Messing, Colchester, Essex

A Victorian country lodge dating from 1880 with beautifully appointed accommodation of approximately 5,700 sq ft. having been extensively refurbished to a high specification returning the property it to its former glory with the benefit of modern technology. The property is set within grounds approximately 5.5 acres.

  • Extensively refurbished former Victorian country lodge
  • Fully replumbed and rewired and benefitting from a Biomass pellet heating system
  • Approximately 5,700 sq ft of internal accommodation
  • 5 reception rooms
  • 5 bedrooms (3 en-suite)
  • 2 attic rooms and cellar
  • Double cartlodge, substantial greenhouse and detached barn
  • Total plot approximately 5.5 acres
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION A Victorian country lodge dating from 1880 set within approximately 5.5 acres and enjoying an elevated setting on the periphery of the highly-regarded North Essex village of Messing, adjacent to Messing Park and situated three miles from the A12 trunk road and 4 miles from Kelvedon Station with its mainline link to London Liverpool Street. A classically designed Victorian residence of significant stature, St. Albans Lodge offers practically arranged, beautifully appointed accommodation of approximately 5,700 sq ft with the principal residence having originally been complemented by servants' quarters. Constructed with features ahead of its time, the property has cavity wall insulation and evidence of an original airduct venting system. Retained by the local authority for community use until the mid-2010s, the property has been restored by the current owner using high quality fixtures, fittings, materials and craftsmanship throughout. Ideally suited as a principal residence with strong community links, the accommodation comprises four reception rooms, five bedrooms (three en-suite), four attic rooms and various outbuildings. Further improvement works include replumbing throughout, rewiring and a Biomass pellet heating system and supplementary log boiler as a secondary heating source. Further benefits to the property include detached carport with mansard roof, detached storage barn, gated entrance and various terraces, flowerbeds and mature trees set within approximately 5.5 acres.

Panel glazed original doors opening to:

ENTRANCE PORCH: Set above a brick base with pitched roofline, windows to side and mosaic tiled flooring. Original two panel door with stained glass windows above opening to:

RECEPTION HALL: 24' 10" x 19' 1" (7.58m x 5.84m max) Immaculately restored with 10ft ceiling heights, original stripped oak flooring, moulded cornicing and ceiling roses with Jim Lawrence light fittings. Chesney's wood burning stove set within a brick fireplace with slate hearth, limestone surround and mantle over. Original staircase off and door to useful under stair storage alcove with sash windows to side.

DRAWING ROOM: 23' 1" x 15' 7" (7.04m x 4.76m) Orientated to embrace the westerly side aspect with French doors to side opening to terrace, double hung sash windows adjacent and glazing bars above. Thoughtfully restored throughout with skirting work completed by Thorogood's of Ardleigh. Further retained individual features include picture rail, moulded cornicing and central ceiling rose with Jim Lawrence light fitting. Jet Master open grill heat fireplace with a slate hearth, detailed limestone surround with mantle over. Double doors with recessed shelving to side opening to:

DINING ROOM: 19' 1" x 18' 2" (5.82m x 5.54m) Discretely set to the rear of the property with ornate features including central ceiling rose with Jim Lawrence chandelier style lighting, moulded cornicing, picture rails and deep skirting. Enjoying a south-westerly rear aspect, the dining room further enjoys a double width bay window with two double hung sash windows, further single width sash windows adjacent affording open views over the well-stocked, mature rear gardens. Further complimented by Chesney wood burning stove set within a brick fireplace with slate hearth and detailed limestone surround with mantle over.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM: 24' 7" x 13' 8" (7.51m x 4.17m) Fitted with a single solid wood base unit with worktops over and upstands above. Double butler sink unit with mixer tap over and views to side via three double hung sash windows over the terrace. Fitted appliances within the base level units include a dishwasher. The kitchen/breakfast room is centrally situated within the property with Rangemaster four-door double oven with five-ring induction hob and Smeg extraction above. Further range of freestanding base units with oak worktops over and checkerboard flooring throughout. Ample space for a breakfast bar/table with range of Jim Lawrence light fittings, deep skirting and cornicing. Serving hatch through to dining room and oak door with Suffolk latch to inner hall.

