Redbrick Cottages, Blacksmiths Alley, Blackmore, Ingatestone, CM4
Located within the peaceful and character-filled surroundings of the evocatively named Blacksmiths Alley within the centre of Blackmore Village, lies this immaculately presented and spacious four bedroom period home. With its origins dating back to the early 1800s and being steeped in local history, the home has been thoughtfully and painstakingly both restored and extended to make it into the wonderful family home that it is now. Carefully utilising and reusing key factors from part of the original buildings/barns that lay on the site,the home is filled with charm, warmth and contemporary styled accommodation. Coupled with these retained elements including, for example the original front door knocker and key,indeed help to set the scene of the care and time that the current vendors have taken in order to make the home both versatile and suitable for modern day living, whilst retaining these key elements.
Approached via a sweeping block paved driveway the home unveils itself to you.The entrance door is covered with a tiled roof storm porch with feature oak support and opens into a welcoming and inviting reception hallway which has wide plank oak flooring. Braced and latched doors line the reception hallway with a downstairs cloakroom which is elegantly fitted and conveniently located. Immediately to the front of you is the Sitting Room allowing a thoroughfare vista from the front to the rear of the property.This is a truly well proportioned and again immaculately presented room, with a feature redbrick fireplace, with segments of reclaimed beams with original ironwork added to the mantle.Inset is a large wood burning stove with flag stone hearth. Bespoke built sash windows and French doors open on to the paved patio and landscaped gardens beyond. From the reception hallway a step ascends into the older part of the home,a second reception room/family room again having a feature redbrick fireplace with inset wood burning stove and parquet style flooring, overlooks the front of the home.The kitchen/breakfast room is located to the far right and has a feature vaulted ceiling with inset Velux style roof windows, together with views across the rear garden. Fitted with an extensive range of painted walland base units with a Shaws undermounted Butler sink, central island,granite worksurfaces and upstands with the remainder of the splashback area being tiled in muted tones. The feature of this room is the recessed fireplace, built again with the reclaimed red bricks and having a reclaimed beam mantle and housing a six ring Rangemaster oven.There is an integrated dishwasher and remainder of the laundry appliances are sited in the adjacent laundry room, which is again fitted with the same kitchen cabinetry, granite worksurfaces and upstands.The floor again is of wide plank oak and a smattering of beams further enhance the character.
The first floor with its four double bedrooms,follows the same theme as the ground floor, being designed with a natural palette with high quality fixtures and fittings. The master bathroom has been designed around tradition and contemporary elegance, includingits free standing ball and claw foot bath and walk-in shower rainwater shower with natural stone style tiling completing the look.The remaining three double bedrooms are situated around this, all of good proportions and enjoying wonderful enchanting views. The master bedroom suite is again spacious and calming and on entering you have the beautifully designed ensuite shower room, with high quality sanitary ware including a double walk in rainwater shower andhigh quality contemporary tiling echoing the theme of the home. The views from the master bedroom are captivating giving a glimpse of the Church spire, located at the end of Church Street,in the foreground and the remainder being across the abutting Essex countryside.
To the exterior the gardens being of approximately 100ft in length commence,with an expansive limestone style paved patio area which wraps around the home and bordered again by a red brick retaining wall.From the side gated entrance and the bespoke built loggia, which can also house some small garden equipment, the gardens unfold.They have been carefully landscaped and manicured with a mature back drop of specimen evergreen,deciduous trees and shrubs. The remainder of the garden is laid to lawn with its flower beds being planted and well stocked with an abundant supply of multi-tonal evergreen shrubs also. The gardens are south facing and therefore can be enjoyed throughout the seasons.
To the front of the home the driveway can provide parking for several vehicles. In addition there isdetached studio, having been weather boarded to complement the character of the home, and therefore offers flexibility and an opportunity for perhaps a home office or gymnasium or cinema room.The building has a small kitchenette and toilet facilities as well as loft space with a pull down ladder.
This home is truly one to be visited when its full character, appeal, location and size can be fully appreciated.
Blackmore is a small village lying 4 miles to the North of Brentwood and being also to both Ingatestone and Shenfield for their mainline railway stations.
It is a beautifully picturesque village and has for many years been accredited for this wonderful appeal culminating with the Green and the Pond.It has an historic monastic core, and therefore has many fine historic buildings within its conservation area. The village has a local shop, primary school, two village halls, a sports and social club, football and cricket pitches, a sport arena used for football, netball and hockey and adjacent Tennis Club.The village also provides for its community and has many societies and clubs.Surrounded by open countryside and farmland yet having good transport links and easy access to all road links.