5 Bedroom Detached House £900,000
This stunning five bedroom detached property was built in the 19th century, and then later extended at the turn of the 20th century into the magnificent landmark house it is now by the then owner, local dignitary Mrs Augusta Mary Tawke. She also added the heritage fountain situated on the front corner of the property for use by the local residents and their dogs. Its trough was built for use by the horses carrying water from the Hockley Spa destined for London and is a remaining symbol of the important history of Hockley.
Hockley High Street is within easy walking distance, offering bars, cafes, restaurants and shops. The 280 acre ancient Hockley woods are within easy reach and there are distant views from some rooms of the upper storey across open farmland and the Crouch valley.
Inside this unique home, a multitude of original vertical sliding sash and casement windows flood the beautiful and tastefully decorated rooms with light. Many of the original features of it's Victorian heritage remain and these, together with the contemporary design and complimenting furnishings make this a stylish, comfortable family home that epitomises country living.
This is a very rare opportunity to own a character home that remains an essential part of the rich history of the village of Hockley and the surrounding area.
ENCLOSED PORCH 17' 1" x 3' 2" (5.21m x 0.97m) This glazed wooden porch was originally part of the property in the 19th century and has retained much of its character. Now quarry tile flooring and pine ceiling make this a useful shelter and outdoor clothing store
ENTRANCE HALL 28' 7" x 6' 2" (8.73m x 1.89m) The extra wide original part glazed wooden front door takes you into the entrance hall which is tastefully decorated and from which glazed internal doors lead to the other downstairs rooms.
GROUND FLOOR CLOAKROOM 9' 9" x 5' 6" (2.98m x 1.70m) Ready plumbed for a washing machine, this downstairs room has a low-level toilet, small butler sink, floor to ceiling pine glazed cupboard and original stripped pine sash window. The floor is quarry tiled.
KITCHEN 14' 1" x 11' 7" (4.30m x 3.55m) The luxury bespoke designed "country style" large kitchen is located at the rear of the property and was installed by the present owners a few years ago. It has the original casement and sash windows to the side and rear. The walls are mainly original exposed painted brick and part tiled with light natural stone tiles. The ceiling is beamed and plastered and the floor is quarry tiled.
The range of wood units are in light, natural oak and the worktops and cooker splash back are solid polished granite. Incorporated in the worktops is a triple Villeroy & Bosch butler style sink, Victorian style mixer tap with separate rinse-aid. The walk-in pantry with original casement window offers extra storage space with solid oak shelving.
There is plenty of space for a kitchen table and chairs and is a welcoming place to cook and dine, and indeed entertain.
The integrated Neff appliances include fridge freezer, dishwasher, multi-cook microwave oven, steam oven and warming drawer that can also be used as a slow cooker.
Rosieres professional double range cooker with hot plate, double oven/grill with matching extractor above.
LIVING ROOM 21' 6" x 13' 3" (6.57m x 4.04m) This spacious living room is flooded with natural light from its three large original casement windows. It has a Victorian feature cast iron open grate fireplace with tiling, slate hearth and mantelpiece. It has been wired and network cabled with hidden services to allow a ready-made home cinema and smart tv set up to be installed. This room benefits from a fully fitted air conditioning unit which cools in the summer and heats in the winter..
DINING ROOM 13' 9" x 12' 10" (4.21m x 3.92m) From the entrance Hall is an arched open doorway into the dining room. This south west facing room has original casement windows and features an attractive exposed brick fireplace and chimney breast with feature hearth.
SNUG 14' 9" x 11' 4" (4.50m x 3.46m) This beautiful west facing garden room or snug adjoins the kitchen and leads directly out through wooden French doors onto the limestone patio terrace which has an integral stone seating area and fire pit. A reclaimed red Victorian brick open fireplace is a feature of this delightful room which nestles between floor to ceiling original waxed pine storage cupboards.
