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6 Bedroom detached house Croquet Gardens, Wivenhoe £1,325,000

A Six Bedroom Georgian Residence with Classic Architecture in the Beautiful Riverside and Commuter Town of Wivenhoe

A former Rectory dating back to the Regency / Georgian period, with four sizable reception rooms complete with original features. There is also a potential one-bedroom annexe with its own entrance, a gym, extensive cellars that have the potential to be developed further and a double garage and workshop all set centrally in an attractive plot including a courtyard and tree lined garden.
The house is approached via a shingle drive through an iron gate with brick columns with decorative iron finials bordered by flower beds on each side.
At the end of the drive which also leads around to the rear access of the house with a further separate entrance to potential annexe you will find the brick built double-garage complete with workshop.
There is parking for several cars on the drive. The approach is from the rear orientation of the property, with the classic symmetry which is traditional of this period’s design overlooking the garden that creates the perfect space for outdoor entertaining.

Original features permeate the property throughout starting with the original black door at the entrance complete with a stained glass window panel. Upon entry you arrive into a wide entrance which leads up to the main entrance hall. More original features are apparent with the wide exposed wooden floorboards which have been restored throughout. The first reception room found on the left is currently used as a family room and office.
Up a small set of steps you arrive into the double reception room which is believed to have once housed a sweeping staircase. Now removed to create more space there are still three elegant
Regency arches in situ. Two sets of dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows look out over the garden.
Further original features of note are the plaster cornices and wide Georgian skirting boards traditional of this age. From the left you will find the drawing room which itself contains beautiful features and a unique exquisite Italian marble fireplace. This leads through to the octagonal Conservatory with French doors that open out onto stone steps to the garden.
The dining room which is located on the other side of the double reception room and continuing the symmetry has further large bay windows overlooking the garden. Leading back around to the front (rear orientation) you will find the stairs to the cellar and to the first floor and the large family kitchen.
From the kitchen breakfast room a rear door leads out to a sheltered courtyard garden where you can access the gym and double garage.
The seven-room cellar is extensive and runs the length of the house. Future development could see this area house a wellness area, home cinema or hobby rooms along with the current wine cellar. Recently it has laid host for themed parties for all the family. There
are two doors into the cellar, one outside the utility room and the other from the courtyard.

Upper Floor
The upper floor is reached via a curving stairway with a small landing half-way up with access to the annexe.The upper floor also has high ceilings with large original windows. Two private balconies lead off a guest bedroom and also the master suite which contains a walkthrough dressing room and en-suite. All bedrooms are double bedrooms and boast original features such as sash windows and Georgian fireplaces.
There are two family bathrooms which include a walk in shower and storage can be obtained from a part boarded loft space above.

One-bedroom Annexe
The brick-built potential annexe area is accessed from the landing from the main stairs or via external steps from the courtyard garden to its own balcony.

The south-east facing garden has landscaped beds to the side and a tall Wellingtonian pine. The manicured lawn sits next to a sunken garden and entirely surrounded by mature leafy trees and shrubs providing an attractive outlook and privacy.

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 established Italian, Indian and tapas restaurants. The Greyhound, Black Buoy and The Crown among others offer 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 one hour. 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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