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Walden Road,
Former Mill house with 3 6 acres

Price £ 1 250 000
ID CAS150149
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Walden Road, Former Mill house with 3.6 acres
  • Country: Great Britain
  • Adress: Walden Road, Great Chesterford, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1PS
  • Product type: house
  • Area: 265 m²
  • Bedrooms: 3

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This is a really interesting property, having been in the same ownership for over 30 years, it has been sympathetically cared for, planted and nurtured to create an environment to attract many types of wildlife – becoming an ornithologist's and entomologist's dream. Formerly the site of two windmills, the related brick and flint dwelling beneath a recently re-laid slate roof was originally a more modest property adjacent to the road. Having been significantly extended on two occasions, it now provides well proportioned, versatile accommodation over two floors extending to 2,856 sq ft with far reaching views over the gardens and rolling countryside which surrounds the property. The rear elevation, clad in Boston Ivy, overlooks the walled garden which has abundant and colourful herbaceous borders and a delightful rill flowing via a waterfall to the sunken pool beyond.

The main entrance to the house - with its replacement canopy – leads to a welcoming hall with kilim-runnered staircase and parquet flooring. Adjacent is the drawing room – a charming, comfortable room which was re-designed by John Sutcliffe and has decorated trompe l'oeil walls, central regency style columns within a tri-arched panel which “divides” the room into two sitting areas – both of which have full height sash windows enjoying views of the garden, parquet flooring and shelving incorporated into the dividing side panels. To one end is an hourglass cast-iron hobgrate with relief decoration of cupids and turtledoves having a painted timber surround with dentilled cornice and arched recesses beside. To the right of the hall is the dining room with pamment flooring, built-in cupboards and access to the cloakroom and cellar – divided into two areas with brick flooring and space for wine storage. The kitchen, again with pamment floor, incorporates a two oven oil fired Aga with overmantel and shelving, shelved store cupboard, Gaggenau electric 2 ring hob, barbecue, deep fat fryer and integrated extractor, 3 recycling bins and twin round sink unit. Beyond is a lobby with plumbing for dishwasher, butler sink, half glazed door to garden and a walk-in pantry with slate shelving and meat hooks. To the far side of the kitchen is a breakfast room with its original (1825) register grate, a fitted corner cupboard and a door to the utility/laundry room having plumbing for automatic washing machine, broom cupboard, glazed sink, oil fired boiler and side door.

On the first floor, there are distant views from many windows – the master bedroom has an adjoining dressing room and the second, a wash basin, there is also a third bedroom and library (formerly fourth bedroom) with extensive fitted shelving and cloakroom. A bathroom and separate shower room complete the accommodation on this floor.

The extensive grounds are approached via a pleached Lime-lined shingle drive which leads to a parking area and detached garage block of weatherboarded elevations with slate Mansard roof, two electric up and over doors, internal gardener's cloakroom and oil fired boiler. An external steel staircase leads to a spacious first floor office which is well lit from many ‘slit' windows to either side, and full height windows to the rear enjoying far reaching views. Approaching the house from this building is a brick and slate garden cottage/studio on one side of the garden, with a bed/sitting room, kitchenette, study/bedroom and shower room.

To the northern side of the house is a courtyard with ornamental pond and a range of outbuildings including a workshop, former dairy, store and fuel store and an area of hardstanding, thought to be the site of the windmills. A delightful, recently planted semi-circular rose garden completes this area of the garden bordered by mature laurel hedging and some fruit trees. The grounds extend to the west, behind and beyond the cottage and the garage outbuildings and divide into the fruit and vegetable garden with fruit cages; the orchard with fenced goose area and pond. The orchard is planted with a vast selection of old East Anglian apple varieties, together with some greengage, bullace, pear and damson. Beyond is an area of gated woodland, planted by the vendor some 30 years ago which has been allowed to naturally establish itself with a variety of mixed broadleaf trees and some ponds which are fed from the mains water supply.

To conclude, the whole provides a unique opportunity to obtain an established village edge site – a potential smallholding or a conservationist's parcel of land which enjoys good commuter links and access to Cambridge, East Anglia and beyond.View payable Stamp Duty for this property
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