An exceptional, completely refurbished, improved and substantially extended country house.
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Smallwater is a completely furbished, improved and substantially extended country house designed with the greatest attention to detail.
Particular importance has been paid to retaining the period architectural details of a Neoclassical design with rendered elevations under a slate tiled roof. Internally the house radiates around a beautifully sculptured terrace, that centres the three wings of this fine family home, allowing in an abundance of natural light throughout.
The main reception rooms are light and spacious and all with commanding views over the surrounding gardens and countryside beyond. Such thought has been put into designing the house that there are hand crafted cornicing, ceiling roses and Tuscan pillars, along with the beautiful oak framed pool complex and Italian limestone patio.
The ground floor accommodation is well proportioned and divided between formal and family areas. The open plan kitchen/breakfast room flows through into the carefully designed atrium that takes full advantage of its outlook over the terrace; ideal for entertaining with patio doors that run the length of the room.
On the first floor of the main wing, there is an impressive galleried landing and leading off are four bedrooms and three bathrooms, whilst the rear wing accessed by a separate staircase, are two further bedrooms with en-suites, one has a notable balcony and one further bedroom to the ground floor, again with en-suite.
Of particular note, this home offers a great deal of flexibility due to its arrangement, and can be utilities as one vast county home, or as the main house with guest wing. In total, there are 6 reception rooms, 2 kitchens with separate utility rooms, 7 bedrooms, and 7 bathrooms, so ideal for a multitude of living arrangements.
The indoor pool sits beneath a vaulted oak framed ceiling, with full length windows and some doors across two side, and a feature mural wall to another. There is also a sauna and changing room with shower; the whole complex exudes class.
Behind black wrought iron electric gates there is an extensive gravel drive with turning circle, giving access to the double garage and ample parking; an extension of the drive runs down the side of the house to a second set of gates leading to further parking, additional garaging and the grounds beyond.
Once within this fine boundary, it becomes apparent that not only has attention been paid to the house, but more so to the beauty of its surroundings. The grounds are breathtaking; perfectly striped lawns that start from the entrance and extend out into the distance, blending into the open countryside backdrop. There is a separate access to the fields from the road, leading to the possibility of equestrian or other uses.
To the front is Smallwater pond which attracts a great deal of wildlife including the flock of ducks and wild birds that have taken refuge here. Box hedging and flower beds fill the formal gardens, divided by small Italian Limstone pathways that lead from the terrace out to meet a larger south-west facing patio, ideal for outdoor entertaining. Also within the grounds is the delightful pillared pavilion, and Victorian greenhouse. The gardens can be accessed from most of the ground floor, ideal for entertainment. EPC rating D
This property has 7.4 acres of land.
Whilst backing onto open countryside, the property is situated between the popular villages of both Bicknacre and Woodham Ferrers, offering a selection of amenities including a convenience store, post office, several pubs, popular restaurants and school (Priory Primary School). Bicknacre has a strong community feel and is surrounded by National Trust wood and heathland. Danbury Country Park, which is a short drive away, provides a wealth of ornamental gardens, lakes, woodland and meadows.
The City of Chelmsford has a comprehensive range of entertainment, shopping and educational amenities including King Edward VI Grammar School for boys, Chelmsford County High School for Girls and New Hall. Chelmsfords mainline station provides a regular service to London Liverpool Street for the city commuter (average journey time 38 minutes). Hatfield Peverel station which is nearby also provides a regular service to London Liverpool Street (average journey time 45 minutes). Stansted Airport to the northwest caters for domestic flights and international destinations beyond. There are good road links via A414 to Chelmsford, A130 to south Essex and A12 to London or Ipswich.
Leaving the city of Chelmsford to the East, take the A414 towards Sandon on the Maldon Road. Approaching the village of Danbury, with The Bell pub on your left, turn right at the mini roundabout into Well Lane. Follow Well Lane to the bottom of the road and at the T Junction turn left into Woodhill Road. Follow Woodhill Road for 1.6 miles then turn right at the next roundabout then at the mini round-about take the first left onto Main Road. Follow the road for just over a mile and the house will be on the right hand side.Read all
- Move out to the country
- 7 bedrooms
- 6 reception rooms
- Bespoke Kitchen/breakfast room
- Indoor pool with sauna and shower
- 2 Double garages
- Beautifully landscaped gardens
- In all about 7.4 acres
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