4 bedroom detached house for saleAlphamstone, Essex
The Bottle House is situated in the centre of the small village of Alphamstone, four miles south of the market town of Sudbury and just outside the larger village of Bures. The house is set amongst picturesque undulating countryside on the Essex side of the border with Suffolk. Over the years the property has had a number of uses including being the village shop and off licence and is now a beautifully presented home with well proportioned rooms and an abundance of character.
The house which is thought in parts to date back to the early 17th century is principally timber framed with rendered elevations and vertically hung sash windows under a hipped tiled roof. Over the years the property has been extended to the rear but is curiously not listed and offers good potential, subject to planning for further development. You enter on the side into a central reception room from where doors radiate to the principle reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room and stairs ascend to the first floor. At the front of the house there is a study fitted with a range of storage cupboards and a window overlooking the front drive. The drawing room is also positioned at the front of the house with a bay window which floods the room with light and a feature inglenook fireplace with heavy bressumer and built in log burning stove. There is a elegant display cabinet built into the fireside recess and the room has an abundance of exposed beams and studwork. Moving back through the reception area you next arrive in a cosy sitting room which is again characterful with exposed beams and studwork, a window overlooks a walled garden to the side and the room has a interconnecting door with the kitchen. Located at the back of the house with lovely views of the grounds and countryside beyond. The kitchen has been re-fitted and has a good range of storage cupboards with a solid wooden worktop offering ample space for food preparation. The worktop is inset with a butler sink and space for a triple width 'Aga' and hob. There is a separate eye level oven and integrated dishwasher and space for fridge. Just off the kitchen is a utility room with matching cupboards and worktop along with space and plumbing for a washing machine and fridge/freezer. Before ascending the stairs you notice a handy downstairs cloakroom off the reception hall. Upon arrival on the first floor, doors lead to the four bedrooms and bathroom. The master bedroom is a good size double room with windows on the North and West elevations and is services by a modern en-suite bathroom. Bedrooms two and three are also both double size rooms with windows overlooking the countryside at the front. Bedroom four is a good size single room which was formally used as a dressing room and has two large double fronted wardrobes and a window overlooking the garden to the rear. The family bathroom has a ball and claw foot bath with WC and wash hand basin.
Outside the house, which sits on gardens approaching a 1/3 of an acre, enjoys some spectacular views to the south over the undulating countryside enjoyed in this part of the Essex/Suffolk borders. There is a gravel driveway and parking area to the front of the house providing parking for a number of cars and to the side of the drive is the Studio Barn for which a detailed planning consent was obtained for a separate residential conversion in July 2005 which provides two bedrooms, one with an en-suite, separate family bathroom and an open plan living area and separate kitchen. Although consent was granted for the conversion of a separate dwelling, in many ways it would create ideal annexe accommodation or as a studio/office with the possibility of creating a glazed link again, subject to planning, connecting it to the main house. Although granted, the planning consent has now expired so would need to be re-applied for. The grounds are landscaped with various lawns, established flower and shrub borders along with a variety of trees and paths.
Bottle House is situated in the centre of the popular village of Alphamstone. The historic town of Colchester is approximately 11 miles to the south east, offering a wide range of shopping, recreational and educational facilities coupled with a regular commuter train service to London’s Liverpool Street which takes approximately 50 minutes. The market town of Sudbury is 4 miles to the north whilst the village of Bures has a collection of shops catering for everyday needs together with a branch line station via Marks Tey giving access to Liverpool Street in a little over an hour.
Property ref: 121_2110_4221003
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