Dating in part to the 17th and 18th century, with later alterations and additions, this stunning Grade II Listed property is positioned in a quiet location with views over the beautiful formal gardens, grounds, and countryside beyond; whilst also being well placed for those needing to commute.
This fine family home really is a home that keeps giving, both internally and externally. Offering elegant and beautifully renovated accommodation, the property benefits from period features which have been preserved and enhanced throughout, including exposed beams and oak and stone floors.
Internally the house combines light and comfortable reception rooms, including library, drawing room, sitting room, dining room and study. The spacious kitchen/breakfast room with Aga provides direct access to the gardens, and offers ample room for entertaining. A utility, boot room and cloakroom complete the downstairs accommodation.
On the first floor, the impressive master bedroom with vaulted ceiling and en-suite shower room benefits from a private staircase to a boutique-style en-suite bathroom and dressing room. A further 6 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms, one of which is en-suite, and a mezzanine study above bedroom five on the second floor completes the internal accommodation. Two of the bedrooms and a bathroom are accessed via a separate staircase, for those that need accomodation for an aupair or relative.
Local Authority: Tendring District Council
Services: Mains electricity and water. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating, wet and electric underfloor heating in parts of the house
Situated just outside the village of Little Bromley in a rural position, Ash House, is within easy reach of the centre of Manningtree which lies at the head of the Stour Estuary and is situated between Colchester, Ipswich and Harwich. It offers a wide variety of amenities including sailing, great pubs and restaurants, a supermarket, general stores, optician, doctors surgery, primary and secondary schools, delicatessen, banks and sports centre. There are commuter trains from the main line station direct to London’s Liverpool Street, taking approximately 55 minutes.
The sought after villages of Dedham and East Bergholt are within just a few minutes’ drive. The nearby town of Colchester, reputed to be the oldest recorded Roman town in Britain, and Ipswich, Suffolk’s county town, also offer main line rail links as well as a wider range of shopping, educational and recreational facilities. There are regular ferry services to the continent from Harwich.
Manningtree railway station 2.4 miles, A120 Hare Green Junction 3.2 miles, A12 5 miles, Colchester railway line 7 miles, Dedham 4 miles
A principal feature of Ash House are the grounds which have been architecturally designed with formal parterre gardens adjoining open expanses of lawn. Of particular note is the incredibly well thought out ‘maze’, that if you find your way to the centre, offers a fantastic secret seating area and the circular lawn enclosed in high Yew hedging. The all season gardens are studded with a selection of mature trees and beautifully stocked borders that divide the grounds to offer areas of tranquillity. These areas offer a variety of visual and sensory experiences and vistas, spectacular displays of colour and form in summer, heavily scented in winter. Choice trees and plants throughout include a host of roses and several magnolias. There is a large architecturally designed fruit cage adjacent to cutting and vegetable plots.
At the rear of the gardens, lies the large swimming pool, positioned within a walled garden offering a high degree of privacy and seclusion with sub-tropical and Mediterranean planting on opposite sides of the pool. There is a pool house with wet room, changing room and a covered table area; the pool is heated via solar panels and oil boilers. To the side of the gardens there is a three acre field laid to grass with mown paths beneath specimen trees including a stand of hazels.
There is an additional 1 acre paddock adjacent to the property available by separate negotiation.