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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Ardleigh

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Property Description

Key features

  • Five double bedrooms complemented by two bathrooms
  • Three beautiful receptions with stunning garden views
  • Aga Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Beautifully planted gardens of 1.5 acres, bordered by mature trees
  • Over 800 square feet of outbuildings with annexe potential
  • Good access to rail and road links with excellent schooling nearby

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Charming unlisted country farmhouse set in glorious gardens of 1.5 acres, offering family accommodation with potential to extend or conversely create a spacious annexe/office within an adjacent outbuilding. On the edge of this highly commutable village, the property is just 10 minutes from Manningtree mainline station, has easy access to the A12 and is close to the beautiful Dedham Vale and surrounding open countryside.

The property

The house is approached via a pretty walled courtyard area and entered through a stable door into a large farmhouse kitchen. Immediately to the right is a good sized boot room with a pedestal wash hand basin, providing space for hanging coats and access to a separate guest cloakroom. A deep cupboard houses the boiler and water softener. Quarry tiled flooring flows through into the Aga kitchen/breakfast room which is the heart of the home. The room features bespoke Shaker style painted wooden units with extensive Iroko work surfaces. There is a covetable two door cream oil fired Aga (gravity fed) and a deep walk-in shelved pantry. In addition, there is a useful separate blue electric Aga companion with two ovens and a four zone hob and space for a dishwasher. A deep double butlers sink is well placed beneath a pretty window affording delightful views out across the gardens. Ideally arranged for family life, a secondary back staircase leads up to the first floor directly from the kitchen. Leading off the kitchen is a very large utility/garden room. It is fitted with plenty of cream wall and base units, again with hardwood tops and a large original farmhouse china sink. This room offers the potential to open through to the kitchen to create an informal dining space with French doors leading directly out to the terrace.

The dining room, which would work equally well as a drawing room, has a superb south-westerly aspect with french doors affording wonderful views out across the parterre to the mature trees beyond. A wood burning stove is inset into a simple chimney breast with a display cabinet in the adjacent recess and there are mellow solid oak floorboards. The accommodation flows through to the well-proportioned sitting room which benefits from a whole wall of fitted display shelving with storage cupboards beneath and a south facing sash window. The attractive fireplace has a painted wooden mantelpiece with slate hearth and inset Clearview wood burning stove. The charming boarded vaulted entrance porch is of a good size with pine floorboards and windows to either side, flooding the area with light. The family room is again a flexible space, enjoying a delightful southerly aspect out to the gardens and includes a fireplace with oak bressummer and wood burning stove and is completed with characterful white floor bricks. The study, from which there are glimpses of the pretty courtyard garden, was the original farm office and features a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams.

A broad staircase leads to the first floor landing that has built in storage including an airing cupboard. All of the bedrooms are good sized doubles with far reaching views across the gardens to the farmland beyond.
Bedrooms two, four and five all have the benefit of built in wardrobes. Bedroom one to the west end of the house has a generous ensuite with large shower, toilet and pedestal basin. It is finished with painted panelling and a neutral tiled floor. The family bathroom is roomy with a bath and basin inset into a vanity unit and there is space to incorporate a shower if upgraded.

Outside

Ensconced in wonderfully established and well stocked grounds, the property is entered through attractive white painted timber gates and approached via a broad gravel drive that sweeps round to the side of the property. Immediately on entering the drive a conveniently located open lean-to store provides space for logs and general garden storage. The east side of the property is sheltered by a long brick wall which adjoins a brick and timber outbuilding which creates a courtyard. This building is divided into four stores (one of which is weather boarded and timber lined), a tractor/ride on shed and large potting shed. This outbuilding has tremendous potential to create an annexe or home office space of circa 800 square feet.

The front of the property is well set back from the road behind a high hedge and is beautifully designed with a series of boxed edged beds and borders containing roses and a variety of perennial shrubs and plants, bisected with a traditional garden path leading to a pretty garden gate.

A large terrace wraps around the west of the house and leads to a stunning beautifully planted parterre with stone paths and a seating area. The grounds include a wealth of mature trees including; Beech, Maple, Cherry, Horse Chestnut and Holm Oak with a small orchard including Pear, Apple and Quince. There is also a fenced vegetable area with greenhouse and adjacent poly tunnel and fruit cage. To the edge of the meadow is an Alton summerhouse with shingle roof and power connected.


 

Porch  

Family room 14' 1" x 12' 5" (4.29m x 3.78m)  

Study 10' 2" x 6' 5" (3.1m x 1.96m)  

Sitting room 14' 1" x 12' 5" (4.29m x 3.78m)  

Dining room 15' 11" x 12' 9" (4.85m x 3.89m)  

Garden room/laundry 14' 2" x 10' (4.32m x 3.05m)  

Kitchen/breakfast room 18' 2" x 14' 3" (5.54m x 4.34m)  

Boot room  

WC  

Bedroom one 12' 9" x 10' 7" (3.89m x 3.23m)  

Ensuite  

Bedroom two 14' x 12' 5" (4.27m x 3.78m)  

Bedroom three 14' 2" x 9' 3" (4.32m x 2.82m)  

Bedroom four 11' 9" x 11' 5" (3.58m x 3.48m)  

Bathroom  

Bedroom five 14' 3" x 9' 9" (4.34m x 2.97m)  

Summerhouse 11' 9" x 9' 6" (3.58m x 2.9m)  

Open store 26' x 11' 11" (7.92m x 3.63m)  

Tractror shed 12' 2" x 9' 7" (3.71m x 2.92m)  

Potting shed 19' 6" x 12' 4" (5.94m x 3.76m)  

Garden store 14' 4" x 9' 9" (4.37m x 2.97m)  

Store 10' 8" x 10' 1" (3.25m x 3.07m)  

Wood store 10' 1" x 10' (3.07m x 3.05m)  

Store 10' 1" x 8' (3.07m x 2.44m)  

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) graphs

Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
18 July 2016

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