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4 bedroom country house for sale

Church Road, Wickham Bishops

£860,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Stunning conversion of an early Victorian family residence
  • Four storeys and High ceilings
  • Orangery
  • Sun filled kitchen/breakfast room
  • Sitting room and Family Room
  • Dining room
  • Elegant master bedroom
  • Four bedrooms/three bathrooms
  • Landscaped garden
  • Convenient for A12 and Witham Station

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

It was almost 18 years ago now that Bob and Elizabeth Murphy were first drawn to striking High Hall House. Once a wing of a grand country mansion, the impressive property caught their attention for its spectacular character as well as its highly desirable position. “We love old buildings and this one was completely unique,” they recall. “With its ornate architectural features, such as its sculptured chimneys, it was quirky and interesting but also offered accommodation that was designed to flow well, so we knew would be ideal for family living. It was set at the heart of the village, with excellent access to the A12 and Witham Station, yet also tucked away so even people who have lived in Wickham Bishops for years have no idea it is here.”

SHEER POETRY

Dating back to at least 1840, the Grade II Listed house, which was divided in 1982, is believed to have been owned by the family of poet and politician Lord Byron. Modelled in a Jacobean style, it is thought to have been based on Thrumpton Hall, built in 1608 in Nottinghamshire and once home to Byron. “Then in the early 1900s, High Hall House was owned by Sir Harcourt Gilbey Gold, who was a renowned rower and multiple boat-race winner,” Bob adds. “He was the first person to be knighted for services to rowing and his portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.”

A WARM WELCOME

Entered at ground-floor level, the exquisite house, which has high ceilings and a bright, airy interior, was ready to move into when the couple bought it. From its reception hall, there is access into the dining room, cloakroom and elegant drawing room, with its beautiful bay window and door on to the garden. “We added an orangery to the back of the house in 2011, which has given us a wonderful kitchen, breakfast and family room, with an adjoining utility room,” explains Elizabeth. “This is a lovely light room, which looks out over the garden and is warm at all times of day.” With space for a table and chairs, and comfortable seating, this room has been designed to incorporate an island and breakfast bar. “This room has been brilliant for family life and for entertaining,” she observes.

FAMILY LIVING

From the hall, there is access down to the basement, another superb family space. “This is a multipurpose room, which has been fantastic over the years,” Bob admits. “It has been perfect for parties and as an office space, music room and extra living room for watching television in. It could even be converted into self-contained accommodation for an older teenager or grown-up child if required.” The first and second floor of High Hall House have also been exceptionally flexible, the couple suggest. “We have a lovely master bedroom and en suite bathroom on the first floor, as well as a second bedroom with a cloakroom, which could easily be converted into an en suite shower room. As our children got older, however, they migrated up to the second floor, where we have two more bedrooms and a family shower room, and they were able to have their own space.”

ELEGANT INTERIOR

The house, which has been decorated in a traditional style, with chalky paints in heritage shades and attractive wallpaper prints, is set in landscaped gardens and opens easily on to its outside space. “The gardens are enclosed and are lovely in warmer weather. We have held 21st and 50th birthday parties out there and even had marquees attached to the house on occasion.” When not spending time relaxing in the fresh air at home, Bob and Elizabeth are keen walkers, who have enjoyed having footpaths, woodland and the Blackwater Estuary close by. “We are about 5 miles from Maldon, which is a lovely small town and is nice for coastal walks,” they agree.

EXCELLENT LOCATION

Life in Wickham Bishops has certainly suited the family well. They have enjoyed living somewhere with an active community, busy village hall, health spa, tennis club and corner shop. “We have good primary schools nearby and are well positioned for the secondary and grammar schools in Colchester and Chelmsford,” says Bob. “We are about 10 minutes’ drive from the station at Witham, which means we can commute into London in under an hour, and we also have proximity to the A12, which connects with the M25.” Now relocating, the couple will miss the convenience of the area, as well as their beautiful home. “We will miss the space and flexibility we have here, as well as the secluded yet secure setting of the house, which has been perfect for us over the years,” they add.


SETTING THE SCENE 
Set in a courtyard arrangement, the property enjoys ample off-road parking and safe space for children to play out on their bikes to the front of the house. To the rear, it opens on to mature gardens, with well-kept beds and lawns. There is also a garage.

WHATS NEARBY 
The village of Wickham Bishops is a popular location within Essex and the centre of an active community. The village is well served by local amenities, notably the Church of St Bartholomew’s, village hall, library, general store with Post Office, doctors surgery, restaurant and nearby Public House. There is also a sports field with a cricket club, football teams and tennis courts.

WITHIN EASY REACH 
The town of Witham is just 3 miles to the west offering a greater range of shops including supermarkets, together with its railway station providing a regular service to London Liverpool Street with an approximate journey time of 45 minutes. The nearby city of Chelmsford is just 9 miles to the south west providing a full and comprehensive range of commercial, shopping and entertainment amenities.
This area, at the heart of Essex, is well placed for numerous leisure activities including a number of golf clubs in the area, together with the River Blackwater to the east catering for a broad range of walking, bird watching and sailing pursuits. The area is also particularly well served for all levels of education; both private and state.

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10 January 2020

Nearest stations

  • Witham (2.3 mi)
  • Hatfield Peverel (3.3 mi)
  • Kelvedon (4.6 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Witham (2.3 mi)
  • Hatfield Peverel (3.3 mi)
  • Kelvedon (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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