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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Great Yeldham

Guide Price £695,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 3845 SQFT - THREE LEVELS
  • FIVE/SIX BEDROOMS- THREE BATHROOMS
  • THREE RECEPTION ROOMS
  • KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM
  • FORMER FORGE/WORKSHOP-GARAGE
  • LANDSCAPED GARDEN 1/3 ACRE
  • PRIVATE DRIVEWAY
  • PARKLAND VIEWS

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

THE STORY

Looking back to the first time they saw Westwoods, the current owners can remember exactly what enticed them to the beautiful village home. They loved its size, character and excellent location in Great Yeldham. "It is a large home, in a particularly good position, overlooking the village green," one of them says. "As you drive along the road and look out across the meadow, you can see it on the far side of the green." The other owner adds: "We thought it was a very nice looking house and it was just the right size for us. When you step inside, there is a feeling of space and it still has many of its period features." The property was once owned by Reverend Sir Peile Thompson, 2nd Baronet of Guiseley who was responsible for the renovations in 1912, and also Herbert Whitlock, one of the founders of Whitlock Brothers Ltd who at one time employed over 600 locals.

A COLOURFUL HISTORY

The Grade II Listed property is believed to date back to the 16th century and to have been extended since then. "Around 1912, it had quite a major refurbishment, especially to the front of the house, which now has an Edwardian-style façade," he explains. "At one point in its history it was the village Post Office - in our ground floor study you can still see some of the old shelving that was used for sorting. It was also the village shop - a grocer's and draper's store - owned and run by a shopkeeper called Arthur Westwood. There was also a working forge here."

STYLISH INTERIOR

Over the past seven years the couple have been at the property they have renovated and upgraded it throughout. "We have tried to reinstate and enhance the original features; everything has been done extremely sympathetically while also ensuring the house is suitable for modern living." The property now has a bright, airy ambience and stylish finish, with interior shades carefully chosen from the likes of Farrow & Ball and Little Greene Paint Company. In the kitchen, there are tiles from Fired Earth and a limestone floor from Mandarin Stone. "Elsewhere on the ground floor there is French oak flooring and in the hall we have Harvest Hare print wallpaper from St Jude's," she adds.

FAMILY LIVING

The ground floor accommodation includes an entrance hall and inner halls. To the front of the property are the bay-fronted family room and drawing room: the drawing room is dual aspect, with an ornate fireplace. There is also a study, laundry room and ground floor cloakroom, as well as the kitchen and breakfast room, where there are original larders. "There is lots of space to circulate and all the rooms are a really good size," he says. "We love spending time in the drawing room, as it is so spacious; the kitchen breakfast room makes a great family area."

INSIDE AND OUT

Up on the first floor there are five bedrooms and a beautiful family bathroom; on the floor above there is an attic bedroom. "All the bedrooms are attractive in different ways," she says. "Five are double in size: ours has a dressing room and an en suite shower room, while one of the guest bedrooms has a beautiful handmade copper bath. The children have always loved the attic room, which would have originally been servants' quarters." She adds: "The bedroom at the front of the house, which has been lovely for our daughter, has its own study area." The beautiful, landscaped gardens, with their exquisite plantings, have been an extension of the home to the family. There are areas for children to play and for outside dining and entertaining. "We have had some very nice family occasions here, with a big table out in the courtyard just off the kitchen, and perhaps 10 or 12 people sitting down to eat. This could also be an excellent home for large summer parties."

BEST OF EVERYTHING

Although the property has been perfect for the family, new owners could take it further. "We have a workshop that was originally the forge. This has two storeys and could (subject to the relevant planning permissions) be converted into an annexe for older relatives or holiday guests, or could become a superb office," he says. "There is a mezzanine above the garage which could have alternative use and two cellars, the largest of which could make a great cinema room or gym." Great Yeldham has been a great place to live, offering good access to schools, as well as to Saffron Walden, Braintree, Colchester and Cambridge, they suggest. "We can get into Suffolk easily and can commute into London by train from either Cambridge or Colchester. This is a fabulous place to be - we enjoy the best of all worlds - and now we are moving on we like to think of someone else enjoying it as much as we have done."

SETTING THE SCENE

Westwoods is set in beautiful gardens, of approximately one-third of an acre. It has been landscaped to feature hornbeam hedges, areas of lawn and beautiful trees, including copper beeches. "There is a courtyard area, which is very private, where it is nice to sit in the sunshine and to eat outside. There is ample off-street parking and a former forge building, which is now a workshop and garage but could hold scope for other possible uses.

WHATS NEARBY

The village of Great Yeldham benefits from primary schooling and local store (next door) with further shopping facilities, leisure facilities, primary and secondary schooling available in Sible Hedingham and Halstead.

WITHIN EASY REACH

For the commuter there is a train service from Sudbury via Marks Tey or Witham to London's Liverpool Street with access onto the A12 at Witham and onto the A120 at Braintree, which is now a dual carriageway to the M11 and Stansted Airport.


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