A beautifully renovated period house occupying a peaceful setting.
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 Manning