7 bedroom detached house for sale

Spains Hall, Finchingfield, Essex, CM7

£6,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 6 bedroom farmhouse
  • 3 bedroom lodge
  • Converted stable buildings
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis Court

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An historic Elizabethan country house set in its own 70 acres of unspoilt parkland with ancillary accommodation and agricultural barns.

Location

Spains Hall is situated in the heart of rural North West Essex, within walking distance of Finchingfield which is recognised as one of England's most picturesque villages. The house is set comfortably at the centre of its own parkland with views over its gardens, lakes and woodland. Finchingfield offers a post office, general store, and various excellent public houses and restaurants. For a greater selection of amenity and shopping conveniences, Chelmsford, Cambridge, Saffron Walden and Bishops Stortford are easily accessible.

Transport links - By Rail:
Braintree Train Station - 10 miles (trains from 60 minutes to London Liverpool Street).
Audley End Train Station - 15 miles (trains from 55 minutes to London Liverpool Street).
Stansted Airport - 13 miles (trains from 47 minutes to London Liverpool Street).
Bishops Stortford - 21.7 miles (trains from 34 minutes to London Liverpool Street).

By Air:
Stansted International Airport - 13 miles.

Sporting activities in the area include hunting with the East Essex Hunt, racing at Newmarket, Chelmsford City Racecourse, golf
at Saffron Walden Golf Club, Chelmsford Golf Club and Braintree Golf Club. A wide range of schools are available in the area including St Margarets Prep, Felsted School, New Hall School in Chelmsford, King Edwards VI Grammar School, Chelmsford County High School for Girls and Friends School in Saffron Walden. The excellent schools in Cambridge are also a viable option.

Description

An Historic Elizabethan country house. Spains Hall is a distinguished country house in an unspoilt parkland setting. For the first time in more than 250 years the property is offered for sale along with 70 acres.

The naming of Spains Hall commemorates a former owner, Hervey de Ispana whose family held the original house from the time of the Conquest in 1066 to the reign of Henry II at the end of the 12th Century. It is unusual for a house that has been rebuilt many times since then to have retained its name. This adds further to the sense of place that greets any visitor.

A fragment of the house from medieval times survives in the roof above the dining room, one bay of a king-post hall roof, a rare feature and is tentatively dated to 1410. The house we see today is essentially an Elizabethan one, which has been continually altered and embellished over 400 years. The main features were built in the 1580's, with the Dutch gables added in 1637 with a final wing in the same style added in the 1890's. It is a fascinating document of the changing use of the same family house.

Crucially the most recent alterations, carried out between 2008 and 2010 show almost no visible changes to the appearance of the three principal facades nor to the main rooms within the house. Except to say that these subtle changes, are in many ways the most revolutionary in its 500 years history and arise
from a complete re thinking of the way a house of this age and character can be adapted and comfortably enjoyed in the 21st Century.

ACCOMMODATION - Main House

Ground Floor
Accommodation comprises:
Porch leading to a magnificent Great Hall with renaissance carving on the beams, wainscoting, working fireplace and solid wood floor with under-floor heating.

Dual aspect Drawing Room with floor to ceiling panelling, Marble fireplace, Doric Arch and strapwork overmantel. Bay window opens to gardens. Secondary Stairs with Cloakroom lead to the first floor Tapestry Bedroom. The Library formed in the 1780s with concave corner sections, open fireplace and further wood panelling. Ante Room leading to Study, Cloakroom and Lobby.

Loggia entrance leading to family hallway with flagstone floor. The Kitchen/ Breakfast Room has an Aga, marble worktops and splashbacks, gas hob and separate oven. The Kitchen gives direct access to Boot Room/Flower Room, Nursery and Pantry.

Drawing Room leads to Dining Room with open fireplace, wood flooring and views of gardens and lakes. Vestibule and Cloakrooms Laundry and Lamp Room further storage rooms and stairs down to the Cellar.

First Floor
Stairs from family hallway rise to galleried landing with modern skylight glass window.

Master Bedroom with open fireplace, Dressing Room and en-suite bathroom with his and hers basin, shower and marble top bath.

Bedroom 2 has open fireplace, detailed cornicing and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower.
Bedroom 3 with wood panelling and en-suite shower room.
Bedroom 4 with en-suite bathroom.
Stairs from the Great Hall lead to Bedroom 5 with dual aspect view over gardens and en-suite bathroom with open fireplace.
Bedroom 6 has a fireplace and views over lawn gardens and driveway.

A further 6 rooms can be found on the second floor which would benefit from further modernisation. There are also various store rooms and access to the roof.

A fragment of the medieval house survives, one bay of a king-post hall roof with moulded purlins and wind braces.

OUTSIDE
The house is approached through a set of gates that sweep past a mature tree lined avenue. A second drive gives access to the lodge, stable block, barns and farmhouse.

From the front of the house there are formal gardens overlooking the lake and woodland and an out of view all weather tennis court.

The gardens were originally set out in the 18th Century and were inspired by designs after Audy Repton. A magnificent cedar of Lebanon planted in 1670 is a prominent feature and is further enhanced by a rose garden and thatched summer house laid out in 1895. The glorious walled garden boasts a heated outdoor swimming pool along with a large greenhouse, and a wonderful garden two storey folly known as The Prayer House.

Stable Block
This beautiful former stable block has been refurbished and now presents an imaginative venue that has been used to create a
successful commercial venture. Incorporating the 18th century Dovecote and 19th century Coach House, the complex can be put to a variety of commercial or leisure uses.

Ground Floor
Entrance through Dovecote, cloakrooms, store and boiler room. Coach House with double doors and bar leads to triple aspect dining room. The stables have been transformed into seating areas. The stable block is served by a professional caterers kitchen. The ground floor has underfloor heating and air conditioning.

First floor comprises large office, storage and
W C.

Lodge
A charming detached lodge house, comprising of 2 reception rooms, galley kitchen/dining room, utility room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Square Footage: 13,796 sq ft
Acreage: 70 Acres

Directions

From London take the M11 North towards Cambridge/Stanstead airport. Take the A120 East towards Stanstead airport/ Colchester. take the B1256 exit towards Takely/Thaxted/Great Dunmow. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit to the B1256. Follow the B1256, and at the roundabout take the first exit into Great Dunmow (Stortford Road) at the roundabout take the first exit onto Rosemary Lane, continue onto the downs. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the causeway/ B1008, go over one roundabout. Turn right onto Lime Tree Hill/ B1057 and continue through Great Bardfield towards Finchingfield. As you come into Finchingfield, pass the Fox Inn public house on the left and the village green and duck pond on the right. Follow the road over the small bridge and immediately turn left following signs for Spains Hall. Spains Hall is on the right after about a mile.

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16 September 2016

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  • Braintree (8.7 mi)
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Nearest station

  • Braintree (8.7 mi)
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