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Harborough Hall Lane, Messing, Colchester, Essex, CO5








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Key features

  • Handsome village house with 18th century origins
  • Approximately 4,500 sq ft of beautifully balanced accommodation
  • Fine levels of detailing with a neutral colour scheme
  • Parking and garaging facilities
  • Private west-facing garden, full of colour and interest


Historic house in the heart of this quintessential Essex village.


Bell House is a prominent, early 18th century timber-framed village house, with plastered brick elevations, under a red plain tile roof. The property is listed as Grade II and constitutes a valuable source of historical interest with fine internal 18th century detailing.

The house provides approximately 4,500 sq ft of well proportioned accommodation, including formal and informal reception rooms, and up to six bedrooms with two en suite bathrooms. The charming interior has kept most of its original details, including fireplaces, tall sash windows and exposed wooden beams along with very impressive ceiling heights adding to the feeling of space and grandeur.

Outside there is an attached double garage, separate detached garage and a driveway with a private west-facing garden.

The property is situated in the heart of the charming historic village of Messing, surrounded by open countryside, around 14 miles north-east of Chelmsford and 2.7 miles from Kelvedon train station with its frequent links to London Liverpool Street.

The house is grand in scale and character, providing balanced accommodation arranged over three levels plus a very useful cellar. There are three east-facing reception rooms with ornate fireplaces and some remarkable timbers. To the rear of the house, and enjoying views over the garden, is the kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom and office. The kitchen provides a contemporary feel with light-coloured units and a range of integrated appliances. Off the kitchen is an octagonal garden room with glazed elevations providing views and access onto the garden. The first floor is equally as charming with three large double bedrooms, two providing en suite bathrooms and dressing rooms. There is a family bathroom with three further bedrooms located to the upper level. One of the rooms is accessed through, another making for an ideal teenage level.

There is an attached double garage of pitched roof design with off-road parking to the immediate front of the garage. A second, gated drive leads to a further area of parking and a prefabricated garage/storage building. There is a small front garden with a retaining red-brick wall and a scattering of shrubs. The gardens extend from the side and rear of the property, predominantly laid to lawn with a collection of specimen trees, providing a large amount of natural privacy. A terrace extends from the rear of the house providing a wonderful area for outside dining and entertaining.

All in about 0.25 of an acre.

Oil fired heating, mains water, drainage and electricity.


Kelvedon train station: 2.7 miles, Chelmsford: 14 miles, Colchester: 11 miles, Stansted Airport: 27 miles. All distances approximate.

The property fronts Harborough Hall Lane in the centre of the delightful mid-Essex village of Messing, named as the Best Kept Village in Essex in 2007 and 2008. Messing is a wonderful semi-rural village surrounded by rolling Essex countryside with an extensive network of bridleways and footpaths. The village has a strong local community centred around the popular public house ‘The Crown’ , and the medieval All Saint’s Parish Church. The village has excellent links to London from the neighbouring town of Kelvedon, which is home to the nearest railway station. From here, the journey by train to London Liverpool Street takes 51 minutes. By road, the city of Chelmsford is located just 14 miles from the village, and Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, is 8.5 miles away.

Square Footage: 4,530 sq ft



Postcode: CO5 9UA


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Band: G

Harborough Hall Lane, Messing, Colchester, Essex, CO5


Distances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
  • Kelvedon Station2.1 miles
  • Marks Tey Station3.4 miles
  • Witham Station5.3 miles
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