Savills | Hovis Mill Lane, Sible Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3AL | Property for sale
4,505 sq ft(418.53 sq m)
Guide price £1,200,000

Hovis Mill LaneSible Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3AL

    Key features

    • Peaceful setting in the heart of north Essex
    • Fully renovated throughout with exceptional attention to detail
    • Five bedrooms
    • Excellent reception space
    • Landscaped gardens siding onto the river Colne

    A beautifully renovated period house occupying a peaceful setting.

    About this property

    • A stunning five bedroom period house beautifully restored and extended occupying an idyllic setting close to the historic villages of Sible and Castle Hedingaham, in the heart of north Essex. Constructed shortly after the First World War, Fordside Cottage was originally two mill workers' cottages which were an integral part of the running of the nearby 'Hovis Mill'. The cottages were thoughtfully converted into a single dwelling in the 1960s and extended in 2019 to create a truly stunning and generously proportioned house totalling around 4,500 sq ft. The property has been completely renovated with exceptional attention to detail with many eco-friendly additions including an air-source heat pump and solar panels.

      The accommodation is arranged over two levels comprising a welcoming entrance hall with stairs rising to the first floor. There is a cloakroom, a boot room and a home office accessed from the hall along with a comfortable sitting room with a central fireplace with an inset log-burning stove. A prominent feature of the ground floor is the wonderful symmetrical red-brick floor which adds to the historic nature of the building. Spanning the south elevation of the house is large open-plan kitchen/family room with glazed elevations opening and offering views over the garden and beyond. The kitchen is a sociable space with a central informal dining bar and a collection of eye and base level units with extensive worktops. The kitchen is fully equipped with appliances and opens to a walk-in pantry and utility room. The family room provides access to an inner lobby which links the garage and stairs and leads to a first floor bedroom with en suite facilities and a balcony. This part of the house would make an ideal teenage or extended family space with the option to utilise part of the garage to provide self-contained living. The remaining four bedrooms are accessed from the main part of the house including a stunning principal bedroom room suite with dressing area and a luxury en suite bathroom. There is a further en suite bedroom and a family bathroom.

      Fordside Cottage occupies a largely rectangular-shaped plot totalling about 0.55 of an acre providing a landscaped garden and an extensive L-shaped terrace which offers a wonderful extension to this charming house. The garden is south-facing and provides an expanse of lawn which straddles the river providing direct waterside access. The garden, which backs and sides onto open meadowland, has been thoughtfully planted with a variety of specimen trees and shrubs offering all-year-round enjoyment. To the front the house enjoys an extensive driveway providing parking for numerous vehicles leading to a double garage with workshop facilities.

      Mains water, private drainage (compliant). Air-source heat pump and solar panels.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    A lovely period house and garden - I'm constantly drawn down to the riverbank.

    Karl ManningProperty agent

    Local information

    • Fordside Cottage occupies a rural situation off a designated 'Protected Lane', in land designated as a 'Special Landscape Area' ,adjacent to the ford within Hovis Mill Lane. The property straddles the River Colne in a very special setting, surrounded by delightful countryside, meadowland and woodland accessed via a network of footpaths.
    • The nearby historic villages of Castle and Sible Hedingham have better than average village amenities, including a variety of shops and community groups.
    • The larger areas of Halstead and Braintree provide a more extensive range of facilities.
    • The area provides a variety of educational facilities at Sible Hedingham, Halstead, Braintree and Gosfield which includes St. Margaret's Prep School, Gosfield School and a primary school.
    • For the commuter, there are train services to London Liverpool Street from Braintree, Kelvedon or Witham. By road there is access to the A120 to the south of Braintree which links with the M11 and Stansted Airport.

    Additional information

    • Directions: Take the A131 towards Braintree. Turn right on to the bypass and continue on the bypass until the junction of the A131 at Bocking. At the roundabout, turn towards Halstead, and at High Garrett bear left on to the A1017 and proceed through Gosfield. On the edge of Sible Hedingham, turn right on to the A1124 towards Halstead, and after 200 yards take the first turning left down the narrow lane (this lane is not marked but if lost, is locally known as Hovis Mill Lane). Proceed to the bottom of the hill where the property can be found on the right-hand side shortly before the ford. Postcode: CO9 3AL
    • EPC Rating = C
    • Tenure = Freehold