What We Think At The Zoe Napier Group:
A remarkable and architecturally stunning property set in manicured grounds and with elevated terrace views across the Colne Valley. The house is unspoilt. It has never been extended and really is a gem of a find, with only two-family owners since 1911.
What The Owners Say:
We have embraced this beautiful home since taking ownership in 1997. It has been a hugely happy family home with marquee weddings in the quintessential grounds and just a delight to raise our family with separate accommodation for the 'in laws'. We are now ready to downsize to our intended new build next door.
History & Background:
An instantly impressive ten-bedroom Edwardian Family Home, elaborately constructed for the local foundry owner, Arthur Hunt back in 1911. The Hunt family were the wealthy business owners for Earls Colne and their prosperity was reflected in the remarkable design and high specification build of the house, featuring 13 tall, elegant chimneys. The mature grounds of 2.85 acres offer a stunning backdrop with a large, raised Tuscan style Edwardian terrace from which to enjoy elevated, breath-taking views across the Colne Valley.
The property changed hands from the Hunt family in 1997 and whilst well maintained, has never been extended, remaining largely unspoilt, with many key original features. The notable high ceilings with heavy oak detail, large reception hall with impressive fireplace and oak panelling, features a wide sweeping staircase with heavy oak doors to all principal rooms. The accommodation spans over three floors plus internal and external cellars and further includes self-contained family quarters with the top floor apartment and ground floor annexe. The house is not listed but is noted and recorded as a building of 'local historical importance', within a Conservation area, implying that any permitted development or redevelopment of the dwelling would require a sympathetic approach.
The current owners are retaining land on the north side, which has a separate access drive with plans passed for an additional new home, alongside three other existing family-owned residential dwellings. Please see agents notes as new drainage will be required for the main house once the title has been split.
Setting & Location:
Nestled down a long drive, access opens onto the instantly stunning sight of this substantial 'small' mansion, with the most beautiful lawns and established quintessential gardens surrounding the house. Within the grounds are splendid, raised Tuscan style Edwardian terraces overlooking neighbouring paddocks with the Colne Valley golf course beyond. Views can be enjoyed due north of St Andrews Church on the hilltop at Colne Engaine.
The property is well placed, being walking distance of the village amenities in Earls Colne, including the village primary school (Ofsted Good) where school buses further meet for transport to Colchester and Halstead's senior and Grammar Schools. Almost immediately on the doorstep (in Station Road) is Earls Colne Recreation Club with tennis courts and indoor sport, as well as Colne Valley Golf Course. On the outskirts (south side) of the village is The Essex Golf & Country Club with golf, swimming and gym memberships. Anglian Flight Centre is also on the same historical WWII aerodrome site for those with interests in light aircraft and aviation.
Earls Colne is the largest, whilst attractive village in the Colne Valley, surrounded by many smaller villages on the Essex/Suffolk border. Immediate walks lead through undulating scenic countryside with circular walks encompassing good country pubs, stunning hilltop vantage points and historical landmarks. The nearest mainline stations are at Kelvedon (8.1 miles) and Marks Tey (8.6 miles). Halstead Market Town is 3.5 miles and Colchester (Britain's oldest recorded town) is 11 miles.
PLEASE CONTACT US (THE SELLING AGENT) FOR THE FULL BROCHURE pdf AS THERE MAY BE SOME IMPORTANT 'AGENTS NOTES' WHICH YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF PRIOR TO VIEWING. In addition our client has partaken in the Popertymark Toolkit – a questionnaire which they have completed, prior to marketing, declaring and notifying buyers of important information which may help with a more informed decision when making an offer.