A charming Grade II Listed house of character, in a superb location in the centre of Thaxted

Church House is a charming Grade II Listed property located in the heart of this ever popular village and offers accommodation over two floors.

Dating originally from the 15th and 16th centuries, the house was a public house at the turn of the 20th C and transformed, again, into a private house. It has not been on the market for 90 years. It boasts strong historical associations with the weaver Arthur Caton and Imogen Holst, daughter of the famous composer Gustav Holst, who often stayed at the property during music related events. Original detailing throughout includes irregular oak beams to the walls and skilful craftsmanship on the ceiling beams and on English wide oak floorboards to the reception hall and brick built fireplaces.

The main reception room is the grand 23ft reception hall which has fine views of the Church. Immediately adjoining to the right are the study and office from where a door leads down to the cellar. To the left is the family room with a recessed log burner, and the dining room. The remaining reception rooms are approached from the inner lobby and include the sitting room with views across the side aspect, and the kitchen which has attractive painted wooden units and solid wooden worktops, a butler sink and an Aga, while beyond the kitchen there is a pleasant garden room with French doors opening onto the rear gardens.

The property has been enhanced on the first floor during the present vendors ownership and has four double bedrooms, as well a large family bathroom and a large landing/sitting area.


The property opens to the front onto Watling Street, with the stunning St. John the Baptist with Our Lady and St. Laurence Church directly opposite. To the side of the house there is gated access for which opens onto a gravel driveway with space for several cars. To the rear there are attractive landscaped gardens, with paved terracing and pathways, an area of lawn, colourful border flowerbeds a greenhouse, a timber summer house and several brick outbuildings. There is also rear pedestrian access.


The property is situated in the heart of the charming and historic town of Thaxted in the north of Essex. Surrounded by stunning rolling countryside, Thaxted is characterised by its colourful painted buildings, which are typical of this part of Essex, while the town provides a variety of day-to-day amenities, including a selection of shops, a post office, a pharmacy, a doctor’s surgery and a number of restaurants, pubs and cafés. The town also has a primary school, while for secondary, the outstandingrated Saffron Walden County High School is just six miles away. For further shopping and leisure facilities, Bishops Stortford is 11 miles to the south. The area is well connected by road, with the A120 providing access to Bishops Stortford, Chelmsford and Stansted Airport, while the M11 is also within easy reach. Bishops Stortford mainline station also provides regular services to London Liverpool Street (38 minutes).


From Chelmsford city centre, take the A1016 north, following signs for the A130 and Stansted. Join the A130/Essex Regiment Way and follow the A130 for two and three quarter miles, before taking the second exit at the roundabout onto the B1008/Essex Regiment Way. Continue to follow the B1008 for six and three quarter miles, before taking the second exit at the roundabout for the A120, and then continuing straight ahead at the next roundabout onto Chelmsford Road. At the next roundabout, take the first exit to join the B1256, continuing through one roundabout, and at the second, taking the second exit onto the B184/Woodside Way. Take the first exit at the next roundabout, and then after a mile, at the next roundabout, take the first exit to remain on the B184 and continue for five miles, into Thaxted. Continue through the centre of the village and you will find the property on your right-hand side, directly opposite the parish church.

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Other features

  • Reception hall
  • Sitting room
  • Family room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Office
  • Study
  • Cloakroom
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
  • Cellar
  • Gardens

Other details

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Ref: CHM200238

Watling Street, Thaxted Dunmow Essex CM6

Guide Price

Ref: CHM200238

Watling Street, Thaxted Dunmow Essex CM6

Guide Price