General information This beautifully presented unlisted Victorian cottage set on the Suffolk/Essex borders benefits from a wealth of charm and character throughout. There is a number of reception areas complete with original features on the ground floor whilst the first floor accommodation has three well-proportioned bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property sits in a well established and mature plot of approaching a quarter of an acre and enjoys unencumbered and far reaching views over private parkland beyond. There is the additional benefit of an outbuilding which is currently be utilised as an office/studio. Historically the property has also benefited from planning permission we would encompass a two-storey rear extension which would make use of the existing boiler/utility room and would in turn enlarge the kitchen and provide a boot room and cloakroom along with providing the opportunity of an additional bedroom space to the first floor.
This beautifully presented Victorian property, steeped in history, comprises a bright and spacious entrance hall with original mosaic-tiled flooring, stairs to the first floor and doors leading off. To the front of the property is the sitting room with a bay-fronted window, original fireplace and overlooks the private gardens to the front with rolling parkland beyond. The family room is located to the rear overlooking the small garden behind it has original style features such as the inset fireplace and sash windows. Both rooms are linked together and would be ideal for entertaining and open-plan living. The kitchen runs along the rear of the majority of the property, it is split into two different levels with part of the kitchen in the original build with a modern extension for the dining area. In the original part of the property the kitchen also benefits from a walk-in pantry, there are work surface running along the back wall and has a butler-style sink with space for a range style oven, further appliances such as American fridge--freezer and undercounter dishwasher. The dining area of the kitchen has views on two sides and enjoys French doors leading out to the patio area with views over the private gardens and parkland to the front.
The landing is bright and spacious providing access to all three bedrooms and the family bathroom. The main bedroom is set to the front enjoying unencumbered views over the gardens and parkland beyond. Both the main bedroom and bedroom two benefit from original features such as sash windows and inset fireplaces. Bedrooms two and three are located to the rear of the property as is the family bathroom which has a three-piece suite with shower above bath set up, tiled surrounds, wash hand basin, WC and finished with a wall mounted heated towel rail.
Entrance hall 11' 5" x 7' 8" (3.48m x 2.34m)
Sitting room 13' 7" x 12' (4.14m x 3.66m)
Family room 12' x 10' 11" (3.66m x 3.33m)
Kitchen 13' 1" x 7' (3.99m x 2.13m)
Additional kitchen extension 14' 5" x 11' 3" (4.39m x 3.43m)
Larder 7' 8" x 3' 6" (2.34m x 1.07m)
Outbuildings - adjoining rear of kitchen 14' 3" x 5' (4.34m x 1.52m) in total
Bedroom one 12' x 11' (3.66m x 3.35m)
Bedroom two 12' x 11' (3.66m x 3.35m)
Bedroom three 11' x 6' 2" (3.35m x 1.88m)
Bathroom 6' 9" x 6' 5" (2.06m x 1.96m)
The outside The property is accessed via a private gated shingled driveway with parking for a number of vehicles. This also provides access to the outbuilding, which is currently being used as an office/studio with power/lighting and enjoys views over the private parkland beyond. The majority of the property's garden is set to the front and side aspect with a small portion being set to the rear boundary.
The gardens are predominantly laid to lawn with a small vegetable plot to the right hand side of the property.
Where? Tilbury Juxta Clare is a small hamlet nestled between Great Yeldham and Clare, both of which offer every day amenities. Clare is a popular medieval town with a variety of shops, pubs, butchers, cafés and doctor surgeries. Train services are available from Braintree, Witham or Audley End. Cambridge and Stansted Airport are approximately 25 miles and 21 miles respectively.
Important information Council Tax Band - tbc
Services - We understand that mains water, drainage and electricity are connected to the property. There is an oil-fired central heating system.
Tenure - Freehold
EPC rating - F
History Lady Butler's Cottage originally formed part of the neighbouring Spencer Estate and is believed to date back to 1875. Lady Butler (nee Molly Montgomerie) was married to Augustine Courtauld, a yachtsman and explorer, who owned the Estate. Following a long illness he died in 1959. RAB Butler, who was the Chancellor under Winston Churchill, was a close family friend whose wife (Augustine's cousin) died in 1954. Molly fell in love with the grief stricken RAB and they used 1 Spencer Cottages as their love nest hence it became known as Lady Butler' Cottage. They went onto marry. Lady Butler died in 2009 at the age of 101.
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This beautifully presented, unlisted Victorian cottage set on the Suffolk/Essex borders enjoys three bedrooms, bathroom, three reception areas with further scope to extend all set in gardens overlooking private parkland beyond.
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