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23 July 2002
One of the most magnificent and talked about new homes to be built in the home counties is nearing completion and is at last ready to look around, with completion due in September.
The Hall, standing in 26-acres of its own grounds in Wickham Bishops, Essex, has been carefully designed by Countryside Properties to echo a historic, Georgian country house, that has evolved and been added to over time.
Chris Crook, Managing Director of Countryside Properties' residential division comments, "The Hall is a unique residence, with period features which add to its style and elegance. The home combines authentic classical features such as timber sash windows, large rooms with high ceilings and stunning open fireplaces, with modern luxuries such as the indoor swimming pool in a separate leisure wing that also includes a spa pool and steam room. The landscaping then brings it to life with semi-mature trees, formal landscaped gardens and private meadows beyond."
In order to create the impression that it has evolved and been extended over the years, the main part of The Hall is built in soft red brick with hand made clay roof tiles and the two wings of the house have then been finished in a contrasting rich cream render.
A grand entrance hall creates a powerful first impression with its double height ceiling, open stone fireplace and a sweeping stone staircase, leading up to a minstrel's gallery. Large, formal entertaining rooms and informal living rooms on the ground floor open onto courtyards and terraces at the front and rear of the house. Maintaining authenticity and variety throughout, the house is full of surprises as you explore it for the first time, with
features such as a spiral stone staircase leading from the study down to a wine cellar below.
The Hall has all the qualities of a fine historic country house, yet the property will suffer none of the problems that can come with old country homes, which need high maintenance or renovation. The master bedroom suite affords privacy and luxury, with a separate dressing room, extravagant en-suite bathroom and its own sitting room that opens onto a balcony overlooking the grounds.
The Hall is built on the site of a former equestrian estate, Glebe Farm, and is set in 26-acres of land, providing spectacular views of the countryside. The Hall will be the newest addition to the attractive village of Wickham Bishops and is adjacent to a golf course. It is an imposing residence at the end of a sweeping gravel drive with a formal landscaped approach.
Wickham Bishops is near Witham, in Essex, less than 50 miles from central London. It is within three miles of the A12 between Chelmsford and Colchester, with direct road and rail links to the M25 and Central London. Direct trains run from Witham BR station to London Liverpool Street (journey time approx. 45 minutes) and London Stansted airport is only 23 miles away.
The Hall is available for sale through Hawksley Pearce, telephone: 01621 893 589 and Strutt and Parker, telephone: 01245 258 201. Offers in excess of £3.25 million.
For further information about Countryside Properties, visit the website at: www.countryside-properties.com
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Information correct as at 29/08/2007