Beautiful, idyllic and completely private residential farm
Reeves Hall Farm is a beautiful residential farm situated in an idyllic and private setting on the north side of Mersea Island and benefits from far reaching views across the Pyefleet Channel and towards the River Colne Estuary. The Grade II listed farmhouse is positioned at the end of the 750m farm drive and is surrounded by an appealing mixture of commercial farm land and traditional pasture, interspersed by blocks of broadleaf woodland, all of which provides a most attractive backdrop.
HISTORY- Reeves Hall is steeped in history and believed to date from the 13th Century although it presents mainly 18th Century brick elevations. The site is in fact understood to date back to the Doomsday Book when in 1086 there were 22 residences on the island and Reveshall was listed as one of them.
SPORTING & AMENITY- Reeves Hall Farm has had a family shoot for many years taking advantage of the farms areas of woodland, pasture, marshes, the Broad Fleet and dykes and ditches. The farm has an extensive foreshore to the Pyefleet Channel, access to which lends itself to water skiing, windsurfing, sailing and kite-surfing. Larger vessels and yachts can be moored in the Mersea Quarters near the West Mersea Yacht Club. The farm itself provides ample scope also for equestrian pursuits, quad biking and off-roading.
REEVES HALL- Reeves Hall is a fine-looking period farmhouse situated in a beautiful private setting at the centre of the farm. Adjacent to the house are a range of traditional and more modern farm buildings which offer considerable scope for conversion. In addition, the house has a south facing garden, seven acres of grass paddocks and 2½ acres of woodland.
The period house is Grade II Listed and mainly dates from the 18th Century, with some later 20th Century additions. The farmhouse faces south onto mature gardens with views over the farmland. It is constructed in an attractive mixture of mainly brick elevations with some lathe and plaster, and with timber weather boarding to one gable end under a pegged tile roof, with mostly wooden small pane sash windows.
The accommodation totals over 3,650 ft² and features on the ground floor, three principal reception rooms, a farmhouse kitchen, pantry, cloak room, WC, bathroom and farm office. On the first floor are 6 bedrooms with a bathroom, shower room and WC. In addition, there is an attic, adjoining former dairy and a cellar.
The gardens lie to the south of the farmhouse and include a gravelled parking and turning area in front, with beyond, areas of lawn enclosed by mature hedges and interspersed with shrubberies, specimen and fruit trees. In addition, there are 6.09 acres (2.46 Ha) of grass paddocks and 2.37 acres (0.96 Ha) of mainly broadleaf woodland for a smallholding, horses or amenity use ancillary to the main house.
Immediately to the rear of the house are an extensive range of period farm buildings and more contemporary livestock, crop and commodity storage buildings. They offer considerable potential for conversion either into additional accommodation, separate dwellings or ancillary uses.
1 REEVES HALL COTTAGES AND 1.40 ACRE PADDOCK- The cottage is located on Meeting Lane on the approach to the farm entrance gate and is pleasantly situated in a rural road side setting with gardens to its front and side. The period property is believed to date from the 19th Century and presents weatherboard elevations under a slate roof with wooden and uPVC double glazed windows. The cottage, which requires modernising and refurbishing, provides a living room, kitchen, pantry and bathroom on the ground floor and 3 bedrooms on the first floor. Outside are attractive cottage gardens and a range of mainly timber sheds and outbuildings. Immediately adjoining to the south is a 1.40-acre grass paddock which is fenced and benefits from separate road access.
TRADITIONAL ESSEX BARN- A traditional Essex barn situated towards the centre of the farm offering scope for conversion for uses such as residential, holiday accommodation, wedding venue or another commercial use. The clear span timber frame appears in good condition and provides over 2,000 ft² of double height accommodation and is timber clad with lower walls of brick and concrete block lining the interior, to approx. 2m height, and a corrugated iron roof. Adjacent to the barn is a covered cattle yard (2,813 sq²) and to the north of the barns is a 6½-acre grass paddock.
COMMERCIAL ARABLE LAND, GRASSLAND, WOODLAND AND MARSHES- The farmland lies in a compact ring-fenced block. The southern fields are gently undulating commercial arable land totalling 177.71 acres (71.92 Ha) and are well laid out and regular in shape and well suited to growing winter cereal crops (previous yields are available from the Vendors agents).
The northern portion of the farm is an open expanse of grassland, with established rewilded areas, running along the Pyefleet Channel foreshore and is used for grazing. It comprises mainly grass leys or pasture interspersed by dykes and ditches which, along with the wooded copses, provides extensive habitats for a wide variety of wildlife and fauna. There are several areas of mainly broadleaf woods that are stocked with indigenous broadleaf species, some conifers and woodland shrubs that add to the farms conservation and sporting appeal.
There is a separate fenced grass paddock of 0.64 acre immediately to the south of the farm which is also accessed off Meeting Lane.
This property has 491.12 acres of land.
The house is located in a readily accessible part of the Essex coastline. The A12 provides dual carriage way connections to the national motorway network. There are regular mainline train services to London (Liverpool Street) from Colchester (50- 65 mins.) and Witham (40- 50 mins.). International air travel is available from Stansted Airport (40 miles) and Southend Airport (44 miles).
Local amenities are provided at West Mersea (2 miles) which has a primary school, a broad range of shops, restaurants and public houses as befitting a popular holiday location and excellent sailing facilities. Extensive commercial, retail and leisure amenities can be found in Colchester. There are a number of excellent schools in the vicinity.
Approach via the B1025 and once over the Strood (the causeway to the island) fork left towards East Mersea. After about 2 miles Meeting Lane is on the left. Proceed down Meeting Lane; after about 300m there is the farm gate, and the farmhouse and farm buildings are located about 750 metres down the farm drive.Read all