2 bedroom House - detached (Available)

Matching Green
£700,000
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Overview

A beautifully presented and comprehensively restored Grade II Listed period cottage in an idyllic location that offers the perfect escape from City life. (Property Ref: 1805)

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Overall Description

This Grade II Listed timber-framed cottage was built on the edge of the village green between 1800 and 1830 and has been updated, extended and comprehensively modernised by the current owner while retaining - and in many ways enhancing - its period character. The list of upgrades and improvements cover two pages of A4, but suffice to say that a great deal of thought, time and money went into bringing Rose Cottage up to current specifications, ready for the next 200 years, and into creating an internal layout that makes best use of the available space. It also meant the addition of a very successful side extension to provide a large vaulted kitchen/breakfast room with Range cooker, the heart of the home. The end result means that buyers can enjoy the upsides of living in a modern house - new central-heating system with under-floor heating, modern wiring, luxury bathroom suites, proper wood-burning stove, alarm/fire detection system, Sky in multiple rooms, etc. - along with the inherent charm of the original building. The cottage is in an ideal position, with pretty views across the village green to the front, and off-street parking for two on the driveway. The gardens are also a delight, carefully landscaped to make best use of the south facing aspect, and with a separate vegetable garden to the rear. If you are looking for a period property in an idyllic village location then look no further.

Location

The cottage sits in an enviable position overlooking the village green in the sought-after village of Matching Green. Matching Green has one of the country's largest village greens, edged on all four sides by many period houses and properties of great character, and with its village pond and cricket pitch in the centre. It is considered to be one of the prettiest North Essex villages, and enjoys a convenient location for Harlow and the M11 motorway (Junction 7) providing access to London, the M25, Cambridge and the Midlands. The London Underground (Central Line) is accessible from Epping (approx 10 minute drive). There is a mainline rail service from Harlow (6 miles) to London Liverpool Street, and good shops, schools, recreational and sporting facilities, including indoor pool, golf course etc, are available in Harlow and Bishop's Stortford (10 miles). There are village shops at Hatfield Heath (3 miles) whilst Matching Green has a primary school and village inn.

Accommodation

A pathway leads up to the front door into the:

Sitting Room - 13'4 x 12'10 (4.06m x 3.91m)

Windows to front and side. Original fireplace with brick surround, word-burning stove and slate hearth. Exposed beams and wall timbers. Sky TV aerial point. Under-floor heating.

Dining Room - 13'6 x 12'10 (4.11m x 3.91m)

Window to front. Fireplace with brick surround and tiled hearth (The chimney would need a flue liner to be used). Exposed beams and wall timbers. Under-floor heating.

Sun Room - 15'4 x 12'5 (4.67m x 3.78m)

Windows to rear and side. French doors out to the patio. Period brick fireplace and chimney stack with slate hearth. Exposed timbers. Travertine-effect laminate floor. Under-floor heating. Deep cupboard housing under-floor heating controls and factory-lagged hot water cylinder.

Inner Hallway - 10'8 x 6'2 (3.25m x 1.88m)

Travertine-effect laminate floor. Exposed timbers. Under-floor heating. Stairs to first floor.

Study/Bedroom Three - 7'2 x 5'5 (2.18m x 1.65m)

Window to rear overlooking the garden. Telephone point. Spotlights. Under-floor heating. Wall-mounted gas central-heating boiler.

Downstairs Cloakroom - 6'5 x 3'8 (1.96m x 1.12m)

Frosted window to side. Low-level WC. Wash-hand basin. Half-panelling to walls. Spotlights.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room - 17'6 x 11'4 (5.33m x 3.45m)

Windows to front and side. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. Kitchen units with roll-top work surfaces and double sink unit. Redfyre Range Oven (LPG fired). Fitted fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing-machine. Slate floor. Sky TV aerial point. French doors to the patio. Under-floor heating.

First Floor - 7'2 x 4'8 (2.18m x 1.42m)

From the hallway, stairs lead up to the first floor landing. Under-eaves storage. Exposed timbers.

Master Bedroom - 13' x 10'8 (3.96m x 3.25m)

Window to front overlooking the green. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. Brick chimney with fireplace. Three fitted double wardrobes. Sky TV aerial point. Period style radiator.

En-Suite Bathroom - 15'4 x 5'9 (4.67m x 1.75m)

Small window to side and velux to rear. Restricted roof height. Roll-top bath. Low-level WC. Vanity unit with wash-hand basin and cupboards beneath. Stainless steel heated towel-rail. Period style radiator. Tiled floor. Spotlights.

Bedroom Two - 13'6 x 8'3 (4.11m x 2.51m)

Window to front. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. Sky TV aerial point. Period style radiator.

Shower Room - 7'5 x 4'1 (2.26m x 1.24m)

Double shower cubicle with glass screen. Low-level WC. Vanity unit with wash-hand basin and cupboard beneath. Heated towel-rail. Extractor fan. Tile-effect laminate floor. Spotlights.

Outside

The gardens are a real feature of this property and have been most attractively landscaped and planted to provide colour and interest throughout the year. The front garden has been designed for easy maintenance and sits next to the driveway with parking for two cars. From here a gate leads to the back garden with a large south facing patio area with well along the rear of the property. There is a central lawn with second octagonal patio and well stocked borders. Trellis panels with climbing plants separate off the vegetable plot with raised beds, fruit bushes (raspberry, gooseberry, redcurrants) and a GREENHOUSE and WOOD STORE. There are two attractive Yew trees in the corner providing shade. A second gate leads to the front from the far side of the property.

Services and Other Information

Mains water, drainage and electricity. Water meter. LPG gas for AGA and central-heating: under-floor heating downstairs, radiators on the first floor (tank is underground in the front/side garden). Burglar alarm with fire detection fitted and fully monitored. Sky dish connected to sitting room, both bedrooms and kitchen. Grade II Listed. Improvements include: sandblasting and treating all timbers for woodworm, building a new external timber frame with first floor joists, replacing oak sole plates and corner posts where necessary, under-pinning the original timber frame, concrete flooring with under-floor heating, all new joinery (windows, doors, etc.), new roof, new weatherboard cladding, full insulation throughout, new wiring, new plumbing system including central-heating, rebuilding the back chimney, restoring the sun room, new staircase, new drains, LPG tank installed, new wood-burning stove, Sky dish and connections throughout, water softener, garden landscaping including two octagonal patios, raised beds, log store.

Please note: appliances such as radiators, heaters, boilers, fixtures or utilities (gas, water, electricity, etc.) which may have been mentioned in these details have not been tested and no guarantee can be given that they are suitable or in working order. We cannot guarantee that building regulations or planning permission have been approved and recommend that you make independent enquiries on these matters. All measurements including amounts of land in acres are approximate.