Guide price £3,325,000
An important seven-bedroom, six reception Georgian Parsonage set within a varied plot of almost 5.5 acres (stls), which includes the adjoining cricket ground. The formal grounds and terraces include a post & rail paddock with separate access, floodlit all weather tennis court, children's play area and a lovely westerly exposition with far reaching countryside protecting the western boundary. The grounds to the South adjoin the picturesque cricket pitch, offering unique views across the ground. A stunning Orangery is open to the kitchen breakfast room. Indoor pool / leisure complex including a sunken jacuzzi, gymnasium and cloakroom. Parking, car port & garaging. Total living space just under 8,000 sq ft. Felsted school (7 miles). EPC exempt. Description: The property truly is the centerpiece within the village, thought to date back to the early 19th century, enjoying an elevated position. The front lawns provide a frontage of some 220 ft intersected with a horseshoe gravel driveway, served by a substantial parking area at the front and side of the house. A drive to the north provides a spur leading to an undercover car port and two secure garages. The Parsonage has been beautifully maintained, extended and improved during our clients' 28-year occupation. Of note are the wonderful Orangery and kitchen, designed and constructed in 2000, and the loft conversion in 1998, which now offers two further double bedrooms to the five-principal bedrooms on the first floor, bathroom and living space. This would obviously be ideal for an Au pair or teenage children. It can also be accessed independently from a second discreet stairwell. The bedrooms on both floors offer wonderful views across the grounds and or cricket ground. Of note is the master bedroom, which not only provides a substantial dressing room and en-suite bathroom, but also gives access onto a private west facing balcony. The remaining six bedrooms are doubles and share three family bathrooms with separate showers. There are six principal receptions all offering the charm and/or typical features you would expect from the period, including beautiful architraves and alcoves, marble surround fireplace, cornice and ceiling rose, which complement the high ceilings and generous sash windows. All the receptions enjoy lovely views of the surrounding grounds and or the cricket pitch. A fantastic indoor pool / leisure complex is located within the west wing of the house and includes a sunken jacuzzi, gymnasium and cloakroom. The pool itself is in beautiful condition with 4 sets of double doors opening onto the rear terrace and three impressive lanterns providing further natural light to this stunning facility. Additional, impressive improvements have also been made to the lower ground floor in the last decade. Accessed via a contemporary glazed staircase, leading down to an underfloor heated brick floor. Subtle lighting picks out a bespoke, temperature-controlled wine cellar. This section of the house also provides a generous cinema room with a built in projector and access to an external staircase. A discreet workstation has also been built into the space, with a good size laundry room served by a fantastic chute completing the lower ground floor accommodation. The accommodation throughout the house enjoys an abundance of light and space. Although it retains many original features, the sympathetic improvements and additions have ensured that the living space has evolved to provide an ideal family home for modern day living. LOCATION: The picturesque village of High Easter, renowned for its restaurant, The Punch Bowl, remains quintessentially English and boasts, amongst other things, a cricket ground (which the property owns), a village cafe (The Snug), village hall and its adjoining playing fields and a charming village church. The market town of Great Dunmow is located 6 miles to the north of the village and provides a good range of shops, restaurants and two supermarkets. A more comprehensive range of facilities can be found in the nearby city of Chelmsford and the market town of Bishop's Stortford. The Parsonage benefits from strong commutability into London Liverpool Street from Chelmsford, Stansted and Bishop's Stortford or the Central Line underground service from Epping. A country road leads to the A120 which connects to the M11 at junction 8. An excellent choice of educational facilities includes the grammar schools in Chelmsford and Colchester, Felsted School, which is just 7 miles away with Bishop's Stortford College, New Hall and Brentwood School also within easy driving distance. The village also benefits from a pre-school.
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