Savills | The Avenue, Great Oakley, Harwich, Essex, CO12 5BL | Property for sale
6.50 Ac(2.63 Ha)
Asking price £1,350,000

The AvenueGreat Oakley, Harwich, Essex, CO12 5BL

  • Recently sold
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Sold in April 2022
  • Wealth of period features and well proportioned rooms
  • A delightful Aga kitchen
  • Sheltered gardens and grounds surrounding the property
  • Extensive paddocks to the south and west of the house
  • Original stables, coach house and hay loft

Lovely period Old Rectory in a private secluded setting.

About this property

  • Stunning period Old Rectory in a private setting of 6.5 acres, approximately 15 minutes from Manningtree Station with a fast direct service to London in under an hour. Ideal for those looking to enjoy country living but with easy access to the capital.

    The Old Rectory is a delightful former rectory to All Saints Church and until 1976 was the home of the village rector. The church itself dates back to the 12th century. The current house was built in 1836 in Regency and Gothic revival style by St John's College, Cambridge. The house was designed by the college architect. It retains the college coat of arms over the main entrance door. The house is Grade II listed. It is constructed from local red brick under pitched handmade clay peg tiled roofs with hexagonal red brick chimneys. On the ground floor there are handsome south-facing drawing and dining rooms as well as a third reception room which could be used as a sitting room or home office, plus a comfortable Aga kitchen for family meals. There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms on the first floor, and four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor. All the main bedrooms are south or west facing. There is a wealth of period features throughout, of particular note being the open fireplaces, elegant Regency style sash windows with original shutters, and well-proportioned rooms with high ceilings. The Historic Buildings Register notes that “This house is an exceptionally complete example of its style and period.”

    A traditional range of outbuildings, including coach house and stables, lies to the east of the house, arranged around a cobbled courtyard. Sheltered gardens and grounds surround the property with many fine trees including yew, oak, ash, cedar, horse chestnut, laurel, beech, blackthorn, sycamore and holly. There are extensive paddocks to the south and west of the house. These, together with the original stables and hay loft, make the house ideal for equestrian pursuits. Wix Equestrian Centre lies just two miles away.

    Mains electricity and water, private drainage, oil fired central heating. High speed broadband.

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

I love the way the house is so well hidden. The seclusion and the delightful gardens make it very special.

Karl ManningProperty agent

Local information

  • The Old Rectory is situated on the edge of the village of Great Oakley in a mature and secluded setting. The village of Great Oakley offers good daily facilities with a Church of England primary school, GP surgery, community owned pub, and village store. The centre of Great Oakley is designated as a conservation area. Colchester and Ipswich are both within easy reach and offer a wide range of educational, shopping and recreational facilities. There is a good choice of private and state in the area, including excellent boys' and girls' grammar schools in Colchester.
  • Fast regular main line train services run from Manningtree into the City of London (Liverpool Street station), with a journey time of around 55 minutes. Manningtree station is 15 minutes drive from the house and has ample parking. From Harwich there are regular ferry services to the continent. The A120 is also within easy reach providing a direct link to the dual carriageway networks.
  • Both Constable Country and the Essex coast are nearby, offering glorious walking opportunities. To the north of the A120 lies the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while nearby Hamford Water is a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. Nearby Frinton has lovely sandy beaches and local marinas make the area an excellent base for sailing.

Additional information

  • Directions: From London drive north along the A12, past Colchester. At junction 29 take the A120 East (signposted to Harwich) and continue towards Horsley Cross. Continue on the A120 over two roundabouts and,after the second roundabout, take the second turning signposted to Bradfield and Great Oakley. Turn first left at the war memorial, signposted to Great Oakley (2 miles). Just before entering the village of Great Oakley, turn right, signposted to Stones Green, Tendring and to the church. After the church turn immediately left signposted to The Old Rectory.
  • EPC Exempt
  • Tenure = Freehold