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6 Bedroom detached house Croquet Gardens, Colchester £1,375,000

An attractive six bedroom, former Rectory dating to the Regency, Georgian period.

A six bedroom, former Rectory dating to the Regency, Georgian period, with four reception rooms all with original features, potential to create a separate one bedroom annexe, conservatory, gym, cellars and double garage, with a secluded garden. The house is in a historic riverside town, a few minutes´ drive from the University of Essex and the town of Colchester, with access from there onto the A12 and then the M25. The town has a train line to Colchester, from where fast connections into London Liverpool Street take only 45 minutes. Stansted airport is one hour away and the international ferry terminal at Harwich 30 minutes away.

A range of riverside walks can be enjoyed directly from The Old Rectory, one of which leads to the ancient village of Arlesford, which is famous for its Watercress Line steam railway. Wivenhoe, which is thought to mean Wifers Ridge, is of a Saxon origin and is recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1086. The town developed as a port until the late 19th Century allowing larger ships to navigate further up the river Colne and it had two prosperous ship yards. Today, it is brimming with charm with small, quaint streets that lead to the picturesque waterfront where fishing boats and small sailing craft bob at their moorings. This Bohemian town is easy to fall in love with and boasts an interesting variety of residents including artists, farmers, writers, shop-keepers and sailing folk.
There is also a good selection of eateries including, as well as the established Bake House and Greyhound, offering a cosy atmosphere and fully comprehensive choice of delicious food being freshly prepared. Local shops provide everyday needs while a short drive or bus ride will take you to Tesco or Waitrose and Colchester’s town centre. However, Wivenhoe’s period of greatest prosperity came with the arrival of the railway station in 1863 which is a major attraction for those needing to commute to London. The Old Rectory is only a short walk to the station where the mainline service runs trains to London Liverpool Street with a journey time of approximately 50 minutes. For the sports enthusiast there is village football, cricket, sailing and a popular badminton club. For those with teenagers looking for further education Essex University is also within walking distance.

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