An impressive entrance door beneath a classical pediment opens into a spacious entrance lobby with plenty of space for coats and boots. Solid oak engineered flooring flows through to the generous reception hall which leads through to the principal rooms of the house. The elegant drawing room, with high ceiling, has a triple aspect with superb views to the south and west out across the grounds. The focal point of the room is an attractive painted wooden mantelpiece with marble surround and open hearth. The family room or snug is a charming room with attractive arched recesses and a corner working fireplace. The dining room again with focal fireplace, is of good proportions with a door leading out to the terrace which in turn leads to a larger terrace at the rear of the house.
The hallway leads past the guest cloakroom and into a vast kitchen/dining/family room which is the heart of the home. It offers a tremendous area for entertaining and family life, unified by stone floor tiling with space for a large dining table, relaxed seating and a play zone if required. The room is flooded with light by seven broad windows and a further two sets of French doors leading directly out to the terracing, both affording far reaching countryside views. The focal point of this room is the bespoke 'Farrrow and Ball' hand painted kitchen with extensive granite work surfaces including a large island incorporating an under mounted butler sink, breakfast bar and plenty of storage. There is an inset black four oven Aga and space for a large American style fridge/freezer. Further integrated appliances include; Neff combination oven, induction hob and dishwasher. The capacious utility includes a deep butler sink with granite surround and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer. Adjacent is a handy toilet and wash hand basin. The study/playroom has the potential for a separate entrance if required and has a slate color tiled floor and is dual aspect including bi-fold doors lead out to the terracing.
An attractive staircase leads up to a wide landing. The master bedroom is of generous proportions with triple aspect and far reaching leafy views across the grounds to the south and west. It has a deep hanging cupboard and a neatly finished ensuite including matching pedestal basins, shower and a corner cupboard. There are three further bedrooms all of good proportions with a southerly aspect complemented by the spacious family bathroom with white suite which includes a bath. On the opposite side of the hallway is a useful additional cloakroom and also a set of deep airing cupboards. The guest suite retains privacy and charm with a well-appointed ensuite and is dual aspect to the south east across farmland.
Outside Discreetly located behind electric wooden gates with intercom system, the property is approached via an impressive shingle driveway bounded by post and rail fencing and paddock. Before the house is a turning point providing parking for multiple vehicles, garaging and a large store. The major part of the garden lies to the south and east of the house which itself has terracing wrapping around two sides, including a stunning sheltered alfresco seating area. Surrounded by a wealth of mature trees and shielded from the north, there are views towards the securely fenced large pond and across the immaculate hard tennis court and manicured lawns to the paddock and hills beyond.
Location The village is found some 4 miles to the north of the town of Colchester and at its northern boundary is the Suffolk border and the Stour Valley, the latter being an area of 'Outstanding Natural Beauty'.
The village itself has good local amenities which include a wine merchant's, village store and post office with two public houses/restaurants. There are two churches at either end of the village.
Primary schooling is found in a variety of easily accessible locations including Nayland, Boxted, Langham and Great Horkesley. Private schooling is also close at hand with Holmwood House Nursery in the village and Littlegarth Preparatory school down the road at Nayland.
Within 3 miles is Colchester mainline railway station making Great Horkesley extremely popular with commuters with services to London Liverpool Street in under the hour.
Important information We understand that mains water and electricity are connected to the property, whilst there is a oil-fired central heating system and private drainage system.
Council tax band - G
EPC rating - E
Tenure - Freehold
Method of sale - Private treaty
Ref - BMR
Agents note The external photographs were taken in the summer of 2015.
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A handsome and beautifully restored country home of classical proportions within a parkland setting approaching 2.3 acres with wonderful open views, situated on the edge of the village approximately 2 miles from Colchester mainline station.
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