General information Ollivers is set extremely well back from the road approached over a private driveway which leads through an attractive area of garden to a parking and turning area in front of the house. It has been the subject of extensive renovation and improvement by the current owners with the addition of a period style reception hall and study over together with a stair tower to the rear incorporating a stunning hand made oak staircase. The property has exceptional ceiling heights with magnificent timbering to the main sections of the property. There are three ground floor reception rooms, together with a spacious kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, larder and utility room. On the first floor there are four bedrooms, en-suite bathroom to the main bedroom and two further shower rooms. Within the attic space there are two large double bedrooms and a door through to the secondary bedroom space.
The grounds are a real feature of the property with an avenue of mature limes on either side of the original carriage drive, not at present used, and the present drive leads in through an area of formal garden, mature trees and shrubs to the parking area alongside the property. There is a self-contained vegetable area and access past the property on one side leading to an east facing area of sheltered formal garden and on the west side, leading through a more informal area of garden past a small vineyard area. The grounds have been managed to encourage wildlife in all areas.
At the rear of the house is the south facing formal area of garden with a large paved terrace adjoining the rear of the house with a formal pond and pergola and water feature. Adjoining this area is a range of former agriculture outbuildings and again leads onto a further area containing the large Aisled timber framed barn and to the rear of this is a large area of open grassland/potential paddock.
At the front of the property is an attractive area of meadow with an avenue of mature lime trees originally the carriage drive to the property.
Ollivers Farm has a fascinating history dating back to 1360 and, as with all houses this age, it shows considerable signs of its development and different uses throughout it's history. The present owners have carried some meticulous renovation and extension to the house to provide modern features in the period style with a new reception hall and study over including pargetted wall panel and a stair tower to the rear incorporating craftsman built oak staircase. The main drawing room is located at the heart of the house with a stunning exposed carved and moulded ceiling of exceptional height and large feature fireplace housing a wood burner stove. The kitchen/breakfast room has a massive exposed brick chimney breast and 'Redfyre' stove, to one side of this is a large walk-in larder and a utility room/rear entrance hall.
The long landing on the first floor provides access to the four bedrooms, the main one of which has a dressing area and en-suite bathroom together with an additional shower in bedroom two and another off the landing. A ladder-style staircase leads to the second floor where there are two interconnecting bedrooms on one side of the landing and a further bedroom on the other.
The house has exceptional period features throughout and the location of the property ensures there are beautiful views out from the house in all directions over undulating countryside.
Outside The garden and grounds of Ollivers are a real feature. Surrounding the house is a large area of informal and formal garden, partly enclosed by clipped hedging and lying to the front of the house is a more informal area planted with decorative trees, shrubs etc., alongside which is an enclosed vegetable and soft fruit area.
A path leads on round past the small vineyard to the rear south-facing garden which has paved terrace adjoining the house, a range of outbuildings and a sheltered garden area. A gate leads out to the rear area of the grounds which contain large period Aisled barn which offers great scope for further development and it is in need of some repair. Beyond the barn is a further area extending to about 4 acres of paddock land.
Location The property is situated on high ground to the west of the A1017 and the Colne Valley with uninterrupted views back towards Castle Hedingham. There is easy access to the main centres of Cambridge, Colchester and Braintree and local shopping facilities are available in Sudbury. The small Essex market town of Halstead is close by. There is easy access along the A120 to the M11 and Stansted Airport.
Agents note The owner has produced a brief history of the property which will be available by email if required. The property does not, at present, have a full central heating system installed. There is a pylon line that crosses the rear of the property.
Viewing strictly by appointment.
Important information Services - We understand that mains water and electricity are connected to the property. There is private drainage. High speed broadband connection
Tenure - Freehold
Council Tax Band - F
EPC - Exempt
Ref - SAT
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This attractive Grade II* Listed period property dates back to about 1360, set in mature grounds of about 7 acres.
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