High Street, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4
Built in 1907, Chopsticks House is a fine example of an Edwardian property, influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement. Sympathetically extended and renovated by the current owners, the property retains many of the characteristics of this period, including the feature red brickwork exterior with most attractive Tudor style gabled elevations. The abundance of multi-paned windows provide a bright and airy feeling to the house together with natural light, also typical of the Edwardian era.
Standing on grounds of 1/2 acre (stls) and offering in excess of 3200 sq ft of accommodation, the house is approached by a gated entrance leading into an extensive block paved driveway with landscaped borders and mature laurel screening providing privacy and there are ample off street parking facilities which also lead to the detached brick garage and adjacent car port.
Upon entering the spacious reception hall, you are met with the splendid Edwardian return staircase with spindles. The reception rooms, Sitting room, Dining room, Kitchen/Family room and Study all lead from the hall and again characterise the home with their excellent proportion and balance and high ceilings.
The main receptions all overlook the beautiful, landscaped rear grounds, with both the Sitting room and Family area providing direct access to the extensive terrace area via French doors. The Sitting room features a marble fireplace and benefits from windows to the side elevation together with a square bay window to the rear which ideally incorporates a window seat. The formal Dining room lies adjacent to the Kitchen and has a wide rear window together with a feature chimney breast, fitted to either side with display book shelving and cabinets.
On entering the Kitchen/Family room, you are able to appreciate the size and flexibility of this area, which lends itself to various styles of use depending on your preferences. To the kitchen area, there is a good range of fitted units incorporating a central island and tiled flooring with the advantage of a stable door to the garden. The large family area again has an integrated window seat, with large storage cupboards and windows to both front and rear aspects. The utility room adjoins.
Further to the ground floor is the private study, a modern shower room and three very useful walk in storage cupboards. In addition there is an internal walkway with doors from the driveway to the rear garden.
The first floor landing lies transversely in the house, with windows to the front again providing natural light and widens to give a seating area.
The Master Bedroom suite has been thoughtfully designed by the owners and provides a large dressing area with fitted wardrobes leading into the bedroom area with a high, feature curved ceiling and where there are views across the garden. The en-suite bathroom provides both a bath, separate shower cubicle and twin wash hand basins.
Bedrooms two and three which are both double bedrooms, share a Jack and Jill en-suite bathroom and Bedroom four also enjoys a private en-suite shower room. Bedroom five is currently used as a dressing room and is well fitted with a good range of wardrobes and storage.
Not only does this property offer superb character and a great location, but just as importantly, the exterior of this home does not disappoint. The rear grounds offer a welcoming retreat and are ideal for entertaining. There is an extensive sun terrace benefitting from an electric roller shutter and an attractive timber summer house with a veranda from which to enjoy the secluded surrounding views. Mainly laid to lawn, there is a feature rose garden and a range of mature side borders. Hedge screening provides a natural and flowing feeling to the boundaries whilst strategically placed trees provide shady areas. There is exterior lighting and a useful potting shed area, carefully hidden to the rear of the garden. The care and attention that the owners have given to their garden provides a delightful setting and it is hard to imagine that you are so centrally located with amenities and transport so close by.
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