Spains Hall

Finchingfield, Essex, CM7 4NJ
£2,950,000 Guide price


An historic Elizabethan country house set in its own unspoilt parkland of 17.22 acres.

Start quote First and foremost this is a supremely comfortable family home and yet the owner can also enjoy living in one of England's most historic houses End quote


Spains Hall is situated in the heart of rural North West Essex, within walking distance of Finchingfield which is recognised as one of England's most picturesque villages. The house is set comfortably at the centre of its own parkland with views over its gardens, lakes and woodland. Finchingfield offers a post office, general store, and various excellent public houses and restaurants. For a greater selection of amenity and shopping conveniences, Chelmsford, Cambridge, Saffron Walden and Bishops Stortford are easily accessible.

Transport links - By Rail:
Braintree Train Station - 10 miles (trains from 60 minutes to London Liverpool Street).
Audley End Train Station - 15 miles (trains from 55 minutes to London Liverpool Street).
Stansted Airport - 13 miles (trains from 47 minutes to London Liverpool Street).
Bishops Stortford - 21.7 miles (trains from 34 minutes to London Liverpool Street).

By Air:
Stansted International Airport - 13 miles.

Sporting activities in the area include hunting with the East Essex Hunt, racing at Newmarket, Chelmsford City Racecourse, golf
at Saffron Walden Golf Club, Chelmsford Golf Club and Braintree Golf Club. A wide range of schools are available in the area including St Margarets Prep, Felsted School, New Hall School in Chelmsford, King Edwards VI Grammar School, Chelmsford County High School for Girls and Friends School in Saffron Walden. The excellent schools in Cambridge are also a viable option.

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Further Information

Lot 1

An Historic Elizabethan country house. Spains Hall is a distinguished country house in an unspoilt parkland setting. For the first time in more than 250 years the property is offered for sale along with 17.22 acres.

The naming of Spains Hall commemorates a former owner, Hervey de Ispana whose family held the original house from the time of the Conquest in 1066 to the reign of Henry II at the end of the 12th Century. It is unusual for a house that has been rebuilt many times since then to have retained its name. This adds further to the sense of place that greets any visitor.

A fragment of the house from medieval times survives in the roof above the dining room, one bay of a king-post hall roof, a rare feature and is tentatively dated to 1410. The house we see today is essentially an Elizabethan one, which has been continually altered and embellished over 400 years. The main features were built in the 1580's, with the Dutch gables added in 1637 with a final wing in the same style added in the 1890's. It is a fascinating document of the changing use of the same family house.

Crucially the most recent alterations, carried out between 2008 and 2010 show almost no visible changes to the appearance of the three principal facades nor to the main rooms within the house. Except to say that these subtle changes, are in many ways the most revolutionary in its 500 years history and arise
from a complete re thinking of the way a house of this age and character can be adapted and comfortably enjoyed in the 21st Century.


Ground Floor
Accommodation comprises:
Porch leading to a magnificent Great Hall with renaissance carving on the beams, wainscoting, working fireplace and solid wood floor with under-floor heating.

Dual aspect Drawing Room with floor to ceiling panelling, Marble fireplace, Doric Arch and strapwork overmantel. Bay window opens to gardens. Secondary Stairs with Cloakroom lead to the first floor Tapestry Bedroom. The Library formed in the 1780s with concave corner sections, open fireplace and further wood panelling. Ante Room leading to Study, Cloakroom and Lobby.

Loggia entrance leading to family hallway with flagstone floor. The Kitchen/ Breakfast Room has an Aga, marble worktops and splashbacks, gas hob and separate oven. The Kitchen gives direct access to Boot Room/Flower Room, Nursery and Pantry.

Drawing Room leads to Dining Room with open fireplace, wood flooring and views of gardens and lakes. Vestibule and Cloakrooms Laundry and Lamp Room further storage rooms and stairs down to the Cellar.

First Floor
Stairs from family hallway rise to galleried landing with modern skylight glass window.

Master Bedroom with open fireplace, Dressing Room and en-suite bathroom with his and hers basin, shower and marble top bath.

Bedroom 2 has open fireplace, detailed cornicing and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower.
Bedroom 3 with wood panelling and en-suite shower room.
Bedroom 4 with en-suite bathroom.
Stairs from the Great Hall lead to Bedroom 5 with dual aspect view over gardens and en-suite bathroom with open fireplace.
Bedroom 6 has a fireplace and views over lawn gardens and driveway.

A further 6 rooms can be found on the second floor which would benefit from further modernisation. There are also various store rooms and access to the roof.

A fragment of the medieval house survives, one bay of a king-post hall roof with moulded purlins and wind braces.

The house is approached through a set of gates that sweep past a mature tree lined avenue.

From the front of the house there are formal gardens overlooking the lake and woodland and an out of view all weather tennis court.

The gardens were originally set out in the 18th Century and were inspired by designs after Audy Repton. A magnificent cedar of Lebanon planted in 1670 is a prominent feature and is further enhanced by a rose garden and thatched summer house laid out in 1895. The glorious walled garden boasts a heated outdoor swimming pool along with a large greenhouse, and a wonderful garden two storey folly known as The Prayer House.


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Contact Property Agent

Lindsay Cuthill

Savills Head Office London

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+44 (0) 20 7016 3780

Timothy Phillips

Savills Head Office London

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+44 (0) 20 7016 3780