Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex

Substantial detached farmhouse with spectacular views offering exceptionally versatile accommodation situated in a no through lane. Detached 3 bedroom annexe, agricultural barn with residential planning consent, 5 bay cart lodge & workshop, formal gardens and grassland. In all about 17 acres sts.

  • Substantial detached unlisted Essex farmhouse in a glorious elevated position
  • Exceptional living space with five reception rooms, eight bedrooms and five bathrooms
  • Impressive Aga kitchen/breakfast room
  • Detached annexe generating income from holiday rental
  • Steel frame agricultural barn with planning consent for conversion into two residential units
  • Five bay cart lodge with adjoining workshop
  • Extensive hard standing
  • Stunning views from large South facing formal gardens
Rushley Green Farm enjoys an enviable location on the Northern side of this highly regarded North Essex village, being situated at the end of a no through road in a delightful rural location, boasting simply stunning views over its own pasture land and grounds with the Norman keep in the distance and views over rolling Essex countryside.

The Farmhouse The property is accessed via an oak porch on brick piers giving way to a panelled and glazed oak door. This opens to the attractive and spacious reception hall which has red brick arch features, solid oak flooring, stairs rising to the first floor and a square arch leading to the dining hall. The principal reception rooms are also accessed from the reception hall.

The sitting room is situated to the Westerly elevation of the property and has a dual aspect with a bay window to its front elevation overlooking the drive and front garden. This is a particularly well proportioned room with a large red brick fireplace providing a focal point with an oak lintel, brick and stone hearth and an inset Aga wood burning stove.

Sliding patio doors directly access a particularly impressive garden room which has a part vaulted ceiling and travertine flooring with underfloor heating. There are a delightful pair of irregular sized arch topped windows which take in stunning views to the grounds and on the Southerly elevation which is entirely glazed. The large patio doors open to an extensive terrace having magnificent views over the grounds of the property with the Norman keep in the distance and beyond is rolling Essex countryside.

Glazed oak doors lead from the garden room to the dining hall which can also be accessed from the reception hall. This is an impressive area, once more with wide patio doors allowing the occupants to take advantage of the impressive views and benefits from solid oak flooring, skirting boards and the panelled oak door accesses a well appointed cloakroom.

Directly accessed from the reception hall, via a panelled oak door is a study which has a bay window to the front elevation and provides quiet and secluded workspace. This room would readily double as a snug, as it has an open fireplace with tiled surround.

The kitchen/breakfast/family room forms the heart of the house and runs the entire depth of the property. It benefits from a triple aspect with views to the front, side and rear of the property and forms a perfect informal large scale family entertaining area. It is extensively fitted with a range of floor and wall mounted units with granite work surfaces and integral appliances to include a six oven cream Aga with an electric companion unit, dishwasher and twin Belfast sink. There is an extensive island unit with granite surface beyond which is the breakfast/family area. The room has a tiled floor and patio doors lead to the aforementioned terrace which runs the full width of the property.

A glazed and panelled door gives access to a spacious and well appointed utility room with tiled floor from which a second cloak/shower room can be accessed. Adjacent to this is a large laundry/boot room which has French doors to the terrace.

The first floor is accessed via the aforementioned reception hall with stairs rising to a galleried landing and a glazed door leading to an extensive first floor terrace which is ideal for sunbathing. This terrace is also accessed via French doors from the master suite and it takes in simply magnificent views over the grounds and countryside.

The principal suite is situated to the rear of the property and benefits from a triple aspect with the aforementioned doors to the first floor terrace. The bedroom is extensively fitted with a range of bespoke units that include a dressing table, extensive drawer space and hanging space. A door leads to a fully tiled en-suite shower room which has an oversized shower cubicle, vanity unit and matching white suite. There is a beautifully proportioned guest suite situated to the front elevation of the property which takes in views to the front garden and beyond and directly accesses a spacious en-suite bathroom with matching white 'Heritage' suite with vanity unit.

There are three further double bedrooms on the first floor, two situated to the front elevation and one to the rear and a further sixth single bedroom which takes in views to the Easterly elevation. These bedrooms are served by a spacious and well appointed family bathroom.

It would be fair to say that Rushley Green Farm offers an exceptionally unique opportunity for any purchaser to acquire a substantial unlisted property enjoying a glorious location on the periphery of one of the counties most sought after villages.

The Cart lodge Annexe The Cart lodge Annexe is approached via attractive sandstone paving with a full length covered porch giving access to a glazed solid oak door. The reception hall is a particularly inviting area with travertine flooring, a fully vaulted ceiling rising to the galleried landing and benefits from oak framework on display. A solid oak door then leads to the semi-open plan living/kitchen/dining area. The sitting room takes in stunning views over the grounds and countryside with the Norman keep in the distance and it benefits from a triple aspect and has French doors leading to an entertaining terrace and is separated from the dining/kitchen area by a square oak arch. The kitchen is extensively fitted with a range of floor and wall mounted units with integral appliances to include oven and grill and electric hob with extractor hood over. There is also a glazed and panelled door to the gardens and the entire area has attractive travertine flooring opening to the breakfast area.

