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Lodge Lane, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex

Guide Price £1,600,000 - Sold STC

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Key Information

  • 6 bedrooms
  • 5 receptions
  • 4 bathrooms
Description Uniquely situated Grade II Listed period farmhouse standing in grounds extending to 16 acres with wonderful vista overlooking Ardleigh Reservoir, with its fishing and sailing facilities.

Meticulous Restoration

The present owners have carried out extensive restoration of the property since they purchased from the local farmer, including a two storey rear extension of the main house and the provision of the leisure wing with indoor swimming pool.

Particular attention to detail has been preserved whilst blending modern conveniences with four of the bedrooms enjoying en suite facilities and three of the bedrooms enjoying dressing rooms.

Despite the extensive work that has been carried out, the property still has excellent potential and scope for additional space with planning consent approved for conversion of the Essex Barn into office space and a further range of single storey weather boarded outbuildings, one with permission to build a bungalow (cottage).

The house sits in formal gardens and include a hard tennis court with the majority of the 16 acres laid to grass. The property enjoys superb views of the Ardleigh Reservoir.


Ground Floor

Part glazed entrance door leads through to the main entrance hall with attractive stripped wood flooring and turning stair flight leading to the first floor accommodation with useful storage cupboard under.

A door leads through to the main drawing room, a well-proportioned room with attractive sash window with shutters, wood flooring and cast iron fireplace with marbled surround and adjacent cupboard. The room also enjoys ornate cornicing and further sash window creating a dual aspect.

On the other side of the hall is a music room, again with sash window to front with shutters, cast iron fireplace with original marble surround and adjacent cupboard, wood flooring and sash window overlooking the side gardens.

Double doors lead through to the family room, a modern addition to the property with cast iron fireplace with marbled surround, wood flooring, double glazed windows overlooking the side garden and double glazed window and French doors leading out to the rear gardens.

A door leads from the family room into a dining room with traditional wood flooring, fireplace with wood burner and French doors leading out to the gardens.

The room flows round into a large modern kitchen/breakfast room with extensive range of work surfaces with cupboard and drawer units under, integral Smeg dishwasher as well as built in Rangemaster electric range. There are also integral cupboards with two fridges and separate freezer compartments.

Tiled flooring flows through the room and into the side lobby with part glazed vaulted ceiling and double glazed windows and French doors leading out to the rear gardens.

This then leads through to additional ground floor accommodation comprising of an office with double door storage cupboard and door leading through to the laundry room with tiled flooring, also housing the Thermecon oil fired boiler and pressurised hot water tanks with space and plumbing for washing machine as well as space for a tumble drier, whilst a door leads through to a linen cupboard. There is also a changing room with tiled flooring, walk in tiled shower cubicle with curved glass screen, vanity unit with cupboards and drawers under and range of wall mounted cupboards, low level WC and bench.

The pool room is a stunning room measuring 50’ long and housing the indoor swimming pool with tiled surround including under floor heating. There is a range of three double glazed doors leading out to the side terrace as well as two further sets of double doors leading out to the rear. At one end of the room a door leads through to the barn and at the other a door leads through to the filtration room housing the pool equipment.

First Floor

Split level dual staircase leads up to two landings. The front landing has a sash window with views towards the Reservoir and stairs continuing on to the second floor accommodation.

The rear landing houses the walk-in linen cupboard and provides access to the master bedroom â€" a well-proportioned room with wooden flooring, cast iron fireplace with painted surround and double glazed French doors leading out onto a large balcony overlooking the grounds of the property towards Ardleigh Reservoir. The room enjoys its own walk in dressing room providing ample storage and also has its own en suite facilities with freestanding cast iron bath with claw and ball feet and shower attachment, low level WC, marble topped vanity unit with two inset wash hand basins with cupboards under.

Also found off the rear landing is the fourth double bedroom with cast iron fireplace with painted surround and its own en suite facilities comprising panelled bath, pedestal wash hand basin and low level WC.

At the front of the property are two further double bedrooms of similar proportions. Both enjoy walk in dressing rooms and both have a dual aspect including sash window overlooking the front gardens towards Ardleigh Reservoir, whilst by the side windows both rooms enjoy window seats. The rooms have cast iron fireplaces with the second bedroom having a further storage cupboard as well as its own en suite with panelled bath, wash hand basin and toilet.

The third bedroom has a small en suite shower room with shower cubicle, wash hand basin and toilet.

Second Floor

Stairs lead up from the front landing to the second floor landing providing access to two further attic bedrooms. Both rooms have dormer windows at the front of the property with fine views towards Ardleigh Reservoir as well as additional side windows. The rooms also have wooden flooring, whilst bedroom six has built in shelving and a door leading through to additional attic space providing useful storage and additional planning for a seventh bedroom and bathroom.

In total the property extends to just under 4,500 square feet.

Description Ardleigh

The village of Ardleigh is found approximately 4 miles to the north east of Colchester in the district of Tendring. The village, at the 2001 census had a popular of 2,081 and has an excellent village community including a fine church, a variety of shops including a post office, a number of public houses/restaurants, a private health and fitness club, doctors surgery, petrol station, primary school and a village hall, recreation ground and a millennium green. The village has good road links predominately centred around the A137 that flows through the village whilst on the edge of the parish is the A12.

Ardleigh Primary School feeds into the Manningtree School some four miles away whilst also at Manningtree, as well as Colchester are mainline railway stations with services to London’s Liverpool Street.

Description Gardens

Hill House Farm is approached through a gated entrance with long drive leading down and round the outbuildings into a parking courtyard where the garaging is found.

Gateway provides access to a shingled turning circle in front of the house with low box hedging leading out to extensive lawns leading down towards the Reservoir.

At the immediate rear of the house is a decked area leading out onto the formal gardens, predominately laid to lawn with attractive pathways leading round the garden and through an “old ruin” water feature with a number of small red brick outhouses.

There are a number of young trees planted within the gardens, bordered by hedgerow and leading round to gated entrance into the side field where the hard court tennis court is found.

There are two large fields predominately grass and in total the grounds extend to approximately 16 acres.


Adjacent to the main house are a range of traditional weather boarded outbuildings including 2 large Essex Barns, currently divided into two sections. We understand that planning permission has been granted for the buildings to be adapted into office space with the first section measuring 38’10” x 19’2” with additional area 13’2” x 12’, split level with access through to the pool room. The second section of the main barn measures 36’4” x 17’ with additional recess of 12’3” x 12’1”.

The weather boarded old stables provide an open store 15’7” x 15’1” with an adjoining door 15’9” x 8’9” and second store 15’7” x 9’1”. At the other end of this building is a workshop 19’7” x 15’6” with further lean to stores in need of improvement, but with planning consent for a two bedroom cottage.

Located within the courtyard is a modern treble garage building providing garaging for three cars measuring 29’5” x 18’8” with three electric up and over doors, one rear door, power and light connected. Above the garaging, from an external staircase, is a studio room â€" 28’4” x 16’3” narrowing to 13’ with kitchenette and shower room.

First Floor


Drawing Room 18'4" x 15'2"

Music Room 16'10" x 15'2"

Family Room 16'6" x 15'1"

Dining Room 17'10" x 12'1"

Kitchen/Breakfast Room 17'10" x 13'6"


Office 10'6" x 8'4"


Changing Room

Filter Room

Pool Room 50'10" x 19'1"

Second Floor

Bedroom One 16'7" x 15'4"


En Suite

Dressing Room

Bedroom Two 18'4" x 15'10"

En Suite


Bedroom Three 17'6" x 16'

En Suite


Bedroom Four 17'6" x 13'8"

En Suite

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