Front Elevation
4,748 sq ft(441.10 sq m)
Guide price £1,700,000

Layer MarneyColchester, Essex, CO5 9UR

  • Under offer

Key features

  • About 4,748 sq ft
  • Seven/eight bedrooms (two en suite)
  • Wine cellar (chilled)
  • Sauna/"gym"
  • Coach house incorporating garaging for three cars,workshop area and two stalls with hay loft above
  • Swimming pool and entertainment area
  • Tennis court
  • Beautiful grounds
  • About 3.1 acres

A former rectory in a delightful situation.

About this property

  • Layer Marney House is listed as being of architectural or historical interest Grade II and is believed to date from the early 19th century, with rendered elevations under a slate roof. The house is typical of this period of architecture with high ceilings in the main reception rooms and large sash windows, and there are late 19th century alterations. The property now provides spacious accommodation on two floors retaining period features but updated for modern family living. A panelled front door with fluted pilasters opens into the hall with a staircase and polished handrail rising to a half-landing. To one side of the hall is a dining room with a fireplace and two sets of floor-to-ceiling shuttered sash windows, a study with doors opening out on to the formal garden, and a drawing room with a fireplace and two sets of floor-to-ceiling shuttered sash windows overlooking the formal garden and lawn. Opposite the dining room is a well fitted kitchen/breakfast room with a range of wall and floor units topped with granite surfaces and incorporating an oil-fired AGA, a range of integrated appliances including electric oven and hob and a central island. A door opens through to the inner hall to the sitting room with French doors opening out on to the swimming pool area. A door off leads to the sauna/"gym" with a shower and w.c. and off the inner hall access down to a wine cellar (chilled). Adjacent is a lobby with a cloakroom, utility room and a door out to the courtyard opposite the coach house. A staircase leads up to the first floor to a half-landing with five/six bedrooms (one bedroom is presently fitted out as a dressing room), WC and served by a family bathroom. The staircase continues up to the main landing below a central glazed skylight to the two main bedrooms overlooking the grounds - the main bedroom with a range of wardrobes, a fireplace and an en suite bathroom and a second bedroom, also with an en suite bathroom.

    Layer Marney House is approached over a gravel drive leading to the front of the house with parking for a number of cars. Gates to one side of the house open into a courtyard leading to the Grade II listed coach house of white weatherboard and providing garaging for three cars, a workshop area with a former hay loft above and in addition there are two stalls providing equestrian facilities (with local livery facilities a short distance away). The grounds lie on three sides of the property divided by a number of hedges. To the south and east are wide expanses of lawn/meadows with a summerhouse interspersed with a variety of mature trees, screened from the lane by a high hedge. Adjacent to the study and dining room is a terrace opening onto a formal garden comprising grass walkways and islands of flowers and lavender contained within low box hedges, all enclosed by a high beech hedge. To the east of the house is the heated swimming pool and entertaining area with a pump room and boot room close to the house, beyond which is a "dell" surrounded by trees opening out on to the all-weather tennis court (in need of repair), vegetable garden and orchard with numerous fruit trees.

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Everything a home should offer in a lovely spot.

Jeremy KempProperty agent

Local information

  • Tiptree: 3.1 miles; Kelvedon 6.2 miles (London Liverpool Street from 51 minutes); access onto A12 at Kelvedon; Colchester 8.4 miles; Witham: 9 miles (London Liverpool Street from 50 minutes).
  • Layer Marney House occupies a delightful situation on a no-through road close to the historic Layer Marney Tower, surrounded on two sides by fields and with distant views to Mersea Island.
  • Tiptree offers educational facilities, a sports centre, a supermarket, doctors' surgery, two vets and a pharmacy, whilst Colchester offers wider shopping, recreational and educational facilities. The latter includes Colchester Royal Grammar School, Colchester County High School for Girls and the well regarded preparatory school, Holmwood House.
  • For the commuter there is a train station from Colchester, Witham or Kelvedon to London's Liverpool Street and there is access onto the A12 to the south of Colchester.

Additional information

  • Services: Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil-fired heating.
  • Viewing: Strictly by prior appointment with the sole agents Savills.
  • Directions: From Colchester proceed south-west along the Maldon Road and continue out of the town passing Colchester Zoo and through Heckfordbridge. Turn left into Roundbush Road signposted to Layer Marney Tower, proceeding straight over the crossroads. Layer Marney House will be seen a short distance along on the left-hand side. Postcode: CO5 9UR
  • EPC Exempt