An architect-designed, spacious and well-maintained property, with an outdoor swimming pool.

Chequers was designed and built some 50 years ago for the present owners. The property is a spacious striking family home offering over 3,200 sq ft of light-filled flexible accommodation arranged over two floors. The primary living accommodation is on the first floor to maximise stunning rear-aspect views over the Chelmer valley.

The ground floor accommodation flows from a welcoming entrance hall with patio doors to the rear aspect and comprises of a spacious summer living room with patio doors to the swimming pool and garden, second bedroom with built-in storage and en suite bathroom, fourth bedroom with adjacent cloakroom and dressing room (which could be adapted to a third ensuite bathroom), and a fully-equipped two-room home office suite, and a well-proportioned kitchen and laundry room, with a range of wall and floor units and modern integrated appliances. This kitchen is ideally located for summer entertaining. There are also two storage facilities on the ground floor.

On the first floor the property provides an extensive sitting room with patio doors to the side terrace opening into a large kitchen/dining room. The kitchen offers a range of wall and floor units with modern integrated appliances. There is a third bedroom, with an adjacent family shower room. It leads into a sun room with a balcony, which overlooks the swimming pool, and has beautiful and extensive views over the Chelmer valley. The balcony also leads into the master bedroom suite, with built-in storage, a fitted dressing room and ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower.

This property has 0.5 acres of land.


The property is approached over a tarmacadam driveway offering private parking for multiple vehicles with a gently sloping lawn with a path giving access to the rear aspect. The garden to the rear is laid mainly to gently sloping lawn bordered by mature hedging, trees and shrubs which attract a wealth of wildlife to the garden. The garden also features an outdoor swimming pool with a large paved terrace and a paved side terrace, all ideal for entertaining and al fresco dining, the whole enjoying views over the valley.


The property lies within walking distance of the picturesque market town of Thaxted which pre-dates the Domesday Book and is full of properties of considerable architectural interest including the famous Guildhall, church, windmill and numerous mediaeval houses. The town offers a good range of day-to-day amenities including local shops, public houses, cafés, restaurants and GP and dentist surgeries. Saffron Walden, Bishop’s Stortford and Braintree offer a wider range of day-to-day facilities including independent and High Street stores, shopping centres, retail parks and excellent sporting facilities.

Ideal for the commuter, Thaxted offers easy access to the M11 and from there to the national motorway network and to Stansted Airport which provides excellent rail links to London Liverpool Street in around 45 minutes together with frequent national and international flights.

There is a wide range of state schools nearby including Thaxted Primary School in the village and Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre while the area also boasts a number of noteworthy independent schools, including St. Margaret’s Prep, Gosfield, Stoke College and Felsted.


From Strutt & Parker’s Cambridge office, follow M11 for 6.8 miles and at junction 10 take the A505 exit signposted Saffron Walden/Duxford/Haverhill/A1307. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A505 and stay on this road for 1.8 miles. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto A1301 follow this road for 2.3 miles. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto B184 and after 4.5 miles bear right onto Debden Road (B1052). At the roundabout take the 1st exit to stay on Debden Road, then turn left onto Mount Pleasant Road. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Thaxted Road (B184) and stay on this road for 6.3 miles. Turn right onto Watling Lane and after 0.1 mile Chequers can be found on the left-hand side.

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Other features

  • Porch
  • Reception hall
  • 2 Sitting rooms
  • Sun lounge
  • Office suite
  • Kitchen/dining room
  • Utility room/Kitchen
  • Store room
  • Cloakroom
  • Principal bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom
  • Additional bedroom with en suite bathroom
  • 2 further double bedrooms
  • Family shower room
  • Garden of around 0.5 acre
  • Parking for multiple vehicles
  • EPC rating E

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Ref: CAM200068

Watling Lane, Thaxted Dunmow Essex CM6

Guide Price

Ref: CAM200068

Watling Lane, Thaxted Dunmow Essex CM6

Guide Price