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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Tollesbury

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Property Description

Key features

  • OVERLOOKING TOLLESBURY MARINA
  • FIVE BEDROOMS AND TWO BATHROOMS
  • SELF-CONTAINED, TWO-BEDROOM ANNEXE
  • IMPRESSIVE VAULTED SITTING ROOM
  • GYM OR POSSIBLE PLAYROOM
  • LARGE 90FT DETACHED BARN
  • WELL-TENDED GROUNDS, WITH MORE LAND AVAILABLE
  • CARRIAGE DRIVEWAY

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

THE STORY

Looking out over its beautiful grounds towards the marina, The Barn at Tollesbury enjoys both serenity and seclusion. The magnificent property has been home to its current owners for approximately 30 years now and during that time they have transformed it into a simply magical place to live. Today it not only boasts fabulous, character-filled accommodation within the main house but it also includes a self-contained annexe, separate office, gym and additional large outbuildings. "We loved its setting," one of them recalls. "From here there are lovely views out over the fields towards the Blackwater Estuary and Mersea Island. We could see it would be a wonderful place to live and so we started on a 30-year project."

BEAUTIFUL SPACES

The Barn, which is believed to date back at least 200 years in part, was once at the heart of a working farm. A section of the property had been rebuilt in the past as a home but the owners had a vision that involved converting and bringing together other exquisite areas. "We had planning permission for a three-storey main house and in the first year concentrated on the ground floor and bedrooms," she explains. "Then a few years later we created two more double bedrooms in the attic space - these now have fantastic views." The following phase saw them convert former cow sheds to create a spectacular drawing room, with a beautiful high vaulted ceiling. "This is a very pretty room, with exposed beams, a galleried mezzanine area and a wood-burning stove," she adds. "I employed a designer from Laura Ashley to decorate the room and do all the beautiful curtains."

LIGHT AND AIRY

The main part of the house now also includes a study area, drawing room, dining room, entrance hall, kitchen breakfast room, cloakroom and utility room. On the first floor there are three bedrooms and the family bathroom. One guest room has doors that open up on to a balcony and the master bedroom has built-in wardrobes and an en suite shower room. "Again, the master bedroom has really nice views and is very bright and airy. In fact, the whole house is always light as it faces east and west." Stairs from the landing lead up to the bedrooms on the top floor.

ORIGINAL CHARACTER

The size and layout of The Barn has made it very easy to accommodate friends and family on a regular basis. "We converted a former stable block into the annexe in 2004," she recalls. "This is completely self-contained and has its own entrance. My eldest son has been living there while he waits to exchange on his new house and it has also been great for guests." The annexe has two bedrooms, together with a sitting room, kitchen breakfast room and bathroom. "It has been very nicely finished and also has vaulted ceilings and beams," she adds. "As with everywhere else we have tried to keep as much of the original character of the buildings as possible."

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

The office, which is set in a former cart shed, has also been completed to an exceptional standard. Featuring lots of glass, as well as original beams and a vaulted ceiling, it has been a wonderful place to work. "We have enjoyed this house in lots of different ways," she admits. "It has been a really nice place to entertain as it lends itself well to occasions with lots of people and the children have always enjoyed having their friends here. The courtyard garden is completely private and is nice for parties, and there has been so much space for celebrations such as the children's christenings and 21st birthday parties."

WONDERFUL HOME

In a perfect location for anyone who enjoys taking to the water, The Barn is also well situated for those with a passion for walking, cycling or wildlife watching. The village, which has a store, is thriving and the marina has a club house, swimming pool and tennis courts. From here it is easy to reach the A12, Colchester and Chelmsford yet Tollesbury also offers a life of tranquillity and natural beauty. Despite having been completed to such a high standard by the current owners, the property could still possibly be taken further. Additional outbuildings that have been used as workshop and storage space could (subject to the relevant planning permissions) have other potential. "And if someone wanted to keep a pony here there could be extra land available by separate negotiation," she says. The family have enjoyed seeing their home come together and will look back on their time here with fond memories, she adds. "With the seclusion and space we have here, as well as the beautiful drawing room, this has been such a wonderful family home and a lovely place to entertain."

SETTING THE SCENE

The Barn is set in well-tended grounds, including beautiful terraces and swatches of verdant lawn. There is a large 90ft detached barn, together with another detached barn or workshop and a detached office with a vaulted ceiling. The property is entered and exited via a carriage driveway. More land may be available by separate negotiation.

WHATS NEARBY

Located 10 miles to the northeast of Maldon situated on the north bank of the Blackwater Estuary. The house overlooks the scenic Tollesbury Marina, which is a family friendly marina, which offers ample leisure facilities, with marina berthing, a restaurant, a swimming pool, and tennis courts. Within the area there are moorings for boats at Woodrolfe Creek and Old Hall Creek which also have traditional wooden buildings. There are various shopping facilities including a local butchers, post office and good public houses/eateries, a Doctors surgery along with primary schools and recreation ground. The property is situated within close proximately to Five lakes and Country Park.

WITHIN EASY REACH

Maldon is famous for the Hythe, which is the home to many of the remaining Thames barges, and the district offers visitors a wide range of places to visit and activities to enjoy. Being one of the oldest recorded towns in Essex, a walk up the High Street to the crest of the town reveals many buildings whose brick facades conceal medieval timber frames. Maldon town offers a variety of shops and restaurants and public houses.
Hatfield Peverel and Witham train stations are nearby with its direct links to London`s Liverpool Street with an approximate journey time of 40-45 minutes. The A12 trunk road also give access to Hatfield Peverel and the main city of Chelmsford is 20 miles and Colchester is approximately 10 miles away.


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