Church Road, Wickham Bishops, Witham, Essex CM8 3LA, UK
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Believed to date back to be early 18th Century with later Victorian additions, this imposing former Rectory is set in an elevated position on the edge of a popular village, with views over the beautiful formal gardens and grounds.
The Old Rectory offers elegant and beautifully proportioned accommodation, as you would expect from a property of this period. Constructed in red brick beneath a tiled roof and enjoys bright, well-proportioned rooms over three floors with tremendous ceiling heights and many period features.
Accessed via wrought iron gates that lead to the parking and turning circle, this fine family home sits in a gloriously secluded setting behind a mature bank of established trees.
Internally the house combines light and spacious reception rooms with comfortable bedroom accommodation to the first and second floors. Of particular note is the south facing kitchen that opens through to the breakfast room; a fantastic entertaining space which runs directly from the impressive reception hall.
Outside is the charming Lavender Cottage, recently refurbished providing comfortable secondary accommodation. There is an extensive range of traditional outbuildings including stabling and storage together with garaging, a gym and workshops.<br /><br />Situation
The village of Wickham Bishops is a popular location within Essex and the centre of an active community. The village is well served by local amenities, notably the Church of St Bartholomew’s, village hall, library, general store with Post Office, doctors surgery, restaurant and nearby Public House. There is also a sports field with a cricket club, football teams and tennis courts. The town of Witham is just 3 miles to the west offering a greater range of shops including supermarkets, together with its railway station providing a regular service to London Liverpool Street with an approximate journey time of 45 minutes. The nearby city of Chelmsford is just 9 miles to the south west providing a full and comprehensive range of commercial, shopping and entertainment amenities.
This area, at the heart of Essex, is well placed for numerous leisure activities including a number of golf clubs in the area, together with the River Blackwater to the east catering for a broad range of walking, bird watching and sailing pursuits. The area is also particularly well served for all levels of education; both private and state.<br /><br />The gardens and grounds:
A principal feature of The Old Rectory are the grounds which have been carefully designed with formal parterre gardens adjoining open expanses of lawn.
The gardens are studded with a selection of mature trees and beautifully stocked borders that divide the grounds to offer areas of tranquillity. In May and June, a tall bank of Rhododendrons provides an expanse of colour beyond which is one of two natural ponds. To the south is the paddock with separate access.