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5 Bedroom detached house Rectory Road, Aldham £1,399,000

Magnificent Hoe Farm House sits in three acres of scenic land and has been carefully restored to offer a beautiful balance between the past and the present.

“We absolutely love the combination of high ceilings, grandeur and space with cosy, beamed, warm rooms, where you can just relax.”

THE STORY

Strolling out from their impressive country home, the owners of Hoe Farm House can head off on a woodland walk or even embark upon a section of the Essex Way. “One of the main reasons we wanted to live here was that we knew we would be able to step straight out of our own home and into the beautiful countryside,” one of them explains. “This is an amazing place to be because it is so idyllic: we are surrounded by wonderful scenery and it is secluded yet we are just six minutes’ drive from Marks Tey train station and approximately two miles from the A12. We have access to good schools and shops – in fact, everything we need is very accessible – but it is also quiet; you can hear a pin drop.”

FORMER GLORY

Dating back in part to 1639, and with a Queen Anne façade which was added in 1705, and a later extension where the splendid kitchen is now situated, the part moated property once sat within the estate of a stately home. Original features, including carved beams, ships’ timbers and exposed brickwork, can still be seen. “We like houses with character but also wanted somewhere that would be easy to live in,” she explains. “When we saw this one we knew it would be perfect. We absolutely loved the combination of high ceilings, grandeur and space it offered, together with cosy, beamed, warm rooms, where we knew we would be able to just relax and entertain.” As a chartered surveyor, she could see exactly how she wanted to renovate the magnificent property. “We were very happy to take it on and restore it to its former glory.”

DESIGNER TOUCHES

The Grade II Listed home has been renovated to a very high standard throughout. Every last detail has been carefully considered and every room decorated and styled exquisitely. “We had all the timber treated and we rewired, redecorated and repointed the house. New lighting , was added – the sockets and lighting in the kitchen, for example, are Jim Lawrence – as well as a new boiler, pressurised water system and restored cast iron radiators.” Paint shades were chosen from Farrow & Ball ranges and tiles were from Fired Earth. Wallpapers and fabrics were chosen from the likes of Timorous Beasties and William Morris. “We installed a new Middleton bespoke kitchen, with solid copper handles and a large central island,” she says. “Everything in the house flows and works very well. The palette complements both the old and the new elements and we have successfully brought in lots of different textures.”

FAMILY SPACE

Today the ground floor of Hoe Farm House offers well-proportioned living space, including a drawing room, dining room, breakfast room with additional soft seating and log burner and family room. The family room has French windows opening on to the sun terrace and garden. The breakfast room opens into the large kitchen, which adjoins a utility room and cloakroom with further access to the garden. This house offers large entertaining and living spaces with all the warmth and cosiness of a traditional farm house.”

BEAUTIFUL VIEWS

Five bedrooms and the family bathroom can be found on the first floor of the house; the master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom while one of the guest rooms has its own shower room. “I love the master bedroom because of everything it offers but my favourite bedroom is one with 16th Century paneling.” There is also a good work or reading space on the landing and a study or hobby room on the very top floor of the house. “They are both lovely places to sit and relax/work because of the beautiful views.”

SPECIAL MEMORIES

The glorious grounds have been beautifully landscaped by the couple to create immaculate beds, sweeping lawns and an impressive driveway. “The grounds are great for entertaining and wonderful for family life,” she says. “The children have loved playing out on their tractors and sledgi

Whats Nearby
Hoe Farm House occupies a delightful rural situation within the picturesque village of Aldham to the west of Colchester. Local shopping facilities are provided at Tollgate, Stanway including a Sainsbury's supermarket with a more extensive range of shopping and recreational facilities in Colchester. Colchester offers a wide range of schooling for all age groups including Colchester Royal Grammar School, Colchester County High School for Girls, Holmwood House, Colchester High School and St. Mary's School. For the commuter there is a train service from Marks Tey to London's Liverpool Street and access onto the A12 and the A120 trunk road at Marks Tey with direct access to Stansted Airport and the M11.
Within Easy Reach
Both the A12 and A120 are within easy reach providing link with the M11 and Stansted airport. Chelmsford is approximately 30 minutes journey time, whilst Ipswich is in the opposite direction with an approximate journey time being 25 minutes.

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