A hidden gem surrounded by National Trust wood and heathland.
Dane Court is a substantial house constructed about 15 years ago designed and orientated to overlook its own grounds with far-reaching views towards the Crouch Valley and beyond. It occupies a beautiful and private location, which is approached through an electric-gated entrance with substantial brick piers off an unmade woodland track. The front elevation is a symmetrical Palladian-style mansion whilst at the rear the size and grandeur is revealed over three floors. During the occupation of the current owners, they have created a substantial indoor swimming pool complex with direct access from the house. The room measures 63' x 33' (19.2m x 10.6m) and includes a swimming pool, steam room, Jacuzzi and changing rooms.
A fine reception hall includes an impressive staircase. The east wing of the house contains two substantial rooms separated by pocket-wall doors with a sitting room to the front with dual-aspect views over the side gardens and front entrance drive, whilst at the rear is the principal living room with elevated views over the grounds which is finished with a parquet floor and includes a hole-in-the-wall fireplace. At the centre of the house with access on to a substantial terrace lies the dining room/sitting room measuring 38' x 18.7', a lovely light-filled room with elevated views. Immediately adjoining is the kitchen/family room fitted with an Alno unique range of units featuring a subtle shimmering ceramic matt finish to the units and incorporating a wide range of integrated appliances including two dishwashers, Zip taps, Sub-Zero fridge, freezer, wine and larder cooler and a walk-in pantry. Again, the room is elevated over the grounds with direct access on to the terrace. Adjacent to the kitchen is a fitted cloakroom and at the front of the house is a bespoke, fully fitted library finished with oak and including a sliding ladder.
On the first floor a central galleried landing overlooks the reception hall and enjoys views to the front over the drive and woodland. There are five air-conditioned bedroom suites, all designed and fitted by Mark Wilkinson, with the principal suite at the rear of the house commanding southerly views over the Crouch Estuary and featuring an en suite dressing room and bathroom.
From the reception hall, winding stairs lead down to the lower level family games and entertainment areas which include a substantial games/dance studio which has access into the property's comms room and useful store rooms. There are two cloakrooms, a potential wine cellar, a utility room with laundry chute from both the middle and the upper floors, a home cinema with 4K projector, fitted La-Z-Boy chairs and air-conditioning. Beyond is a gym with mirrored walls and a link room into the indoor pool with glazed full-height doors immediately adjoining and opening on to a substantial lower level terrace.
Dane Court is approached over a woodland track to a substantial pair of electric gates on brick piers opening in to a drive passing the front of the house where planning has been granted for garaging and beyond an outbuilding has planning permission under planning ref 19/00512/FUL for its conversion into a residential property of about 2,350 sq ft. Detailed plans can be found on the Chelmsford City Council website. The gardens and grounds extend to about 10.57 acres predominantly laid to lawn with a scattering of mature trees. Towards the rear boundaries is a further good-sized outbuilding.
In all about 10.57 acres.
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Danbury is one of my favourite villages, surrounded by national trust woodland. Dane court is set in an opening of over 10 acres surrounded by woodland, within walking distance of the village. This is what makes this property so special.Stephen White