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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Hockley, Essex

Offers in Excess of £780,000

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An attractive detached double fronted home occupying a large plot in excess of 2 acres (stms) and enjoying lovely views. Excellent equestrian facilities, two garages, outbuildings, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, four reception rooms, possible building plot (subject to relevant planning consents).

The Story

An attractive detached double fronted home occupying a large plot in excess of two acres (stms) and enjoying lovely views. Excellent equestrian facilities, two garages, outbuildings, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, four reception rooms, possible building plot (subject to relevant planning consents).

The owner of Willow Farm came across her dream home almost by accident.
She was driving past the Hockley house, on her way to visit another property, when she spotted the for sale sign and decided to stop to have a look.
It was so beautiful - it had such a lot of kerb appeal, she recalled. I just fell in love with it and decided that was where I wanted to live.
Inside, the house offered plenty of space but was also homely and welcoming. Outside, its extensive grounds were breathtakingly beautiful and offered potential for equestrian use.
I had plans to build a tennis court and to convert the hay barn, she said. There was such a lot of potential.


The house, which boasts an impressive drive, with parking for some 10 cars, is very well laid out and was in good condition, according to the owner.
I was very pleased with the way it was and so have not done too much since moving in, she explained. I had a porch created at the front and decorated the room I call 'the snug' - and had a wood-burner put in. This is now a lovely room to be in.
Also downstairs is the library. Here, sun pours in from the south-facing garden.
I love to go and sit in there to read a book, she said. I also like my office, where I can sit at the computer and look out across the garden.


The owner was using one of the upstairs bedrooms as an office but she was tempted to move her workstation downstairs so she could gaze out of the French windows on to the parkland grounds.
This is a spacious house with rooms that can have all sorts of uses, she suggested. I sometimes hold my singing class here. Then, there are 15 of us, all having a lesson in the library, as well as the teacher, who plays the keyboard.
At Christmas it was also really nice - there were seven of us here then.
Upstairs, bedrooms have been carefully decorated. One has an exquisite feature wall in a stylish print, while others have splashes of colour in the soft furnishings.
When I wake up in the morning, the sun comes shining right into my room, she said. It is wonderfully warm right along the back of the house all morning.


Set in 2.5 acres of grounds, Willow Farm has three stables, a hay barn and a ménage.
It would be ideal for anyone wishing to keep horses, especially as there is a separate entrance, she said. I was not planning to do so myself but was thinking of converting the stables perhaps into a cottage.
The hay barn could have been a superb games room and I was going to make an outdoor entertaining area.
The whole property feels like it is in the middle of the countryside yet is highly convenient for reaching shops, train stations and routes to other parts of the country.
I can be sitting outside, reading down by the brook at the end of the garden, or watching the sun set and it is so quiet, I sometimes feel as if I am in the middle of nowhere.

This imposing double fronted home is approached via sweeping in an out driveway. The central front door with arched double glazed double doors leads to the entrance lobby and main reception hall which has wood block flooring, ornate coving and a mahogany staircase leading to the first floor and doors leading to all reception rooms. First of which is the spacious family/games room which enjoys a double aspect with window to the front and French double doors leading to the rear garden and framing lovely views across the grounds and countryside beyond. There are also two further leaded light triangular windows to side, wood block flooring, ornate coving and ceiling roses, this room is divided by an archway and could be divided into two rooms, if required. Adjacent to here is the good size study/office which also has French double doors leading to the rear garden and enjoying lovely views. Set to the front of the property is the drawing room which has an impressive wide oriels bay window and wood block flooring, feature fireplace with timber surround and log burner. Adjacent is a spacious kitchen/breakfast room which enjoys a triple aspect, windows to front, side and rear framing lovely views across the rear garden and grounds. The kitchen is fitted with a range of natural wood fronted cabinets, Range cooker and attractive slate effect tiled floor. Completing the ground floor is a cloak/shower room with double shower cubicle.

A good size galleried landing offers doors leading to four bedrooms. The master bedroom is a spacious triple aspect room and enjoys views to front, side and rear across the grounds and countryside beyond. This room has a modern en-suite shower room. The second double bedroom also enjoys a double aspect with windows to side and rear overlooking the rear garden and grounds. Bedroom three is another good size double bedroom, again with a double aspect with windows to front and side. Bedroom four is another nice size double bedroom with double glazed arched window to front. Completing the first floor is a family bathroom.

Setting the Scene
This attractive double fronted house set back from the road via a sweeping in and out driveway with red brick walls, wrought iron fencing and electronic double gates. Ample parking leading to two single garages, one in need of repair and the other a good size single with automatic up and over door, behind here is a utility room. Adjacent to here are further gates giving vehicular access to the rear and side of the house, ideal for further parking of a boat or caravan, plus there is a large timber garden shed. The wonderful grounds at Willow Farm were a major attraction to the owner. She loved the great green expanse, which was bordered by trees.
I loved the fact that the whole thing felt like one large garden. Excellent equestrian facilities which include a stable block with light, power and water and comprising three stables plus tack room and a hay/straw barn, adjacent to which is a fenced paddock/ménage. The property also has the added advantage of separate access to the grounds from Rectory Road with secure parking and hard standing for further vehicles/horse boxes and could offer the potential for a separate building plot (subject to relevant planning consents).

Within easy Reach
The historic market town of Rochford is nearby as well as London Southend on Sea airport which is undergoing expansion and improvement and will be offering flights across Europe. By road you can access the A13, A127 and A130 which gives easy access to the M25 and London.

Hawkwell is on the outskirts of Hockley which has a lovely small town centre plus a railway station giving a journey time of approximately 45 minutes to London Liverpool Street. The owners took full advantage of the local amenities: I liked being on a bus route and close to stations at Hockley and Rochford. There is a gym up the road, as well as shops, restaurants, takeaways and a doctor's surgery. Local golf clubs, delightful countryside walks and numerous equestrian facilities are also close by.

From Hockley village centre proceed along Main Road. At the mini roundabout turn left into Rectory Road where the property is to be found on the right hand side.

For those with satellite navigation the postcode is SS5 4JX

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