6 Bedroom Detached House Valuation
Crepping Hall is one of the most significant and long-standing country houses in Essex, with a history of aristocratic ownership (the De-Vere family and the Duke of Norfolk to name two) and even a mention in the Domesday book survey, commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1086.
The original hall dates from the 12th Century although it was significantly extended in both the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The house now measures just over 6000-sqft feet and is awash with original and period features that reflect its evolution through time.
These include five open fires on the ground floor, exposed studwork and ceiling beams, oak floors, coving, picture rails, some large sash windows and three bay windows (that combine to make the house surprisingly light for a period home). In recent years many of the reception rooms have been improved with parquet floors.
The accommodation includes six-reception rooms that enjoy vistas to different areas of the grounds, six double sized bedrooms and four shower/bath rooms. Our clients are currently adding kitchen and bathroom facilities to the studio above the garage to create an annex.
The grounds total 10.8-acres (sts) and feature a swimming pool with a pool house, a tennis court and a newly built 1300-sqft garage block. There are large areas of lawn, some beautifully tended formal gardens punctuated with some impressive ancient trees, and over an acre of woodland.
The property has just a handful of neighbours and sits in a peaceful location on high-ground above the Colne Valley. Marks Tey train station is just under four miles from the house where a service to London Liverpool Street runs with a journey time of just under the hour. Colchester is only a few miles to the east and there are some fabulous private schools within an easy drive.
THE GROUND FLOOR
As the floorplan shows there are six reception rooms on the ground floor. These include a grand sitting room with a high ceiling and a substantial fireplace, a medieval dining room with a notable tie beam, a family room with a bow window and window seats, a reception room that overlooks the driveway approach and, lastly, a playroom which is currently in use as a study and which opens out to a west-facing veranda.
The kitchen was extended in the early 2000's into a substantial orangery/breakfast room that also links through to the sitting room. This is very much the centre point of the ground floor and has enough space for a large dining table and several sofas. The kitchen is fully fitted and includes a breakfast bar, an oil-fired Aga and an electric oven.
Other ground floor accommodation includes a utility room, a boot room, a shower room and a pantry just off the kitchen. There is also access to two cellars, one of which measures 20-feet and is ideal for wine storage.
THE FIRST FLOOR
There are six bedrooms on the first floor with those that face east and south enjoying some very nice views over the property's grounds. These rooms are accessed by two staircases and are serviced by three family bathrooms all of which have baths and separate cubicle showers. One bedroom has a walk-in dressing room.
GARAGES AND ANNEX
A double garage lies to the north of the house which has a 20x10-studio above it. This is currently being fitted with a shower room and kitchenette to create an annex.
In recent years our client had a 1300-square foot garage constructed which includes five bays and a further storage area.
THE GROUNDS (see site plan).
The grounds measure around 10.8-acres (sts) and include a singled driveway approach with (the first section being shared), four separate areas of lawn, a formal garden with box hedging, a southeast facing patio, a kitchen garden, a conservatory, a tennis court, an orchard, and a 1.5-acre wood which makes for an amazing adventure space for children as well providing occasional logs for the fires.
A paddock sits to the south of the drive and there is also a nicely positioned outdoor swimming pool which is surrounded by terraced areas and includes a detached pool house.
Although Crepping Hall is positioned privately within its own grounds, it is one of a collection of four homes (and a riding stables) that share the same position on the fringes of the village of Wakes Colne.
The property is unaffected by road noise and is approached via about a mile of country lanes that lead from the A1124 (Colchester to Halstead Road). The villages of Wakes Colne and Chappel are just over a mile from the house and these include a village shop, The Swan restaurant/pub and The Chappel Railway museum and station. Chappel also has a primary school.
Nearby private schools include Holmwood House (6-miles), Gosfield School (9-miles) and St Mary's Colchester (8-miles).
POTENTIAL STAMP DUTY RELIEF*
We believe the annex above the garage would be considered a habitable dwelling and would entitle buyers to enjoy significant relief on their stamp duty under the SDLT Relief scheme for properties with multiple dwellings. Please ask the agent for more information, and we ask that any buyer satisfies themselves of this eligibility with a solicitor prior to submitting an offer.
Further information on the government's SDLT relief scheme for properties with multiple dwelling can be found on this link: http://www.bloomfieldgrey.co.uk/blog/stamp-duty-relief-thanks-to-granny
POINTS TO NOTE
We understand the property is connected to mains water, electric and drainage. It is heated by an oil-fired system. Council Tax band H with Colchester Borough Council. Its EPC rating is not-applicable as the property is listed. A footpath runs through the southern paddock although this is some distance from the house. Council tax band H with Colchester Borough Council.
We understand that HYPER/ULTRA-FAST broadband is being connected to the property in 2020.
Before booking a viewing of any Bloomfield Grey instruction, we suggest that buyers view its full online details including the street-view representation, the site map, the satellite view and the floor plan. If you have any questions, then please contact Bloomfield Grey.