The main bedroom is situated to the ground floor and has a fully vaulted ceiling, once more with oak frame work on display and it benefits from travertine flooring, a large built-in wardrobe and an oak door leading to an exceptionally well appointed fully tiled shower room with matching suite. The second bedroom is also accessed from the reception hall via a solid oak door and has a Velux rooflight, travertine flooring and a solid oak door to a lavishly appointed and spacious en-suite wet room.

Stairs rise to the aforementioned galleried landing which has a ledge and board door to a third bedroom with vaulted ceiling which benefits from built-in eaves storage. At the other end of the galleried landing is a ledge and board door leading to a large attic/storage space. The Cart lodge Annexe has oil fired underfloor heating throughout.

Outside The property can be approached via two vehicular accesses, the first being a tarmac drive leading to a large area of hardstanding adjacent to which is a five bay cart lodge with adjoining workshop/store which provides extensive undercover parking. Beyond this is a circular pavioured drive with attractive shrub borders and a mature pollarded tree. This circular drive provides access to the house and cart lodge annexe. Immediately opposite the cart lodge is an area of hardstanding and an enclosed yard which provides home to a large steel framed agricultural building which now has outline planning permission to be converted into two substantial residential units.

Opposite this agricultural building are some former piggeries and a garage.

Immediately to the rear of the property is a full width terrace with two circular raised brick beds, the terrace can be accessed from all three reception areas in the house, adjacent to which is a purpose built BBQ area making this property ideal for family entertaining. It benefits from a Southerly aspect enabling it to take advantage of the all day sun which further enhances this feature.

Beyond the house are large expanses of lawn interspersed with a variety of specimen trees which include ash, oak, holly and a variety of fruit trees. The aforementioned annexe has a delightful enclosed garden with laurel hedging which leads to a greenhouse beyond. The formal garden boundary is delineated by iron estate fencing, beyond which is extensive pasture land which abuts the woodland that belongs to the castle. In all about 17 acres sts.

Agents Notes The pasture land benefits from being within the Single Farm Payment Scheme. The current owners submit their own annual claim to the Rural Payments Agency.

The agricultural steel framed barn has just gained approval for conversion for two attached residential units of approximately 230 square metres each. The planning application was submitted under prior approval for a proposed change of use. Permission was granted on the 4th February 2019. Ref No: 18/02210/COUPA.

The Cartlodge Annexe has had a high occupancy rate during the last three years and as such provides the vendors with a worthwhile income. Further details are available on request.

The property benefits from solar panels which are owned.

There is a footpath which accesses the property on the South Eastern side of the paddock.

There is a petrol powered generator in the event of a power cut that supplies the house, annexe and workshop.

The vendors applied for possessory title on the parcels of land edged and shaded blue to the front of the property on the 19th March 2012. If this is uncontested they can apply for title absolute on the 20th March 2024.

External pictures taken in the summer of 2018.

The cartlodge/annexe is curtilage isted due to its proximity to an adjacent listed barn.


SITTING ROOM 22' 3" x 13' 8" (6.80m x 4.18m)

DINING ROOM 21' 7" x 13' 1" (6.60m x 3.99m)

GARDEN ROOM 19' 11" x 11' 9" (6.08m x 3.59m)

STUDY 14' 0" x 12' 2" (4.29m x 3.72m)

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST/FAMILY ROOM 36' 4" x 15' 9" (11.08m x 4.81m)

UTILITY ROOM 11' 7" x 9' 3" (3.55m x 2.83m)

BOOT ROOM 9' 9" x 9' 5" (2.98m x 2.88m)




MASTER BEDROOM 19' 3" x 15' 9" (5.89m x 4.81m)

ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM 10' 9" x 5' 10" (3.30m x 1.78m)

BEDROOM 2 13' 11" x 12' 10" (4.25m x 3.92m)

ENSUITE BATHROOM 8' 9" x 6' 5" (2.67m x 1.96m)

BEDROOM 3 14' 10" x 9' 0" (4.53m x 2.75m)

BEDROOM 4 13' 9" x 12' 11" (4.20m x 3.94m)

BEDROOM 5 13' 7" x 9' 0" (4.15m x 2.75m)

BEDROOM 6 10' 9" x 7' 4" (3.30m x 2.24m)

FAMILY BATHROOM 11' 3" x 5' 8" (3.43m x 1.75m)



SITTING ROOM 17' 4" x 15' 10" (5.30m x 4.85m)

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 19' 0" x 16' 8" (5.80m x 5.10m)

BEDROOM 1 19' 8" x 11' 11" (6.00m x 3.65m)

EN-SUITE 8' 8" x 4' 1" (2.65m x 1.25m)

BEDROOM 2 12' 1" x 8' 8" (3.70m x 2.65m)

EN-SUITE 10' 4" x 8' 8" (3.15m x 2.65m)


BEDROOM 3 19' 4" x 4' 11" (5.90m x 1.50m)

CARTLODGE/WORKSHOP 41' 11" x 15' 8" (12.80m x 4.80m)

WORKSHOP 19' 6" x 15' 8" (5.95m x 4.80m)

GENERATOR ROOM 3' 3" x 3' 3" (1.00m x 1.00m)

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