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White Colne

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Property Description

Key features

  • SPACIOUS AND STYLISH INTERIORS EXTEND TO 4123 SQFT
  • IMPRESSIVE HALL - HIGH CEILINGS
  • DRAWING ROOM - DINING ROOM - STUDY
  • KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM, LAUNDRY ROOM AND PANTRY
  • GARDEN ROOM
  • SIX BEDROOMS AND FOUR BATHROOMS
  • COACH HOUSE 0.7 OF AN ACRE
  • CONVENIENT FOR TOWN AND STATION

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

THE STORY

Enjoying the warmth of the sunshine out in their beautiful gardens, the owners of The Old Vicarage at White Colne look out across the valley and take in the magnificent scenery. Their spacious character home commands an enviable, elevated position, with views right across the Colne Valley. "This location really is idyllic," one of them says. "I decided to buy the house before we had even reached the front door - it was in such a beautiful setting. We are situated on top of a hill, down a very pretty, quiet country lane, with just one or two other attractive houses dotted around. There are some beautiful walks in this area: we often like to stroll across to Earls Colne village for breakfast or lunch and then walk home again. I will miss this peaceful location greatly when we leave."

CHARACTER STYLE

The current owners have been at the property for approximately six years now. The Old Vicarage dates back to around 1840 and has a colourful history, including, of course, being home to the local reverend for many years. "I love period properties and we were looking for a Victorian house," she explains. "We spent the first 18 months here carrying out renovation work, keeping to the original footprint but opening it up inside and changing rooms around." Rooms are decorated in Farrow & Ball paint, bathrooms are from Fired Earth and the bespoke kitchen designed by Orwells Furniture. "We wanted to keep the character of the house and to decorate it in the style of the era while also making sure it was comfortable to live in and had some modern features."

SUMPTUOUS ACCOMMODATION

The property offers sumptuous accommodation arranged over three storeys. It includes an inviting reception hall with original Victorian tiled floor, drawing room, dining room, study and orangery. There is also a laundry room and pantry on the ground floor. Upstairs, six bedrooms and four bathrooms can be found. "My favourite room, especially for entertaining, is the orangery, which has bi-folding doors on to the drawing room," she says. "It is lovely sitting there in the evening, looking up at the stars through the glass lantern in the roof." She adds: "In the winter time we love being in the drawing room, with an open fire."

OPEN FIRES

Another favourite room is the study, which also has a period fireplace and has been lined with bookshelves. "You get a real sense of the house in here, with the original shutters," she observes. "It is a very pretty, cosy room, where it is nice to sit with a book beside the open fire." Upstairs, the bedrooms all exude character too. "The master bedroom is beautiful - you go down a few stairs to reach it and then it has wonderful views from every window. The bed is positioned to face a large window, which has views out over the open fields - you can sit there in the mornings, with a cup of coffee just taking it all in."

WONDERFUL TIMES

The Old Vicarage has been the perfect place from which to enjoy the changing seasons. In the summer, the owners have enjoyed their beautiful lawned gardens of approximately 0.7 acres. "The garden is quite well established, with some very old plants. We have maintained it and cleared an area of woodland to make a play park for the children." In colder weather, they go for long walks in the area or relax in their inviting home with friends. "Christmas here is lovely - in fact, it is quite a big thing. We have a village church just a stones throw away and they do a lovely family service at Christmas, which is really quite special. It is a very sociable time of year and this house is a lovely place in which to celebrate."

POSSIBLE ANNEXE

The Old Vicarage is immaculate inside but still holds great potential for anyone seeking a project. Subject to the relevant planning permissions, its attractive red-brick coach house could possibly be converted into a two-storey annexe or even studio or work space. The owners have enjoyed their time at the beautiful house and, despite its tranquillity, its location has also afforded them easy access to Colchester, the A12 and train stations. "My husband commutes into London from Kelvedon, which has super-fast trains," she says. "Earls Colne is great for shops and is only a couple of miles away. Everything we need is close by yet we feel as if we are in the middle of nowhere. It is lovely."

SETTING THE SCENE

The Old Vicarage is set in beautiful, established grounds of approximately 0.7 acres. It is approached over a gravel drive with a parking area for a number of cars. The main garden is laid to lawn to the south of the house; there is a variety of trees and shrubs, as well as a children's play area; to one side is an enclosed vegetable garden and a barbecue area. Within the grounds is an old coach house would lend itself to being converted (subject to the usual planning consents).

WHATS NEARBY

White Colne is an attractive scattered village that lies in the Colne Valley with houses and farms dotted amongst open farmland. The nearest branch line station is at Chappel (about 1.5 miles) with mainline stations at Marks Tey (about 6.5 miles) and Colchester (about 8 miles) with trains to Liverpool Street taking under one hour. Neighbouring Earls Colne (2 miles) provides good day-to-day amenities whilst Colchester provides for more extensive needs including excellent schooling.

WITHIN EASY REACH

With easy access to the motorway network via the A12, many other cities and facilities are within very easy reach.
By car, Cambridge can be reached in 50 minutes, Stansted airport in half an hour and the lovely Essex coast including Mersea Island in about 40 minutes.
There are plenty of sports and leisure facilities nearby, including Stoke by Nayland and other golf courses.


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12 October 2017

Nearest stations

  • Chappel & Wakes Colne (1.3 mi)
  • Bures (2.8 mi)
  • Marks Tey (4.6 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Chappel & Wakes Colne (1.3 mi)
  • Bures (2.8 mi)
  • Marks Tey (4.6 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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Chewton Rose, Colchester

156 - 158 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

01206 916075 Local call rate

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