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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Lexden

£820,000

Property Description

Key features

  • AN IMMACULATE AND EXTENDED EDWARDIAN FAMILY HOME
  • HIGH CEILINGS
  • FOUR GENEROUS DOUBLE BEDROOMS
  • SPACIOUS DRAWING ROOM WITH FIREPLACE
  • SUPERB KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM
  • SUN TERRACE
  • PRIVATE DRIVEWAY
  • WELL-TENDED REAR GARDEN

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

THE STORY

STUNNING PERIOD FEATURES

The house dates back to the early 20th century and is rich in original architecture. "The previous owners passed us a box of deeds which date back to when the house was built in 1915 and the plot was purchased for £135. It was originally called Bonheur, which we re-instated as its name," she says. "Inside, there is an original encaustic tiled floor in the hall and four fireplaces. It has high skirting boards, ornate coving and picture rails in the principal rooms." The owners have taken great care to ensure that anything which needed refurbishing or replacing remained in keeping with the period. "We replaced all the window and door fittings with antique brass monkey-tail handles; the internal doors are an unusual six panel design, so when we extended, we found an old one in the shed which we restored and had others made to match."

SUNNY SPACE

Downstairs, the house is filled with sun and has a real sense of space with a well designed layout to suit family life. "When we viewed the house, we were instantly drawn to the drawing room, which has a large bay window at one end and a pair of original French windows at the other, so it's always bright and airy. There's also an open fire, which makes the room very cosy in the winter," she says. "The dining room has a square bay window and base cupboards, built in either side of the fireplace for storing crockery, which is a lovely feature. We can comfortably seat 10 people in this room for dinner, and we have had 12 on one occasion. "

WOW FACTOR

The house was extended by the family to create a fantastic open-plan kitchen and breakfast room stretching across the back of the property. "It's more contemporary in style, and we maintained the ceiling height from the original building so it feels very spacious. The Harvey Jones kitchen is a painted, framed model, with flat doors and brushed chrome bar handles. On Christmas Eve, we had 24 friends over for a buffet lunch and drinks so we pushed the table to one side and used the island as a serving area." The kitchen has real "wow factor," helped by the enormous bi-folding doors which bring the outside in. "We kept the décor quite simple as the view of our gardens provides interest and colour. In the summer, the doors open up so if we're eating inside we feel we're in the garden."

STYLISH SLUMBERS

Upstairs there are four bedrooms, two, including the master suite, in the new extension and two in the Edwardian part of the house. "The master bedroom, which has an en suite shower room, is at the back and faces west so it's very sunny and bright. In this room, the builders mimicked the curved ceilings in the original house, giving it character as well as space," she says. "The two bedrooms in the original part of the house have wonderful architectural features, with large windows, picture rails and fireplaces with pretty, tiled inserts."

WONDERFUL SETTING

Surrounded by beautiful, well-designed sunny gardens, the property is as beautiful outside as it is in, and it is also conveniently located to walk into Colchester. "We love the house and have tried to retain and restore as many period features as possible to maintain its character and charm. However, we also wanted it to be warm, comfortable and energy efficient with modern conveniences and technology," says the owner. "We will certainly miss Bonheur as we've tailored it perfectly to our needs."

SETTING THE SCENE

Bonheur is surrounded by beautiful gardens which have been carefully designed to create the perfect place to relax, entertain and soak up the sun. "The back garden was one of the things that really attracted us to the house. There are old brick walls on two sides and a high trellis on the third which is covered with an amazing wisteria in the summer months," says the owner. "When we built the extension, we added a sandstone terrace with steps down to a lower terrace where we have the garden table. The garden is west-facing and this is a perfect spot to catch the sun." There are several mature plants and trees in the garden, including an olive tree, apple, silver birch and yew which all add to the sense of tranquillity and privacy.

WHATS NEARBY

The property is a short stroll to the town centre with its diverse shopping facilities and is also within easy reach of excellent choice of schooling facilities including Girls High School, Royal Grammar, Oxford House, St Marys and Sixth Form College. Colchester's North Station is also in easy access serving London's Liverpool Street with a approximate journey time of 45 minutes. The property also enjoys excellent access to the A12 southbound at junction 27, and north and southbound at junction 26.

WITHIN EASY REACH

Trains from Colchester take approximately 50 minutes to London Liverpool Street Station. There is also a range of excellent private and state schools, with the house being within the Hamilton Primary School and Phillip Morant School catchment areas. The A12, which connects with the M25, heads south towards London or north to Ipswich with Stansted being the nearest airport. Towards the Essex and Suffolk border is "Constable Country," the landscape immortalised by the great painter John Constable, and the coast is also within easy reach.


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  • Hythe (1.9 mi)
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  • Colchester Town (0.9 mi)
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  • Hythe (1.9 mi)
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Chewton Rose, Colchester

156 - 158 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

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