Chapel Hill, Braintree

Guide price

Bedrooms: 3
The Clock House truly is one of a kind. The attention to detail in restoring this property is truly breathtaking. The property is a very versatile family home. Currently being used as a three bedroom with downstairs breakfast room, reception room, dining room and home office. In addition to this you also benefit from stunning modern kitchen, utility room, downstairs shower room, a cellar and finally an upstairs family bathroom and a downstairs shower room. The accommodation spans over approximately 1692sqft.

The History

The original Clock House was the principal building and home for the owners of Clock House Farm. It was a fine and desirable 6 bedroomed residence complete with oak panelled library. At the time of WW1 it was the home of Phillip S Preeston deputy coroner for the Eastern Division of Essex. We have extensive historical documents in our possession. Sadly Preeston and his brother both died as a result of injuries received during the war. The land and building with Preeston as a sitting tenant was auctioned off in 1914. Subsequently land was sold off to the Crittall family for construction of the famous Crittall homes (now listed). Additionally all the homes and school down Chapel Hill were built upon the Clock House land. At the rear of the property ran Cressing Way.

Now renamed Clockhouse way all the homes on that street were built upon Clock House land.

Sadly around 1935 a fire engulfed The Clock House. The existing Clock House was then built with some salvaged parts of the original house. It was designed and built during the late 1930's and completed around 1939/1940. The buyer was Mrs Robertson and her husband proprietors of the Navy and Army stores 106 HIgh Street Braintree. The Robertsons commenced developing land that surrounded the new Clock House. In 1946 the Clock House was purchased by Dr.Harold Cordingley who had been appointed headmaster at Braintree High School a position he occupied until his retirement. The Cordingley family lived at the house until his death in 1994.

At this time further land surrounding the was redeveloped to it's present state.

I purchased the property in 2011 and set about restoring the house to it's former state.

Why we love it here.

The restoration and modernising of the property has been a labour of love. It is surprisingly secluded but occupies a prominent position and is really significant in terms of historical detail. It was great for when we worked from home and has easy access to the main A120. It is situated in easy walking distance of the High Street and Braintree village. It afforded easy access to the railway station for when we commuted to London. The family love it here ,a sun trap in summer and cosy in winter. High ceilings and oak panelling add to the effect.

The neighbours are very friendly and helpful.

OVERVIEW The Clock House was architect designed and built during the late 1930's.

It is constructed on the historically important site of the 'lost' Clock House Farm building using, where possible, salvaged materials from the original Georgian structure.

The original, and bespoke, oak panelling has been fully restored and preserved.

The entire property has been meticulously restored, extended and modernised using traditional methods and materials.

Professionally decorated to the highest standard

Timber flooring throughout has been professionally sanded and stained. All paintwork has been stripped back to as near original condition possible.

Renewed gas fired hot water and heating system.

Renewed traditional column radiators throughout

Double Glazed and Cavity wall insulated.

Two telephone lines.

Ultrafast broadband ready.

Rewired with renewed power supply.

Renewed water supply

Renewed gas supply.

!st floor terrace.

Fully landscaped gardens including renewed fencing and gate.

Hard wired and wireless connected smoke detectors.

Security system.

Parking for numerous cars

OUTSIDE The property was positioned so that the sun tracks around the house from the morning to evening.

Landscaped terraced area utilising Indian sandstone. Mature shrubs and fruit trees with trees planted to provide additional screening.

Raised borders along driveway planted with shrubs and spring flowers.

Outside taps at front and rear along with garden and soffit lighting.

Rear gate.

GARAGE Oversized single garage with fixed shelving and workbench.

Power and lighting.

Overhead loft area fully boarded with lighting

UTILITY ROOM Vaulted ceiling

Electric under -floor heating.

Quartz worktop.

Worcester Bosch Boiler

Integrated Bosch washing machine and condensing tumble dryer.

Wireless controlled electric Velux roof window.

SHOWER ROOM Burlington sanitary ware .

Burlington pump assisted Shower.

Burlington accessories.

Electric under floor heating.

Wireless electric towel radiator.

Wireless controlled electric Velux roof window.

KITCHEN Part vaulted ceiling.

Quartz Worktops.

Integrated Bosch Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer and built in Wine Cooler.

Integrated Neff Double Oven, Gas Hob, Microwave and Extractor.

Wireless SMART thermostat controlling electric underfloor heating.

Pantry with original cold slate shelving

STUDY/BEDROOM FOUR Original sink, mirror and cupboard.

Connection for two telephone lines and broadband

BREAKFAST ROOM Heta premium multi fuel stove.

Hand cut Victorian soft red brickwork fire surround

Floor to ceiling cupboards.

French window.

Door to cellar

CELLAR Tiled steps down to cellar.

Power and lighting

Part tanked

Glass portholes

Extensive fixed shelving and storage

HALL STAIRS & LANDING Bespoke oak panelling

Original Crittall stained glass window

Bespoke glass balustrades

Loft hatch

LOFT Pull down and retractable ladder.

Extensive Lighting.

Two spacious loft areas.

Fully boarded and insulated.

Great potential to extend into high ceiling loft space.

BEDROOM ONE Extensive built in wardrobes and cupboard space.

Main cupboards have lighting.

Shoe Cupboard

BEDROOM TWO Door to roof terrace.

BEDROOM THREE Two built in wardrobes with shelving.

FAMILY BATHROOM Showerlux screen and Ideal Standard thermostatic shower.

New Bristan taps

Airing cupboard housing hot water tank and hot water and shower pumps.

DINING ROOM Bay window

Coal effect gas fire

LOUNGE Floor to ceiling oak panelling believed to be from the library of the original Clock House.

Inset premium Charnwood multi-fuel stove

Window to side and front terrace

Oak beam

Built in cupboards and storage

01376 617337

Joscelyne Chase Estate Agents

18 Bank Street, Braintree, Essex, CM7 1UP

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