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Hunters Lodge

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£750,000
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4 Bedroom Character Property for sale in Colchester

3 4 1
  • 21ft x 18ft Sitting Room with Exposed Timbers & Inglenook Fireplace
  • 18ft x 15ft Dining Room with Inglenook Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Boiler Room/Office
  • Downstairs Cloakroom
  • 4 Bedrooms (Landing Bed 4) and Upstairs Bathroom
  • Separate 34ft x 17ft Two Storey Brick Coach House
  • 38ft x 14ft Timber Chicken/Kennel Building
  • Second 19ft Long Timber Framed Weatherboarded Kennel Building
  • Meadows, Wooded Spinney & Lawns - Overall Plot Around 4 Acres

LOCATION


Leavenheath is a popular village with a gastro pub, village hall and Church and it enjoys easy road access through to Colchester with its multiple facilities and trains for London's Liverpool Street, together with the market town of Sudbury which has a good range of shops and schools. The surrounding area contains many other attractive villages and delightful countryside. Hunters Lodge is right on the very edge of the village, just off the Stoke Road with open countryside behind.


THE HOUSE


Hunters Lodge is an unlisted period property built with timber frame and rendered pargetted walls under a slate roof. It appears to be 19th century outside but the fine exposed timbers reveal a much earlier origin of the house, probably 16th/17th century. The gable end wall has been replaced with brickwork and there are 19th and 20th century wooden casement and sash windows. It is in need of major modernisation and restoration.


THE ACCOMMODATION


ON THE GROUND FLOOR


Sitting Room 21'6" x 18'6" (6.55m x 5.65m) A good sized room divided into two parts by a wide archway. The original part has fine exposed oak ceiling timbers and an inglenook fireplace (presently blocked off) with recess alongside. French doors to the rear and casement window to the front. The later part has a French/front door at the end with windows on either side, and a more modern tiled fireplace. Radiator and door to:


Reception Hall 18'6" x 5'6" (5.6m x 1.7m) At the centre of the house with stairs leading up, fine exposed ceiling beams, radiator and glazed door to the outside porch.


Downstairs Cloakroom 10'3" x 4' (3.1m x 1.2m) With white close coupled WC and wall mounted hand basin, patterned glazed window. One wall is the back of the sitting room inglenook fireplace now painted. This reveals historic 2" thick bricks and the old anchor point for an old inglenook crane, suggesting a 16th century origin of the house.


Kitchen 12'3" x 10' (3.7m x 3m) Wide casement window above the sink and stable door, both to the front. A range of older wall and base cupboards with laminate working surfaces and tiled splash backs. Stainless steel sink, spaces for cooker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer. Serving hatch from the dining room, radiator.


Dining Room 18' x 15' (5.45m x 4.6m) At the other end of the house from the sitting room, with another fine exposed heavily timbered ceiling. Splendid more recent red brick inglenook with heavy oak bressummer and fitted with a large cast iron wood burning stove. Two Crittall casement windows to the front and a wooden casement window to the rear. Connecting door through to the adjacent room (Boiler Room). Serving hatch, radiator.


Boiler Room/Office 14' x 10'6" (4.2m x 3.2m) A single storey room in between the main house and the coach house/stable building. Housing the oil boiler supplying central heating and hot water with pipe work etc., and door and Crittall casement window.


ON THE FIRST FLOOR


Landing 15' x 4.6" long. Running down the centre of the house, stairs leading up, airing cupboard with hot water cylinder, doors to the various bedrooms.


Bedroom 1 19'x10' (5.8m x 3m) With sash window to the side overlooking the drive and entrance, radiator, fireplace (presently blocked off) and fitted wardrobe cupboard alongside.


Landing Bedroom 4 18' x 15' (5.5m x 4.6m) A good sized bedroom with some historic wall timbers, large Crittall window to the rear looking out across the garden, built in wardrobe cupboard, two radiators, and door to :


Bedroom 2 18' x 13'6" (5.5m x 4.1m) A good sized bedroom with a Crittall casement dormer window to the front, two radiators, dining room inglenook chimney breast with cupboards alongside with one of them housing the heating header tank.


Bedroom 3 11'6" x 10' (3.5m x 3m) With sash window to the front, radiator, built in wardrobe cupboard alongside the chimney breast.


Bathroom 8' x 4'6" (2.4m x 1.4m) With older white suite comprising panelled cast iron bath, wall mounted hand basin and close coupled WC. Tiled splash backs, sash window to the front, radiator, medicine cupboard, electric bar fire.


OUTBUILDINGS

The Coach House 34' x 17'6" (10.5m x 5.3m) A substantial solid brick building with 14" solid brick walls under a pitched slate roof, on two storeys. Down below an original Coach House and stable with stable doors and a hayloft above with an internal staircase, opening from a door beside the coach house. Great potential for conversion.


Timber Chicken/Kennel Building (2) 38' x 14' A timber framed weather boarded building behind the Granary Building with a corrugated roof and divided up into pens internally.


Kennel Building (3) 19' x 8' (10.9m x 2.4m) An old timber framed weatherboarded building under a pitched tiled roof, with original internal kennel, stable door and windows.


THE GROUNDS


A private roadway, the old main road, leads in from the Stoke Road to just this property, Hunters Barn next door and the field beyond. A pair of five bar gates opens into the house with granite chippings drive providing parking and turning space and plenty of room for garaging. This continues down through another five bar gate and wall alongside the house, and through a third pair of five bar gates to the field beyond. Beside the end of the house is a lawn providing additional parking, wooded spinney beyond and the old timber outbuilding (3) A gate leads around to the main formal garden behind the house which is laid to lawn with trees and the timber outbuilding (2). This opens on to the main paddocks and meadows. The grounds are mainly open meadows with a wooded spinney alongside the road, and ample opportunity to set out sweeping formal gardens and equestrian paddocks. In all around 4 Acres.


MISCELLANEOUS


SERVICES We are advised that mains water, electricity, drainage and telephone are connected, although we have not made enquiries to confirm. Please note we have not carried out a survey, nor tested the plumbing, heating, electrical and drainage systems. House purchasers are always advised to have a survey.


COUNCIL TAX Babergh District Council (Tel: ) advise Charge Band E, amount payable 2020/21 £2161.22.


TENURE, SOFT FURNISHINGS AND FIXTURES Freehold, with vacant possession on completion - no upward chain. Please note that the contract will include a Clause for a period of 10 years preventing the purchaser from constructing any further separate dwellings on the site without the seller's consent.


VIEWING AND DIRECTIONS Viewing by appointment please through the vendor's agents, as above. Coming into Leavenheath from the north on the A134 turn left on the B1068 signposted to Stoke by Clare. Turn immediately left into the opening and the gates are ahead.

Property Ref: S12424

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