Wardens Hall Estate, Willingale, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0QA | Property for sale | Savills
4,743 sq ft(440.64 sq m)
Guide price £2,300,000(€2,701,148)

Wardens Hall EstateWillingale, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0QA

    Key features

    • Stunning listed barn with a contemporary interior
    • 250m gated estate drive
    • 3.8 acres of gardens and grounds
    • Approaching 5,000 sq ft of versatile living space
    • Epping underground station within 12 miles

    State-of-the-art living within a listed building on a private rural estate.

    About this property

    • Salters Barn, an extraordinary residence nestled within the prestigious Wardens Hall estate, boasts approximately 5,000 sq ft of opulent, light-filled living space. The original barn is believed to date back to the 18th century and is named after Sir John Salter, who was a sheriff in 1735 and Lord Mayor of London in 1740 and rebuilt the Wardens Hall Manor House opposite. The barn was expertly converted in 2018 to create a superb, spacious contemporary home designed with huge windows to take advantage of its unique location. The property is approached over a 250m gated drive, serving a handful of properties within the prestigious Wardens Hall estate. The gardens and grounds extend to 3.8 acres within a lovely stretch of Essex Countryside.

      The impressive proportions of the barn are immediately apparent upon entering the double-height reception room with a concealed wine store. The open-plan feel continues into the kitchen/breakfast room, the focal point for day-to-day living, with a bespoke kitchen and large central island unit. Designed with light and views in mind, a glass wall provides far-reaching views and direct access onto the terrace. Alongside is the hugely impressive principal reception room - the former mid-strey to the original barn has two-storey glazing and a distinctive timber vaulted ceiling with a zoned TV area at one end. The room includes a bespoke glass-framed staircase at its centre and beneath is a cosy sitting room with full-height glazing providing a good deal of natural light. A wing on the ground floor hosts a utility room and four bedrooms (two en-suite), providing future proofing ground floor bedroom space, or indeed ancillary accommodation to the core of the barn. The principal bedroom is on the first floor - a spacious room with part-vaulted ceiling, plenty of built-in wardrobes and an en suite shower room. In addition there is a mezzanine galleried games room with a glass balustrade overlooking the ground floor.

      The pleasing blend of the Grade II listed building and modern technology creates a practical and appealing home, finished to a high standard throughout and latterly improved and excellently maintained by the current custodians.

      The drive, which also serves a handful of other period and modern country houses, extends to approximately 250m and is gated. The barn stands in front of a substantial courtyard, retained by red-brick walls. At the centre of the drive is a detached traditional outbuilding, providing additional storage space for bicycles or sports equipment, with IT connection.

      Behind the barn are open countryside views beyond the property's gardens and grounds. Designed for al fresco dining, the areas behind the house include hard and soft landscaping and a contemporary modular garden room. The remainder of the land has been laid to grass with a wild meadow gently sloping down to a lake with a floating jetty and a 'shepherd's hut' style garden room - a perfect place for reflection after a long working day.

      Mains water and electricity. Private drainage (Klargester). Please note there is a management charge for shared areas and the communal driveway.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    I love the 'London feel' of this stunning barn conversion. For me, this property occupies one of the most scenic stretches of Essex countryside, yet within 12 miles of an underground rail station.

    Stephen WhiteProperty agent

    Local information

    • Fyfield village: 2.2 miles, Chipping Ongar: 4.6 miles, M11: 10 miles, Epping underground: 12 miles. All distances approximate.
    • The nearby village of Fyfield has two highly regarded restaurant pubs and a village shop, whilst Chipping Ongar provides a more comprehensive range of shopping facilities including two supermarkets - Sainsbury's and Tesco - and many boutique independent businesses and restaurants, including the renowned Smith's brasserie. Chelmsford and Epping provide a more cosmopolitan range of shops, bars and eateries together with recreational facilities. There is a junior school at Moreton and a primary and senior school in Ongar (the Ongar Academy) and other nearby schools include Coopersale Hall, Chigwell, Bancrofts and The Forest, whilst further afield are Felsted, New Hall, Brentwood and Bishop's Stortford College. The M11 provides good access northwards to Stansted Airport and Cambridge and to the south Canary Wharf and the City.

    Additional information

    • Directions: From the centre of Willingale proceed towards Fyfield on the Fyfield road where the entrance to the Wardens Hall estate will be seen on the left. Pass through the electric gates and continue for 250m and the barn will be seen on the right-hand side of the drive. What3words: ///grain.owner.foam
    • EPC Exempt
    • Tenure: Freehold
    • Council Tax Band: G