Cottage   2 bedroom(s)   1 bathroom(s)   3 reception room(s)
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PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Oak Lodge is a single-story Grade II Listed former Victorian gate house, with sympathetic 20th century extensions. One of the most architecturally unique and truly individual period residences is offered to the market in recent times; Oak Lodge has been fully renovated and is sold with planning permission for further significant redevelopment, if required. The lodge sits within undulating countryside in a sought-after conservation area. Set back from a quiet country lane, the 0.5 acres of established grounds are an exceptional feature. The gently sloping site affords a wonderful setting, with a natural spring running across the site. Dating from the late 1800's, the red brick Flemish bond gate house has a slate clad hip and part stain glass gothic style windows. The central stable door, exposed timber ceiling and double-sided wood burning stove are fine character features. 20th century extensions offer well-proportioned rooms with high ceilings and large wooden windows. The grounds contain mature trees and hedging including, oak, horse chestnut, elm, pine, purple beech, silver birch, northern red oak, fruit trees and numerous mature rhododendrons. In addition, there is cottage garden, bog garden, area for a summerhouse, three terraces and many seating areas. Adjacent to the rear boundary is 'Bloody Meadow', where it is claimed that St. George slayed the Dragon!
Twelve-panel glazed double door opening to:
ENTRANCE HALL: With solid oak flooring, distinctive curved wall and door to linen cupboard housing water cylinder. Three steps rise to:
KITCHEN/DINING ROOM: Replaced by the current owners in a country shaker style matching range of soft-close base and wall units with pewter handles, solid oak worktops and upstands above. Ceramic butler sink with mixer tap over, part stained glass gothic style windows to side. Fitted Neff appliances include an oven with grill above, four-ring ceramic hob with extraction above, fridge and dishwasher. A central fireplace provides distinction between kitchen and dining room with inset double sides multi-fuel burning stove on a Suffolk grey brick hearth, tiled flooring throughout, the dining room affording a dual aspect with windows to side and exposed ceiling timbers. Stable door to outside and door to:
UTILITY ROOM: Fitted with a matching range of base and wall units with wood effect worktops over and upstands above. Ceramic single sink unit with mixer tap over and window to side. Space and plumbing for fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and further range of larder units with wine rack. Also housing a recently installed, high efficiency oil-fired boiler, with door to:
GARDEN ROOM: Painted timber with quarry tile flooring throughout, set beneath a pitched roofline with glaze surround on two sides and door to outside.
SITTING ROOM: Afforded a triple aspect with French doors to both sides and rear affording an elevated aspect over the surrounding grounds. Features include solid oak flooring throughout, fireplace and double doors to recessed study area.
MASTER BEDROOM: Enjoying a triple aspect with windows to side and rear, bespoke joinery fitted wardrobes and outstanding views over the surrounding grounds.
BEDROOM 2: With windows to side overlooking terrace and gardens.
FAMILY BATHROOM: Recently refurbished and with tongue and groove panelling and fitted with ceramic WC, pedestal wash hand basin and bath with shower attachment over and tiling above. Fully tiled separately screened walk-in shower unit with fitted shower and hand-held attachment.
Outside Occupying a unique setting within the Dedham Vale AONB, this Grade II Listed individual gate house is approached via a sloping gravel driveway providing off-street parking for approximately eight vehicles and providing direct access to the:
DOUBLE GARAGE: With two sets of twin doors to front, completed with inspirations from the style of Oak Lodge's pitched slate roof with light and power connected and personnel door to side.
GARDEN A unique character property in an enchanting setting, offering a rare opportunity to enjoy an established garden with a wealth of features and scope for enhancing the grounds and property further. Many picturesque walks are accessible from the door including the Stour Valley Path.
AGENTS NOTE: Planning permission was granted in 2018 for a rear extension. Planning reference 181935 details of which can be viewed at www.planning.colchester.gov.uk
SERVICES: Mains water, drainage and electricity are connected. Oil fired heating to radiators. NOTE: None of these services have been tested by the agent.
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