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A substantial 4 bedroom extended and unique property offering period charm, modern luxury, and stunning countryside views all-round. Idyllic rural setting only 45 min commute to London. A property of this character and location is truly one of a kind
• c500 year old extended Tudor cottage set in beautiful south facing grounds
• All-round stunning countryside views in an idyllic location
• Exposed beams, fireplaces, and other original features
• 4 double sized bedrooms / two bathrooms
• Commutable to London with 45 min train journey
• Highly rated catchment schools with qualifying free school transport
• Planning permission for further development
• Highly energy efficient / low cost ownership
This charming Grade II listed c500 year old classic chocolate box cottage has been tastefully updated and extended to a superbly high specification with no expense spared, providing extensive additional amenity taking full advantage of its picturesque rural location.
A short distance from the historic villages of Bures, Mount Bures and Wormingford (with local doctors surgery, village shops. pubs, and post office etc) the area is famed for its outstanding natural beauty and abundant wildlife. The property has breath-taking countryside views all-round including those of its own spectacular flower meadow and south facing gardens.
Away from the heart of the local villages the property enjoys the company of four other charming neighbouring cottages forming a delightful hamlet of five. Despite its peaceful seclusion the location is only a few miles from the busy market town of Sudbury and the same distance in the opposite direction (only 15mins drive) from Britain’s oldest recorded town of Colchester. The latter provides easy access to the mainline train station offering non-stop trains direct to Liverpool Street with a journey time of just 45 mins for city commuters.
Associated with the unique rural location is the significant and rare advantage of still being within the catchment areas of two very highly rated primary and secondary schools with the exceptional benefit of free, door-to-door, direct school transport.
Upon arrival you are welcomed with extensive off-street parking to the front for multiple vehicles. This area is landscaped to include spring bulbs and summer flowers along with a slow growing perfectly formed Norwegian fir which serves as a special focal point at Christmas. From the driveway area you can approach either the old or the new sides of the property directly via either the formal front entrance through the original c1529 front door, or the central glazed link which connects both sides of the property.
The property itself is in two distinct sections providing a useful measure of privacy and separation between the original Tudor building to the front, with children and guest bedrooms, and the slightly bigger barn conversion style building to the rear with its master bedroom. Both parts of the property are blended together via an impressive floor to ceiling glazed walkway that connects them.
Stepping inside the front door you are greeted with all the charm and character of the kitchen, the original heart of the household, which displays many period features including a very large original brick fireplace (behind which resides an adjoining “bakers oven”), polished original brick flooring, exposed oak beams, and well-appointed kitchen facilities including cooker, dishwasher, cupboard space and breakfast area overlooking the beautiful front garden which is filled with Hollyhocks and Lupins and other flowers throughout the growing season.
Leading off from one side of the kitchen is the first of four generous-sized double bedrooms offering its own wood burner, parquet flooring, and period features including an original built-in corner cupboard/bookcase, exposed beams, and windows to both back and front gardens.
Leading off from the other side of the kitchen is a hallway/cloakroom area providing access to both the downstairs bathroom and upstairs bedrooms.
The ground floor bathroom is compact but well laid out with low level WC, wash basin, shelf space, tiled walls and floor, and deep traditional bath with shower attachment, and a window looking out to the rear garden area.
From the hallway leading up via an original winding oak staircase is the first of two more double-sized bedrooms. Entering through an original oak door this room has fitted wardrobes, exposed beams, carpeted flooring (under which is preserved original wide plank solid oak floorboards), window to the front overlooking the flower meadow with countryside views beyond, and door to bedroom three.
Leading on from bedroom two is bedroom three separated by its own original oak door. Also a double-sized bedroom this room has exposed beams, carpeted flooring (under which is preserved more original wide plank solid oak floorboards), and window to the rear providing beautiful countryside views.
