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8 Bedroom detached house Kelvedon £1,200,000

Beautiful Bridgefoot House offers the perfect balance of country living and great convenience, as well as character features and modern day comfort.

It might be four decades since she first laid eyes on Bridgefoot House but the current owner remembers it like it was yesterday. “We were moving out from London and had been looking for our next home for about six months,” she recalls. “A friend suggested I come to see this house as it was in her village and as soon as I walked in, I knew it was where I wanted to live. I remember calling my husband immediately to tell him.” Dating back in part to the 1300s, with extension work carried out in 1660, Bridgefoot House was for centuries a farmhouse. “I grew up in older properties and was keen to find something with character,” she remembers. “Even though this house had no central heating at the time, it had a warm atmosphere. We felt it would be a happy family home.”

The splendid, Grade II* Listed house has been carefully renovated and sympathetically improved since then. It still presents exquisite original features, including magnificent inglenook fireplaces, attractive old panelling and beautiful oak beams. “We have some lovely open fires here and, between the dining room and the drawing room, there is a screen, which is mentioned in the Pevsner’s Buildings of England architectural guide for Essex,” she says. The aim of the current owner, with any work carried out was always to retain the intrinsic character of the house wherever possible. “We started off painting it internally, one room at a time,” she recalls. “Then later we carried out other work, such as installing central heating, rewiring, replacing bathrooms, opening up the top floor of the house, adding another staircase and completely lining and re-roofing.”

In more recent times, Bridgefoot House has been further enhanced with the creation of a fabulous new kitchen breakfast room area, complete with French windows and glass roof at one end. “I do love this part of the house because it is so light – there is a wood-burning stove at one end and an Aga at the other, which is wonderful in the winter, and in the summer it is nice to keep the doors on to the garden open.” The owners also converted a former barn, which adjoins the main house. This outstanding space includes a large reception room, with a vaulted ceiling, mezzanine floor and central wood-burning stove; it also has a bedroom, with en-suite shower room.

The arrangement of rooms offers great flexibility, ideal for a modern family. "We have had wonderful Christmas’ and birthday parties here over the years and have enjoyed being able to have multiple families staying at one time” the owner remembers.
Up on the first floor of Bridgefoot House there are six bedrooms; the master bedroom and one guest bedroom has en-suite bathrooms and there is also a family bathroom. A spacious landing leads to two more bedrooms, a bathroom and a cloakroom on the top floor of the house. “The children were in these rooms and enjoyed having their own space,” she recalls. She adds: “This has always been a superb family house – my grandchildren love it now as much as my children did when they were growing up.”

The beautiful sunny gardens at Bridgefoot House offer space for children to play and adults to entertain. “The south east facing wall garden is a very special feature of the house directly accessible from the kitchen and completely safe for children and dogs. There is a beautiful rose pergola, wisteria, trees and beds full of plants. The rest of the garden is surrounded by walls and a yew hedge and it’s filled with trees and daffodils.” the owner explains. . Despite the rural setting of the house, the property is 5 minutes’ walk to the centre of the village and is less than 2km from Kelvedon Station, which is on the mainline with a regular train service running between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. “We are also well placed here for reaching Colchester, Chelmsford and Stansted Airport. The coast at Frinton, the Essex Way and the Stour Valley are great places t

Setting The Scene
Bridgefoot House is set in approximately 0.75 acres of grounds. To the front, there is an attractive garden and a driveway offering ample parking. To the rear there is a beautiful walled garden, with expanses of lawn, shrubs, trees and space for growing vegetables. The grounds also include a detached double garage, a small greenhouse and two further small storage sheds.
Whats Nearby
The beauty of Kelvedon life is having a range of amenities just a stone's throw away. Kelvedon is well served by both public and private schools and of particular note are Homewood House, Colchester Royal Grammar School, Colchester County High School for girls and the Sixth Form College in Colchester. Kelvedon has a good selection of shops and there are further shopping educational and recreational facilities at Witham and Colchester. For the commuter there is a fast train service from Kelvedon and smooth access is gained onto the A12 north and south bound at either end of the village.
Within Easy Reach
Chelmsford and Ipswich are a short drive away. Within Chelmsford, the New Hall School, Felsted King Edward VI Grammar School and Chelmsford County High School for girls, are fully recommended.

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