A listed Georgian village house two miles from Chelmsford city.
Baddow Place is listed Grade II of Architectural or Historical Interest and an extract from the listing states: "An early C19 gault brick house built on to a C17 timber-framed and plastered house, now at the rear. The front has a stucco parapet and cornice and stucco end pilasters. two storeys. five window range, double-hung sashes with glazing bars, in stuccoed reveals, with gauged brick flat arches." A recent extensive programme of renovation and redecoration has provided this delightful period house with modern facilities for easy and convenient 21st century living.
The broad front door, set beneath a pillared and canopied porch, opens into a beautiful south-facing reception hall measuring 20 ft x 16 ft and featuring a number of exposed wall and ceiling timbers, shuttered windows and a polished wood floor.
The hall provides access to the principal ground floor rooms, with steps rising up to a magnificent drawing room (believed to have been constructed in 1831) and the former billiard room. This room has three full-height shuttered windows framing views of the gardens and an attractive marble fireplace with log burner provides an additional focal point. Its appeal is further enhanced by its very high ceiling with deep cornice and a polished hardwood floor.
The east and west wings of the house incorporate the separate dining and sitting rooms, both of which are well proportioned and featuring shuttered sash windows and fireplaces, and a good-sized utility room beyond the sitting room houses two Valliant boilers, a range of fitted base and eye-level units, additional space for white goods and a door into the garden.
The kitchen/breakfast room lies at the rear of the house and includes an AGA set within a former fireplace, timber-faced fitted units with granite tops and a breakfast bar. A door gives access on to a secondary staircase to the first floor, a second door leading to what would formerly have been the tradesman's entrance and a side hallway leading down to the large cellar.
Plans already drawn up to extend the kitchen into the gardens would require planning permission and listed buildings consent.
The bedroom accommodation is arranged over three levels, with a fine staircase in the reception hall rising to a mezzanine landing with a study/bedroom seven to the south and a lovely double bedroom with shuttered front windows and adjacent shower room to the north.
The principal bedroom on the first floor has an extensive range of fitted wardrobes, a high ceiling, shuttered sash windows with window seats and a recently fitted en suite shower room with two hand basins, WC and walk-in shower cubicle. Another double bedroom on this floor also has fitted wardrobes and an en suite shower room, while the three good-sized bedrooms on the second floor each have the benefit of front dormer windows and one has a recently refitted en suite bathroom.
Outside: A long drive passes by the side of the house and on to a parking area in front of a double cart lodge with storage sheds on either side. The rear gardens, which are screened by mature evergreens and offer a great deal of privacy, are predominantly laid to lawn and there is an elevated terrace immediately behind the house which is ideal for al fresco dining. The steps down from this terrace lead to an undercroft and former servants' quarters, which currently provide a garden room that would also be suitable for a variety of other uses such as a gym or home office.
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I think this is one of Great Baddow's finest houses with wonderful accommodation for the growing family.Stephen White