Within The Grounds
8,387 sq ft(779.18 sq m)
Guide price £4,250,000

Cranham HallThe Chase, Upminster, Essex, RM14 3YB


    Key features

    • Historic period house in the London suburbs
    • Walking distance of underground station
    • Over 8,000 sq ft of accommodation
    • Very large barn and courtyard approaching 6,000 sq ft
    • Indoor swimming pool complex with bar, sauna & changing facilities
    • Scandinavian-style log cabin and staff flat
    • Parkland gardens with lake & ornamental water features & enclosed formal gardens
    • Helipad

    Rural retreat within Great London, 22 minutes by rail to Fenchurch Street.

    About this property

    • Found next to the picturesque and historic All Saints Church, Grade II listed Cranham Hall occupies a beautiful and secluded setting, well protected by its own extensive acreage. A large mansion, of late 16th or early 17th century origin, occupied the site where Cranham Hall now stands until around 1789. This former residence was home to the prominent international figure General James Oglethorpe (1691-1781) for 41 years. General Oglethorpe founded the 13th and last American Colony, which is now the state of Georgia. He is buried alongside his wife at the centre of the chancel of All Saints' parish church. Oglethorpe's house was demolished shortly after his death and it is not clear how much, if any, of the old house was incorporated in the present building, with its prominent, late 18th century frontage.

      Built on high ground in order to take advantage of the glorious views over its gardens, lake and neighbouring countryside, Cranham Hall is approached through two sets of electric gates into a substantial, gravelled drive, leading to a 5,000 sq ft barn which provides ample parking and includes a two bedroom staff flat. A Scandinavian-style log cabin, positioned on the water's edge, is a charming feature and provides a wonderful summer getaway, complete with a discreet, decked hot tub. To the south of the house is a secure walled garden, ideal as a children's play area, and overlooked by the kitchen, dining room and reception hall. It also has direct access to the impressive indoor swimming pool and leisure complex.

      Cranham Hall has rendered elevations under a slate roof and to the front, a Doric porch is positioned in the centre of the beautifully symmetrical elevation. Rooms of note include the elegant, large drawing room and the swimming pool complex – both of which are ideal for entertaining and conveniently positioned next to each other. The pool complex, which was added in recent years, includes a bar, sauna and changing rooms. The master bedroom suite on the first floor occupies the front of the building and has been positioned to take full advantage of the panoramic views. Immediately above, occupying almost the whole of the second floor, is the games room, again orientated to take advantage of the vistas over the gardens and beyond.

      Cranham Hall boasts excellent outbuildings that include a large timber framed barn which provides ample space for parking and storage. It extends to over 5,000 sq ft, Immediately adjoining is a helipad.

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    Country living in the suburbs of Greater London. A true hidden gem.

    Stephen WhiteProperty agent

    Local information

    • Upminster: 1 mile (underground and overground station to Central London, Fenchurch Street from 22 minutes); City of London Airport: 17 miles; Central London: 21 miles; M25 (Junction 29): 3.5 miles; Stansted Airport: 32 miles (all mileages are approximate)
    • Cranham Hall enjoys a peaceful, rural location yet despite its idyllic setting, it is situated only a mile to the east of Upminster which forms the easternmost edge of Greater London.
    • Upminster offers a good range of facilities including shops, restaurants, an underground service (District Line) and an overground train to Fenchurch Street from 22 minutes.
    • For the road commuter, the M25 lies just over 3 miles away.
    • More extensive local amenities can be found in Brentwood with its wider range of shops and services.
    • Nearby Shenfield is a vibrant town with a good variety of shops and public houses.
    • Schools in the area are excellent and include the renowned Woodlands Pre and Under 11s School, Coopers at Upminster, Brentwood School and the Anglo European School at Ingatestone. There is also a good choice of state nursery, infant, junior and senior schools.

    Additional information

    • Services: Mains drainage, water and electricity.
    • Tenure: Freehold with vacant possession upon completion.
    • Fixtures and Fittings: All fitted carpets, curtains, blinds, light fittings, garden ornaments and equipment are specifically excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.
    • Local Authority: The London Borough of Havering.
    • Viewing: Strictly by prior appointment with the sole agents Savills.
    • Directions: From London, take the M25 to Junction 29 and turn left onto the A127. After approximately half a mile, turn right onto the B186, followed by an immediate right turn at the T-junction onto the B187. Continue forwards, entering Havering. Go straight over a mini -roundabout, signed to Cranham, and pass under the M25. Proceed in to Cranham and at the roundabout at the end of the village, turn left, followed by an immediate left-hand turn up a private lane, marked with a ‘no through road' sign. Continue past the church and the electric gates to Cranham Hall are found on the left-hand side. Postcode: RM14 3YB
    • EPC Exempt