GARDEN ROOM: 18' 4" x 15' 10" (5.59m x 4.85m) Set beneath a slate, pitched roofline with glazed surround on three sides, Karndean flooring, tongue and groove panelling and French doors opening to walkway and gardens beyond.

LIBRARY: 15' 10" x 14' 10" (4.84m into fireplace x 4.53m) The original library within the county lodge with bay window to side, three double hung sash windows with glazing bars above. The focal point of the room is a Chesney's wood burning stove set on a slate hearth with limestone surround and mantle over, further features include deep Victorian skirting, picture rail and moulded cornicing.

INNER HALL: With patterned tiled flooring, deep skirting and cornicing with row of Jim Lawrence light fixtures. Secondary external access, door to kitchen/breakfast room and further doors to:

UTILITY ROOM: 10' 0" x 9' 5" (3.05m x 2.88m) With sash windows to front and fitted with a pine base unit with worktops over and ceramic butler sink with mixer tap above. Space and plumbing for washing machine/dryer and also housing pressurised water tank and heating controls.

CLOAKROOM: Fitted with ceramic WC, Imperial pedestal wash hand basin with tiling above and stripped wood effect flooring throughout. Clouded glazed sash windows to front with glazing bars above and central light fitting.

STOREROOM: Currently used as a pantry with sash window to front, stripped wood effect flooring and deep skirting.

MORNING ROOM: 15' 10" x 11' 8" (4.85m x 3.56m) Forming the principle reception space for what would have originally been the servant's quarters, the morning room offers a contrast from the further reception room afforded a dual aspect with three sash windows to front and plantation shutters, French doors to rear with windows adjacent opening to south-west facing terrace. The focal point of the room is a redbrick fireplace with stone hearth, Chesney's wood burning stove and oak mantle over. Door to:

BOOT ROOM: 16' 3" x 12' 9" (4.96m x 3.91m) Enjoying outstanding 13ft ceiling heights, afforded a dual aspect with three sash windows to front, two Velux windows and four casement windows to rear. Stripped wood effect flooring throughout, pine base unit with oak worktops over and ceramic butler sink with mixer tap above. Space and plumbing for washing machine and dryer. Stable door to outside and oak door with Suffolk latch to:

CLOAKROOM: Fitted with Imperial ceramic WC and Heritage wash hand basin within a base level unit and tiling above. Window to front.

CELLAR: 12' 10" x 8' 11" (3.93m x 2.74m) Arranged via three chambers and operating as a useful store.

First floor

LANDING: 24' 1" x 14' 0" (7.36m x 4.27m) Split into two distinct sections to reflect the principle residence and servants' quarters with sash window to front, seating area, deep skirting and Chesney's wood burning stove set on a slate hearth with carved limestone surround and mantle over. Moulded cornicing, three ceiling roses with Jim Lawrence light fittings and further window to side. Affording elevated views to front towards the village of Messing and Roman town of Colchester distant.

MASTER BEDROOM: 18' 11" x 17' 7" (5.79m x 5.38m) Enjoying a south-westerly rear aspect with bay window encompassing four sash windows affording an open aspect over private, established gardens. Central Victorian fireplace with tiled hearth, wooden surround and mantle over. Door to:

EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM: 8' 6" x 7' 4" (2.60m x 2.24m) Fitted with ceramic WC, Imperial pedestal wash hand basin and bidet, marble tiled walk-in shower unit with both wall-mounted and hand-held shower attachments. Corner heated towel rail, radiator and sash window to side.

