- 6 bedrooms
- A substantial landmark property
- In a conservation area
- A mile from Chelmsford station
- Set in a large mature plot
- An abundance of original features
- Fantastic ceiling heights
- Sympathetically extended
- Garaging and parking
- Garden studio
Description A substantial Edwardian villa set in a quarter of an acre.
Chelmsford City Centre 0.5 miles, Chelmsford station 1.1 miles (Liverpool Street from 34 minutes), A12 (Junction 15) 2.6 miles, M25 (Junction 28) 13 miles, Stansted Airport 19 miles, Canary Wharf 35 miles. (All distances approximate.)
188 New London Road sits on a plot of over a quarter of an acre in a conservation area only half a mile from the centre of Chelmsford. The city provides an excellent choice of amenities including a bustling shopping centre, three superb private prep schools (two of which are on New London Road), two outstanding grammar schools, a well-known independent school (New Hall), a station on the mainline into London Liverpool Street and access onto the A12.
The property is a very attractive Edwardian house thought to date back to circa 1907. Its part red brick/part rendered front elevation is complemented by a two-storey curved-casement bay window, a striking two-storey 'gothic' tower and a seamless 21st century extension incorporating a garage. The house is not listed but has a wealth of period features including original casement and French windows (some with their original stained glass), several original fireplaces, stripped and polished floors, an elegant easy rise dogleg staircase, well-proportioned rooms and beautifully detailed fretwork, cornice and deep skirting, all of which are enhanced by the neutral colour scheme.
The accommodation flows well and extends to 3,222 square feet. The entrance hall (which forms part of the extension) has a vaulted ceiling and roof lantern which floods the hall with natural light. The high ceilings continue throughout the house and the reception hall has a large bay window extending into the tower. The two principal reception rooms have open fireplaces and the tall French windows in the drawing room provide access out into the garden.
A large aga and its electric counterpart are set into the chimney breast in the kitchen/breakfast room and there is a range of fitted and freestanding handmade units by deVOL Kitchens, space for a large kitchen table and chairs and a walk-in pantry. A snug adjacent to the kitchen has a gas fired stove and leads, through bi-fold doors, into the conservatory with underfloor heating and a commanding view down the garden.
The first floor accommodation is arranged around a split-level landing defining the old and the new parts of the house. The principal landing leads onto the master bedroom, another four of the six bedrooms (one of which is used as a study), the family bathroom and a separate shower room. The guest bedroom suite is on the opposite side of the house (occupying the first floor of the extension) and is accessed via a galleried landing above the entrance hall. This suite includes a shower room and double doors opening out on to a balcony with steps leading down onto the rear garden.
The house sits back from the road, screened by a bank of large established trees and shrubs, and the driveway leads on to a large parking area and to the integral garage beyond.
The rear garden, which extends to approximately 120', faces west and has been cleverly landscaped to create several distinct areas. A large split-level sandstone terrace and knot-garden, planted with box-hedging, lavender and roses, leads on from the kitchen and conservatory and is an ideal area for alfresco dining. Beyond this, a woodland walk runs the length of the boundary along a row of large lime trees and is a mass of primroses and daffodils in the spring. The side return of the house, which is accessible from French windows in the drawing room, is planted with lush, deep herbaceous borders and leads on to a very large lawn dotted with fruit trees and abutting the grounds of St. Cedd's at its furthest point.
Towards the end of the garden is a garden studio constructed of red cedar on a concrete base with double glazed aluminium doors and windows. It has a 3 phase electric supply, an electric panel radiator and broadband via powerline ethernet. Behind the garden studio is a double length garden shed to provide storage in addition to the double garage and another single shed.
Square Footage: 3460 sq ft
Acreage: 0.26 Acres
From Chelmsford town centre and Parkway proceed south-west on the A1099 (New London Road). Continue for approximately half a mile and the house will be found on the right hand side shortly after Southborough Road which is on the left.
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