Originally built in 1890 as two farmworkers cottages and since converted into one family dwelling, now with just over 3 acres, this utterly charming 4-bedroom detached period property enjoys a pleasant setting in the pretty and historic village of Little Burstead, yet it is only a 3 minute (1.3 mile drive) into the adjacent popular commuter town of Billericay.
The grounds incorporate formal Gardens, a small Meadow, a Copse, Woodland with a Stream running through, a Stable Block within an enclosed Yard, and a large elevated Field suitable for equestrian use with a separate gated access from the main road to the field.
There are a number of large Outbuildings including a Studio Annexe (previously a Garage and converted for use as an office block by a former architect owner), a Large Garage (part converted into a Leisure Building), Barn (previously stables), Summer House with veranda, Cart Lodge for covered Car Parking, a Shed and a Store Room (part of the now attached Outbuilding).
The Main House accommodation briefly comprises to the ground floor an Entrance Porch, two principal Reception rooms (currently as a lounge and large dining room - both with fireplaces), rear Kitchen fitted by Messrs Mark Wilkinson, a ground floor WC Room and a link-detached Scullery/Utility room (the now attached Outbuilding).
Upstairs are the four bedrooms (three of which are doubles) and two bathrooms. The Master Bedroom has an adjoining Dressing Room (which could be a small 5th Bedroom) and a door in one of the bedrooms opens to reveal a hidden staircase, rising to the Attic Room, complete with twin skylights and wood laminate flooring.
(Scroll down to the end, for more information on Little Burstead - coming after the write up of the property)
A previous two-story rear extension has significantly increased the living space, and this combined with the joining of the main house to an attractive old brick Outbuilding, has culminated in a total living space of 1,638sq ft square foot.
Front Door through to:
Well-lit with double glazed windows to the side to and open plan leading through to the left principle Reception Room (presently used as a dining room).
LIVING ROOM 18ft 5" x 13ft 9" (5.61m x 4.19m)
Beautiful wood flooring, the front Sash Window and the feature red brick fireplace with its inset cast iron Log Burner with a roaring fire sets the scene. A built-in full height cupboard with adjacent display cabinet provides great storage, and the Bose® surround speakers, wireless speaker and main console will remain.
A generously glazed walk through Bay built on to the rear of the Living Room has a set of French Doors opening out to the rear Sun Trap Courtyard.
DINING ROOM 18ft 5" x 13ft 9" (5.61m x 4.19m)
Twin front facing Sash windows, a deep 4ft x 3ft Boy Bay window to the side and a further small window to the rear, fills this room with plenty of light.
This room also brims with character, having a red brick fireplace with a Cast Iron inset Fire, exposed Studwork, built in cupboards either side of the Chimney Breast, a built-in pine French style Dresser and part glazed stripped pine internal doors (as found throughout).
Linking the Original Cottage with the Kitchen extension. A Stable Door leads out to the rear Courtyard Patio and an internal door opens to reveal the ground floor WC Room.
KITCHEN 12ft x 11ft (3.65m x 3.35m)
Fitted out with a bespoke range of solid Oak cabinetry and Corian worktops by Messrs 'Mark Wilkinson'
This luxury kitchen features a Ribbed Front Butler Sink with Antique French style Taps, Gas Hob, Electric Double Oven, Integrated NEFF Dishwasher, Fridge and Microwave Oven and is well lit courtesy of a rear window and a set of Upvc French doors opening out to the garden.
UTILITY ROOM 13ft 2" x 6ft (4.01m x 1.82m)
Inset within the old fireplace is the Gas Boiler for the central heating and hot water. A shelved recess makes a good pantry/larder area and this quaint rustic Utility is lit by two windows.
GROUND FLOOR WC ROOM
With a small window providing natural daylight and fitted with a white 'cloakroom' suite of close coupled WC and wall mounted basin.
1st FLOOR LANDING
A nice size with two Georgian style double glazed windows to the rear aspects and stripped pine internal doors.
MASTER BEDROOM 13ft 9" x 9ft 2" (4.19m x 2.79m)
With a front facing double glazed Sash window, attractive laminate flooring and a surprisingly large 3ft square built-in cupboard.
