Savills | Rookery Farm Estate, Blackmore, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 0LG | Property for sale
3,330 sq ft(309.37 sq m)
Guide price £1,895,000(€2,193,792)

Rookery Farm EstateBlackmore, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 0LG

    Key features

    • Video tour available
    • One of three properties occupying a wonderful setting
    • Adjoining miles of open countryside
    • Beautifully presented listed manor house
    • Planning for a detached cart lodge
    • No ongoing chain

    A listed manor house in about 3 acres occupying a convenient countryside setting offering some of the best views in Essex.

    About this property

    • The Manor House occupies a plot of about 3 acres (subject to land survey) and is approached over a 500m private drive, which also serves two adjoining barns. The house, which is listed as being of Grade II of Architectural or Historical Interest, dates from the 15th century, a former hall house with latter additions.

      An entrance vestibule opens into a fine reception hall which includes an impressive staircase. The east wing includes a beautiful drawing room with Inglenook fireplace and many fine exposed timbers with high ceilings. A traditional hand-painted kitchen has contrasting wood-block worktops and appliances include an AGA, an integrated dishwasher, a microwave, a fridge/freezer and oven, all anchored around an island unit providing a breakfast bar. Beyond, at the centre of the house, is a deep-glazed garden room with a traditional terracotta-style floor enjoying lovely views of the gardens. To the right is a bar area, utility and boot room and immediate access to the garden, and to its left a sizeable home office enjoying lovely views of the gardens, which sits behind an impressive sitting room with a great deal of natural light with three sets of deep windows. The focal point to the room is the red-brick open fireplace.

      On the first floor the principal bedroom suite occupies the entire right wing of the house with an impressive bedroom, en suite bathroom and comprehensively fitted dressing room to the rear. The second bedroom includes a lovely open fireplace and has an en suite bathroom. Two further bedrooms are serviced by a shower room. All rooms have high ceilings.

      A long gravel drive passes through the property's grounds, which are predominantly lawned with established tree borders to a parking area in front of the house for several vehicles. From here the property overlooks a small lake and adjacent there is planning permission for a detached 3-bay cart lodge garage.

      Immediately behind the house is a large terrace, ideal for al fresco dining and this seemlessly joins the extensive lawns bordered by deep herbacious beds planted for all-year colour and interest.

      In all around 3 acres with the possibility of purchasing two paddocks with stabling, electricity and water of a further 3 acres directly adjacent to The Manor House land.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    This house occupies one of my favorite stretches of Essex countryside in the commuter belt.

    Stephen WhiteProperty agent

    Local information

    • Chipping Ongar: 3.7 miles; Blackmore village (supermarket): 1.6 miles; Shenfield: 7 miles (London Liverpool Street from 19 minutes); Chelmsford city: 8.5 miles (rail service to London); Ingatestone village: 5.8 miles (rail service to London); Epping: 10.7 miles (underground rail service). All distances approximate.
    • This beautiful period home is one of three properties on an enclosed private estate, at the end of its own private access road of about 300m. The Manor House itself has its own private drive of about 200m.
    • The surrounding countryside includes numerous bridleways, footpaths and a selection of villages - most notably Blackmore to the south which includes its quintessentially English village green and duck pond, local supermarket, a selection of pubs, tea room and cafe together with a primary school. There is a good selection of both state and private schools within easy reach and some have local bus pick-ups.
    • The village of Ongar, to the west, has a more comprehensive choice of eateries, a Sainsbury's and Tesco and a variety of independent shops.
    • Chelmsford city, to the east, includes a vibrant pedestrianised shopping area including Bond Street shopping hub with a selection of well known retailers including John Lewis. Chelmsford is also on the main line into London Liverpool Street.

    Additional information

    • Services: Mains water, electricity and gas. Private drainage to new Klargester. Full fibre: 900 mbps internet speed. new boiler and new high pressure mains water system.
    • Agent's Note: An electric security gate will be installed for access to the three properties, by the current owners. An agreement will be put in place requiring a third share of maintenance costs going forward.
    • Viewing: Strictly by appointment with Savills.
    • Directions: From Chelmsford proceed west on the A414 for just under 7 miles, turning left into Rookery Road just before the Norton Heath fuel station. After a short distance turn left signposted Rookery Farm Estate. Once through the estate gate you will see a signpost on the left to The Manor House then bear left to the parking area in front of the house. Postcode: CM4 0LG
    • EPC Exempt