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Fingringhoe Road, Rowhedge, Colchester, Essex








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Key features

  • Fine moated Grade II Listed Queen Anne House
  • Totally private rural setting
  • Beautiful gardens including walled kitchen garden, greenhouses, nuttery & gazebo
  • Swimming pool, pool room & tennis court
  • Extensive traditional outbuilding range including games room, stabling & storage
  • Meadowland & paddocks
  • Mature woodland, ponds and salt marsh
  • In all about 81 acres
  • 3 detached cottages within the grounds
  • Available as a whole or primarily Lot 1 in the first instance


The Property
Lot 1 – Main House (coloured pink) Accommodation (about 6,535 sq ft) Ground floor: Georgian doors lead into the entrance hall with an 18th Century staircase, adorned with twisted balusters and bespoke moulded handrails. The entrance hall leads into the formal drawing room, with dual aspect over the gardens, open fireplace with marble surround. There is a smaller study at the rear of the house overlooking the moat and parkland gardens, this room is linked to a shower room with WC. Off the inner hall, with beautiful marble columns, there is a well-proportioned dining room, again overlooking the moat to the rear, with easy access to the kitchen. To the right of the entrance hall is a sitting room with open fireplace. This room leads to the kitchen with a 4 door AGA and walk-in pantry. There is a rear lobby with access to a utility room and a conservatory, which has access to the gardens and has beautiful views over the moat and parkland. Additionally, there is a belfry sometimes used by the current owners to announce mealtimes!

First Floor: Stairs from the main entrance hallway rise to the first floor landing. Principal bedroom has plenty of built-in storage and an en suite bathroom, there is also a door into bedroom 2, which would make a good dressing room for the main bedroom. This bedroom has stunning views over the moat and parkland and towards the countryside beyond. Bedroom 3 with ensuite bathroom which has a connecting door (which has a connecting door through to Bedroom 5 with dual aspect of the moat, garden and valley. Bedroom 4 with en suite bathroom, which is also accessed off the main landing and used as a family bathroom, with views over the moat and valley. Bedroom 5 has lovely views over parkland.

The second floor is currently used as a separate annexe, with kitchen, 2 bedrooms and bathroom. There is also eaves storage and water tank access.

There is also a 2-room cellar, with access from the study.

Lot 2 – The Lodge (1,293 sq ft) (coloured green on plan)
Set at the entrance of the estate,The Lodge comprises 3 reception rooms, 2 bedrooms (one on the ground floor), 1 bathroom, kitchen and its own parking and private garden. Currently let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy

Lot 3 – Lawn Cottage (1,365 sq ft) (coloured blue on plan)
A charming and pretty detached cottage comprising of 2 reception rooms, galley kitchen, pantry, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and WC, with allocated parking, private gardens and superb views. Currently let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy.

Lot 4 – Semaphore Cottage (998 sq ft) (coloured yellow on plan)
Situated in a secluded and private setting within mature woodland, the accommodation, which is all on one level, comprises living/dining room, bedroom 1, kitchen, sitting room/bedroom 2, utility room, bathroom, WC and garage. Currently let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy.

The house is approached over a long, private Lime tree lined driveway passing through a set of
gates. The drive sweeps past The Lodge between paddocks and extensive parkland. The drive bends right and passes through a second electronically operated gate to the main house. A circular driveway leads to the front of East Donyland Hall. The Main Hall sits perfectly in its landscape surrounded by mature gardens facing three attractive pedimented buildings. The main drive carries on for access to Lawn Cottage and Semaphore Cottage.

From the front of the house there are formal gardens overlooking the rural landscape and moat. To the rear of the house is a parkland setting and there are various areas of woodland. There is a beautiful walled garden, formal rose garden, gazebo, kitchen garden, outdoor swimming pool, an all-weather tennis court, greenhouses and woodland walks. In one section of woodland there are various fish ponds. There are three Listed pedimented buildings within the inner drive, facing the Hall which include:-

The Stables with storage leading to an inner yard.

The Garden Room overlooking the walled swimming pool with 2 changing rooms, kitchenette, WC and storage.

The Brewhouse including a former bread oven, tool shed, workshop and water system.

The soil is a coarse loamy soil which has previously grown arable crops. Currently the land is mainly grassland.

There is a Farm Business Tenancy (FBT) on 52 acres. Two of the fields have been entered into a Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS).

All the other land is in permanent pasture, not within the CSS. On the South Eastern boundary the land runs down to the Roman River and beautiful salt marshes teeming with wildlife, which has been enjoyed by the family over the years. There are also opportunities to launch boats and enjoy water activities on the river.

The area to the North has been planted with beech trees. The area of woodland South East of the Hall is mixed broadleaves surrounding the old fish ponds. Other planting has been carried out over the years for boundary protection.

The Estate is situated outside the quiet rural village of Fingringhoe in Essex, just 5 miles South East of Colchester. Surrounded by open countryside and next to the Roman River and salt marsh.

Sporting & Activities Locally
Sailing at Mersea Island, sailing, canoeing and Paddle at Rowhedge and other facilities on the East Coast. Golf at Birch Grove Golf Club Colchester Golf Club and Braintree Golf Club.

A wide range of schools are available in the area, including Fingringhoe primary school, Holmwood House, Colchester Prep and High Schools, Felsted School. New Hall School in Chelmsford.


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Fingringhoe Road, Rowhedge, Colchester, Essex


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  • Alresford (Essex) Station2.4 miles
  • Hythe Station2.5 miles
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Strutt & Parker, National Country House Department

43 Cadogan Street, London, SW3 2PR

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