Savills | The Green, Writtle, Chelmsford, CM1 3DT | Properties for sale
2,792 sq ft(259.39 sq m)
Guide price £1,245,000

The GreenWrittle, Chelmsford, CM1 3DT

    Key features

    • Beautifully situated village house
    • Walled and secluded gardens
    • Beautiful period features
    • Stunning barn-style kitchen/breakfast room
    • Accommodation over three floors
    • Views over village green
    • Within 2.2 miles of Chelmsford city

    A listed village house overlooking Writtle's green.

    About this property

    • 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.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    I love the setting, overlooking the picturesque village green. Stepping inside does not disappoint. This is indeed a very special house.

    Stephen WhiteProperty agent

    Local information

    • Chelmsford station: 3.1 miles (Liverpool Street from 34 minutes); A414: 0.7 miles; A12: 3 miles; M25: 12 miles; Stansted Airport: 18.9 miles. All mileages approximate.
    • This delightful property is situated on the green at the heart of Writtle village, which has been described as "one of the loveliest villages in England". In addition to its Norman church and green (complete with duck pond), it offers an excellent choice of shops and other amenities including a post office, a delicatessen, a supermarket and a number of highly regarded restaurants and pubs. It also has a pre-school, two primary schools and a senior school and is home to Writtle College, which is one of the UK's oldest and largest agricultural colleges.
    • The city of Chelmsford lies approximately one mile away to the east of the village and offers a very wide choice of facilities including excellent state and independent schools, a station on the mainline into London Liverpool Street and access onto the A12.

    Additional information

    • Services: All mains services connected.
    • Viewing: Strictly by prior appointment with the sole agents Savills.
    • Directions: Upon entering Writtle from the Chelmsford direction, turn left beside the green and at the top turn right where Swan House will be seen on the left-hand side. Either park in front of the property or turn into the lane and park in front of the first garage on the right-hand side. Postcode: CM1 3DT
    • EPC Exempt