Abbey Street, Thorpe-le-soken

£875,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
PROPERTY Ivy House is a substantial and imposing four double bedroom family home in the popular village of Thorpe-le-Soken, that dates back to the early 1700's. The property is entered via an attractive storm porch with bench seats, that in turn provides access to a grand hallway and staircase. The hallway itself benefits from two storage cupboards, (one of which contains a water softener), French Doors at the end of the hallway allow access to the rear garden.

From the hallway a door leads down to the cellar space (with power and lighting). The cellar is subdivided into three rooms, one of which contains the oil-fired boiler, the remaining rooms provide useful storage space. On the ground floor, the kitchen comprises of '30-amp AGA' range cooker, a separate integrated four-ring hob, integrated oven, space for a large American style fridge-freezer, space and plumbing for a dishwasher, dual sink, and a good array of cupboards and drawers. The kitchen also provides a second point of access to the dining room, which is also accessed from the hallway.

The utility room contains space and plumbing for a washing machine and an attractive Butler Sink, as well as cupboards and drawers.

The main sitting room contains an impressive Inglenook fireplace with dual fuel burner. The room also benefits from triple aspect, with French doors to the conservatory. The conservatory benefits from in-floor heating as well as a controlled ventilation system. French doors to the side provide access to a patio area and a single door on the opposite side of the conservatory provides additional access to the garden. The drawing room benefits from an open fireplace and dual aspects. A cloakroom completes the ground floor, with toilet and handbasin.

Ascending to the first floor, the large master bedroom benefits from dual aspects and two sets of built in wardrobes. The en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom comprises a double ended bath with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle, handbasin and vanity unit, toilet and heated towel rail.

The second bedroom is a large double (currently used as a twin room) with built in wardrobe space. A 'Jack and Jill', en-suite shower room is shared with the third bedroom and comprises of a shower cubicle, toilet, handbasin and heated towel rail. The third bedroom itself benefits from dual aspects including an attractive round bay window, and built-in wardrobe. The fourth bedroom is a large double, with built in wardrobes, storage cupboards and bookcase. The family bathroom completes the first floor and comprises of a bath with shower attachment, handbasin, toilet and heated towel rail.

The attic rooms are accessed via a loft hatch and slide-out access ladder. The attic space is divided into five rooms. During the 1940's (when the property was used as a school) these rooms were the dormitories. With the relevant permissions and consent, they could be converted into useful additional living space. At present the largest of the five rooms is used as a workshop / study, the entrance to the attic and the remaining rooms provide useful storage space, contained within one of the five rooms are the twin water tanks.

THE ANNEXE Separate to the main house is a self-contained annexe that offers the buyer additional accommodation for friends and family, or perhaps a business opportunity by way of 'bed & breakfast', accommodation. The Annexe is comprised of a large double bedroom (currently with twin beds) and shower room with large double sized shower, toilet, hand basin and heated towel rail.

OUTSIDE The property is accessed via a gravel driveway that offers parking for a number of vehicles. Additionally, there is a single garage and separate double garage (there is no door to this garage), a wood store and coal shed. Adjoining the annexe is a good-sized workshop with power and lighting. Originally the annexe and the workshop would have been the stable block to the property.

The enclosed rear garden is mainly laid to lawn with mature trees and shrubs. There is a small vegetable garden with fruit bushes. To the side of the conservatory there is a patio area, and screened from view are two large oil tanks.

SITUATION Thorpe-le-Soken is a popular village to the East of Colchester (part of the Tendring Peninsula), and offers a range of facilities. The local primary and secondary schools were both rated as 'Good' in the latest Ofsted report. The high street includes a GP Surgery, small convenience style supermarket, as well as a selection of pubs and restaurants. Thorpe-le-Soken train station is a short walk away and London Liverpool Street can be accessed in around ninety minutes. A short distance away is the Lifehouse Spa & Hotel, and Hamford Water National Nature Reserve - perfect for relaxing days out.

The bustling town of Colchester is a short drive away and benefits from all the amenities expected of a large regional town including numerous shopping, recreational and leisure facilities. Colchester is also noted for its popular schooling options including Colchester Royal Grammar School, Colchester High School, St. Mary's School and Holmwood House Prep School.

Travelling in the other direction takes you to the ever-popular seaside town of Frinton-on-Sea, with its range of independent shops located on the popular Connaught Avenue, and well-regarded links golf course.

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