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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Halstead

£750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • LATE VICTORIAN RED BRICK DETACHED HOME
  • FOUR DOUBLE BEDROOMS WITH EN-SUITE TO MASTER
  • ATTRACTIVE DOUBLE BOX BAY FAÇADE
  • SITTING ROOM, SNUG, DINING ROOM AND BREAKFAST ROOM
  • STYLISH MODERN FITTED KITCHEN
  • 0.308 OF AN ACRE PLOT
  • SOUTH EAST FACING SUN TERRACE
  • LARGE SUNKEN LAWN GARDEN

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

THE STORY

Looking out across the flat lawn at Tortoise House it is easy to imagine the great and the good of the area playing tennis and enjoying the summer sunshine. The unique home has an intriguing history, evidence of which can still be seen today in its unusual tortoise bricks, explains the agent marketing the property. "The house was built in 1889 by Eli Cornish, who was the owner of the renowned Tortoise Brickworks," he explains. "It was quite a significant property in its day." Tortoise House, which sits on the edge of Sible Hedingham, features in the pictorial history book of the village. The red brick house sits comfortably in its grounds of 0.308 of an acre, still presenting original external features. "When the house was first built the road in front of it was only used by horses pulling carts," he points out.

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BEAUTIFUL BRICKWORK

The area around Sible Hedingham was, in fact, known for its brickworks. Bricks from the area were used in construction elsewhere in the country including in a number of churches in north London. Several local properties are built in local brick, including some non-listed structures that have been identified as making an important architectural or historical contribution. The brick making industry was significant in its heyday and is believed to have employed up to 500 people in the area, producing up to eight million bricks a year at its peak in about 1900. "The original tortoise plaques from this house were replaced in the back wall when it was rebuilt and still look as good today as they did when they were first made," he adds.

WINTER WARMING

The four-bedroom, detached house, with a private driveway, offers good family accommodation. It can be entered either by a central front door or a door to the side. The main front door sits between two bay windows and opens into a generous hall. From here there is access into the capacious drawing room, which has a central chimney breast with a wood-burning stove. "This is a large room, which would be good for family life and for entertaining. It is especially nice in the winter when the fire is lit," he says. "There is also a separate dining room on the ground floor, as well as the kitchen, cloakroom, second hall and another very useful room."

UNIQUE HOME

Upstairs, the large landing gives on to four double bedrooms, one of which opens into the bedroom. "This house has a unique layout as it used to be entered from the first floor," he says. "This also means the ceilings upstairs are especially high, making it feel very light and airy." Although the house is ready to move into there could certainly be scope for new owners to put their stamp on it, he suggests. "This is a very interesting house which has a lot of potential."

SUNKEN GARDENS

The grounds at Tortoise House include sunken gardens. "There is a green lawn which lies in an area lower than the land where the house was built and this was once a tennis court and before that was the site of the first clay pit. A picture still exists of people playing tennis there," he says. "The gardens are very attractive and certainly someone could come in and do something really quite special with them if they wished to because they are on different levels."

VILLAGE LIFE

Sible Hedingham is a thriving village, which is situated on the Essex and Suffolk border and offers a good selection of local amenities, including doctors, post office, supermarket, chemist, garages and, a primary and secondary school. "There are plenty of places to walk in this area, taking you across fields and through woods. There are also places like Hedingham Castle and Gosfield Lake to visit." Hedingham Castle stands in 160 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, offering some glorious places to walk. In February swathes of snowdrops blanket the moat, and in May bluebells and rhododendrons provide spectacular contrasts of colour and shape. Inside the castle there is a splendid banqueting hall, where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I once dined. Gosfield Lake has water-skiing and there are leisure centres in Halstead and Braintree. "The market town of Sudbury is within easy reach and it takes just half an hour to reach Stansted Airport," he adds. "This house could ideal for anyone seeking a home with history in a village location such as this."

SETTING THE SCENE

Tortoise House sits in 0.308 of an acre of land. There is a large lawn which was once a tennis court. More land could be available by separate negotiation. A charming house for those looking for original period features, a generous garden and only a short distance to local amenities.

WHATS NEARBY

Sible Hedingham is a 30 minute drive North West of Colchester and a 20 minute drive South West of the market town of Sudbury, A bustling village situated on the Essex/Suffolk borders, with a good selection of local amenities including a supermarket, chemists, doctors, post office and two garages. The village also has a local primary and secondary school. The acclaimed Independent School at Gosfield is within 15 minute drive.

WITHIN EASY REACH

For the commuter there are stations at Braintree and Witham (about 10 and 14 miles respectively), Stansted Airport is about 22 miles to the east. The market towns of Sudbury and Halstead are about 7.5 miles and 5 miles respectively.


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156 - 158 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

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156 - 158 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

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