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Property for sale

Sold STC Aldham Guide Price £1,250,000

  • Fenn Wright - Signature Homes

    146 High Street, Colchester, Essex

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Bedrooms: 6

A fine Grade II Listed former Mill house bordering the River Colne, standing in superb grounds of approximately 5.7 acres including the adjoining mill race. Bridge House has magnificent character dating back to the 16th century with later additions including a beautiful family room and study added in 2000 enjoying breath taking views through the gardens to the mill race. The house enjoys stunning grounds, beautifully maintained and creating the most wonderful and unique setting.

The property

Ground floor

A stylish entrance door opens into the main hallway, being split level room with a recess containing a wood burning stove, and an elegant stair flight leading to the first floor accommodation. At the front of the house is the main drawing room with three sash windows and door leading out to the gardens. The heavily timbered ceiling measures 8'7" high and a focal inglenook fireplace with stove is a major feature. The room also has part painted panelled walls. Also at the front of the house is the morning room with dual aspect and fireplace with stove. The dining room is a Victorian addition with sash bay window and closed fireplace. Off the hall is the rear glazed vestibule providing a further entrance and French doors leading out on to a courtyard and thence to the gardens. There is pamment flooring and oak side door with double doors leading through to the family room. Added in 2000 with a beautiful curved roof this is a wonderfully light room with dual aspect including large picture windows enjoying views over the gardens to the mill race, having attractive oak flooring and a fireplace with stove. An opening leads through to the study, again with oak flooring and picture windows overlooking the gardens to the Mill race and there are built-in storage cupboards and shelving.

The kitchen overlooks the mill race and river and has extensive roll top work surfaces with cupboards and drawers under and a range of matching wall mounted cupboards, a four oven Aga with adjoining companion Aga, and a large walk-in pantry with attractive brick flooring and a range of built-in shelving. There is part stud work leading through to the breakfast room with projecting glazed windows and door overlooking the Mill race; also a door leading to the back stairs. Finally on the ground floor is a utility room with stainless steel sink and drainer, with plumbing for a washing machine, as well as having space for coats, a walk-in storage cupboard and a cloakroom with toilet and wash hand basin.

First floor

A feeling of space continues to the first floor landing which again is split level with 9'2" high ceilings and stairs continuing up to the attic rooms. The main bedroom is found at the front of the property with two double door wardrobes, further cupboards above, a fireplace and sash window to the front with views of the Mill race. In the corner of the room is a door through to its own ensuite facilities comprising a corner tiled shower cubicle, pedestal wash hand basin, toilet and heated towel rail. A door also leads from the bedroom through to a dressing room with stripped pine panelled wall with inset Victorian fireplace, wardrobe cupboard, range of built-in cupboards and shelving, again having a sash window to the front with views of the Mill race and door connecting back to the landing. The second bedroom enjoys a dual aspect with views from one of the sash windows towards the Mill race, has a closed fireplace and double door wardrobe also enjoying its own ensuite facilities with a dual wash hand basin set into a vanity unit with cupboards under, tiled shower cubicle and low level wc. The next bedroom arguably has the best views of the Mill race and river and is a good sized double with exposed beam and own ensuite facilities with toilet, wash hand basin and shower cubicle. There is a further double bedroom with painted panelled walls, cast iron fireplace with marble surround and corner wash hand basin.

The main bathroom comprises of a panel bath, pedestal wash hand basin and toilet and separate tiled shower cubicle as well as having a heated towel rail and housing the airing cupboard.

The final bedroom is accessed from the back staircase and also has a connecting door through to bedroom three, it enjoys wonderful views of the Mill race and river and has an exposed beam. The first floor accommodation offers great flexibility for rooms to be used for different purposes.

Second floor

The staircase leads up to the attic rooms at the top of the property with head heights averaging around 6' with three attic rooms, two interconnecting and further large storage rooms.

Outside

The property is significantly set back from the Halstead Road with a long gravelled driveway beside front lawns with shrub beds, leading to a large turning area to the front of the property. To the side of the house is the Mill race and the land where the Mill used to sit, creating an island between the Mill race and the river Colne that meanders along the northern boundary. The drive continues along the other side of the house and through to the parking area with cart lodge and old timber barn measuring some 722 sq feet and subdivided into two sections. These have great potential, subject to necessary planning consent.

There is a further range of outbuildings, predominantly a wood shed, coal shed, potting shed and greenhouse which abuts an attractive old brick wall enclosing the side gardens where the hard tennis court is found. Lawns continue round the gardens creating wonderful interest and colour and lead through to a productive orchard and kitchen garden containing soft fruit and asparagus beds. Beyond is a rough meadow with many fine species of trees and spring flowers.

To the immediate rear of the house is a more formal garden with pathways, box hedging, lavender borders, roses and established trees siding onto the Mill race with magnificent Lombardy poplars lining the banks and the river beyond.

In total the grounds extend to approximately 5.7 acres and create a most unique and delightful setting to the property.

Services-mains water, electricity and drainage are connected to the property. There is oil fired central heating.

A public footpath runs alongside the wall and through the grounds of Bridge House.

Reception hall

WC

Utility room

Drawing room 27' 3" x 15' 10" (8.31m x 4.83m)

Kitchen 21' 4" x 16' 7" (6.5m x 5.05m)

Breakfast room 15' 5" x 10' 4" (4.7m x 3.15m)

Morning room 15' 9" x 15' 9" (4.8m x 4.8m)

Dining room 18' 6" x 15' 10" (5.64m x 4.83m)

Family room 22' 5" x 19' 1" (6.83m x 5.82m)

Study 15' 11" x 7' 9" (4.85m x 2.36m)

Bedroom one 15' 9" x 15' 2" (4.8m x 4.62m)

Dressing room 12' x 11' 8" (3.66m x 3.56m)

Ensuite

Bedroom two 16' x 15' 4" (4.88m x 4.67m)

Ensuite

Bedroom three 16' 6" x 14' 5" (5.03m x 4.39m)

Ensuite

Bedroom four 15' 9" x 15' 8" (4.8m x 4.78m)

Bedroom five 16' 9" x 11' 7" (5.11m x 3.53m)

Bathroom

Attic room 1 16' 8" x 12' 9" (5.08m x 3.89m)

Attic room 2 12' 9" x 12' 5" (3.89m x 3.78m)

Attic room 3 15' 9" x 12' 9" (4.8m x 3.89m)

Store 35' 9" x 13' 6" (10.9m x 4.11m)

Neighbourhood average sold house prices

Terraced
£138,500
Semi-detached
£120,000
Detached
£383,929

Based on 11 transactions covering the past 5 years. Prices are not adjusted for inflation. Data is supplied by the Land Registry.

  • Fenn Wright - Signature Homes

    146 High Street, Colchester, Essex

    • Request details

      I would like to:
    • 01206 621317