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Coggeshall

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Property Description

Key features

  • 4,848 SQ FT INCLUDING GARAGES
  • FIVE DOUBLE BEDROOMS
  • FOUR RECEPTION ROOMS
  • FARMHOUSE KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM
  • THREE BATHROOMS
  • DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE
  • VARIOUS USEFUL OUTBUILDINGS
  • COVERED SWIMMING POOL

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

THE STORY

Whether soaking up the summer sun in their walled garden or relaxing by a log fire in winter, Sarah and Peter Glossop have always loved The White House's charm and character.
"One of our very first impressions of the house was that it was friendly and welcoming," says Sarah, who used to notice the landmark property on her travels through Coggeshall.
"We were also struck by the fact that it offered the best of both worlds in that it was not in the heart of the village, but the village centre was easily 'walkable' from the house."
Another major attraction for the couple was Coggeshall itself, which has proved such a delightful place to live that they fully intend to stay in the village when they downsize.
"We have had everything we need on the doorstep. The village community is fantastic, and includes people of all ages."
They have loved watching children play on the recreation ground opposite - a charming spot full of trees and greenery, which is protected against building development.
"It's a lovely area that's popular with children and dog walkers, and in the summer the village fete is held there."

HISTORICAL CHARM

Peter and Sarah also fell for the house because it offers such a delightful mixture of architectural styles, reflecting the various stages in which the building took shape.
The original 18th century farmhouse was given a Georgian façade on to East Street in the 19th century and then in 1906 an additional bedroom was added to the southern aspect.
"We love the fact it combines three architectural styles - farmhouse, Georgian and Edwardian," says Peter. "It has a lot of character, and the Georgian part of the house is very well-proportioned, with high ceilings."

A FASCINATING HISTORY

The White House was bought in 1924 by one Maxwell Angas when his family left Ireland. Their daughter, Rosalind Tausch, was the last member of the family to occupy the house. During the second world war she took in US servicemen as lodgers and for many years after had student lodgers.
"The house was bought by Rosalind's doctor in 1988; he commissioned a structural survey and implemented a major restoration," says Peter. "We bought it in 1995 and have continued the work of improvements, including building garages for four cars, a swimming pool and general work on the garden, driveway and terraces."

YEAR-ROUND COMFORT

Sarah and Peter's own decorative style is classic and timeless, and sits well with period features, including the fireplaces in many rooms. The fireplaces in the three reception rooms are all in use in the winter, enhancing the property's warm, welcoming atmosphere.
The farmhouse kitchen has a wood-burning stove, and is one of their favourite rooms, offering views of the walled garden.
"We have a table in the kitchen that sits eight, making it perfect for smaller gatherings. People can sit and chat while you cook, and the dining room is adjacent, making it easy to entertain in there too."
Another favourite room is the sun room, which has windows looking on to the garden on two sides. "The house is lovely at every time of year; there are rooms that stay pleasantly cool in the summer, while in the winter it is warm and cosy."

HAPPY GATHERINGS

Family gatherings are some of Peter and Sarah's favourite memories of their time living at The White House.
"We have nine grandchildren, and they love running up and down the two staircases. We can accommodate everyone because we have five double bedrooms and three bathrooms. The main drawing room sometimes doubles as a dorm for grandchildren, so the house expands well," says Sarah.

A NEW CHAPTER

They have also treasured quiet times, relaxing in their reception rooms.
"The large drawing room is beautifully light because one set of windows looks out over the recreation ground, while another faces the walled garden. The study also has views of the recreation ground, with its two enormous chestnut trees; we really have the feeling of being in the country here, as well as being on the edge of a village."
Peter and Sarah are confident that The White House will now start a bright new chapter in its history, very possibly as a bustling family home.
"It's wonderful for children, and everyone comments on how friendly and welcoming it is - it's a very special house."

SETTING THE SCENE

The White House's walled garden is safe for children and it is easy to watch them play from the house. The covered swimming pool is another charming feature and has a lot of use.
The garden backs on to an offshoot of Coggeshall's main river: you pass through a gate in the fence to reach a beautiful area dotted with trees. Within the garden is a barn, which is used for storage and as a utility room, and several outbuildings that are ideal for storage.
The garden itself is picturesque and mature, with lawns, mature shrubs, roses and trees. The lawns are large enough to hold several marquees, which proved useful for the wedding of one of Peter and Sarah's daughters.
"We held the wedding in the garden: there was parking at the recreation ground and we were able to cater for a large number of people. The garden works beautifully for gatherings but is also a lovely place to sit and relax."

WHATS NEARBY

Coggeshall is a small market town situated in the beautiful North Essex countryside between the larger towns of Braintree and Colchester. It differs from other local towns in that its origins, at least in part, date back to a Cistercian abbey, the remains of which stand and a historic centre which is one of the better preserved in the county, with almost 300 listed buildings. Everyday needs are well served in Coggeshall with a wider variety of amenities located in Braintree & Colchester. For the commuter a fast and frequent mainline rail service runs to Liverpool Street from nearby Kelvedon accessed by a community bus from the centre.

WITHIN EASY REACH

There is an excellent choice of schooling within the area both in the state and public sectors, including a Montessori School, St Peter's School, Church of England (VC) Primary School and Honywood Community Science School in the village. Other schools nearby include the Colchester High School, Colchester Royal Grammar School, Colchester County High School for Girls, St Mary's, Oxford House, Holmwood House and the Sixth Form College in Colchester are within easy reach to the east. Felsted Preparatory and Public School and New Hall School in Chelmsford, are accessible to the west and south-west respectively.

DIRECTIONS

Heading North on the A12, exit at junction 25 and at the roundabout take the first exit onto Coggeshall Road/A120 heading towards Marks Tey/A120 (W). Continue to follow the A120 for approximately 3.3 miles then take left exit, sign posted Coggeshall, onto Colchester Road. After 0.3 miles continue onto East Street and follow for approximately 0.4 mile where The White House can be found on the left hand side, just opposite the gated entrance to the park.


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  • Marks Tey (4.2 mi)
  • Chappel & Wakes Colne (4.7 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Kelvedon (2.1 mi)
  • Marks Tey (4.2 mi)
  • Chappel & Wakes Colne (4.7 mi)
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156 - 158 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

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