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Great Bardfield, Braintree, Essex, CM7

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Added on 27/08/2021
Savills, Chelmsford

Key features

  • Video tour available
  • Country house in a private rural setting
  • Detached cottage and annexe
  • Unconverted barn with potential
  • Landscaped gardens and grounds
  • Woodland extending to about 2 acres
  • Tennis court and swimming pool

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

A substantial Grade II listed house and annexe set in a picturesque rural location with gardens and woodland, with no chain.


Hawkins Harvest is an attractive timber-framed house set in a delightful rural location with beautiful far-reaching views across the Pant Valley towards Wethersfield.

The house dates mainly from the early 17th century, however one part formed a medieval hall house dating back to the 15th century. The main house is timber-framed and rendered set under a peg-tiled roof. There is a range of attractive timber-framed outbuildings, some of which have been converted to form a self-contained cottage, an annexe and an office/library.

The gardens are a particular feature of the property and have been carefully laid out by the current owners, forming many interesting parts with numerous specimen trees, swimming pool and tennis court. In addition to the gardens there is a woodland approaching about 2 acres through which paths run, creating another interesting feature to this property.

Originally five bedrooms, the main house now offers four bedrooms with the principal bedroom having en suite facilities and a dressing room. There is a family bathroom and a guest bedroom offering further en suite facilities. The ground floor has large reception and entertaining spaces with two substantial reception rooms and a sociable, open-plan kitchen/family room.

Adjacent to the house is a substantial unconverted barn with a one bedroom cottage comprising reception room, kitchen and a bathroom. To the far end of the barn is a one bedroom annexe. Beyond is a detached converted barn with vaulted ceiling, currently being utilised as a library and offering an ideal work from home space.

The property is approached by double five-bar gates from a quiet country lane. There is a large sweeping shingle driveway which runs to the front of the house and also provides access to the cottage, annexe and barns.

The landscaped gardens are a particular feature of this property and have been divided into several sections providing all year round interest. Extending from the rear of the property is a large terrace with mature shrub borders and a circular flower bed with cherry tree. There is an outdoor summer seating area with steps leading through a shingled pathway to the main part of the garden which is laid to lawn with mature shrub borders and specimen trees. A large tiled swimming pool is enclosed by high hornbeam hedging along with large patio areas, mature shrubs and a circular seating area. Near the end of the garden an open archway in the hornbeam hedging leads through to the hard tennis court with fenced surround and timber storage shed housing the boiler for the pool.

At the far end of the garden a gateway leads into the mature woodland representing an increasingly scarce habitat. This has paths running through and is full of established trees. The canopy is composed of ash, white willow, alders, goat willow, hazel, wild cherry and oak, including ancient coppiced specimens, under-planted with masses of spring bulbs and the rare Bardfield Oxlip grows here.

All in around 3.5 acres. TBC

Mains water, private drainage (compliant Klargester) and oil fired heating. Full Gigaclear 1GB fibre optic broadband, central server hub.


Great Bardfield: 1.7 miles, Thaxted: 6.2 miles, Braintree: 7.5 miles, Great Dunmow: 8.9 miles, Chelmsford: 19.5 miles, Cambridge: 27 miles. All distances approximate.

Originally an Elizabethan farmhouse, Hawkins Harvest is delightfully situated along an ancient country lane surrounded by open farmland and apple orchards. It is situated in a tranquil setting, designated a Special Landscape Area in the Pant Valley, between Finchingfield and Great Bardfield in the hamlet of Walthams Cross.

The village of Great Bardfield has a Co-op/post office and public houses, as well as Great Bardfield Primary School. There are excellent schools within the area, both in the public and private sector, notably at Felsted and Bishop's Stortford, with King Edward VI Grammar School and the County High School for Girls at Chelmsford.

The rural market towns of Thaxted, Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow provide all the local amenities with good access to Chelmsford, Colchester and Cambridge.

Acreage: 3.5 Acres


From Finchingfield, take the B1053 towards Wethersfield and take the turning to the right signposted to Petches Bridge. Proceed along the lane, over the river and at the T junction continue straight. Continue along the lane for 0.2 miles and the drive to the house will be seen on the left-hand side.

Postcode: CM7 4QW


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Great Bardfield, Braintree, Essex, CM7


Distances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
  • Braintree Station6.2 miles
  • Braintree Freeport Station6.8 miles
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