The Hall A timber-framed and plastered house built in the second half of the 16th century, adjacent to the church in the heart of Bocking. Added to in the 17th century and altered in the 18th century. There are two floors and attics. The upper floor is jet tied at the south end of the east front. Three gables of varying sizes project on the east front and two are jet tied on the first floor. A wing extends east at the north end. There is an eight window range overall, (arranged 3:3:2), with double hung sashes with glazing bars, in flush cased frames. The center gable has a Venetian window. Two gabled wings extend west at the rear, one has a jet tied upper floor and a 17th century square chimney stack with two tiled offsets and diagonal shafts. The entrance to the front vestibule has an original four-centred doorhead and a battened and nailed door, with a tiled roof over. The interior has a number of original features including, a stunning 16th century oak staircase thought to be one of only two in the county, 17th century paneling, fireplace and exposed ceiling beams. The current owners have in recent times added additional accommodation, through a traditionally built heritage style timber framed extension to the south side of the Hall; a high end finish includes vaulted ceiling with exposed oak beams, underfloor heating and granite work tops. The property has extensive grounds, comprising of two large paddocks to the east that flank the property's driveway. Again to the east directly in front of the property is the Halls parking area where the current owners have built a weather boarded building that has an oversized enclosed single garage and adjacent cart lodge, above which is a generous home office or gymnasium. There is a part walled garden immediately in front of the building with ornamental lawns and shingle paths that lead to the entrance. To the south of the property is the main garden, this is mainly laid to lawn and runs from the Hall to the rear wall of Bocking Church. To the North is the driveway that gives access to Bocking Cottage, the self contained property which is joined to the West side of the Hall. The current owners have in recent years replaced the property's sole plate to the front elevation, maintaining the integrity of the original building and ensuring this stunning Hall house remains in place for generations to come.
Bocking Hall Cottage Incorporating part of the west wing of the Hall and extended and added to in the later part of the 20th century, is this self contained character cottage. Whilst this property is not so grand as its larger sister, it is still a most impressive home. There is a timber and glazed entrance hall with tiled flooring and exposed brick work, this hall runs front to back giving access to the garden at the rear. A generous lounge has views out to adjacent farmland to the side and the garden to the rear. There is a versatility with the cottage, with it having a large ground floor double bedroom with en-suite facility's, as well as two bedrooms and a family bathroom to the first floor. There is a substantial sitting room and a well equipped kitchen diner, a dry cellar offers great additional storage. There is an outbuilding, formerly a garage block, which is set as a games room with space for card and pool table. Complete with bar and toilet facilities, the property's vendors inform us that they have enjoyed many a late evening here with friends and family. The cottage has its own self contained garden, which like the hall's is laid to lawn with mature tree and shrub borders.
Location and Situation Bocking Hall lies next to Bocking Church and backs onto open farmland and is in close proximity to Braintree town center and train station as well as Freeport shopping village. Felsted school lies within 11.5 miles of Bocking Hall with Stansted airport lying under 20 miles away via the A120. Bocking itself has a wealth of historical significance with Canterbury, with the Hall being built in the 1500's for the Monks from Canterbury and also offers a number historical buildings such as Bocking Mill and nearby Bradford Street with its range of listed dwellings.