Colchester Road, Chappel, Colchester, CO6 2DQ | Property for sale | Savills
2,930 sq ft(272.21 sq m)
Guide price £1,150,000

Colchester RoadChappel, Colchester, CO6 2DQ

    Key features

    • Painstakingly renovated period house
    • Elegant proportions and attractive original features Desirable situation on the edge of a highly sought-after village
    • Beautifully established grounds
    • Carriage driveway and approx. 670 sq ft of garaging
    • About 0.56 acres

    The principal residence of an impressive Grade II listed village house.

    About this property

    • Elm House was formerly the manor house of a much larger estate and a sales catalogue dated December 1889 lodged with the Essex Records Office provides a glimpse of its size and importance, which at that time comprised farmland, workers' cottages, offices, carriage house, pleasure gardens and stable block. Although the stable block was divided off some 40 years ago to create a separate property, this has its own entrance down a side lane, and the work was carried out in such a way that Elm House retains not only its privacy, but also the look and feel of being completely detached.

      The house is south facing and has been sympathetically restored and updated throughout. Many of its original features, including open fireplaces, sash windows, ornate Victorian cast iron radiators and ironmongery and fittings, have been retained and contribute to the charm of this wonderful family home, which has come on to the market for the first time in almost 30 years.

      The oak front doors lead up two stone steps into a vestibule with an ornate arched ceiling and through to an impressive panelled entrance hall, which has high ceilings, architraves and mouldings and is filled with natural light. Large south-facing reception and dining rooms lead off the hall and both are light and airy, with high ceilings and semi-hexagonal floor-to-ceiling bow windows. The marble fireplace forms a focal point for the reception room, whose French doors open out onto an east-facing secluded terrace of reclaimed York stone that is ideal for summer dining and entertaining. Double doors from this room lead into a study, ideal for home working, with oak flooring and fitted with a range of bespoke, hand-made solid oak bookshelves and storage cupboards. The dining room is in the suitably impressive style to be expected in a property of this period and forms the perfect setting for entertaining guests or hosting family get-togethers, with seating space for 14 guests, an impressive original Welsh blue slate fireplace, oak flooring and an ornate ceiling rose.

      The hall leads on through the house to a large family kitchen and diner that can seat eight people beside a large sash bay window and whose features include the original free-standing chimney breast with exposed brickwork and inset artisan wine rack, a comprehensive range of bespoke handmade kitchen units, two integrated fridges, a Lacanche double range cooker with integrated extractor unit, a central island unit with a Corian worktop incorporating moulded twin sinks with waste disposal unit, a freestanding matching dresser, some additional storage space and side access to the garden via a stable door.

      The house also boasts a large two-room cellar, accessed from the hall with a full-size sauna and shower. This space also houses a laundry area, the oil-fired boiler, built-in storage cupboards and extra fridges, and there is still plenty of room left to include a potential wine cellar or just general storage.

      The four double bedrooms are all generously sized and are light and airy, with high ceilings and sash windows. The principal bedroom is the largest and has an extensive range of bespoke, handmade fitted wardrobes and a matching, well appointed en suite bathroom with double-sized shower. The other three bedrooms still have period fireplaces and two of them have been fitted with bespoke wardrobes and vanity sink units. These rooms are serviced by a very spacious family bathroom, complete with original oak flooring, period fireplace and other traditional features, a free-standing period roll-top cast iron bath in the centre of the room and still leaving ample space for a full-size sofa.

      The large and beautiful gardens, for which Elm House was noted in the past, remain a distinguishing feature to this day. Sweeping lawns, surrounded by mature trees and landscaped planting border the double access driveway leading to the house and the terrace outside the reception room has steps leading up to a raised lawn with beautifully landscaped beds full of mature shrubs.

      There is a large detached garage and the double driveway provides plentiful additional parking for a large number of cars. A separate period outbuilding, constructed of red stock brickwork beneath a slate roof and with power and water supplies connected, is currently used as a log store and gardener's tool shed but has the potential, subject to the necessary planning consents, for conversion to a sizeable detached home office.

      Mains electricity, water and drainage. Oil-fired central heating.

      Local Authority
      Colchester Borough Council, Council Tax band: G.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    The house and grounds are nothing short of immaculate. I love the idea of exploring the potential of the outbuildings but it's also a great example of how a property can be successfully split and reinvented.

    Phaedra HowardProperty agent

    Local information

    • Mileages
    • Earls Colne: 3.4 miles, Marks Tey: 5.4 miles (A12 junction 25 and London Liverpool Street from 55 minutes, Colchester: 7.8 miles, Chelmsford: 23 miles. All distances approximate.
    • Elm House is a double-fronted Grade II listed Victorian villa built at the turn of the 19th century and is situated within the picturesque village of Chappel, with views over the Colne Valley and the famous Chappel Viaduct. The village has its own primary school, a shop and post office for basic day-to-day needs, a very well known pub and eatery (The Swan) and a station on the Chappel and Wakes Colne branch line through to Marks Tey and the mainline to London Liverpool Street. The larger village of Earls Colne (3 miles away) offers a larger selection of local shops and eateries and Colchester (7.8 miles away) has a wide range of retail and recreational facilities, a number of state and independent schools and a direct rail link to Liverpool Street. Local attractions and recreational activities in the area include the Millennium Green Country Park, Chappel Railway Station and Museum, Essex Golf and Country Club and the Earls Colne Airfield and Anglian Flight Centre.

    Additional information

    • Directions: Leave the A12 at junction 26. Take the exit towards Halstead. Follow the road for 4 miles until you enter the village of Chappel. Turn first right into Spring Gardens Road following the road beside a small green. At the end of the green you will find the entrance to Elm House on your left hand side directly opposite Vernons Road. Postcode: CO6 2DQ
    • EPC Exempt
    • Tenure = Freehold