by a substantial brick-built fireplace and has double doors leading out onto the terrace and rear garden beyond. The Shaker-style kitchen is well equipped with integral appliances and has a beautiful view over the garden. The cosy sitting room with its open fireplace is accessible from the kitchen and adjacent to the dining room, which can very comfortably seat eight people. The four bedrooms on the first floor all have the benefit of fitted wardrobes, and the master bedroom, which has a lovely view over the grounds, has its own en suite bathroom with twin basins.
In September 2015 planning permission and listed buildings consent were granted for a substantial two-storey extension which would create another large reception room, a fantastic kitchen/family room with walk-in larder and a stunning master bedroom suite with east facing views over the garden (see floorplans for proposed layout).
The house is set well back from the lane, from which a large sweeping gravel driveway leads to the detached double garage with adjoining office and gym. A large brick terrace leading from the kitchen provides a sheltered area ideal for al fresco dining. The lawns beyond the terrace fall away towards a well established pond and the rest of the grounds are dot ted with oak, sycamore, silver birch and horse chestnut trees. During the current owners' 30 year occupation, the grounds have been subject to a painstaking programme of landscaping, which has created a beautiful yet manageable established garden that complements the surroundings, creates a stunning backdrop to the house and works well for entertaining.
Mains water and electricity. Private gas. Private drainage.
Further land, stables and barn may be available by separate negotiation.
Strictly by prior appointment with the sole agents Savills.
Square Footage: 2,055 sq ft
Acreage: 0.85 Acres
From the A12 (junction 18, Sandon), head east towards Danbury on the A414. Continue through Danbury and after approximately a mile turn left at the roundabout towards Maldon on the A414 Maldon Road. After approximately half a mile turn right into Rectory Lane (signposted "access only") and after another half a mile Hill Place will be found on the left-hand side.
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