5 bedroom detached house for saleLittle Wakering Road, Southend-on-Sea
Sold by Us £600,000
- Beautifully Presented Detached Family Home
- Five Double Bedrooms
- Four Reception Rooms
- Four Bath/Shower Rooms
- Large Kitchen/Family Room
- Swimming Pool in Separate Outbuilding
- Two Further Outbuildings
- Integral Garage
- One Third Acre Rear Garden
- Planning Permission to Split into Two Separate Dwellings. Ref: PP-03951955
The Heart of the Home Set back from the road offering ample parking for numerous cars and conveying a period grace and charm not found in a purpose designed property, one could not guess immediately the extent of flexible living that is contained within. The original house dates back to 1902, while the adjoining south wing was built by the previous owners in 1978. "When we bought the property back in 1998 we were looking for home for our specific needs - we needed land, privacy, a quiet multi-generational space and, after adding the large family kitchen, we have created a home with a central family hub where we can all get together." The huge conservatory to the rear of the home can be reached via any one of three sets of French doors from adjoining rooms meaning that children, friends and extended family members can enjoy meal times and parties alike, as well as quiet space for reflection in the generous rooms that abound.
Two Halves Make a Whole A lovely period feature is the country style porch at the entrance that provides shelter before you step through into a light and airy entrance hall of generous proportions that boasts an original brick feature fireplace with a log burner that radiates a crackling welcome and additional warmth on cooler days. "The hall comes into its own at Christmas and this lovely stove is one of my favourite places to meet guests when we have had parties." To the right is the lounge where a bay window to the front enhances the room's handsome proportions, and a lovely open fireplace is striking focal point, while to the left there is another reception room, which could be used as a bedroom, studio, or a study. The hub of the house is undoubtedly the kitchen which was planned to feature an unusual vaulted ceiling with sky light and soft lighting for a more intimate atmosphere and this is where the dining and daily conversation takes place. French doors lead from here to the gorgeously bright and sunny conservatory which also has French doors out to the large garden at the rear.
Independent Living The annex, or south wing, is accessed via large internal double doors that lead from the conservatory into an enormous sitting room, which again has a feature fire surround and electric fire for additional comfort. In here French doors open onto the garden and terrace, allowing the room to be flooded with natural light and opening up the room to the garden in the summer months. From here a door leads through to a small hall where a second staircase leads upstairs, and there is also a small kitchenette and a double downstairs bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Between this wing and the original house there is an internal garage that is fitted with both outer and inner electric doors for access into the conservatory and through to the garden. "The two parts of the house are quite self-sufficient as there are two separate central heating systems, and also two phone lines, and it works very well for modern family living, where you can live independently but still enjoy a shared living space." Over the years this flexibility has allowed for many residing and visiting family members to enjoy this home that cleverly brings both wings together, and the current owners also have planning permission for the house to be divided should potential buyers wish to do so.
Well Connected A large hall along the length of the upper floor leads to four well-proportioned bedrooms, one with en-suite bath and shower room, one en-suite shower room and one family bathroom with shower. All of the bedrooms have views over the front garden. The master bedroom benefits from a recently re-fitted en-suite shower room in keeping with the style of the house, with lovely Edwardian fixtures and traditional luxury towel rail. "Our en-suite was recently refitted and we chose to update it in keeping with the age and style of the house." The garden to the rear of the house has been planned for low maintenance and is mainly laid to lawn, and to the centre you will discover possibly the largest bay tree you will ever come across. Many children's swimming parties also took place over the years in the enclosed swimming pool, which now requires some refurbishment but boasts some German engineering when the structure was built. Two further useful outbuildings continue down the garden, which in the 1930's, the owner informs us, "were used to dry sails, as Thames barges sailed in Barlinghall Creek, a tributary of the River Roach which is not far from here." All in all this is a wonderful family home, "We have been so lucky to have had so many wonderful years here, it has everything you could wish for in a village location."
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