Guide price £3,750,000
A beautifully presented period residence, set in 25 acres of mixed grounds offering fantastic equestrian potential, meadows, woodland and formal grounds. Outdoor heated swimming pool. Detached Essex barn and further detached three bedroom annexe. Main house 5,130 sqft of immaculate living accommodation. Located within close proximity of major transport links, schooling in both sectors and a vast array of amenities. EPC Exempt. Chithams is located at the end of a 110m driveway, set in its own grounds of circa 25 acres, offering a peaceful and tranquil setting surrounded by rolling countryside. The main house is Grade II listed dating back to 1395 with additions over the 17th & 21st Century's. The property is accessed via a separate gated entrance which leads to the front of the property. The charming reception hall offers lovely views through the entire property through glazed double doors to the formal grounds and meadows beyond. The reception hall provides access to the first floor via an impressive sweeping staircase and all principal reception rooms. These include a cinema room with mood lighting, overhead projector and screen, a wonderful sitting room with a stone fireplace and inset woodburner, large bay windows and two sets of double doors both opening onto covered verandas, which enjoy the most enviable views of the surrounding grounds. A library/home office with exposed timbers, original flooring and a lovely brick fireplace with another inset woodburner, a further drawing room (previous playroom) is located in the oldest part of the house again with exposed timbers and an impressive stone fireplace. This also gives convenient access to the outstanding, bespoke kitchen/family room built by Simon's Kitchens of Colchester. This wonderful family living space is extremely sympathetic to a contemporary addition within a period home. The kitchen is fitted with Shaker-style colour-washed units topped with white quartz stone and incorporates integrated appliances - two fan overs, a Neff hob and extractor hood, a microwave, a coffee maker and a Norcool two-zone wine fridge. A substantial island with a butler sink unit and Quooker hot tap, two integrated dishwashers, two glazed plate cupboards and a wine rack. The open plan family area completes the hub of this stunning living space with its roof lantern, four sets of double doors opening onto the rear terraces, offering a wealth of light and outstanding views of the grounds and countryside beyond. Furthermore, there are two w/c's, a boot room and a good sized utility room which completes the ground floor accommodation. The first floor can be accessed via two stairwells and offers six double bedrooms. These include a magnificent dual aspect master suite with double doors opening onto a private balcony with idyllic views across the meadows beyond. A fitted dressing room which leads to a generous en suite with walk in shower, underfloor heating, roll top bath and ''his and hers' basins. Bedroom two also benefits from en suite facilities, whilst the others are served via a lovely family bathroom and further shower room. It is important to note that bedroom four which is currently utilised as guest quarters, is located in the oldest part of the house and can be accessed via the secondary stairwell. This offers the potential self contained wing providing a beautiful vaulted bedroom, shower room and study/dressing room. OUTSIDE The formal gardens surrounding the main house are extremely established have been professionally landscaped maximising this unique setting. The property is accessed via an extensive driveway which leads to an electric set of oak gates opening into a substantial courtyard located between the Essex barn and main residence, offering extensive parking for numerous vehicles and garaging. A further gateway leads to a stone pathway in front of the house bisecting the formal lawns to the south which are overlooked by a veranda and provide direct access into the adjoining meadows. A terrace wraps around the rear of the house with extending behind the kitchen/family area, benefitting from the afternoon sun, perfect for al fresco dining. To the north of the house is an area of woodland which includes two notable outbuildings and beyond is a large field fronting onto Heath Road. To the south of the house is an enclosed outdoor heated swimming pool with substantial paved area, secured by gated picket fencing. The property is also protected by a listed moat with a water flow controlled pump and access into the meadows is via an ornate bridge. ESSEX BARN Immediately opposite the house is a detached substantial Essex barn (3,007sqft), also providing open stores and garaging. The barn offers a fantastic social space with great potential for offices if required. Generous open floor space with a two-storey vaulted area rising into the eaves. A mezzanine level approached via a staircase from within the barn. Adjoining the main area is a kitchenette, cloakroom and bar area. THE ANNEXE A detached single-storey annexe offering versatile accommodation comprising a fully fitted kitchen/living area with integrated oven, hob, hood and dishwasher. The main bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with double doors overlooking paddocks. There are two further bedrooms, a bathroom and a gym with an adjoining fitted bespoke shower room with body jets and steam. The land forms a single block of pasture fields, which are segmented by mature hedgerows and a scattering of oak trees. Part of the land is being used for grazing for a neighbour's horses on an informal arrangement, which may be continued under separate discussions. LOCATION Chithams, is conveniently located between Ramsden Heath and Billericay. Ramsden Heath provides a village centre with a shop, coffee shop, two pubs, village tennis courts and a C of E primary school. To the north, in Stock, there is a more comprehensive range of village facilities including pubs/eateries, a restaurant, a library, village schools and a C of E primary school. Also within Stock village is the renowned health and spa country club at Greenwoods. Chelmsford city, which lies 8.5 miles away, offers a more comprehensive and cosmopolitan centre with a good choice of restaurants and shops. The house lies within the catchment for King Edward Grammar School and Chelmsford County High School for Girls and there is a good selection of both state and private schools within close proximity at Downham, Chelmsford, Billericay and Brentwood. Rail services can be found at Billericay, Wickford, Chelmsford and Shenfield.
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