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6 bedroom detached house for sale


Guide Price £1,250,000

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Bridgewick Hall is an attractive historic Grade II Listed country home dating from the 14th Century which was extensively remodelled in Georgian times.
Above the central portico are six 18th century plaster casts affixed to the first storey wall representing the four seasons and two circular medallions each with an angel and child.
The extensive and impressive accommodation is arranged over three levels and amounts to 5694 sqft including outbuildings. An amazing central panelled reception hall with its Jacobean oak staircase opens out on to the formal panelled drawing room and dining room, with an inner lobby connecting the breakfast room, kitchen, sitting room, utility area and garden room to the rear. There is also a good sized dry cellar. On the first floor you will find six large bedrooms with three bathrooms and, on the second floor, four attic rooms, one of which is used for storage, and the other three as study/bedrooms. Outside the formal gardens which were landscaped in 1850, the woodland and paddock, amount in all about three acres.

The Story
From the welcoming entrance hall, with its Jacobean staircase and panelling, to the spacious and relaxing drawing room with its open fireplace to the Regency dining room, every room at Bridgewick Hall evokes its history.

The character-filled house, which is believed to date back to Medieval times, but has been enhanced through the centuries by different owners, is considered to be a true historic treasure.

On the market for just the second time in almost 80 years, it has been home to Chris and Anthea for the past three decades. During that time they have cared for the Grade II listed building and overseen a programme of careful restoration and renovation, ensuring the house has retained all the glory of its past while also offering essential, modern day comforts.

We used to drive around looking to see where we wanted to live and this house was so pretty from the outside, Anthea remembered. When we came inside, we found it had a lovely atmosphere. It was spectacular but was also friendly and inviting at the same time.

Chris added: We were searching for a period home that had avoided unsympathetic restoration - and this one was in such a beautiful setting. It was also in a very convenient location for commuting to London.


Set in more than three acres of land, which includes woodland and paddocks, as well as magnificent formal gardens that have occasionally been open to the public, Bridgewick Hall has enough period features for a whole village, according to Chris.
It is very old; experts recently decided the house had a Medieval core with 14th century additions. There are yew trees in the garden that are said to be up to 700 years old, he said.

The house was extended and gentrified in Jacobean times by Soloman Grimston, a local landowner, and probable kinsman of C17th Speaker Sir Harbottle Grimston, MP for Colchester. Soloman was responsible for many of the eye-catching period features, such as the Jacobean staircase and extensive panelling. Additions were made in Georgian times when the rare plaster panels on the front of the house representing dawn, dusk and the four seasons were added - and again in the 19th century, when the Morley-Farrow family owned the house.
They were also responsible for the layout of the garden. They spared no expense and planted lots of quite rare trees including cedar and acacia.


The house, which has been decorated to enhance its period character, with the likes of Farrow & Ball and National Trust paint, as well as hand-printed Cole & Son wallpapers, has been perfect for both formal entertaining and relaxed living.
At the front of the house, there are the grander rooms that are ideal for entertaining. We have the drawing room, dining room and hall, where we have held many drinks and dinner parties. One New Year's Eve, we even held a Scottish reeling party for which the stone-floored hall was perfect.
At the back, there are the cosier rooms, including the breakfast room, where we have more informal kitchen suppers, and the sitting room, for evening relaxation in front of a TV and wood-burning stove.

With its wood-burner, this room is the perfect place to relax in wintertime while in the warmer months the couple make good use of the conservatory. In summer, this is a wonderful place to sit with the paper and a glass of wine while enjoying the wonderful views of the garden, he added.


The paddocks at the property (one of which features an old World War Two pillbox) are also approached by a secondary drive which have not only allowed the family to keep a pony in the past but also 20 sheep.
The lawned areas are superb for entertaining while the part-walled kitchen garden has yielded fresh fruit and vegetables. Impressive stone steps in the grounds lead down to a river, where the owners of Bridgewick Hall have the right to fish.
We have a Victorian coach house here too, which we have used as a garage and stables. It would be very easy to convert this into office or gym space, subject to the relevant planning permission.
Chris and Anthea often stroll beyond their boundaries to enjoy the picturesque countryside around them. But, while having excellent access to country footpaths (ideal for walking the dogs added Anthea) , they are also just 10 minutes' drive from the mainline train station at Marks Tey and within walking distance of Chappel station on the Sudbury branch line.
We have loved living in the village, said Anthea.
And Chris added: We will be very sad to leave the house. It is rare to find somewhere like this that is so comfortable but also has so many period features.

