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Historic and elegant country house set in extensive acreage just 18 miles from the city of London.

A striking 6 bedroom country house of character and charm with a modern 1 bedroom bungalow, excellent equestrian facilities and set within extensive acreage.

Formally documented as St Edwards and dating back to 1830's this beautiful home provides stunning architecture of mellow brick, beneath slate roofs and originally forming part of the Pyrgo Palace estate. Pyrgo Palace itself was demolished during the second world war but a documented history indicates that Chapel House was used as a private chapel to the estate and in particular the Gibb family. Chapel House, whilst not listed, boasts accommodation of around 5,500 sqft and has undergone an extensive and meticulous programme of restoration with many exceptional period features.

Each elevation of the house is both differing and appealing which has an even more mystic appeal by being so concealed in its setting. The house offers many classical features combined with a stylish modern day design. The main entrance is from the south elevation of the main drive, where there are steps up to an impressive entrance with a spacious entrance vestibule onto an imposing reception hall with a wide, elegant sweeping staircase and classical high ceilings. A stylish ground floor cloakroom is located near the entrance. A door and stairs lead down to the 'quiet' games/studio basement room which has good ceiling height and plenty of room for additional leisure items. Doors from the basement lead to a wonderful sunken terrace with steps rising to a superb further terrace seating area.

Off the hall, with classic high panelled doors are two well-proportioned principal rooms. These rooms have the benefit of south facing views, and an abundance of natural sunlight, creating both a bright sitting room with a classic fireplace and a further dining/morning room with fireplace. Access from the main hall also leads to a superb breakfast come family room, thoughtfully designed with access to a spacious terrace and opening to a stylish kitchen with a range of high quality units and appliances. The kitchen forms the heart of this house with wonderful outlooks beyond the side gardens. There is a separate utility room and boot room providing additional storage and preparation surfaces. Beyond the kitchen, breakfast/family room, is a captivating drawing room with exposed mellow brick elevations and ornate wood panelling; an ideal space for entertaining. The solid oak chapel doors lead to the front chapel's main entrance.

The wide sweeping staircase leads to the first floor where there is a bright and spacious part galleried main landing having access to five large double bedrooms with an access door and stairs to a sixth/guest bedroom in the tower. Every room enjoys large windows, allowing maximum natural light and wonderful views across the grounds with farmland beyond. The wonderful master suite is situated to the front of the house and is an exceptional room with vaulted ceiling, dressing room and an en suite shower room. The attractive Gothic style arch windows compliment this stunning room. Two further bedrooms enjoy luxury en suites with quality and stylish sanitary ware.

Detached bungalow Discreetly set away from the house is a modern brick built detached bungalow comprising 1 bedroom, modern kitchen/diner, living room and family bathroom. There is a utility room and separate shower room. The building would make for ideal accommodation to suite an au pair or extended family. The property has been fitted with stylish modern fixtures and fittings and provides its own gardens.

The outside The property is set behind automatic close boarded entry gates which open to a sweeping driveway with southerly views over formal landscaped grounds and the countryside beyond. The immediate grounds adjacent to the entrance drive provide a heavily wooded area with stone steps leading through to a secret courtyard garden. This beautifully landscaped garden features an historic land mark being the final resting place for three members of the Gibb family (William, Francis & Amy) from Pyrgo Park. To the eastern side, accessed from the breakfast/family room, is a stunning terrace allowing for relaxation and entertaining with huge seating areas for 'al fresco' dining, interspersed with established foliage and perennials. The tiered terrace leads to a lower 'sunken' terrace which has further access and an external spiral staircase to the basement terrace. The entire landscaping, combined with trees, gravelled areas and stunning turreted architecture, provide a wonderful woodland park style theme which complement this beautiful country home. The detached 1 bedroom bungalow to the western boundary enjoys its own gardens.

Acreage In total the grounds extend to around 20 acres with landscaped formal gardens which provide a wonderful backdrop and some lovely rolling grazing land, mainly post and rail fenced with natural shelter and leading down to a running stream forming part of the boundary.

Equestrian facilities The excellent equestrian facilities can be accessed via a continuation off the driveway and include an enclosed yard area comprising a stable block of 6 full size boxes with a deep overhang for covered grooming areas. A grooms room provides kitchenette facilities with both hot and cold water connected with an adjacent w.c. 

Further outbuildings include an open fronted hay and straw barn and a spacious tack room and store.  Opposite is a large 6,000 sq ft Agricultural barn (approximately 100ft x 60ft) this has versatile uses and could offer an ideal location for indoor stabling or an indoor school (subject to planning requirements)  This is currently used as a large outdoor children's/young adults play centre with climbing facilities and a zip wire,  a summer house is also located within the barn.

There is an outdoor 40m x 26m floodlit manège with a silica sand mixed with upvc equestrian riding surface.

The yard offers an area of extensive hardstand ideal for the parking of additional leisure facilities and HGV horseboxes where there are double gates providing ease of road access for larger vehicles and plenty of room for the service of farm vehicles if required.

Where? The property is situated in a prime location for both the commuter and for schools of excellence on the periphery of Stapleford Abbotts. The house is nestled within established part wooded grounds behind natural screening and high fencing providing maximum seclusion with stunning open south facing views to the rear across its own grounds and undulating farmland beyond.

Stapleford Abbotts is a sought after village lying adjacent to Navestock with attractive surrounding conservation areas and common land with a comprehensive network of bridleways and country walks across to South Weald park. The area has a true rustic and rural ambiance, whilst situated within the M25 metropolitan greenbelt area, offering the rare combination of extensive acreage, yet being within reasonable drive from London's West End.

The village of Stapleford Abbotts offers good local amenities with a local shop, pubs with restaurants, a flying school, fishing lakes and golf courses close by. The area is surrounded by numerous attractive villages such as Navestock, Kelvedon and The Staplefords. More extensive shopping facilities are easily accessible from London's West End to Westfield's, Lakeside and Bluewater. There are excellent major road links along with good over ground and underground station access. The property is conveniently situated for some of the County's best schooling in both the public and private sector.

Important information Council Tax Band - G
Services - We understand that mains water, gas and electricity are connected to the property. Private drainage.
Tenure - Freehold
EPC rating - F


Last Modified 04/07/2019

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