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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Kings Quay Street, Harwich

Guide Price £685,000

Property Description

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Tenure: Freehold

General information Esplanade House (31&32 Kings Quay Street) is a handsome Grade II listed Georgian house which presents gault brick elevations with symmetrical bow windows either side of the central doorway with arched fan light above, set beneath a slate mansard roof. The house is known locally as one of the Captains Houses, because in the early eighteenth century Madison Hunt, Master of the Packets, Captain of the 'Dolphin' and three times Mayor of Harwich lived here. In 1808/1809 the house was rebuilt and enlarged to its present form for John Hobday, a local merchant who died in 1812. When the house was sold at auction it was separated into two houses (31 and 32 Kings Quay Street) and remained that way for almost 180 years, before being reunited as a single dwelling in 1989.

The house offers elegant and spacious accommodation on five floors. In the larger part of the house, 32, the accommodation comprises a reception hall, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom and conservatory on the ground floor, in the basement there is a study, boiler room and two store rooms. At first floor level there is a fine drawing room enjoying views across the estuary towards Felixstowe and out to the North sea, guest bedroom with en-suite cloakroom, on the second floor is the master double bedroom with adjoining dressing room/single bedroom and bathroom/shower room, whilst on the top floor there are two further bedrooms again enjoying spectacular views out to the North Sea.

To the front of the house across the street is a hard standing providing parking for four cars with a mature shrubbery beyond providing an element of privacy.

The accommodation in number 31 comprises a workshop and utility in the basement with a storage room off. On the ground floor is a kitchen with access to the front door from the side passage, and a good sized living / dining room. At first floor level there is a family bathroom accessible from a mezzanine landing between ground and first floor, there is a good sized sitting room and a bedroom enjoying views across the harbour and out to sea. On the second and third floors there is a total of two more bedrooms, both with fascinating sea views..

Number 32 has a small but attractive courtyard garden accessible from the kitchen and parking and shrubbery to the front, number 31 has a small service yard to the back.

The accommodation is flexible enabling the property to be used as one or alternatively number 31 could be rented out as holiday accommodation or occupied as an annexe in conjunction with the main house.

At present Esplanade House is a grand dwelling with interconnecting doors on three of its five floors, and generous parking space for four vehicles. However, it has two front doors, several back doors, and 31 and 32 have completely independent utility provision for electricity, gas, water, central heating, drainage and telephone, so can easily be used for a large family or can give privacy to different generations or groups of friends. Planning permission for formal separation to two individual houses is already in place, if required. 

Ground Floor  

Reception hall 28' 2" x 9' 9" (8.59m x 2.97m)  

Formal Dining Room 17' 6" x 17' 3" (5.33m x 5.26m)  

Kitchen 18' 9" x 11' 1" (5.72m x 3.38m)  

Cloakroom 4' 11" x 4' 11" (1.5m x 1.5m)  

Secondary Kitchen 12' 10" x 11' 10" (3.91m x 3.61m)  

Family room 17' 4" x 14' 2" (5.28m x 4.32m)  

Cellar Room 16' 3" x 11' 8" (4.95m x 3.56m)  

Boiler Room 11' 5" x 5' 8" (3.48m x 1.73m)  

Store 10' 3" x 5' 3" (3.12m x 1.6m)  

Room Two 17' 4" x 12' 0" (5.28m x 3.66m)  

Utility room 13' 6" x 13' 1" (4.11m x 3.99m)  

First Floor  

Sitting room 17' 3" x 22' 9" (5.26m x 6.93m)  

Bedroom 17' 7"including bay x 14' 0" (5.36m x 4.27m)  

Sitting room 13' 1" x 12' 6" (3.99m x 3.81m)  

Bathroom 10' 3" x 6' 0" (3.12m x 1.83m)  

Bedroom 12' 7" x 11' 0" (3.84m x 3.35m)  

Cloakroom 6' 5" x 3' 4" (1.96m x 1.02m)  

Balcony 10' 2" x 5' 7" (3.1m x 1.7m)  

Second Floor  

Bedroom 18' 1" including bay x 14' 2" (5.51m x 4.32m)  

Bedroom 17' 8" including bay x 12' 6" (5.38m x 3.81m)  

Bathroom One 12' 8" x 11' 0" (3.86m x 3.35m)  

Bathroom Two 12' 11" x 9' 11" (3.94m x 3.02m)  

Store Room 6' 5" x 3' 4" (1.96m x 1.02m)  

Third Floor  

Bedroom 16' 0" x 12' 0" (4.88m x 3.66m)  

Bedroom 10' 3" x 7' 4" (3.12m x 2.24m)  

Bedroom 14' 9" x 12' 0" (4.5m x 3.66m)  

Where? Harwich has historic links with Samuel Pepys who was M.P. for Harwich. Also Christopher Jones, the captain of the Mayflower married at St. Nicholas Church in 1593. Thomas Cobbold continued a long tradition of brewing in Harwich before relocating to Ipswich. There are local shopping facilities in Old Harwich with its 12-day annual Festival of the Arts, Sea Festival, Secret Gardens event, beer festivals, historic Electric Palace cinema, and many listed buildings and exhibits open to visit (restored by the Harwich Society) including the 1667 Treadwheel crane and 1818 Low Lighthouse on Harwich Green, as well as art galleries, restaurants and pubs all within 400 m. A foot ferry operates between Harwich, Shotley and Felixstowe. The sailing at Harwich is excellent with two sailing clubs and an excellent swimming and dinghy-launching beach lying directly in front of the house approximately 70m away. For links to London Liverpool St, Harwich Town railway station is only a 5 minute walk away and trains run each hour. The A120 from Harwich to Stansted airport takes around an hour. Constable Country, the Hamford Water National Nature Reserve and the Suffolk Heritage Coast are all nearby.  

Important information Council Tax Band -
Services - We understand that mains water, drainage, gas and electricity are connected to the property.
Tenure - Freehold
EPC rating - not required 

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  • Harwich Town (0.1 mi)
  • Dovercourt (0.6 mi)
  • Harwich International (1.5 mi)
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