- An impressive, seven-bedroom country home
- Originally constructed during the 1920s for the Courtauld family
- Arranged over three storeys, with accommodation extending to 6,500 sq ft
- Nestled within 5.17 acres in the picturesque Colne Valley
- Comprehensively fitted bespoke kitchen with breakfast room
- Temperature controlled wine cellar
- Heated Swimming Pool With Timber Framed gazebo with jacuzzi and log burning stove.
- Detached quadruple garage with studio above
- Recently built equestrian facilities, two stables, tackroom, feed/hay store, paddocks, manège.
- Good state and private schools nearby
St Andrew's Church of England Primary School, Halstead (0.8mi.)
St Andrew's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Halstead (0.8mi.)
The Ramsey Academy, Halstead (0.8mi.)
Spring mornings spent riding out across the Colne Valley and long summer afternoons whiled away by the pool. Sarah and James Kelland have savoured life at their splendid country home, enjoying its picturesque surroundings as well as its sumptuous accommodation and impressive leisure facilities. “This is a lovely home and we have had some very happy times here,” Sarah admits. It has been nine years now since the couple first moved into the seven-bedroom house. “We were looking for somewhere with potential for keeping a horse and lots of space for entertaining,” she explains. “I loved the fact the grounds here were open and very attractive to all sorts of wildlife, from deer and partridges to guinea fowl, buzzards and lots of other birds.”
Set in more than five acres of its own land, Abbotts Shrubbs dates back to 1926. It was built by the Courtauld family, famous for their textile businesses and as patrons of the arts, founding the renowned Courtauld Institute of Art in 1932. Over the years, the property has been extended and improved, with the Kellands enhancing it with some major additions of their own. “We carried out some work on the house and built the quadruple garage block, which has a studio above. This could have all sorts of uses, including as an office or additional accommodation.” The couple also refurbished the outdoor swimming pool and surrounding area, building a timber gazebo to house a dining or relaxation space, hot tub and wood-burning stove. “This is now a fantastic area for entertaining when the weather is warm,” Sarah adds.
IN THE SADDLE
Original stables adjoin the main house and (subject to the relevant planning permissions) could possibly be converted into annexe accommodation. Two new stables, a tack room and feed store, and a manège were built by the couple. “We have only ever had one horse here but you could keep two quite easily,” she observes. Existing paddocks could be opened up to create more grazing space if required. “This is a big equestrian area, with lots of great hacking,” she adds. “I often head out from here for a couple of hours across the surrounding farmland.”
LIGHT AND SPACE
The jewel in the crown for Abbotts Shrubs, however, is clearly the impressive house. Offering accommodation extending to some 6,500 sq ft, it is arranged over three storeys to offer space, comfort and immense flexibility. At ground floor level there is a grand entrance hall, together with a sumptuous drawing room, a sitting room, dining room, study and substantial kitchen breakfast room. There is also a ground floor cloakroom, a large utility room (which could become a kitchen if new owners wished to create a self-contained annexe within the house) and an unusual octagonal room. “This is a very light space, with doors opening on to the pool terrace,” she explains. “We use it as a gym and a library but, again, it could be anything new owners wanted it to be.”
Five bedrooms and three bath or shower rooms can be found up on the first floor of Abbotts Shrubs. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom and one guest room enjoys its own shower room. The other bedrooms share the very spacious family bathroom. “We use one of these bedrooms as a dressing room,” Sarah explains. “Two more bedrooms and another shower room are on the top floor of the house. These were ideal for our son, who arranged one as his bedroom and another as his den, with a sofa, television and desk. This space could also be ideal if you had a nanny or au pair.”
The abundance of internal and external space at Abbotts Shrubs has made it an outstanding entertaining home and an easy place in which to welcome overnight guests. “We are quite sociable people and have enjoyed hosting Christmas Eve drinks, dinner parties in the dining room, lunches in the kitchen and barbecues by the pool,” Sarah says. Just 20 minutes from Colchester and 15 minutes from the A12 or A120, it is easy for guests to reach and well positioned for travelling for work or leisure purposes. “Although it feels very rural here, we can walk into Halstead, Colne Engaine or Earls Colne,” she says. “This is a very beautiful area to be but it is also very convenient. It has been a great place to live.”
Setting The Scene
Abbotts Shrubs sits in approximately 5.17 acres of its own grounds within in the rolling Colne Valley. It is approached via a driveway with electric gates. The grounds feature beautiful areas for sitting out, such as a lavender garden, areas of woodland and an orchard. There are equestrian facilities, including stabling, paddocks and a manège. Outdoor leisure facilities include a heated swimming pool and timber gazebo with hot tub and log-burning stove.
Situated in north Essex, the Colne Valley is a picturesque area of undulating countryside distinguished by its charming villages, open farmland and opportunities for a broad range of leisure pursuits including a number of local golf clubs.
Set between Colchester and Halstead, the village of Colne Engaine has a well-stocked village shop, a public house with an award winning restaurant and a popular primary school. For every day needs, Earls Colne (2 miles away) provides a small supermarket, a chemist, restaurants and numerous other facilities. Close-by Tollgate, Stanway and Braintree Freeport provide an extensive range of out-of-town shopping facilities.
Within Easy Reach
Halstead is a charming market town with a good range of amenities, whilst the larger town of Colchester offers a comprehensive range of commercial, shopping, entertainment and educational facilities. Communications in the area are good with the A12 (Junction 24), 9.6 miles to the southeast; and Stansted Airport and the M11 are easily accessible via the A120. Kelvedon railway station provides mainline rail service to London Liverpool Street with an average journey time of 50 minutes and has a large car park for commuters.
The Essex and Suffolk coasts can be found to the east and are well known for their extensive walks, bird watching and sailing clubs.
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