7 bedroom detached house for saleSpains Hall, Finchingfield, Essex, CM7
- Grade I Listed Elizabethan Manor
- 6 bedroom farmhouse
- 3 bedroom lodge
- Converted stable buildings
- Swimming pool
- Tennis Court
- Cart shed
An historic Elizabethan country house set in its own 70 acres of unspoilt parkland with ancillary accommodation and agricultural barns.
Spains Hall is situated in the heart of rural North West Essex, within walking distance of Finchingfield which is recognised as one of England's most picturesque villages. The house is set comfortably at the centre of its own parkland with views over its gardens, lakes and woodland. Finchingfield offers a post office, general store, and various excellent public houses and restaurants. For a greater selection of amenity and shopping conveniences, Chelmsford, Cambridge, Saffron Walden and Bishops Stortford are easily accessible.
Transport links - By Rail
Braintree Train Station - 10 miles (trains from 60 minutes to London Liverpool Street).
Audley End Train Station - 15 miles (trains from 55 minutes to London Liverpool Street).
Stansted Airport - 13 miles (trains from 47 minutes to London Liverpool Street).
Bishops Stortford - 21.7 miles (trains from 34 minutes to London Liverpool Street).
Stansted International Airport - 13 miles.
Sporting activities in the area include hunting with the East Essex Hunt, racing at Newmarket, Chelmsford City Racecourse, golf at Saffron Walden Golf Club, Chelmsford Golf Club and Braintree Golf Club.
A wide range of schools are available in the area including St Margarets Prep, Felsted School, New Hall School in Chelmsford, King Edwards VI Grammar School, Chelmsford County High School for Girls and Friends School in Saffron Walden. The excellent schools in Cambridge are also a viable option.
A fragment of the house from medieval times survives in the roof above the dining room, one bay of a king-post hall roof, a rare feature and is tentatively dated to 1410. The house we see today is essentially an Elizabethan one, which has been continually altered and embellished over 400 years. The main features were built in the 1580s, with the Dutch gables added in 1637 with a final wing in the same style added in the 1890s. It is a fascinating document of the changing use of the same family house.
Crucially the most recent alterations, carried out between 2008 and 2010 show almost no visible changes to the appearance of the three principal facades nor to the main rooms within the house. Except to say that these subtle changes, are in many ways the most revolutionary in its 500 years history and arise from a complete re thinking of the way a house of this age and character can be adapted and comfortably enjoyed in the 21st Century.
Square Footage: 13,796 sq ft
Acreage: 70 Acres
From London take the M11 North towards Cambridge/Stanstead airport. Take the A120 East towards Stanstead airport/ Colchester. take the B1256 exit towards Takely/Thaxted/Great Dunmow. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit to the B1256. Follow the B1256, and at the roundabout take the first exit into Great Dunmow (Stortford Road) at the roundabout take the first exit onto Rosemary Lane, continue onto the downs. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the causeway/ B1008, go over one roundabout. Turn right onto Lime Tree Hill/ B1057 and continue through Great Bardfield towards Finchingfield. As you come into Finchingfield, pass the Fox Inn public house on the left and the village green and duck pond on the right. Follow the road over the small bridge and immediately turn left following signs for Spains Hall. Spains Hall is on the right after about a mile.
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