High Street, Hempstead, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 2PE | Property for sale | Savills
2,809 sq ft(260.96 sq m)
Guide price £1,600,000(€1,824,338)

High StreetHempstead, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 2PE

  • Recently sold

Key features

  • Sold in July 2023
  • Carefully restored throughout
  • Aga kitchen/breakfast room
  • Many period features
  • Mature gardens and grounds
  • Range of outbuildings, manege and paddocks

Beautifully presented old Vicarage set within mature grounds.

About this property

  • The Vicarage is located towards the edge of the village and is, perhaps surprisingly, some distance from the Church. Built in 1884, it has handsomely proportioned red brick elevations beneath a slate roof and retains many period features. The vendors have undertaken a very sympathetic restoration program during their tenure. This wonderful property provides a rare opportunity to purchase a versatile family home with gardens and grounds. In addition there is a potential for either an annexe or to link the former stables with the house to the rear (subject to PP). With a gated, sweeping gravel driveway, there are generous parking areas whilst a mature Yew hedge offers considerable screening and privacy.

    The impressive studded front door leads into the reception hall with period arches, encaustic tiled flooring and a substantial cantilevered principal turning staircase. The elegant drawing room (left) with views of the garden and the dining room (right) lead directly from the entrance hall, both offering dual aspect views and incorporating period fireplaces. The latter also has access to the kitchen which is fitted with bespoke Plain English painted cabinetry providing considerable storage. Fitted appliances include a dishwasher, fridge and an oil fired Aga and in addition, there is a pantry and full set of 11 house bells (some of which have been re-connected). The utility room adjoins with further storage, a butler sink, a water softener, plumbing for a washing machine, access to the cloakroom and a stable door to the rear courtyard. The study with built in desk and shelving is also next to the kitchen so could perhaps alternatively be used as a playroom and there is a secondary staircase from here. In addition there is a delightful morning room with further storage and built in shelving surrounding the open fireplace. This room offers lovely views across the gardens and provides access onto the terrace.

    On the first floor, the landing is light and spacious. To the front is the principal dual aspect bedroom with adjoining dressing room. The three remaining double bedrooms each enjoy pleasing views over the gardens and surrounding countryside. There are two bathrooms, one with a free standing roll top bath and double walk in shower, an adjoining WC and the other with a bath, shower and built in storage.

    The generous gravel driveway leads to both the front and side of the property and then onto the manège beyond. The lawned area to the front has a central planting of trees enclosed by box hedging. The formal gardens to the side, include a raised paved terrace overlooking the lawn, a variety of herbaceous borders and mature trees, with a private seating area enclosed by silver birches. Gravel paths lead to further secluded seating areas, the kitchen garden and paddocks.

    To the rear of the property is an enclosed courtyard with access to the detached former stable complex with potential for conversion as required (subject to planning permission). It provides a work shop, stores, tack room, stabling, a hay loft and wooden barn to the rear. The two paddocks and well-maintained gardens extend to approximately 3.5 acres.

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I am absolutely bewitched by The Vicarage and was so from the moment I approached the home and saw the sun bouncing off the red brick. The warmth of the home is ever present creating for me an absolutely beautiful place to raise a family.

Ben SmithProperty agent

Local information

  • Hempstead is an historic rural village with a variety of property types – some of which are understood to date from the 14th century. There is an active community here and a number of activities throughout the year centre around the Village Hall.
  • The thriving Medieval market town of Saffron Walden is approximately 7 miles away and has a good selection of local and national retailers as well as a variety of cafes and public houses.
  • The M11 motorway is accessed from either Stump Cross (11 miles southbound only) or Bishops Stortford (18.7 miles) and provides access to London. The nearest train station is Audley End (approximately 9 miles) which provides regular fast services to London Liverpool Street (under 50 minutes) and Cambridge.
  • Schools in the area include Dame Bradbury's in Saffron Walden (which feeds into The Stephen Perse Foundation) and there are a variety of private schools in Cambridge including The Leys, The Perse, St Mary's, St Johns and St Faiths.
  • Overall, Hempstead is a peaceful and idyllic village, with easy access to nearby towns and cities. It may appeal to those looking for a more rural lifestyle, while still being within reach of urban amenities.
  • (All distances and times are approximate)

Additional information

  • EPC Rating: E
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Council Tax Band: G