Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION This 17th century unlisted extended cottage is orientated to embrace the south westerly rear aspect with notable period features including an array of exposed timber and studwork including an attractive cross beam with distinctive carving; inglenook fireplaces with Suffolk grey brick hearth; vaulted master bedroom suite with exposed oak flooring; and with each bedroom enjoying a countryside aspect with views over the gardens. The property is further complemented by a separate one bedroom annexe with en-suite and private off street parking for approximately five vehicles.

A heavy timber door opens to:

SITTING ROOM: (6.19m x 4.41m) 20'3" x 14'5" A particularly characterful room with a wealth of exposed timbers and studwork including a central cross beam with distinctive carvings. Window to front. Central inglenook fireplace with Suffolk grey brick hearth, red brick surround and bressumer beams over with inset wood burning stove. Step up and timber framed partition opening to:

GARDEN ROOM: (6.26m x 2.38m) 20'6" x 7'9" Set beneath a pitched roofline with tiled flooring throughout. LED spotlights, windows to rear and French doors opening to terracing and the garden beyond.

DINING ROOM: (4.70m x 4.23m) 15'5" x 13'10" Conveniently situated to the rear of the property and affording a south easterly aspect with windows to the side and rear. French doors open on to terracing and the garden beyond.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM: (4.85m (max) x 4.24m) 15'10" x 13'10" Fitted with a matching range of soft closed wall and base units with chrome handles, oak preparation surfaces over and upstands above. Three door Rayburn oven set within a recessed alcove area with stone plinth and oak mantle over. Within the surrounding kitchen units is a double ceramic butler sink unit with mixer tap over. Windows overlooking the front and side. Integrated appliances include a Neff oven with four ring hob and extractor hood above. Further fitted appliances include a Bosch dishwasher. An oak topped island unit provides a useful breakfast bar/seating area with wine store and space for an American style fridge-freezer with adjacent floor to ceiling storage units. Door to useful storage recess, tiled flooring throughout, staircase off and panelled glazed door to:

UTILITY ROOM: (2.05m x 1.93m) 6'8" x 6'39" Space and plumbing for a washing machine and dryer. Oak preparation surfaces, window to side and useful floor to ceiling storage units. Halogen spotlight and Oak door with Suffolk latch opening to:

CLOAKROOM: Fitted with a ceramic WC, wash hand basin with base units and tiling above.

First Floor

LANDING: With a hatch to the loft, Velux window to the side and door to the linen cupboard housing the water cylinder with used fitted shelving. Doors to:

BEDROOM 1: (5.51m x 4.59m) 18'0" x 15'07" Set beneath a vaulted roofline with oak cross beams and original exposed timber oak, this impressive master suite is further complemented by a range of bespoke wardrobes, windows to the front and rear and an exposed chimney breast.

BEDROOM 2: (4.96m (max) x 4.18m) 16'3" x 13'8" With windows to the side and rear overlooking an orchard. Oak flooring, deep skirting, halogen spotlight and a hatch to the loft. Door to a recessed wardrobe and further Oak door with Suffolk latch opening to:

EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM (2.19m x 1.84m) 7'2" x 6'0" Principally tiled and fitted with a ceramic WC, wash hand basin within a base level unit and a fully tiled separately screened shower unit with central chrome shower attachment. Window to side.

BEDROOM 3: (3.92m x 2.94m) 12'10" x 9'7" Windows to front and side affording views over the garden and orchard beyond. Part mirror fronted recessed wardrobe unit.

FAMILY BATHROOM: (2.85m x 2.10m) 9'4" x 6'10" With a mosaic tiled floor throughout, tiled walls, ceramic WC, pedestal wash hand basin and a free-standing bath with claw feet, hand rail on mounted chrome and shower attachments complete with LED spotlights above. Door to useful storage cupboard and window to side.

Outside Located on the semi-rural Malting Farm Lane, the property is approached via a shingled driveway which widens to provide OFF ROAD PARKING for in excess of five vehicles. There are various expanses of lawn and a red brick pathway leading directly to the front elevation of the property, evident by its part boarded front, tiled roofline and rendered finish.

GARAGE: Single up and over door, light and power connected. A door to the side provides access to the:

ANNEXE: Staircase rising to the first floor that incorporates a bedroom with wood effect flooring throughout and Velux windows to the rear affording views over orchards and door to an en-suite shower room that is fitted with a ceramic WC, wash hand basin unit set within a base unit and a fully tiled separately screened shower unit with shower attachment.

GARDEN The gardens envelope the property with an established hedge line border, a range of perennial plants and established trees. A pamment red brick walkway together with a low brick wall provide side access to the rear terrace which is well placed to enjoy the afternoon/evening sun.

The garden is designed with low-maintenance in mind and includes a single expanse of lawn bordered by fruit trees.

SERVICES: Main water and electricity are connected. Private drainage. Oil fired heating to radiators. NOTE: None of these services have been tested by the agent.

OWNERS' PERSPECTIVE Looking back to the first time they saw Walnut Cottage, the current owners can remember exactly what enticed them to the beautiful home. They loved its size, character and excellent location nestled within the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty whilst still allowing one of the current owners to commute to work in London. "It is a large home, in a particularly good position, overlooking orchards and farmland and within two miles of the historic village of Dedham and the town of Colchester just four miles away," one of them says. The other owner adds: "We thought it was a lovely looking house and it was just the right size for us. When you step inside, there is a feeling of space and a blend of original period features with contemporary additions."

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David Burr

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