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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Crepping Hall Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester, CO6

Guide Price £3,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 6 bedrooms & dressing room
  • 4 bath/shower rooms
  • 5 reception rooms,
  • Study
  • Orangery/breakfast room
  • Cellar
  • Double garage with studio above & 5 bay garage
  • Tennis court & swimming pool
  • Formal gardens, orchard & paddocks

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Exceptional Grade I listed hall of considerable historical importance set within delightful gardens & grounds


Crepping Hall is situated to the north of the village of Wakes Colne in a delightful stretch of peaceful undulating countryside, yet within easy reach of Marks Tey and Colchester. Local shopping facilities are provided in Wakes Colne, Earls Colne and Tollgate at Stanway, with a more extensive range of shopping and recreational facilities in Colchester. A good range of private and state schools are also within easy reach and the commuter can either take a train from Wakes Colne changing at Marks Tey, or direct from Marks Tey or Colchester to London’s Liverpool Street. There is also access onto the A120 at Little Tey and A12 at Marks Tey.


Historical Note
Crepping Hall has a fascinating history with aristocratic connections. Many ancient documents reveal that several generations of the de Vere family, who were Earls of Oxford, lived here. Aubrey de Vere, the second Earl of Oxford, owned it during Henry IV’s reign and in 1483 Richard III gave it to
John Howard, the Duke of Norfolk. The hall was then returned to the de Vere family by Henry VII. John de Vere was the 13th Earl of Oxford and his two grandchildren, born at Crepping Hall, served as Military Commanders under Elizabeth I. The de Vere family tree hangs in the dining room and here
you will also find an ancient parchment showing that the hall was mentioned in the Domesday book, commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1086.

A long driveway takes you from Crepping Hall Road, past several acres of meadow, to a pair of gates which open giving access to the hall. A laurel hedge curves round a large gravel parking area. Crepping Hall’s long history is reflected in magnificent architecture with the original 12th century hall, added to in the Victorian era with a red brick extension to the north, a double bay Edwardian west wing housing the original billiard room. The new addition of the stunning orangery/breakfast room connects the kitchen to the main drawing room creating a fabulous modern open plan space.

The exterior of the house is impressive with the west wing two storey bay window taking centre stage. The handsome front door under a moulded portico opens into the Medieval reception hall which occupies part of the original open aisled hall built in the 12th century. The neighbouring Medieval
dining room is heavily timbered and boasts a tie beam which is steeply cambered with an Elizabethan intrusion at first floor level. An inglenook fireplace with bressumer beam above houses a log burner and herringbone parquet floor. This runs through into the reception hall and drawing room.
To the left of the reception hall is the Edwardian west wing, built in 1905. This houses four reception rooms on the ground floor and three of the six bedrooms on the first floor. Both the games room to the front and the sitting room to the rear benefit from large bay windows. The games room is
a wonderful family room with a window seat in the bay window and an open fire. The formal sitting room overlooks the rear garden and the herringbone parquet flooring, original window shutters, coving and picture rails exemplify the period. The two further rooms built during this period are
the study and snug with access to the south facing veranda overlooking the formal garden.

Prior to this in the 16th century, the property was expanded by way of the south-west cross wing which once housed a billiard room plus two further bedrooms on the first floor. The billiard room is now an impressive formal drawing room with stunning moulded cross beams, parquet flooring and a
beautiful Art Nouveau fireplace with a surrounding Norfolk seat located within an archway. French windows open onto the terrace and internal doors into the orangery.

The modern and beautifully crafted orangery serves as a breakfast room offering an incredibly bright and spacious area for informal dining, relaxing and enjoying garden views. The open plan kitchen is fitted with stylish German Poggenpohl units in black and white gloss and polished hard wood work
surfaces top it off. The central island has a breakfast bar and a Neff cooker to compliment the jet black Aga. The single storey Victorian extension houses the boot room and utility room with a door accessing the garden.

The garden is mostly laid to lawn and is dotted with mature shrubs and ancient trees. A formal garden is located on the southern aspect and here a box hedge edges a knot garden with box balls and beautiful roses. A pond is crossed by a wooden bridge and scented climbers drape over a pergola. There is a hard tennis court and a heated swimming pool hidden away in a private and secluded part of the garden. This rural idyll, surrounded by picturesque rolling countryside is just a short drive from bustling Colchester with its mainline station running trains into central London in around one hour and fantastic road links with the main A12 trunk road just a few miles away. Alongside the hall lies a double garage with a studio above and an impressive five bay L shaped garage.

Mains water, electricity, drainage.
Oil fired central heating.

Agents Note
A footpath lies across the southern paddock.

Square Footage: 9,407 sq ft
Acreage: 9.7 Acres


From the A12 at junction 26 take the A1124 towards Halstead/Stanway. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit on to Halstead Road, turn right onto Vernons Road and continue straight onto Crepping Hall Road, Crepping Hall will be found on the left.

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Added on Rightmove:
12 October 2018

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