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East Bergholt, Colchester, CO7

Guide price £2,850,000

9 Beds 5 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: IPS200100


  • Stunning Grade II Listed Queen Anne rectory
  • 3 reception rooms, study & cloakroom
  • Kitchen/breakfast room & utility room/larder
  • Annexe with ground floor kitchen & utility
  • 9 bedrooms & 5 bathrooms
  • Extensive range of timber brick & tile outbuildings
  • Walled garden, hard tennis court & croquet lawn
  • Terrace & swimming pool
  • In all about 8 acres
  • Additional land available separately


A stunning Queen Anne rectory standing in a mature formal garden setting with spectacular views over the Dedham Vale. The Old Rectory is Grade II Listed and is believed to date from 1714 with additional wings added in the 1820s. The stunning facade presents red brick in a Flemish bond, part rendered, and part painted with a slate roof to the front and plain tiles to the rear. The property displays a number of stunning architectural features including flush architraves under flat gauged brick arches and banded eaves and parapet. Gabled dormers with sashes. Internally the entrance hall has paired arches to the staircase. Dado panelling with pilasters follows the line of stair. Other features include a good carved chimney piece to the drawing room, another to the entrance hall and six panelled doors in architraves and cornices. It was once the home of Dr Rhudde, grandfather of Maria Bicknell, wife of John Constable. The accommodation is arranged over three floors with the sitting room, drawing room and study off the main hall, with steps down accessing a cloakroom, dining room and kitchen/breakfast room, together with larder. Cellar. A utility rear hall and annexe kitchen complete the ground floor. The main staircase rises to a half landing with ''Clouds' bedroom and door into the rear landing off which there are two principal bedrooms and bathroom and a further door to the annexe landing with further bedroom, bathroom and sitting room (currently used as the annexe bedroom). Returning to the main landing with steps up to the cloakroom, master bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room with shower. Guest bedroom suite with en suite bathroom and further bedroom. Further staircase access to the top floor with three attic bedrooms, bathroom and tank room. OUTSIDE Extensive range of timber, brick and tile outbuildings with double garage, two single garages, gardeners shed, three stables and cycle store. Extensive walled garden with potting sheds, formal garden area and hard tennis court. To the rear of the house is the terrace/pool and sunken rose garden, croquet lawn and extensive lawn and woodland beyond. The whole extends to approximately eight acres. LOT 2 - 8.37 acres Pasture land, a number of mature trees, pond and road access. Small barn with potential for conversion subject to the usual consents. Guide Price £200,000 LOT 3 - 13.05 acres Arable land (cropped by a local farmer) with separate access. Guide Price £150,000 LOCATION The Old Rectory stands in an elevated position on the edge of the village of East Bergholt, considered to be one of the most important villages in this part of East Anglia on the Suffolk/Essex border. East Bergholt is located on the northern side of the beautiful and historic Stour Valley, where Constable lived and painted many of his finest works. Communications are excellent via the A12 giving fast dual carriageway access to Ipswich about 9 miles to the north and Colchester about 9 miles to the south. Significantly there is a main line railway station at Manningtree about 3½ miles away which provides a fast, frequent and easily accessed commuter train to London Liverpool Street, taking approximately 55 minutes and bringing the City within daily commuter distance. The countryside in the Dedham/East Bergholt area is exceptionally attractive and remarkably unspoiled when it is considered how quickly London can be accessed. The Old Rectory enjoys stunning views over the Dedham Vale which in turn is considered to be one of the great settings in East Anglia. There are extensive shopping facilities both in Colchester and Ipswich with good schools at Ipswich School, Framlingham, Woodbridge and Felsted Public School. There is sailing on both the Orwell and Stour Estuaries which are nearby, together with ferry services from Harwich to the main north European ports. Stansted Airport can be reached within 50 minutes. East Bergholt has the benefit of a good range of local facilities including a modernised general store, post office, bakers, chemists, GP surgery, medical centre, parish church and congregational church, together with many local associations. The village provides educational facilities from preschool age to GCSEs and there are sixth form colleges in Colchester and Ipswich. DIRECTIONS (CO7 6TH) From the centre of the village, with the village store on your right, continue along the street and around the bend with the church on your left. Continue down Rectory Hill and up the other side. The gated entrance to The Old Rectory is on your left and will open automatically. If you get to the Oranges & Lemons Cafe Restaurant, then you have gone too far. SERVICES Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil-fired central heating. FIXTURES AND FITTINGS Items regarded as fixtures and fittings, including carpets and curtains, are initially excluded from the sale, although certain items may be available by separate negotiation. VIEWINGS By appointment with Jackson-Stops.