BEDROOM 2: 21' 11" x 14' 10" (6.69m x 4.54m) With three bay window to side with three double hung sash windows affording elevated views over gardens and undulating farmland distant. Reclaimed Victorian style fireplace with inset tiling, tiled hearth and mantle over. Deep Victorian skirting, marbled cornicing and door to:

EN-SUITE BATHROOM: 8' 2" x 5' 6" (2.51m x 1.68m) Fitted with ceramic WC, Imperial pedestal wash hand basin and bath with tiling above and chrome shower attachment. Mid-height mirror with wall-mounted lighting, sash window to rear.

BEDROOM 3: 14' 10" x 14' 5" (4.53m x 4.41m) With three bay window with double hung sash windows overlooking gardens. Victorian fireplace with tiled hearth, wooden surround and mantle over.

INNER LANDING: With staircase rising to second floor and lowering to inner hall. Door to roof terrace and further door to:

BEDROOM 4: 13' 10" x 12' 6" (4.23m x 3.82m) With bay window to front affording elevated views, Victorian fireplace and tiled hearth with mantle over. Deep skirting, moulded cornicing and door to:

JACK AND JILL BATHROOM: 8' 0" x 7' 11" (2.45m x 2.42m) Fitted with ceramic WC, Imperial pedestal wash hand basin with tiling above, bidet and free-standing, roll-top bath with chrome shower attachment over. Wall-mounted heated towel rail, radiator and partly clouded glazed sash window to front.

BEDROOM 5: 11' 8" x 11' 4" (3.56m x 3.47m) Afforded a dual aspect with double hung sash window to front, further double hung sash window to rear with central fireplace with tiled hearth, surround and mantle over.

SHOWER ROOM: 8' 9" x 7' 10" (2.68m x 2.40m) Independently accessed via the inner landing with ceramic WC, Imperial pedestal wash hand basin with tiling above and bidet, marble tiled double shower with both hand-held and wall-mounted chrome shower attachments. Clouded glazed sash windows to front.

Second floor

LANDING: With window to side and hatch to loft.

ATTIC ROOM 1: 19' 8" x 9' 5" (6.00m x 2.89m) With windows to rear, door to various storerooms and recesses.

ATTIC ROOM 2: 16' 9" x 9' 10" (5.11m x 3.02m) With sash windows to front affording elevated views over gardens, village of Messing and towards the market town of Colchester.

Outside Set on high ground and accessed via School Road, St. Albans Lodge is a true testament to Victorian architectural style and detail with twin five-bar gates opening into a rising split driveway flanked by wrought iron fencing with various shrubs, plants and flower beds. Ample private parking is set on level ground to the front of the property with low-level brick border and direct access to:

DOUBLE CARPORT: 22' 11" x 20' 4" (6.99m x 6.21m) With two open bays to front, boarded exterior and mansard roofline.


GARDENS A further five-bar gate adjacent to the carport continues grade past the property with ancillary buildings including an ante room, storeroom and boiler room which houses the biomass heating boiler.

Set prominently within its plot, St. Albans Lodge is surrounded by mature grounds with treeline/woodland border to the periphery, various copses, expanses of lawn, walkways and beds of perennial plants. Gardens immediately surrounding the property are formally arranged via strategic planting with various outbuildings located to the north of the plot including a substantial greenhouse and a detached barn with mezzanine floor, ideal for vehicular storage, garden equipment or workspace.

Continuing a gently rising gradient away from the property, the remaining grounds are largely left to meadow land with various border plants and hedging, pond with bridge and stone paved walkway providing an access route around the periphery of the grounds. 6 ft border hedging is set to the northern boundary of the grounds.

AGENTS NOTES: A bore hole water supply currently used to assist with the gardening watering requirements.

A covenant restricting the use of residential development for any additional dwelling put in place by the previous owner. The covenant is binding for 20 years having been placed on the property in 2015.

SERVICES: Mains water (bore hole for gardening requirements), drainage and electricity are connected. Heating fuelled by wood pellet biomass boiler feeding to radiators. NOTE: None of these services have been tested by the agent.

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