CELLAR 8' 10" x 5' 8" (2.71m x 1.75m) This useful room is ideal for storage, has an original window and houses the network cabling, satellite and terrestrial aerials and services for a "hidden" wired TV home cinema solution for the living room.
DRYING ROOM 5' 2" x 3' 10" (1.59m x 1.19m) Accessed from the terrace just outside the snug is the laundry drying room. This room has original casement windows, a quarry tiled floor, pine work surfaces and incorporates the floor standing boiler.
FIRST FLOOR LANDING 23' 5" x 4' 0" (7.16m x 1.23m) Carpeted double flight stairs with original mahogany handrails and waxed pine spindles lead to the first-floor landing and incorporates a "minstrels gallery "which looks through the large sash window onto the London granite cobblestone patio.
BEDROOM ONE 18' 6" x 11' 2" (5.64m x 3.42m) this huge double room incorporates four original sash windows allowing light in from all aspects. One wall features along its length floor to ceiling waxed pine wardrobes. This room benefits from a fully fitted air conditioning unit which cools in the summer and heats in the winter.
ENSUITE 7' 3" x 4' 0" (2.22m x 1.23m) Tiling to floor and walls. Shower enclosure, pedestal sink with separate taps, and bidet.
BEDROOM TWO 12' 10" x 9' 11" (3.93m x 3.03m) West facing double bedroom that features a Victorian character fireplace, small pedestal washbasin with natural stone splash back. It has two built in floor to ceiling wardrobes.
BEDROOM THREE 13' 11" x 11' 4" (4.26m x 3.46m) East facing bedroom that floods with morning sunshine through its big sash window. The original Victorian cast iron fireplace makes a lovely feature. There is a large floor to ceiling wardrobe along one wall
BEDROOM FOUR 8' 8" x 5' 6" (2.66m x 1.69m) Currently in use as a dedicated home office by the current owners this good-sized room has a south facing sash window, Victorian cast iron feature fireplace and is fully network cabled for high speed wi-fi and telephone services.
STUDY/BEDROOM FIVE 10' 11" x 8' 4" (3.34m x 2.56m) This fifth light and airy bedroom has an east facing original waxed pine sash window and has room for a single bed and bedside cabinet.
BATHROOM 11' 8" x 8' 0" (3.57m x 2.44m) Added approximately 20 years ago by the present owners this large bathroom features a roll top free standing bath with Victorian style mixer taps with hand held shower head, bidet and pedestal basin; is half tiled with pine cladding; sloping ceiling and exposed wooden feature roof beam.
WC 4' 10" x 2' 9" (1.48m x 0.85m) Original casement window to rear, wooden flooring and part-tiled walls. High-level WC and pedestal basin with separate taps.
REAR GARDEN The wrap around garden is full of mature trees and shrubs and has two patios, one to the east of the property which is London granite cobblestones and the other is to the west made of Indian Limestone with red brick barbecue, slate water feature and a tumbled Cotswold Stone seating area with fire pit. These two patios provide the opportunity to enjoy the weather at any time of day.
At the front of the house is an extensive shingle driveway with ample parking for several cars. Access from the road is through 13-foot-wide double lockable iron gates.
Low iron railings separate different parts of the garden and allow dog secure areas to be utilised.
The huge garage / workshop to the side of the property is ideal for conversion to an adjacent but detached home office, gym or hobby room. The delightful wooden summerhouse to the rear provides a quiet haven so sit and enjoy the mature gardens or to entertain guests enjoying the garden facilities.
There is also an octagonal wooden gazebo to the front west corner adjacent to the Fountain.
GARAGE 29' 3" x 12' 8" (8.93m x 3.87m)
OVERVIEW This stunning property, beautifully decorated and maintained by the current owners is luxury carpeted throughout except where quarry tiling or solid wood flooring is mentioned. It benefits from gas fired central heating with radiators in every room and is on the mains water and sewage services. It's nine inch thick walling keeps the home cool in the summer and warm in the colder months. The master bedroom and main lounge have fully fitted Air Conditioning units that provide supplementary heating and cooling.