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- Emanating opulence and elegance reflected in exquisite architecture, bespoke joinery and high specification design features
- Six bedrooms all with en-suite bath/shower rooms plus two with en-suite dressing rooms
- Secluded outdoor swimming pool and gorgeous Sequoia tree specimen
- Detached double garage and workshop/mower store plus large garden store room
- Rural location whilst only 5 miles from the historic town of Colchester with its ‘café culture’ plus exclusive ‘boutique’ shops and restaurants
- Prized independent schooling to include Holmwood House and St. Mary’s plus highly regarded Colchester Royal Grammar School
- Stansted Airport is only one hour away and Harwich International Port half an hour for regular international/lifestyle travel
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Sequestered away at the end of an impressive ⅛th of a mile long tree-lined driveway resides your new residence. Hockley Place emanates opulence and elegance in equal measures in both architectural terms and in bespoke interior design. Built in the 1930s particular care was applied to its orientation offering full 360° vistas of the equally unequivocal stunning 8 acre ‘country park’ setting it resides within, acquiring amongst others a gorgeous Wellingtonia Sequoia tree specimen, plus the secluded outdoor swimming pool.
This idyllic rural location to the southern aspect of Frating village offers sublime peace and tranquillity, whilst you are only 5 miles from the historic town of Colchester with its ‘café culture’ and inclusion of exclusive ‘boutique’ shops, and prized independent schooling to include Holmwood House and St. Mary’s, plus the highly regarded Colchester Royal Grammar School. For those with regular international business/lifestyle travel requirements Stansted Airport is only one hour away and Harwich International Port is within half an hours drive.
WELCOME TO HOCKLEY PLACE
Upon viewing the gated entranceway flanked by brick pillars you know you have arrived to take the impressive ⅛th of a mile tree-lined driveway bringing you to this beautifully sequestered property. On arrival you will pass between white pillared columns where the lovely fountain turning circle comes into view, this scene wonderfully lit up by night.
BESPOKE BY DESIGN
The grand bespoke extended build emanating before you is reflected throughout in the interior architecture, exquisite bespoke joinery, extensive use of oak panelling and marble, selective use of underfloor heating, and high specification design features.
STEP THIS WAY
Radiating off the main 42ft reception hall are three striking principal reception rooms. All benefiting from impressive exquisite style to include the grandeur of high ceilings with decorative ceiling roses, with beautiful attention to detail in the joinery and lovely mock beam work within the dining room with a wood burner in the inglenook fireplace – perfect for those family occasions and business entertaining. And all exemplified via the south facing perspective with glorious views out over the rear grounds. The reception/TV room in particular conjoining the two by opening wide the French doors out onto the extensive terrace and to stunning far reaching scenes.
There are four further reception rooms, three of which are located off a later extension offering the option as a self-contained annexe should you presently or at a later date require one. These rooms currently include a beautifully designed library room for those with a scholarly interest – and you simply must take a few minutes to admire all the detailing especially the oak wall panelling and illuminated shelving, now cast your eyes heavenly to see the wonderful inset ceiling decorated with fine plaster cherubs. There is also a large games/hobby room, and a pivotal room for a property of this calibre – the study, plus there is a cloakroom. The remaining reception room is off the kitchen and ideal, like at present, as a children’s playroom.
A CULINARY DELIGHT
The kitchen/breakfast room is of stunning bespoke modern design incorporating an extensive centre island topped with cool curved granite lightly imbued with a raspberry hue, and the pièce de résistance is the classic Aga – inspiring culinary aficionados. Sit up to the centre island with that first refreshing morning cup of tea, or coffee if that is your preference, and take a look out the window to your left and enjoy serene elongated views all the way along your tree-lined driveway. Leading in-turn from here practicality is at hand in the form of a utility room, third ground floor cloakroom, and the boiler room. Plus it is the location of the aforementioned reception/play room.
Glide up the graceful turning stairway to discover the second level of luxury here at Hockley Place, arriving first at the majestic gallery landing with its refined curved balustrade. Time to explore your new sumptuous principal suite. If you feel immediately drawn over to the windows you may be forgiven for the promises they hold of stunning elevated scenes over the grounds. Try and tear yourself away and walk into your beautifully crafted dressing room. Every lady’s dream! And perfect to emerge into after having indulged ones senses under the streaming shower in the adjoining en-suite.
Wend your way back along the landing to the far end to arrive at an equally inspiring bedroom, this one having an en-suite bathroom to languish up to your neck in foam and perfumes. Sitting centrally is the third of five bedrooms on this level. All five have en-suite bath/shower rooms and all equally commodious as the last. So much choice, what a lovely dilemma to have! But let’s not forget the second floor…
UP AND AWAY
Why not offer up this little slice of sanctuary, with luxurious en-suite shower room and dressing room, to your guests. Although they may find an excuse to stay awhile. An equally attractive proposition, one might imagine, may come from that increasingly independent teen!
YOUR OWN COUNTRY PARK
This serene eight acre setting is the perfect backdrop for taking a leisurely stroll and finding a shaded area to spread your blanket on the ground and enjoy a few civilized hours picnicking with close friends and family, followed by a game of croquet with soft summer breezes echoing the sounds of mallet on ball.
The hidden gem in question is a secure and secluded outdoor swimming pool. Plenty of fun and laughter will ring in the air when everyone is gathered around here for fabulous summer ‘pool parties’.
As the sky turns a dusky pink retire to the terrace, where some of your guests may have already wandered to spend the day sunbathing with that refreshing iced tea in hand. And when dusk finally descends turn on your outdoor coloured mood lighting, light some candles, then break out the Champagne in celebration of your lifestyle.
RELAXED VILLAGE LIFE
Frating is a small village in the Tendring district of Essex situated five miles to the east of the Historic town of Colchester.