***No onward chain - Motivated seller***
Steeped in history, this is an exceptional opportunity to purchase one of 13 unique apartments, every one with its own historic detail.
A luxury 2 bedroom 1st floor apartment within Danbury Palace, a stunning Grade II listed 16th Century Stately Home which, in recent years, has undergone an extensive refurbishment program. The Palace is situated in a peaceful setting, within easy reach of Danbury village centre and approximately 4 miles from Chelmsford City centre, with it's vast array of shops, bars and restaurants and fast rail links into London Liverpool Street.
Great care has been taken to retain and restore the stunning external architectural details, inside numerous modern touches of luxury reveal themselves in the high specification fixtures, fittings and finishes creating a mix of old meeting new, underfloor heating with supplementary heating.
The elegant living/dining room overlooks the grounds to the front of the Palace and is complemented by the separate contemporary kitchen/breakfast room boasting an extensive range of matching wall and base units with complementary counter tops and splash backs, wooden flooring, single bowl sink with mixer tap, integrated double oven, hob and extractor hood, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
In the two bathrooms you will find white sanitary ware with chrome fittings. The ensuite to the master bedroom has a low-profile shower tray with shower screen, and chrome ladder heated towel rails.
The master bedroom has two beautiful, original windows, providing sweeping views of the grounds from two directions, there is a small study area within the grand hallway. All principal rooms have natural light creating a welcoming, luxurious apartment for any discerning homeowner.
Hallway not measured
Kitchen 16' 9" x 9' 9" (5.11m x 2.97m)
Sitting/dining room 24' 9" x 12' 4" (7.54m x 3.76m)
Bedroom one 19' 6" x 15' 5" (5.94m x 4.7m)
Ensuite not measured
Bedroom two 14' 7" x 10' (4.44m x 3.05m)
Bathroom not measured
The outside The exterior of the property is equally impressive, with an imposing frontage and extensive communal grounds. Danbury Palace is approached via a secluded, private driveway with a wrought iron gated entrance with video entry phone bringing you to the front of this wonderful Grade II listed building. A red brick mansion with its superb architectural features of mullioned windows, castellated parapets and octagonal turret on the north-east corner. Set within approximately 8 and a half acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and parkland, a tennis court for the use of residents is available by arrangement with the concierge, who is at hand to assist you. The grounds have direct access (via gate) to Danbury Country Park, incorporating 'The Lakes' and the Ice House, Danbury Palace offers the opportunity of a lifestyle of living within a peaceful, rural landscape and yet also affords easy accessibility to Chelmsford (with a park and ride facility close by that takes you to Chelmsford station) with direct trains to London Liverpool Street Station providing a journey time of approx. 35 minutes. Local shops, schools and a range of amenities can be found close by in Danbury village, with a variety of pubs and a bus stop at the end of the private drive.
Where? The property is situated within a private gated development in a convenient position providing straight-forward access to Danbury village, woodland walks and surrounding villages as well as being within close proximity to the A12 (London - Ipswich bound). Amenities within the village include local shops, co-operative supermarket, pubs, a parish church and highly regarded schools. For the commuter, Chelmsford's mainline station lies approximately 5.9 miles to the west of Danbury with Chelmsford city centre itself offering an extensive range of shopping and leisure activities with both state and private schooling available close by.
The village of Danbury is at the centre of extensive areas of woodland and heath owned by the National Trust and other conservation organisations. Danbury Common, lies due south of the village centre. The woodlands extend into the parish of Little Baddow. The A414 road, a major trunk route running through the village centre linking it with Maldon to the east and Chelmsford to the west and gives access to the A12. Several bus services running from Chelmsford link Danbury with Maldon, Great Baddow, Little Baddow, South Woodham Ferrers, Sandon and other villages around Maldon.
The village is well served with both state and private education at primary/preparatory level and there is a bus to the local state secondary school, as well as transport for Felsted, Gosfield and New Hall Schools (subject to age and arrangements).
History Danbury Place, as it was once known, was originally an English Country House, set within a deer park and first built in 1589, during the reign of Elizabeth I. Eventually, the house having fallen into disrepair, architect Thomas Hopper was commissioned to build the new Danbury Place in 1830, just a couple of hundred feet from the old building. Built in a Tudor Gothic style, it is a large, red brick country mansion with a grand central stone staircase and is located on the periphery of Danbury village on one of the highest points of the country of Essex, giving far-reaching views.
In 1845 the house was sold to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for use as an Episcopal Palace for the Bishop of Rochester, and it was then that it became known as Danbury Palace. The Chapel was added during 1860-1868 by Bishop Wigram. During the Second World War Danbury Palace was used as a maternity hospital, visited by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and following the war was sold to Essex Country Council and then lent itself for a variety of uses until recent years when the current conversion was carried out.
Important information Council Tax Band - E
EPC - Due to the property being Grade II listed an EPC is not required
Services - We understand that mains electricity, water and drainage are connected to the property.
Tenure - Leasehold - 119 years remaining (Lease length 125 years from 2015)
Service Charge-£7,000 per annum
Ground Rent-£300 per annum
Two allocated parking spaces
Communal bike storage
Allocated storage located in the basement
All to be confirmed by solicitors
Agents note Any intending viewers or purchasers are advised of the following: An EWS1 form ( External Wall Survey) may be recommended for certain apartment buildings dependant on issues such as the height of the structure. The positioning of balconies and composition of any external cladding. Fenn Wright have not undertaken any such assessment in respect of this particular property and this note has been added to all flats being offered for sale throughout our business as appropriate general guidance. We recommend that potential purchasers seek advice from their solicitor and an independent Chartered Surveyor before committing to a purchase.
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Stunning two bedroom unique apartment set within Grade II listed former Bishops Palace. Impressive communal entrance, boasting private grounds of approximately 8 1/2 acres. Private and secure gated entrance, many original features, offered with no onward chain.
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