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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Bromley Road, Ardleigh, Colchester


Property Description

Key features

  • EPC - F

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Tenure: Freehold

The Old Mission is a bijou, character property standing in its own grounds of approximately half an acre. It originally dates back to the mid 19th century and was built in the early Gothic revival style as a school for agricultural labourers by the Gurdon Rebow family. It was evidently known as 'the penny a week school,' and is thought to date back to approximately 1832. It was taken over around 1890 by the Church of England as a Mission Hall for meetings and worship. The original school room and house were used for worship, and the chapel was licensed for baptisms up until the 1960s. The site and buildings were purchased by the present owners in 1976, and it has since been extended yet still retains enormous character. The wealth of features displayed cover many periods and uses over its unique past. For example, the main school room or mission hall is now a spacious vaulted drawing room with splendid fireplace, a fine arched stone mullion stained glass window, and a clear view log burning stove. There are many cathedral arched windows and doors, and much that has been added is of the finest quality and in keeping with the Gothic era. The gardens back onto farmland and ancient woodland adjacent, yet being so convenient for the borough of Colchester and its excellent facilities.

Crockleford Hill is a small community of about ten dwellings on the Bromley Road, all well served by a Tesco Express and hair salon, as well as a small parade of shops in St Johns with supermarket and takeaways etc. At the suburbs of Highwoods and St Andrews there are also Tesco and Sainsburys supermarkets. London bound commuters have access to Manningtree or Colchester North railway stations with an excellent commuter train link to London Liverpool Street in a journey of just under one hour. Colchester town centre is less than three miles drive with three shopping precincts, restaurant facilities, entertainment and a town steeped in history with its Norman castle. There are an exceptional range of schools throughout the area both state and private, as well as the highly rated Royal Grammar School for boys and Colchester County Girls High School. There are good road links via the A133 to the coastal towns of Walton-on-the-Naze, Frinton-on-Sea, and Clacton-on-Sea via the A12 linking between Chelmsford and Ipswich, with connection north bound to the A14 and Midlands beyond, and in the opposing direction to the M25. Westwards via the A120 leading via Braintree to Stansted Airport and the M11 beyond. This part of Colchester leading towards the Stour Valley and the Suffolk border is renowned for its rolling countryside and the Dedham Vale with its connection to the artist Constable. There are excellent leisure facilities in the area, including golf clubs, sailing clubs on the rivers Blackwater, Colne and Stour, as well as the east coast resorts with their sandy beaches.

Main Cathedral Door:
Opening into:-

Entrance Hall:
11' 6" x 8' 3" (3.51 m x 2.51 m).

Downstairs WC:
Suite comprising high level WC, basin (h & c).

Reception Hall:
13' 7" x 10' 6" (4.14 m x 3.20 m) Radiator, red quarry tiled floor, solar tube light to ceiling, understairs cupboard.

Drawing/Sitting Room:
26' x 14' (7.92 m x 4.27 m) Formerly the school room. Vaulted ceiling, wood panelling, log burner to the Ancaster hard stone fireplace surround, three radiators. Windows on three sides (secondary double glazed), feature door to outside (not used), two fitted bookshelf units, stone side window, wooden removable ladder giving access to the mezzanine floor bedroom area.

Mezzanine Floor Bedroom Area:
13' 9" x 8' 10" (4.19 m x 2.69 m) Ideal extra bed space.

Rear Boot Room/Lobby:
Door to side.
Tower Area: 6' 5" x 5' 10" (1.96 m x 1.78 m) Main Area: 9' 8" x 6' 5" (2.95 m x 1.96 m) A delightful room with tower area, radiator, three windows.

Music Room/Snug:
10' 9" x 8' (3.28 m x 2.44 m) Leaded light windows with secondary double glazing, radiator, recess for book shelves.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room:
16' 6" x 14' 9" (5.03 m x 4.50 m) Butler sink unit with cupboards under, electric programmable
AGA with external extractor fan, Pamment tiled flooring, walk-in pantry with shelves, fireplace, door to garden, three windows.

Utility Room:
9' 6" x 9' 6" (2.90 m x 2.90 m) Butler sink with cupboard under, worktop and two cupboards under, rear leaded light window, Pamment flooring, space for dishwasher and washing machine, wall mounted radiator,

Stairs to First Floor Landing:
Access to loft, two solar tube lights to ceiling, a range of floor to ceiling linen cupboards.

Master Suite:
9' 6" x 9' 6" (2.90 m x 2.90 m) Vaulted ceiling, two side windows, rear leaded light window with views over farmland, Parquet flooring, radiator.

Dressing Area:
9' 2" x 7' 4" (2.79 m x 2.24 m) Door to landing, Parquet flooring, door to balcony, fitted airing cupboard with double sized foam tank with connection ready for solar panels.

En-Suite Bathroom:
Stained glass window, three small stone windows overlooking the rear farmland and woodland. Suite comprises freestanding bath, Staffordshire Charlotte china pedestal basin and high level WC, marble tiled flooring, Spanish tiling to half height.

Bedroom (2):
13' 6" x 13' (4.11 m x 3.96 m) Side window, leaded light window, solid oak floor, walk in wardrobe/store cupboard.

Bedroom (3):
11' 5" x 8' 4" (3.48 m x 2.54 m) Side leaded light window, radiator.

Bedroom (4):
11' 8" x 7' 2" (3.56 m x 2.18 m) Oriel leaded light window, radiator.

Bedroom (5)/Office:
Main Area - 10' 3" x 6' 4" (3.12 m x 1.93 m). Tower Area 6' 5" x 5' 10" (1.96 m x 1.78 m) Leaded light window with views over garden, double radiator.

Shower Room:
6' 7" x 5' 8" (2.01 m x 1.73 m) Marble tiled floor and walls, a walk in shower with power unit, high level WC, basin on wooden plinth.

The Old Mission stands on a plot measuring approximately half an acre. Wrought iron gate giving access to the frontage with brick paved turning circle and leading to the detached garage/workshop/studio annexe.

10' x 7' (3.05 m x 2.13 m) Electric up and over door and side window.

24' x 12' 6" (7.32 m x 3.81 m) Parquet flooring, vaulted ceiling, chimney with a solid fuel stove, full height picture window to front, a pair of doors lead into the:-

12' 6" x 11' 9" (3.81 m x 3.58 m) Loft area, MCB electrical incoming supply and fuse board.

The gardens are mainly laid to lawn for easy maintenance with established trees and shrubs, including Hazel, Walnut, Apple, Pear, Greengage, Plum and Scots Pine. The gardens are enclosed by fencing and hedging.

There is a separate five bar gate access to the side leading to the top part of the plot and through a gate at the rear over the edge of the farmer's field giving further access into the rear of the plot too.

Wood store. Timber shed. Water well. Cupboard housing the Worcester Bosch oil fired boiler. PVC oil tank concealed frontage. Feature pond with brick built bridge. Rear patio enjoying a sunny aspect.

Special Note:
Mains water and mains electricity are connected. No mains gas. Oil supply for heating boiler. Private drainage to a Klargester septic tank in the rear garden.

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
20 December 2017

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