An impressive Edwardian house set in about 0.8 of an acre with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.
Orchardside is believed to date back to 1901 and is an impressive and attractive period house with brick elevations under a red tiled roof with high ceilings, deep windows, an abundance of natural light throughout and a very well thought out internal layout. This results from a number of significant alterations and improvements made by the current owners over the past ten years including (most recently) a complete re-configuration of the kitchen to create a wonderful family-friendly space that extends from the front to the back of the house and makes the most of the beautiful views to the front and the gardens at the rear. The owners' extensive programme of refurbishment also included installation of an impressive front door complementing the age and style of the house, restoration of the decorative mouldings, original parquet flooring and staircase to their former glory, refitting and upgrading the bathrooms including the installation of underfloor heating, deep pile carpets for the principal reception rooms and the first floor and complete redecoration inside and out.
The ground floor accommodation flows particularly well and is centred around the impressive reception hall. The elegantly proportioned drawing room has a Minster-style open fireplace and its huge bay window provides a wonderful frame for the view outside. The adjacent sitting room with open fireplace currently doubles up as an office, while the dining room is now open plan to the kitchen and enjoys a dual aspect with access straight on to the beautifully kept grounds. The kitchen is fitted with extensive cupboards, a substantial island with induction hob and downdraft extractor, white quartz work surfaces and integral Neff appliances including double ovens, steam oven, combi microwave oven, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. An adjacent utility room leads off the kitchen and has space for appliances and there is a ground floor cloakroom.
A beautiful wide, easy-rise dogleg staircase leads up from the hall to the large first floor landing and its huge picture window providing another superb view. The house has four double bedrooms including the south-facing master bedroom with extensive space for wardrobes, a beautiful period fireplace and a large bay window overlooking the garden. The other rooms include another large double bedroom mirroring the master layout, an en suite bedroom (currently set-up as a twin) and a guest bedroom with an attractive fireplace. There is also a family bathroom with bath and large shower.
The house is set well back from Scotts Hill behind a gated sweeping gravel driveway that provides plenty of parking and access to the detached double garage. The rear garden is enclosed by substantial mature evergreen trees and shrubs and is completely private. A large terrace across the back of the house is ideal for al fresco dining and the lawn beyond is dotted with young specimen trees and shrubs. There is a log store and rear access to the detached double garage and an area of hardstanding which was once the base for another outbuilding.
Southminster Station 1.2 miles (Liverpool Street from 70 mins), A130 13 miles, Chelmsford 19 miles, M25 (Junction 30) 31 miles. (All distances approximate.)
Orchardside is situated towards the top of Scots Hill and opposite open fields on the northwest outskirts of the parish of Southminster.
Southminster itself is a largeish village with a station on the branch line to Liverpool Street, a number of local shops and restaurants, three public houses, a doctors’ surgery and its own primary school, while the local secondary school (Ormiston Rivers Academy) is only two miles away in the neighbouring town of Burnham on Crouch.
Burnham is a mecca for yachting enthusiasts and the whole area offers plentiful sailing opportunities both on the Crouch and the River Blackwater to the north.
Square Footage: 2,659 sq ft
Acreage: 0.8 Acres
From Chelmsford, take the A130 bypass southbound and take the first exit signposted to Burnham and Wickford. Follow the signs to Burnham taking the B1012 and then the B1010. Once in the village of Althorne take the turning on your left on to Burnham Road towards Latchingdon and Southminster. After approximately half a mile down the hill turn right on to B1018 Southminster Road and continue for approximately 2 miles on to Scotts Hill where the property will be found on the left hand side, set back from the road.
Postcode: CM0 7BG
Services: Mains water and electricity, oil-fired central heating and private drainage.
Viewing: Strictly by prior appointment with the sole agents Savills.