ADJACENT DRESSING ROOM 9ft x 7ft 5" (2.74m x 2.26m)
Presently fitted out as a Dressing Room, this room could of course also be used as a 5th Bedroom.
White fitted bedroom furniture comprises fitted wardrobes and chests of drawers and the rear Georgian double-glazed window looks out over the garden.
BEDROOM TWO 10ft 8" x 8ft 10" (3.25m x 2.69m)
With a front facing double glazed Sash Window, attractive laminate flooring and a door opening to reveal a hidden staircase leading up to the Attic.
BEDROOM THREE 12ft 6" x 6ft 4" (3.81m x 1.93m)
Two double glazed Georgian style windows enjoy a pleasant outlook over the rear grounds and this room takes a double bed with ease.
BEDROOM FOUR 9ft 2" x 7ft 5" max (2.79m x 2.26m)
The side facing double glazed Georgian style window also enjoys a pleasant outlook, this one of the woodland the other side of the stream which runs through the land.
BATHROOM 5ft 10" x 5ft 8" (1.77m x 1.72m)
A deep soak - the ultimate in luxury, the deep and spacious, freestanding Slipper bath provides the focal point of this traditional style bathroom which also features a close coupled WC and Savoy Basin with chrome towel rail.
A chrome towel radiator, inset downlighting, and a rear double glazed Georgian style window completes the spec.
SHOWER ROOM 9ft x 4ft 2" (2.74m x 1.27m)
Fitted with a white suite comprising a square, white gloss Vanity unit, close coupled WC and corner shower cubicle.
A feature side facing Oriel window and a further small front facing window, provide plenty of natural daylight with there also inset down lighting and a chrome towel radiator.
Hidden staircase in bedroom two rising to:
ATTIC ROOM 20ft 4" X 8ft (6.19m x 2.43m)
A great space for hobbies, storage etc. Two skylights flood in light, there's laminate flooring and power and lighting.
EXTERIOR - FRONT
The property enjoys an attractive setting, set slightly back from the road Behind a willow fence. A Drive to the side parks a couple of cars with ease and a Twin Cart Lodge houses another two too.
To the left of the house, looking down, you will watch the meanderings of a stream of the River Crouch as it winds its way through the grounds, with a footbridge over it giving access from the formal rear garden to the large field, woodland and stable block/yard.
Double gates lead through to a continuation of the drive which goes past the Studio Annexe, and up to the Large Garage
LARGE GARAGE 19ft 6" x 14ft 9" (5.94m x 4.49m)
A black weatherboarded, blockwork-built Garage with a pitched tiled roof, part converted into a leisure building. The original up and over door is still in situ, just the removal of the timber stud wall in front will have it back operational as a garage again - if desired.
It is well lit by the 3 side windows and a set of glazed double doors at the rear, and comes with 4 wall mounted panel heaters, power and lighting.
This pretty building was originally a detached Garage and converted for use as an architect's studio. Fully detached, it is weather boarded on a brick plinth under a pitched and slate tiled roof. There is the possible potential to convert this building to self-contained living accommodation if required.
Entrance Lobby/Kitchenette 6ft 7" x 4ft 10" (2m x 1.47m) With custom made fitted units by 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' in Leigh on Sea, along one wall.
WC Room 4ft 6" x 4ft 5" (1.37m x 1.34m) With a close coupled WC and wall mounted hand wash basin.
Main Room 14ft 10" x 8ft 4" (4.52m x 2.54m) Accessed from the Lobby/Kitchenette and with 2 large windows and a loft hatch.
EXTERIOR - REAR GARDEN 115ft approx.
The detached outbuilding - the original 'Wash House', is now joined to the main house and forms a neat Courtyard - a real sun trap.
The balance of the main rear garden commences with a paved Patio for al fresco Summer Dining, a very neat lawn with a feature Fish pond, and the area around the 'Outbuilding' is railed off. Victorian Railings with a central gate at the bottom of the garden lead through to the small Meadow.