Stepping through columned portico and entrance door, you are welcomed by an impressive and spacious panelled reception hall. Your eyes are drawn to the original Jacobean staircase whilst adjacent an archway leads to the garden room and the rear garden. Taking the door to your left you will find the largest room of the house which is the drawing room. An elegant room with bolection moulded panelled walls incorporating fitted bookshelves as well as an open fire with a dressed stoned surround, the rooms is offered with a dual aspect. At the far end is a dining area from which you can enjoy pleasant views over the rear garden with French doors providing access onto the sun terrace, you will also note a handy built in drinks cabinet. Moving across the hall and into the dining room; a charming room with views similar to that of the drawing room, perfectly positioned for entertaining family and friends. The room is complemented with a regency style fireplace. A door leads from the dining room to the butler's pantry making it easy for preparation of food and serving guests; in turn the butler's pantry provides access down to the cellar for conveniant selection of wine. The morning room has an attractive terracotta tiled floor complemented with a beamed ceiling and a window that faces out onto the drive; from here access can be gained to the utility whilst a door provides access onto the drive itself. In turn a further door from the morning room leads to the inner hall which goes back into the reception hall, the utility room and downstairs cloak room. The kitchen/breakfast room shares similar views to that of the morning room and comes with light oak fronted cabinetry, AGA with an adjacent store, whilst a further door leads to the second staircase and garden room. Moving to the rear of the property and into the snug, a room used frequently by the current owners; this room truly has a lovely feel with views out onto the rear garden and drive, the room is of an L-shape incorporating a small study area with the remainder as a snug which is complemented with a wood burning stove. The current owners have drawn up some proposed plans which incorporate the kitchen and snug as one room, which would extend into the attached store at the back of the snug. Should anyone wish to extend the accommodation they would need to obtain all the usual planning consents and permissions. Completing the ground floor is the garden room; a room which really brings the essence of the garden into the home whilst also providing access to the reception hall.

Taking the principle Jacobean staircase to the first floor, you come to his and hers separate bathrooms, the master bedroom and bedroom two. Bedroom two known as the green room has excuisite wood panelling and an open fire with two sashes overlooking the front field. The principle bedroom again has fine bolection moulded panelled walls and an attractive Victorian fireplace and French doors leading onto a Juliet balcony with a trained Wisteria. Bedroom three can be accessed from bedroom two as well as the second staircase. Again bedroom three has wood panelled walls and an attractive Victorian fireplace and sharing similar views to that of one and two. The second landing is separated into two parts, one providing access to bedroom four and the other separated via exposed studwork and a library. We now move onto the rear wing in which can be closed off from the main house should you have staying guests, the rear wing is made up of two good size bedrooms and a family size bathroom. There is a galleried landing with an impressive floor to ceiling window.

We now move onto the second floor/attic which is made up of four rooms perfect for overnight parties or teenagers and anyone wishing to work from home. Currently the layout is a bedroom, office, study and a store. .

To the south and front, the house is accessed via a wrought iron hand gate hung
on brick piers to a flagged terrace with low brick walling to the front and high
brick walls to the east and west, with a number of shrubs and climbers screening
the property from the adjacent lane. A set of double wrought iron gates leads
to the shingled drive to the east, which runs alongside the property, with parking
for a number of cars and access to the brick and tiled coach house range
surmounted by a cedar dovecot with running fox weathervane. Double doors
access the garage area with space for two cars, brick and concrete floor with light
connected, adjacent store area and original stables with original stable flooring
with timber dividers and wrought ironwork. (Subject to planning consents, the
coach house could be converted to alternative use, including office or granny
annexe), Timber hand gate to garden with lean-to potting shed with mower store
with concrete floor and storage shelf. Extensive range of timber and corrugated
iron lean-to outbuildings providing additional storage, with concrete floor, wood
store and additional store room, currently used as a games room with double
doors and corrugated iron roof.


The impressive formal garden area, laid out in the 1850's when many of the major
trees were planted, runs away from the back of the house, with a high hedge to
the west, together with a deep flower border, mature yew trees and a wide area
of lawn, which opens out into the main garden, with beech hedge, central circular
pond with decorative brick surround and cut and shaped box hedging leading
into the body of the garden and with access to a number of 'compartments'
created by hedging and mature trees, providing many different hidden spaces
interspersed with further herbaceous and shrub borders and extensive part-
walled kitchen garden area and old orchard. 19th Century stone balustrade and
steps down to an area of spinney. Fenced paddock area leading down to river
frontage. In all approximately 4 1/2 acres.

Bridgewick Hall lies adjacent to the church in a conservation area in
the village of Chappel, which is conveniently located approximately
seven miles northwest of Colchester. The village shop, which is
within walking distance, provides day to day needs, with more
comprehensive educational, commercial and recreational facilities
in Colchester, which also has a fast intercity train direct to London
Liverpool Street Station (45 minutes) or from Marks Tey (3 miles).

Chappel itself is best known for its brick viaduct, which forms
a striking approach to the village. The village is surrounded by
undulating picturesque countryside with good walking and riding
opportunities. The A12 is easily accessed to the south (3 miles)
and for the boating enthusiast, there are marinas on the Walton
Backwaters at Titchmarsh, Shotley Point, Levington, Woolverstone
and Fox's on the River Orwell outside Ipswich. There are also a
number of good golf courses in the area.

Colchester (7 miles) o London Liverpool Street Station
(45 minutes) o A12 (3 miles)

From Colchester take the A1124. Continue under the brick viaduct. Turn left in the centre of the village past the village shop and pub. After 200 yards turn right and Bridgewick Hall is on the right hand side next to the church

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