Situation
8,643 sq ft(802.96 sq m)
Guide price £2,750,000

AlresfordColchester, CO7 8BG


    Key features

    • Stunning master suite with bathroom
    • Further 10 bedrooms face south or south/west
    • 2 further mosaic tiled bathrooms
    • Drawing room leads onto the stone terrace with panoramic views
    • A further sitting room and playroom and a dining room all with south facing views
    • Modern Kitchen/breakfast room with Aga
    • Extensive range of outbuildings including garaging, stabling & former squash court

    Superbly positioned Edwardian country house with exceptional river views and wooded grounds. About 26 acres

    About this property

    • An Edwardian mansion, Alresford Grange was constructed in 1910/11 and is representative of this architectural period. Principally constructed from brick under a peg tiled roof, the external elevations are enhanced by rendering and exposed timbers. Orientated to take full advantage of its exceptional elevated position, virtually all the rooms face south or west overlooking the formal gardens, woodlands and down to the water.

      Internally, the quality of the original construction is exemplified by the use of oak for virtually all internal and external exposed joinery. Of particular merit is the reception hall and the main reception rooms being the drawing room, sitting room and dining room. The drawing room leads to the garden room which opens onto a particularly large terrace; this extends to most of the southern elevation of the house taking full advantage of the views.

      The property is finished to a high standard throughout offering a house with versatile living space encompassed within a practical, period house. The current owners attention to detail extends through the house including an Aga kitchen with Gaggenau, Miele, Liebherr appliances, gold leaf detailing within the house, mosaic tiling in the cloakroom, garden room and bathrooms and under floor heating in the garden room, master and guest suite bathrooms.

      There are three staircases to the first floor and the majority of the rooms on the first floor over look the estuary. Part of the house could readily be converted to make a fully self-contained integral flat. The cinema/sitting room is wired with an entertainment system. The property also benefits from oil central heating, secondary glazing, an alarm and security lighting.

      OUTSIDE
      Alresford Grange is approached through electric gates, passing the Lodge Cottage (which is also available separately) and continuing along a tree lined drive. The drive which is about 150 yards long curves up to the front of the house with parkland fencing. Beyond the mown verges to the west there is a woodland strip and to the east a fenced field. The drive leads to a courtyard at the front of the house. The main drive passes between 2 red pillars topped by coach lamps and enters a wide parking sweep enclosed and sheltered by red brick walls and the house.

      There are a range of outbuildings including the coach house with stabling, garaging, adjacent to which lies a squash court with sprung floor and viewing platform, currently used for storage. Along the southern elevation of the house is a wide stoned terrace surrounded by low brick walls with decorative
      arches. The elevations are centred by the garden room flanked on either side by flower and rose beds. In the centre of the terrace is a sun dial. Two sets of matching steps leads down to the sweeping lawns and flower beds beyond.

      The gardens lie principally to the south and west of the house. A path is set between mown verges and flower beds across the sloping lawns and continues onto a path flanked by tall firs.
      The informal gardens slope steeply down to the south and west towards the Colne Estuary with ornamental trees and grasses near the ponds at the bottom. To either side there are many trees, woodland and banks of rhododendrons, again divided by mown walks. The majority of the walks culminate in a sitting area above the foreshore from which the grounds slope steeply down to the estuary with about 350 yards of river frontage.

      To the east paths meander through camellia and rhododendron plantings to the wood. There is a very wide track running along the easternmost boundary, part of which divides the paddock with a small fir copse from the gardens. There are mature trees throughout the garden, predominantly oak, beech, laburnum, cherry, pear, silver birch, ash, Scots pine and eucalyptus. In the spring there are an abundance of blue bells throughout the woods.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    One of the most striking locations overlooking the Colne Estuary.

    Tom OrfordProperty agent

    Local information

    • Alresford Grange is reached via a shared private lane, at the end of which are the electric entrance gates to the property. The drive winds down to the superb position on which the house was built. Views to the south and west look over sloping gardens to the Colne Estuary with the Fingringhoe Nature Reserve beyond and Mersea Island in the distance. Together the villages of Alresford and Wivenhoe have better than average village amenities and for a far wider selection the market town of Colchester is approximately 5 miles away which also has educational and recreational facilities. The commuter can take advantage of train services from either Wivenhoe or Colchester to London's Liverpool Street Station. The main A12 dual carriageway from London through to Ipswich and the A14 gives the nearest access to Felixstowe, Cambridge and the Midlands.

    Additional information

    • Directions: From Colchester take the A133 to Clacton. Pass Essex University and in 1 mile turn right to Wivenhoe through traffic lights. Continue to Wivenhoe on the B1028. On entering Wivenhoe turn left at the roundabout opposite the Horse and Groom public house. After 1 ½ miles go over a railway bridge before turning sharp right onto a private lane. A sign will be seen to Alresford Grange. The entrance to Alresford Grange can be found a short distance along the private lane on the right. From Ipswich take the A12 towards Colchester. Take the first slip road towards Colchester. Proceed over a roundabout and continue towards Colchester until reaching a second roundabout. Turn left through a series of mini roundabouts following the sign to the A133 to Clacton. Pass Essex University and follow the directions from Colchester. Services Mains electricity, private well water, private drainage and oil fired central heating.
    • EPC Rating = F