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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Copped Hall, Epping, Essex, CM16

Guide Price £5,950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Reception rooms
  • Separate cottage
  • Garaging
  • Formal gardens
  • Further ancillary accommodation
  • Stables
  • Paddocks
  • Swimming pool

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Set in an elevated position enjoying outstanding panoramic views, a private country estate of about 24.8 acres with an historic Grade II Listed residence and additional ancillary accommodation.


The estate is set in an idyllic location at the end of a private lane conveniently placed for the local amenities yet discreetly positioned for privacy and security. It is situated on the fringes of the 2,400 hectare Epping Forest, two thirds of which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation.

Despite its rural setting, Wood House Estate is very well positioned for easy access to the motorway network via the M25, which links with the M1 (for the north), and the M11. Epping Station is also 1.7 miles away with London Underground (Central Line) trains to London Liverpool Street from 38 minutes and Canary Wharf from 43 minutes (Central and Jubilee Line).

Epping is an historic market town, popular with commuters and those who seek to combine access to countryside with the convenience of excellent transport links and local facilities. The town centre offers a range of shops, bars and restaurants while there are charming country pubs in the surrounding villages.

The local countryside provides lovely walks and bridle paths as does Epping Forest, which also offers angling, cycling and walking and running trails. Further leisure and relaxation opportunities include golf at Epping, Theydon Bois, Chigwell, North Weald, Toot Hill and Abridge, tennis and cricket at Epping and outdoor pursuits at the Lee Valley White Water Centre.

There are many well-regarded schools in the area including Coopersale Hall and Oaklands at preparatory level and Chigwell School and Bancroft's senior schools. A little further afield boarding is available at Brentwood School, Harrow, Felsted and Bishop's Stortford College.


The approach to The Wood House is quite exceptional; electric gates open to a driveway which cuts through the stunning grounds. Formal landscaping and clipped box hedging gives way to manicured lawns which roll down to the boating lake with willow trees gracing the banks. In the distance beyond the open countryside and woodland is the magnificent facade of stately Copped Hall in its parkland setting. It is a scene of undoubted beauty with a vista to admire.

The driveway splits; one fork leads to the equestrian facilities and the other winds through the archway to the entrance courtyard of The Wood House. This is a splendid and imposing historical period residence with conspicuous appeal - the interesting mix of Jacobean style with detailed pargetting to the exterior walls and full height leaded light bay windows with heavy oak mullions is at once impressive.

There is much of note: the principal reception rooms, adjacent to each other are both grand and welcoming, with outstanding views from the deep bay windows over the rose gardens and grounds beyond. These rooms are superb for entertaining with their magnificent interior decor. The drawing room is particularly splendid with pale oak panelling to the walls with a plaster frieze above and elaborate ornamental plasterwork to the ceiling. There is a wonderful stone fireplace with carved surround above which is an ornate carved oak over-mantel dated 1607, (TBC) which is understood to have come from Copped Hall. Inset in the deep bays are wonderful examples of Kempe's stained glass windows. Adjacent, the family room is a comfortable bright room with an ornate ceiling and period features. The dining room is perfect for formal dining and has a distinct ceiling panelled in green and maroon and enriched with gold leaf. The walls are panelled with heavy oak and a feature fireplace presents as a focal point, but it is the picturesque outlook from the dual aspect leaded windows, inset with Kempe's roundels including those illustrating the poem 'The Round of Life', which is most admirable.

There is a wealth of wonderfully preserved period features throughout The Wood House, including high ceilings, decorative cornicing, ornamental plasterwork, wood panelling, period fireplaces and the generous proportions typical of the period.

The Wood House is, above all, a desirable and welcoming home and it is quite apparent that its bright principal rooms and well-appointed bedrooms are perfect for family life as well as entertaining, assisted by modern conveniences including air conditioning in the Clive Christian kitchen, breakfast room, master bedroom suite and two further bedrooms. The lower ground floor provides excellent space for relaxed living and socialising with a fitted bar area leading through to the games room. Adjacent is the media room / library, a well-proportioned room with bespoke wood panelling, display shelving and heavy wooden leather-topped desk. A fitted TV is inset to the panelling and an integral surround sound home entertainment system enhances the viewing experience.

There are six double bedrooms on the first floor, all with individual quality en suite facilities, including a superb dual aspect 20' second bedroom with a very attractive outlook over the grounds. The master suite is suitably impressive for a residence of this calibre and features a bedroom with two deep bays offering wonderful views over the rose gardens towards the pool area, tennis court and countryside beyond. A fireplace, raised ceiling and panelled walls create a stately ambience and this continues through to luxurious en suite bathroom with free standing roll top bath in the bay window, rain shower, mirror TV and Clive Christian 'His and Hers' individual fitted vanity units. This leads on to the dressing room, which is equally opulent with Clive Christian fitted wardrobes, a dressing table and a central island with storage under, topped with heavy marble.


There is a detached Tudor-style cottage with self-contained accommodation near to the main house comprising kitchen / breakfast room, sitting room, two bedrooms (one en suite) and family bathroom, with its own courtyard and access to the green house and utility area behind. The adjacent laundry room is accessed separately via two heavy wooden doors.
Above the garage block in the entrance courtyard is the staff apartment providing a sitting room, kitchen and bedroom with en suite bathroom.
The groom's accommodation is set within the stable block and requires some updating. It comprises an open plan sitting room with kitchen area, shower room and first floor bedroom.


The Wood House is set within truly stunning grounds which have been beautifully landscaped to ensure resplendent colour and year-round interest. Formal gardens surround the house creating a stunning visual scene from the majority of rooms. Symmetrical manicured parterre enveloping rose bushes and lavender is intercut with herringbone pavers with a central paved terrace perfect for al fresco dining. Adjacent is the Walled Rose Garden with parterre and topiary alongside stunning perennials and rose bushes surrounding the central fountain. There is a fabulous brick and steel pergola with steps down to the walkway lined with wisteria and overlooking the Rose Gardens. To the east, beyond the heated pool area with delightful summer house, is Lime Walk, an avenue of trees with clipped box hedging encasing mature shrubs and flowers leading to a stately rotunda. Terraces and mature trees, shrub borders and meadow flowers are in abundance and the superb parkland grounds surround the boating lake with its own jetty. To the west is the all weather tennis court and further on, the full size football pitch. The gardens have an automated irrigation system and lighting fitted.

The stable block is set around hard standing and leads through to the paddocks and floodlit ménage. The further garage block and barns are also situated in the area, which provides a large parking area for numerous vehicles.

Acreage: 24.8 Acres

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