THE OUTBUILDING - WASH HOUSE
Brick built with a pitched and tiled slate roof. Essentially semi-detached when it was the two cottages, so one half is the Utility Room of the Main house, the other half is now a Store/Workshop measuring 9ft x 5ft 10" and a small adjacent store (originally an outside 'privy'. The central chimney stack would have served the fireplaces - still there - in each side and the Store/Workshop still retains the old 'Copper' - a deep cauldron built into the corner.
THE LITTLE SOUTH MEADOW 1/3 Acre approx.
This elevated small Meadow is perfect for summer parties and BBQ's. A huge Granite Dining Table sits in front of large paved patio, part shaded by a pergola.
A useful shed will store the coal and most things 'BBQ' and a bright blue Summer House with a veranda will house all in case of showers!
Wandering the gardens is a delight, with the large formal front and rear gardens separated from the rest of the land by a wooden bridge over a small stream of the River Crouch, which runs through the land. We will now cross the bridge o the balance of the grounds:
PADDOCK Approx. 1.8 Acres.
Edged by trees this elevated paddock also has SEPARATE ROAD ACCESS via a 5 bar gate and sufficient area to install a Manège. We noted horses grazing in the huge adjacent paddock next door.
The existing Stable/Barn is set within an enclosed concrete yard area with post and rail fencing. A five-bar gate leads to the land of the 'Woodland area', and a further set of Double Five Bar gates lead through to the Copse and on to the raised Paddock.
BARN 20ft x 9ft (6.1m x 2.74m)
Originally two stables, now essentially a timber Barn. We noted on Basildon Councils Planning Portal there was planning put in under Ref 07/00743/FULL, for a Stable Block.
A small area of woodland which features two Pétanque courts.
To the South-East end of the grounds and featuring an enclosed rabbit/deer proof vegetable garden.
As previously mentioned, Little Burstead Is a small, pretty, historic village which lies on the fringes of Billericay, just a 3-minute (1.3 mile) drive from the High Street.
It retains many period properties of architectural and historical interest - there are 11 Listed Buildings in the village including a red telephone box! which helped give reason to implementation in 1983 of the villages Conservation area, which encompasses much of the present-day village
Because of the conservation area, there has been very little building, and the appearance of the main part of the village has not altered much since the 1920's.
It has a typical village mix of properties including several grand houses, a farm with its' associated agricultural buildings, a 'Wealden' (medieval) house, several cottages, a Victorian school building (closed in 1947 - now used by the church), Village Hall, a few Victorian Villas and some more modern postwar houses.
The railway came to Billericay in 1889 and as a result an area of Plotlands developed in the 'Broomhills Chase' area. This delightful part of the village has a lovely old-fashioned feel with no pavements.
The local parish church of St. Mary the Virgin (a lovely church dating back to the 14th century), is on the outskirts of the village, overlooking the Thames Valley.
Although a Rural area, the village is just a three-minute drive from Billericay High Street, 4.5 miles from Basildon and 5.5 miles from Brentwood.
Central London is roughly 30 miles distant, with Billericay town itself benefiting from a mainline railway station accessing London Liverpool Street in just 35 minutes Monday to Friday.
Little Burstead is about 70m above sea level, set in gently rolling countryside with the River Crouch running across the north eastern boundary of the conservation area.
The village also boasts its own 'Common', 'Laindon, Common', an area of approximately 28 acres set aside by the original Lord of the Manor as grazing land for commoners. Now a mixture of ancient grassland and woodland.
As mentioned, the village has an eclectic mix of housing with several large old Elizabethan houses in the village including the Old Rectory, which are all now privately owned. The most prominent one is Stockwell Hall, the Dour house of the Mexborough family who owned a lot of the properties in the village, farms and cottages etc. The property is now more commonly known as the Clock House, because of the large clock on the end of the house.
Up until the first half of the 20th century, these larger houses along with the farms, provided employment for most of the villagers, as did the Wheelwright, Blacksmiths, Bakers and a General store.
In summary, Little Burstead is a delightful place to live, surprisingly close to Billericay and the A127 giving quick access on to the M25 and ideal for the commuter seeking more peaceful, rural weekends.