North Hill, Little Baddow
| £1,650,000


Set within grounds of just under 3 acres and over 250 feet back from North Hill is this most impressive character residence dating from the 17th century. Located within Little Baddow, an area of natural beauty surrounded by National Trust land the property sits close to the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation canal, a little known delightful waterway that begins at Chelmsford and runs for 14 miles to the tidal estuary at Heybridge Basin. In recent years the property has undergone an extensive refurbishment and modernisation programme and now includes a vast array of very high specification features and fittings, many of which are mentioned below. Surrounded by open farmland, externally the property affords plenty of parking along with a double garage, heated swimming pool, enclosed all weather tennis court and a superb independent home office/gym (with permission granted to convert to an annex). More location details follow, however, it must be noted that Elm Green Preparatory school is just over a mile away and New Hall independent & boarding school, about 4 miles away. This truly is a remarkable period home located in wonderful setting.

Location Note

The village of Little Baddow is surrounded by Essex Wildlife Trust woods and heath land. Little Baddow is a thriving village with two public houses, a very highly regarded Preparatory School (Elm Green), a village hall, two long established churches and its own sports ground and clubhouse, which is home to a local cricket club in the summer months. Nearby Danbury, which also boasts an extensive range of local shops, amenities and schools (including Heathcote Preparatory School and nursery), is only five miles due east of the city of Chelmsford with it's excellent choice of facilities, including a bustling shopping centre, two outstanding Grammar Schools, a station on the mainline into London Liverpool Street and access onto the A12.

Accommodation

The ground floor provides excellent accommodation, ideal for family living. A most welcoming reception hall leads through a sitting room/playroom to the simply stunning kitchen/breakfast room with a bespoke Mark Wilkinson (Notting Hill) designed and fitted kitchen. This includes a large central island with granite work surfaces, Rayburn range cooker, Wolf oven and microwave, Sub Zero professional fridge/freezers, Miele coffee machine, steam oven, warming drawer, induction hob and Quooker boiling water tap. Off the kitchen is a utility room and walk-in pantry. Also on the ground floor is a triple aspect living room with a stunning fireplace and exposed beams. From the living room is the dining room in the style of an orangery with a vaulted ceiling. Off the hall is a cloakroom.

On the first floor the property features a principal bedroom with luxurious en-suite featuring marble tiles, three further double bedrooms (one with en-suite) and the family bathroom. The accommodation continues onto a second floor, where a large bedroom two is located along with a dressing room.

Specification & Features

As previously mentioned, in recent years the present owners commissioned an extensive refurbishment programme. These works included the installation of CAT 6 cabling throughout, hardwired Sonos sound system throughout the downstairs and the master bedroom and cabling to the front entrance for installation of electric entrance gates and video intercom entry system. The kitchen and some other ground floor rooms have limestone and oak floors with under floor heating, along with the three first floor bathrooms.

Throughout the property are many character features one would expect to find in a period home. These includes exposed brick walls, many beams and studwork and also fireplaces.

Exterior

The property is located on a plot of just under 3 acres. Access is via a long gravel driveway which leads to an extensive parking area. To the right of the driveway is a field which the current owners use foe leisure purposes but of course could be ideal for a horse or possibly livestock.

To the left side of the parking area is a double garage with a modern fully fitted out home office/gym with permission granted to convert to an annex if desired. There is a kitchenette in the home office.

The formal gardens are located mainly to the left side and rear of the main house. Lawn areas with stocked flower and shrub beds. There is a heated swimming pool with retractable cover and a large paved surround enclosed by railings. Adjacent summer/pool house which includes a sauna and shower/wc with a shed behind housing the air source heat pump and filtration unit. There is an all weather fully enclosed tennis court. Extensive patio terrace around the house.

Agents Notes

Mains electric and water, oil fired radiator central heating, private drainage with Klargester treatment system. Please note the property is Grade II listed.

Agents Notes

These particulars do not constitute any part of an offer or contract. All measurements are approximate. No responsibility is accepted as to the accuracy of these particulars or statements made by our staff concerning the above property. We have not tested any apparatus or equipment therefore cannot verify that they are in good working order. Any intending purchaser must satisfy themselves as to the correctness of such statements within these particulars. All negotiations to be conducted through Church and Hawes. No enquiries have been made with the local authorities pertaining to planning permission or building regulations. Any buyer should seek verification from their legal representative or surveyor.

Floorplan for North Hill, Little Baddow