HAVE you ever wondered what the high life feels like?

Waking up in an opulent master bedroom, sauntering down past the ornate living room to take a dip in the swimming pool before drinking your morning coffee while looking out from the veranda?

It might sound like a dream, but it can be a reality for you – if you happen to have a spare couple of million pounds in your pocket.

While the budget is out of reach for most, we’ve taken a look at the stunningly massive mansions you can buy in mid Essex priced at more than £2million.


Nine-bed detached house for sale - Oxen End, Little Bardfield, Braintree

Price: £2,250,000

Grove House is a refurbished Georgian country pile which retains many original features.


It includes three spacious reception rooms, an orangery extension off the drawing room, a breakfast room, utility room, an office, a cellar and a cloakroom.

Behind the private gates, the landscaped gardens and grounds provide a mature setting including a garden pond, fruit cages and rose bushes, and open farmland to the rear.

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There is also a heated swimming pool in the pool house and a games room by the garages.


Seven-bed detached house - Halstead Road, Greenstead Green

Price: £3,750,000

This historic manor house with converted barn is a “pleasure and privilege to own”, according to the neighbours and can even host big events such as weddings.

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The property dates from 1695 when the house was rebuilt by famous London pewterer Alexander Cleeve, and the estate itself dates back to at least the time of Edward the Confessor and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.

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Around 1461, shortly after it became the property of Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester and son of Henry I, it passed to Henry Bounchier, the 1st Earl of Essex.

Crimean War hero Major General Sir Harry St George Ord was brought up at the hall.


Eight-bed detached house - Colne Engaine Road, Halstead

Price: £2,400,000

This beautiful Grade II listed Georgian manor house, constructed in the early 19th century, was once the home of Agnes Morton, the 1910 Wimbledon champion.

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Star Stile House starts with a long driveway lined with horse chestnut trees leading the house.

Occupying a plot of approximately nine acres of gardens, it includes a tennis court, manicured lawns, wooded areas, stabling with paddocks and a dry riding area.

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The pool has been converted into a koi carp pond.

The Coachman’s Cottage next to the property could even be converted into secondary accommodation if you think there isn’t enough space.


Five-bed detached house - Copt Hill, Danbury

Price: £4,250,000

Dane Court, built 15 years ago, includes far-reaching views towards the Crouch Valley and beyond.

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The Palladian-style mansion has an indoor swimming pool with steam room, and Jacuzzi.

Buyers will enjoy the ten acres of space the property has, ensuring a quiet countryside retreat.

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The east wing of the house contains two rooms with a sitting room, and principal living room.

At the centre, is a dining room, kitchen with walk-in pantry, and oak-finished library.

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In other parts of the house, there are five air-conditioned bedroom suites, a dance studio, two cloakrooms and gym.


Seven-bed detached house - Mope Lane, Wickham Bishops

Price: £4,600,000

Built in 2011 in the Elizabethan style, Springs is an elegant family home with under floor heating, a carved stone fireplace, and a bespoke kitchen.

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There is a large indoor swimming pool and hot tub for winding down, and a bar and home cinema for partying down.

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Outside, there is a one-bedroom flat over the three-car garage which is great for guests or staff.

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The lawn is large enough to land a private helicopter too if you want to beat the traffic.


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