An impressive five bedroom detached Victorian house on a large established plot.
The lodge sits well back from the road behind a high wall, with access to an integral double garage with traditional double doors and shingled parking for several cars, and is an attractive, asymmetrical two-storey bay property built of traditional stock brick under a red tiled roof. The front façade is particularly striking, with detailed brickwork and a prominent chimney stack.
The interior has been decorated in soft neutral shades and has a light airy feel throughout, with a range of period features including high ceilings, cornices and ceiling roses, refurbished sash windows, picture rails, skirting and original doors with traditional-style furniture.
An enclosed storm porch leads into a bright entrance hall, with late Victorian-style tiled floor, a traditional sweeping staircase to the first and second floors and access to the three principal reception rooms. The spacious room to the front has a large bay window and is currently used as a formal dining room, while the rear reception room, with its attractive traditional fire surround, black granite hearth and 'Chesney' log burner, has French doors overlooking a raised decking area and an easy maintenance garden beyond. The third reception room, which is currently used as a study, has a lovely cast iron fireplace, a bay window overlooking the rear and an open archway through to the kitchen and offers a versatile space for alternative use such as a snug or playroom.
A stone flagged passage leads from the hallway through to the open plan/kitchen/breakfast/family room, which is a bright open space with underfloor heating, two sets of sliding doors to the rear and a roof lantern and underfloor heating. It is fitted with Shaker-style units, oak worktops, a matching island with breakfast bar and a wide range of integral appliances including a gas hob with extractor fan, grill, oven, microwave, fridge freezer, wine fridge and dishwasher. The good size utility room, which benefits from side access, has fitted units to match those installed in the kitchen and space for a washing machine, tumble dryer and another fridge freezer.
Other domestic rooms on the ground floor include a cloakroom (with flagstone floor, contemporary brick-style tiling, vanity basin unit and wall mounted WC) and two boiler rooms. The first of these houses the pressurised hot water system and meters, while the second provides access to the two central heating boilers (one for each floor) and doubles up as a boot room. There is also outside access to the side and rear of the house and to the integral double garage.
The three principal bedrooms on the first floor include a master suite, with fitted dressing room and well-proportioned four piece en suite comprising a twin sink vanity unit, freestanding bath, double shower enclosure and wall mounted WC. This bedroom also benefits from a Juliette balcony overlooking the east-facing garden and with views over the playing fields in the grounds of Chelmsford County High School for Girls. Other accommodation on this floor includes a front guest bedroom with an impressive bay window and an expansive bedroom (which forms part of a later extension) with eaves storage, sash windows to the front, Velux windows to the rear and further potential to add an en suite.
A staircase on the landing leads up to the second floor and two more good-sized bedrooms, one of which has a Juliette balcony and views over to match those enjoyed from the master suite on the floor below, and a large contemporary bathroom also fitted with a four-piece suite incorporating a freestanding bath and double shower enclosure.
The rear garden has the benefit of an expansive raised deck for entertaining, edged with cable fencing and with steps leading down the easy maintenance garden, a large lawn area, herbaceous borders, an impressive mature oak tree and enclosed laurel and beech hedging.
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350 yards from Chelmsford County High School, 800 yards from King Edward Grammar School and less than a mile to the station.Phaedra Howard