Glazed Link Walkway
Leading on from the hallway area is the transition between the old and new sides of the property via a glass walkway providing a flood of natural daylight all year round. This area, with its hard wearing rustic stone tiled floor, doubles as a very effective utility space for incoming and outgoing pedestrian traffic wanting to enter/exit either side of the building and in warmer months both flanks of this link can be opened up to the summer breeze.
Immedia upon entering the new side of the property you can find tucked away on the left a tastefully decorated classic style utility room with all-round shelving, storage space, base units, full-size butlers sink with exquisite tiling, full length worktop area, and washing machine. This room is floored with high quality quarry tiles and enjoy beautiful views of the garden including the pond.
Beyond the utility room is the main living space. This large living room occupies almost the entire ground floor of the new side of the property and has been meticulously designed and finished to provide luxuriously comfortable surroundings that enhance the overall period character. This includes extensive use of oak and traditional brick along with an exceptional solid oak floor comprised of one inch thick aged oak floorboards laid down with Tudor rose cut nails. With windows to both sides the room is wonderfully light and airy on bright days, and delightfully warm and cosy in Winter. The main centrepiece of the living room its splendid back-lit open brick fireplace which when used fills the whole area with a glowing warmth. The room has extensive ambient lighting options and is also wired for quadraphonic sound as well as being served by both Saite and Freeview TV services. Expanding the already large area of the living room is the adjoining Sun Room.
Leading off from the Living Room is one of the most peaceful and tranquil areas of the property. The Sun Room is a South facing sun lover’s delight enabling all year round appreciation of the gardens and enjoyment of even the weakest Winter sunshine. This room is also used as the main dining area with its dimmable and colour toned ambient lighting, bluetooth music facilities, and all-round spectacular views across the gardens.
Bedroom Four (Master)
Opposite the utility room is traditional handmade period style door behind which is a staircase leading up to the master bedroom. This large carpeted room benefits from windows to two aspects, a high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, dimmable LED spot lights with additional remote controlled colour tone lighting, and useful loft storage. The front aspect provides spectacular garden, meadow, and countryside views, and internally the specially commissioned Tudor style brick fireplace provides the cosiest of bedroom experiences.
Leading off from the Master Bedroom is the en-suite bathroom. Providing a large glass walk-in double shower, full-sized panelled bath, low level WC, traditional wash basin and simultaneous countryside views from two different aspects. A heated towel rail, limestone tiled flooring, and a flat-screen TV complete this room’s luxurious indulgence.
This exceptionally well maintained family home sits on a plot of approx. 2 acres of mature grounds, of which approx. 1.25 acres (STS) is included within the purchase price. This includes all of the grounds in closest proximity to the property comprising gardens front and back, impressive lawns, the large flower meadow where wild flowers bloom extensively, and a well populated largely self-maintaining mature pond with an abundance of fish. The stunningly beautiful gardens and views that this idyllic location has to offer are unmatchable, and especially so for a property as commutable as this. The cleverly divided proportion of lawns and meadowland also ensure minimal and easy upkeep.
There are outbuildings and woodstores with power and lighting to both providing extensive external storage facilities. There is CCTV and all-round PIR LED floodlighting to all areas of the property. Full planning permission has been granted for a large 1.5 storey double bay cart lodge and for additional solar (electric) power as well.
Whilst not requiring an EPC the property is highly energy efficient with a huge bank of solar thermal tubes providing comple free domestic hot water for approxima 6 months of the year which is banked in a highly efficient 500L thermal store. During winter months the thermal store is heated by one of several wood burning stoves and is linked to a central heating system serving radiators to all rooms of the property. With the addition of high spec thermal insulation and super-efficient LED lighting throughout, near invisible double glazing, and the maximum possible Renewable Heat Incentive solar rebate payments from the government factored in, the total utility outgoings are in the region of just £75/month.
The property also benefits from a local bus route providing doorstep pick-up and drop-off convenience for non-drivers from once an hour buses serving Sudbury and Colchester where all other main transport services are readily available.
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