A beautifully presented country cottage with a substantial outbuilding in a glorious rural setting. No onward chain.
A remarkable period-style house providing thoughtfully designed accommodation. The property is in a peaceful and accessible setting within a glorious part of north Essex. Oakwood House underwent a thorough programme of restoration and enlargement in 2004 and enjoys well balanced and light-filled accommodation with four first floor bedrooms and three reception rooms. The property has been beautifully finished with many of the rooms offering a wealth of light-coloured oak beams and characterful features, twinned with high quality fittings. There is hydro underfloor heating to the entire ground floor, with radiators to the first floor and electric underfloor heating to first floor bathroom and en suites.
The property commands a wonderful position within its plot, slightly set back from its country lane setting, with mature gardens totalling around 0.6 of an acre.
The house is accessed from the front opening to a welcoming reception hall with a tiled floor and bespoke oak panelling. Stairs lead to the first floor with storage below. The sitting room is a delightful space offering an impressive open fireplace, attractive oak ceiling beams and porcelain-tiled floor. There are bespoke wall lights and a feature square arch leading through to the remainder of the room which has French doors to the conservatory. To the far side of the house is the dining room, which is an atmospheric room with period features, again with a porcelain-tiled floor and an adjacent cloakroom. The kitchen/breakfast room is a wonderful space of open-plan design with a southerly aspect, overlooking the garden. There is a range of bespoke 'Schmidt' units and composite quartz worktops and a collection of integral Neff' appliances which include a 'slide and hide' oven, a dishwasher, an induction hob and an extractor, a larder fridge and an undercounter fridge. Beyond here, and accessed via glazed French doors is an impressive 'Amdega' conservatory which is perfect for entertaining and can also be accessed via the sitting room. There is also a useful utility room which includes an additional Neff combined oven/microwave and a water softener.
The first floor comprises a split-level landing with rooflights and a practical storage cupboard. The principal suite is situated on the south-westerly elevation and is a wonderful room with a part-vaulted ceiling and built-in wardrobes. There is an attractive en suite bathroom with shower enclosure. The guest suite is situated on the north-easterly elevation, also enjoying a part-vaulted ceiling and a spacious en suite.
To the rear of the property are two further generous bedrooms, orientated with views over open countryside. Both these rooms are served by a family bath/shower room.
Oakwood House is approached through a pair of electrically-operated five-bar gates, with retaining hedgerows. An attractive redbrick path, which is flanked by lawn and box hedging, leads to the front door with a covered porch of pitched roof deign. There is an extensive area of gravel parking to the front, offering a courtyard setting separating the house and outbuilding. The garden has been thoughtfully separated by terraces and herbaceous borders, which are stocked with a variety of flowers, shrubs and plants, providing all-year-round colour and enjoyment. The garden also enjoys a small orchard of fruit trees including cherry, crab apple and conference pear.
A short distance from the house is modern two-storey outbuilding providing a double garage, workshop and cloakroom, with first floor multi-purpose rooms offering a versatile space with a range of possibilities. The outbuilding is particularly impressive and offers exceptionally useful supplementary accommodation to the main house. A 63 amp power supply serves the building which comprises two separate garages with electric roller doors. To the side is a useful boot room which has a cloakroom. Stairs lead to a superb studio/workshop which could be utilised for variety of purposes. This is a particularly light space, with a triple-aspect and Velux roof lights.
A large sandstone terrace extends from the kitchen and conservatory making it ideal area for socialising and family entertaining. To the rear of the plot is a small paddock offering a wide variety of trees that include an Indian bean tree, silver birch, acers, and a ginkgo, set amongst a wonderful flower meadow. All in about 0.6 of an acre.
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A wonderful family home! The property enjoys a lot of natural light and good ceiling heights, unusual for its age. The potential of the outbuilding should not be underestimated - a wonderful addition.Karl ManningProperty agent