Fordham Heath, Colchester, CO3 9TN


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
Characterful family house, dating back to the 16th century, cleverly extended to provide generous and versatile accommodation over two floors. With far reaching views to the front and delightful, well stocked south facing gardens to the rear the Gate House affords an enviable position within this highly commutable hamlet.

The property

First floor

The property is entered via a part gazed front door which leads into a useful porch with quarry tiled floor and cloaks cupboard. There are windows to both sides and a glazed door opens into the entrance hall. Here stairs rise to the first floor and doors lead to the kitchen breakfast room, dining room and cloakroom. The cloakroom has a window to the rear, low level WC and hand wash basin.

The kitchen breakfast room is a light and spacious dual aspect room with two windows to the front, a window to the rear and glazed patio doors opening onto the rear terrace. The kitchen is fitted with a range of wall and base mounted units with work surfaces over and tiled splashbacks. There is an integrated dish washer, fridge and built in is an electric oven and hob with extractor over. From the kitchen breakfast room a door leads into the drawing room; another generous room with a triple aspect with two windows to the front, glazed patio doors to the rear and a window to the side. There is fitted shelving, a cupboard housing the boiler and to one side a door opens into the study. The study has a window overlooking the garden and a door to a WC.

Accessed from the entrance hallway the dining room is a characterful room with exposed timbers. This is a bright room with windows to the front, side and rear. Doors lead off to the utility room, garden room and via a small lobby the sitting room. The garden room has a tiled floor and French doors to the rear terrace whilst the utility room has a window to the front and space and plumbing for a washing machine. The utility houses the water softener and boiler.

The sitting room lies within the oldest part of the house and boasts a wealth of period charm with exposed timbers and a feature redbrick fireplace. This is another light and airy room with a triple aspect with windows to the front, side and rear. To one side a second staircase rises to the first floor.

First Floor

Stairs from the entrance hall lead up to the central first floor landing where there are windows to the front and rear and doors open to the master suite and second bedroom. From the sitting room stairs lead up to the rear landing which has windows to the side and rear, the airing cupboard and doors lead off to the family bathroom and bedrooms two, three and four.

The master bedroom is a spacious dual aspect room with a window overlooking the rear garden and two windows to the front with far reaching views over open countryside. There are his and hers fitted wardrobes and an ensuite bathroom. Here there is a window to the rear and a four piece fitted suite comprising; panelled bath, shower enclosure and vanity unit with concealed cistern WC and hand wash basin.

Bedroom two has a window to the rear, fitted cupboards and can be accessed from both the central and rear landing. Whilst bedrooms three and four have windows to the front. The family bathroom has a window to the front and a white fitted suite comprising; panelled bath, pedestal hand wash basin and low level WC.


The property is approached via a gated driveway which opens out to a spacious shingled parking area. This gives access to the garage, stables and workshop whilst a paved pathway leads to the front door and around both sides of the property to the rear gardens.

The rear garden is divided into several different areas, to the rear of the property and accessed via sliding doors from the drawing room and kitchen breakfast room is a wide paved terrace with well stocked raised beds and steps leading up to the pool terrace. This terrace is a beautiful spot facing south bordered by established planted beds. The pool is heated and to one side an outbuilding houses the filtration and heating systems. Formal lawns wrap around the rear and side, interspersed by a range of planted beds; well stocked with a generous range of specimen shrubs including Camellia, Rhododendron and Bamboo. The rear gardens are mature and feature a selection of trees including an impressive Oak and Fir.

The double garage has up and over doors and power and light is connected. There are two stables, a tack room, storeroom and workshop. The workshop has a window to the front, and power and light is connected.       


Entrance hall

Kitchen 15' 1" x 10' 8" (4.6m x 3.25m)

Breakfast room 15' 1" x 9' 9" (4.6m x 2.97m)

Drawing room 25' 3" x 22' 11" (7.7m x 6.99m)

Study 10' x 8' 6" (3.05m x 2.59m)

Garden room 15' 5" x 9' 6" (4.7m x 2.9m)

Dining room 18' 8" x 15' 1" (5.69m x 4.6m)

Utility room 8' 2" x 7' 3" (2.49m x 2.21m)

Sitting room 21' 4" x 18' 8" (6.5m x 5.69m)

Master bedroom 19' 5" x 15' 1" (5.92m x 4.6m)

Ensuite 9' 2" x 7' 10" (2.79m x 2.39m)

Bedroom two 13' 1" x 10' 2" (3.99m x 3.1m)

Bedroom three 11' 7" x 9' 10" (3.53m x 3m)

Bedroom four 11' 10" x 10' 9" (3.61m x 3.28m)

Bathroom 9' 10" x 5' 4" (3m x 1.63m)

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