The Old Rectory, Rectory Road, Sible Hedingham, Essex CO9 3NU
- The Old Rectory is an architecturally resplendent circa 1714 Georgian Grade II* listed mansion, with later 1800s alterations and restyling, evoking enormous elegance and opulence
- Gracing the top 5.8% English Heritage category listing covering all Grade II* listed buildings in the country
- Residing within about 5.2 acres of formal grounds with the principal gardens set reclusively to the rear with a heated swimming pool and hard tennis court
- Eight bedrooms including a stunning split level master suite, plus four further wet/shower rooms and a cloakroom
- Impressively grand reception hall with four magnificent reception rooms and the kitchen/breakfast room emanating off
- The cellar extends the entirety of the property incorporating seven chambers
- Energy efficient roof mounted solar panels
- There is a Grade II listing on the lovely Flemish Bond boundary walls and the Carriage House for garaging
- Outbuildings include an office/former swimming pool changing rooms, a garden kitchen, plus a gorgeous Georgian summer house flanked by Corinthian columns
- Detached 3 bedroom cottage/annexe situated to the north corner of the grounds
- Sible Hedingham is the second largest village in Essex, with a small population and a good range of essential services and amenities
- Highly regarded primary schooling and secondary school with sixth form, both with ‘Good’ Ofsted reports, and prized independent education in nearby Gosfield
The Old Rectory is an architecturally resplendent circa 1714 Georgian Grade II* listed mansion, with later 1800s alterations and restyling, evoking enormous elegance and opulence. A reverent gaze taking in its wonderful red brick elevations and symmetrical sliding sash windows, rising up to meet a hipped red plain tiled roof, and its splendid rear two storey bay with pyramidal roof, one can easily understand why it graces the top 5.8% of all listed buildings in the country. A further Grade II listing is for the lovely Flemish Bond boundary wall and the Carriage House. Residing within about 5.2 acres of formal grounds with the principal gardens reclusively embracing the rear, to include a heated swimming pool and hard tennis court. And a three bedroom cottage situated to the north corner of the grounds.
Sible Hedingham is the second largest village in Essex in terms of area whilst only having a small population. The village centre has a good range of essential services and shops, plus highly regarded primary and secondary schooling, with local independent education in nearby Gosfield. Running through the village is the River Colne, supplemented by three brooks. One of these quaintly meandering to the very far rear grounds with two crossing points. Many miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways abound in the area and it is a great way to relax and unwind.
Welcome to The Old Rectory
Arriving at the electric gated entranceway your first impression will be one to stay with you always. Follow the driveway, lined with wonderful Horse Chestnut trees, all the way to the front of the house or turn off before, arriving into the inner courtyard and the Carriage House. The very grand stature this residence emanates in architectural terms alone leaves one in no doubt of its heritage category listing. Three steps approach the central door with reveal panels, flanked by plain pilasters whilst ionic columns to the front support the flat stone canopy with moulded frieze and dentilled cornice above.
Exquisite by design
Exquisite displays of interior architecture depict classic high skirtings and ceilings – some with stunning chandeliers and decorative cornicing, naturally bright rooms with tall sliding sash windows with mainly original shutters, ornate and original fireplaces, exposed wooden floorboards, and a magnificent split level master suite. Married with exquisite classic furnishings and fittings throughout, you complete a very distinguished home.
Bespoke negotiable furnishings and fittings
The current owners furnishings and fittings have been specifically chosen for this house – including stunning chandeliers, beautiful curtains and poles, and it is for this reason, and purely at their discretion, that certain items may be offered with the property within an agreed higher price or via a separate transaction.
Step this way
Opening the front door you find yourself stepping into a rather impressive reception hall. Take a moment to look around and you will notice the lovely exposed floorboards, plus one of many outstanding original fireplaces – this one having a wood burner sitting upon a marble hearth set within a stone surround, plus the elegant wide staircase over to your far right. Four magnificent reception rooms radiate off this setting plus the kitchen/breakfast room. Walk firstly over to the drawing room ahead of you and you will enter a stunning reception room with a view. Naturally bright and airy with lovely exposed floorboards running over to meet an exceptional bay, rising up full height to the master bedroom above, set with floor to ceiling sliding sash windows onto wrought-iron balconies, whilst central double doors open to stone steps for a graceful descent to the rear grounds. Returning to the interior, add to this an open fireplace with marble surround, high ceiling with decorative cornicing, and note the rather splendid chandelier. There are three further significant reception rooms: the dining room – a most appropriate setting for hosting rather grand affairs with family and friends, plus it has a large 7ft wide sash window with full width window seat. The third reception room is the library/sitting room – for those with a scholarly interest, and for a property of this calibre the fourth reception room is the study. Extremely impressive as a whole whilst evoking their own unique individual character within this resplendent mansion.
