Listed house steeped in history with a separate barn and annexe.
A delightfully situated listed house with a self-contained one bedroom annexe and detached Essex barn, set on the edge this attractive waterside village.
Prentice Hall offers a fascinating history and dates from the early 17th century with the site dating back to the 16th century, formerly being part of the Beeleigh Abbey Estate. It is understood the house and land was owned by Henry VIII and granted to Thomas Cromwell until he fell from favour and was then returned to the Crown. In around 1550 the site was then gifted to Lady Anne of Clees.
This hugely important Grade II listed building constitutes a valuable source of historical architecture and has been the subject of an extensive programme of restoration and was extended in the 20th century.
The main house extends to around 2,400 sq ft and offers five double bedrooms arranged over the first and second floors.
Entrance to the property is gained from the front of the house into a welcoming reception hall providing storage. To the ground floor there are three receptions rooms with timber framing and red-brick fireplaces evident in most rooms adding a very strong sense of the building's heritage. The kitchen/breakfast room is located to the rear of the house and is a modern room providing light-coloured storage units, wooden worktops and a range of appliances.
All of the double bedrooms enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. There is a modern family bathroom and a further bathroom located on the top floor, severing bedroom two along with a walk-through dressing area.
The annexe and barn are separated from the house, providing a wonderful extension to the accommodation. The annexe enjoys a modern feel with an open-plan sitting room with kitchenette facilities, double bedroom and en suite bathroom.
The Essex barn is unconverted and is currently being utilised as a workshop and for storage. Adjoining the barn is a small office.
The house is approached over a sweeping drive providing parking for a large number of cars. The property is positioned well within its grounds with a front area of garden incorporating a very useful storage building and a small natural pond. The remainder of the gardens extend from the back of the house and are laid to lawn with a variety of flowers, trees and shrub borders. A pergola-covered south-facing terrace is positioned to the side of the house and is a wonderful area for relaxing and al fresco dining.
Bordering the western boundary is an unconverted detached Essex barn in excess of 1,000 sq ft with an adjoining office, making for an ideal work-from-home space. Attached to the barn is a well presented one bedroom self-contained annexe providing a very practical space for extended family.
All in around 0.92 of an acre.
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Tucked away on the lane, I really like the privacy. Stepping inside, the period features are abundant and the meticulous attention to detail during the restoration is evident.Karl Manning