A listed village house overlooking Writtle's green.
Swan House is listed as being of Grade II of Architectural or Historical Interest a former medieval hall house with latter additions. An extract from the listing states: "
said to be of C15 origin but largely altered in C18. The front has C18 features. A timber framed and plastered house with gabled wings which project slightly at the north and south ends of the front." The house is approached through an entrance vestibule with exposed timbers in to a stunning reception hall with views overlooking the green. A focal point of the room is an open fireplace with carved wood surround that sits on a red-brick floor which extends to the whole of the room. The room has a sense of space with good ceiling heights. The dining room to the left of the hall enjoys lovely views over the green and features quarter-height colour-washed panelling including a fire surround. Adjacent to the fireplace are two shelved alcoves providing a lovely feature. A door leads in to the walled south-facing garden. Beyond is a delightful sitting room with a red-brick open fireplace fitted with a log burner. The room features some exposed timbers and a door provides access to the south-facing walled garden. At the rear of the house lies a magnificent kitchen/breakfast room within a barn-style area with a two-storey vaulted ceiling with some magnificent exposed timbers. The room is finished with a flagstone floor and includes a four-oven gas-fired AGA, substantial dresser and marble-topped units, one of which conceals an integrated dishwasher. Separated by a studwork partition is a brick-floored adjoining room with fitted dresser, exposed timbers and walk-in pantry with access to a cloakroom. At the rear of the house is a large utility/freezer room with a clay-tiled floor and exposed colour-washed timbers extending into the vaulted ceiling.
A wide-turning staircase leads to the first floor landing which includes a storage cupboard. The main bedroom enjoys panoramic views over the green and features a high vaulted ceiling with exposed king post and some original 16th century paintings on the wall timbers. Bedroom 2 again overlooks the village green and features a fireplace and en suite dressing room. Bedroom 3 lies at the rear of the house with a vaulted ceiling and dual aspect windows. Serving this floor is a bathroom with vaulted ceiling and airing cupboard and a separate shower room. From the landing stairs rise to a second floor bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, dual aspect windows and lovely views of the green and beyond towards Chelmsford city.
Picket fencing retains the front gardens planted with lavender and to the south is a delightful walled garden predominantly lawned with a small terraced area ideal for al fresco dining with wisteria-covered trellis and raised beds interwoven with stone and brick pathways. The gardens continue behind the neighbouring properties. The first area includes a terrace which enjoys the afternoon sun and there is access to the garage and beyond is a further garden with box hedging, vegetable beds, log and garden equipment store. Please note that the neighbouring property has access by foot for refuse collection. A lane at the side of the house serves just six houses and leads to the detached double garage and parking areas in front.
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I love the setting, overlooking the picturesque village green. Stepping inside does not disappoint. This is indeed a very special house.Stephen White