Walk past the elegant stairway and you will arrive to a cloaks/boot room off a ground floor wet room. The aforementioned room offers you one of two entrance ways to descend to the cellar below. This is very substantial incorporating seven chambers across the entirety of the property, as depicted in the floorplan and showing the second stairway at the far end.
A culinary delight
The kitchen/breakfast room design, with its classic cream AGA and granite work surfaces, is equally matched to accommodate rather grand culinary occasions when required in the adjacent dining room, with a connecting door, or for those more informal breakfast/lunch times within the kitchen itself. Looking out through the windows you can gaze admiringly over the front grounds, taking in the lovely Horse Chestnut trees lining the driveway and the Flemish Bond boundary wall while doing so. Whilst side views take in the inner courtyard with the garden kitchen outbuilding and the Carriage House for garaging. Returning your attention within, there is also a laundry room nearby, situated on the split-level mezzanine floor just above.
A graceful ascent
Gracefully ascend up the wide elegant stairways and you arrive at the luxurious first floor living accommodation set over split level. Gently rising steps approach the master suite which is simply divine with the exceptional double height bay rising up from the drawing room below. Displaying three floor to ceiling sliding sash windows onto wrought-iron balconies taking in amazing elevated scenes over the rear grounds. And note the Georgian fireplace before you step down and open the double doors to your en-suite bath/dressing room on the opposite side of the room. Imagine a lovely relaxing soak in your roll-top bath or enjoying an invigorating streaming shower perhaps. Bliss.
Three further capacious double bedrooms, plus two sumptuous wet rooms, together with a hobby room off the initial lower mezzanine level and the mezzanine level to the far end with the previously mentioned laundry room, all emanate off this grand split level landing.
Up and away
On the second floor, amidst a charming setting, are a further four bedrooms and an attic room/bedroom plus a separate shower room. These rooms offer very flexible living alternatives that may include utilizing as live-in staff quarters; with the addition of a staff kitchen – making it self-contained, or as an annexe for independent living.
The grounds and outbuildings
Residing within approximately 5.2 acres of simply sublime grounds with the principal south-facing gardens reclusively embracing the rear of the property, whilst a Grade II listed Flemish Bond brick wall mainly defines the boundaries with front iron railings intervening between.
The Old Rectory is approached via automated double gates opening onto an impressive driveway lined with Horse Chestnut trees, leading to a wide sweeping front driveway with a central turning circle. Or you may wish to branch off into the inner courtyard before this, passing between brick pillars to arrive at the Grade II listed Carriage House for garaging approximately four cars.
Also within the inner courtyard is an outbuilding used as a garden kitchen, and behind the carriage house are an array of sheds. Other outbuildings include an office/former swimming pool changing rooms, and a pretty Georgian summer house with steps up to Corinthian columns flanking the sides as you enter.
The stately principal rear garden is in perfect harmony with this Georgian mansion. An extensive lawn features a well-defined pathway with sweet smelling lavender to the borders, this also being in perfect line of vision from the steps that lead down from the drawing room, taking you to a brook with two crossing points. The grounds are interspersed with a variety of beautiful trees, including London Plane, Yew, Weeping Willow, Lime, Maple, Ornamental Hazel, Horse Chestnut, and Scots Pine. There is also a small orchard incorporated within the grounds, with Apple, Pear, Peach, Plum, and Damson. The grounds to the east feature an enticing heated outdoor swimming pool – a hidden gem set amidst the seclusion of high immaculately maintained hedging. And there is more – a hard tennis court. Perfect!
To the north corner of the grounds is a detached cottage/annexe within its own garden. The living accommodation comprises: three bedrooms, two reception rooms, a kitchen plus a utility room, and a bathroom and a separate cloakroom. The cottage may be offered for rental providing annual remuneration, or as staff accommodation, and even as a self-contained annexe.