Offered with no onward chain and situated in a beautiful rural location, yet within easy reach of main routes, this true 'Country Cottage' offers the perfect balance of versatile accommodation, stunning views and attractive gardens. On a plot of c 1/3 acre the cottage offers four double bedroom arranged over two floors with the first floor master bedroom offering ensuite facilities, vaulted roof and wonderful rear facing south westerly views across open countryside, complete with balcony. The ground floor has further bedrooms and reception rooms with a country kitchen and dining area with AGA cooker. 'Thyme Cottage' is fitted with a good range of solar panels and solar heating tubes providing both electricity to the property (complete with battery storage) and hot water, the area benefits from 900Mb Full Fibre Broadband.
The property's gardens deserve a particular mention as they offer an excellent mix of lawn, seating areas, greenhouses, polytunnel, potting shed and a range of 'grow your own' opportunities. There are various fruit trees, mature beds and established soft fruit bushes and until recently the current owners had their own hens and bee hives producing excellent local honey each year. The current owners have also invested in a lovely painted, cedar summerhouse, this outbuilding has power connected, would suit a number of uses and occupies a pleasant position in the gardens.
Parking is provided via a side driveway with spaces for four cars and a detached garage offers further options or of course, storage/workshop space.
As well as offering open south westerly countryside views of its own to the rear aspect the property is also close to many local walks, with footpaths and bridleways close by and the local 'Flitch Way' Country Park just a short drive or cycle to the North, with its Victorian Railway Station visitors centre, cycleways and paths leading to Great Notley Country Park to the East with both Felsted and the market town of Dunmow accessible to the West.
The idyllic location offers easy access to major routes with both Stansted Airport/M11 (17 Miles via A120) and the city of Chelmsford with its mainline rail station (10 Miles) to London Liverpool Street (32 minutes). The property is also well placed for the highly regarded Grammar Schools in Chelmsford as well as the Independent Felsted school (just 3miles) and has excellent connectivity with the area benefitting from 900Mb Full Fibre Broadband. * Council tax band: F
Front Entrance door, open tread stairs to first floor and doors to ground floor accommodation.
A good size, light and airy room with a front facing window and a side facing bay window looking across the gardens. Fireplace to one wall with inset wood burner, return door to hall and further door to kitchen / dining room.
Kitchen / Dining Room
An attractive family space with the dining area still retaining the original exposed wooden floorboards, Cooking facilities are via the fitted AGA which also provides the property's hot water (backing up and complementing the solar water heating system). A wide arch with a fitted breakfast bar opens into the kitchen which is fitted with hand built, cottage style units with Corian work surfaces to three sides and an inset Corian sink with twin drainers, spaces are provided for a dishwasher, fridge/freezer and wine cooler. Large rear facing window and door to utility room.
Fitted with base storage units with Corian drainer and sink above and shelving to one wall, built in cupboards to second side. Rear door to gardens.
This attractive double bedroom has a rear facing window and full height mirror fronted wardrobes along one wall.
This double bedroom has a front facing window and full height, four door fitted wardrobes along one wall.
The good size fully tiled family bathroom is fitted with a four piece white suite comprising; P-shaped Airbath, tiled Aqualisa power shower cubicle, low level WC and twin vanity wash basins. Tiled flooring, side facing window and fitted mirrors.
Always a useful addition, the cloakroom is fitted with a low level WC, corner wash basin and has a front facing window.
First Floor Landing
Doors to Master Bedroom/Studio and Bedroom Four
Master Bedroom Suite / Studio
This stunning space is flooded with light from the main vaulted rear windows (with French doors opening to balcony) plus two Velux roof windows with thermal blinds. The room would make an impressive bedroom but could be utilised as a studio, home office or hobby room. A feature fitted wood burner sits on a tiled hearth to one side and a door leads to the ensuite facilities. The room also offers two eaves storage areas to the front wall and a further deep storage space to one side.
French doors open from the Master Bedroom/Studio onto the balcony which measures 25'3 (7.7m) x 4'2 (1.26m) and is perfect for soaking up the stunning open countryside views, watching the sunset or, if you're quiet, the local Deer herd which regularly wander close to the rear boundary of the gardens.
Tiled white flooring and fully tiled white walls with fitted suite comprising; shower cubicle, low level WC and vanity wash basin. Rear facing window and eaves storage cupboard.
Benefiting from the wonderful rear views this double bedroom also offers the flexibility of being used as a home office (which has until recently been the case). Eaves storage cupboard to one wall.
As previously mentioned the rear cottage style gardens have been used over the years for a mix of flower and vegetable growing with a potting shed, polytunnel and twin greenhouses still retained, a variety of fruit trees and bushes give good seasonal crops and there is a pleasant lawn area with a good range of flower and shrub beds. Various seating areas can be found around the garden to make the most of the sun or shade and, if you wish to try your hand at beekeeping, the hardstanding area still remains!
The attractive Cedar insulated and double glazed summerhouse has French doors, adjacent side windows and power connected and makes a lovely addition to the established gardens.
A mature mixed native hedge line runs to the front boundary of the property and a path leads to the front driveway with a second leading to the rear personal door of the garage (and accesses oil tank).
Parking and Garage
The driveway is located to one side of the cottage and provides parking for three/four vehicles and gated access to the rear, the detached garage has 'up and over' door, eaves storage and has power connected, of particular note is the side addition which provides a useful workshop space, the garage also has eaves storage and a rear door accessing the garden.
Solar Panel Details
As previously mentioned the current owners fitted a comprehensive 7.5kW solar panel array (25x300W multi-directional panels, with 6.6kWh of battery storage) just three and a half years ago at considerable expense. The agents have been advised that with the battery storage, electricity costs across the year are at or near zero and there is still over sixteen years of index-linked feed in tariff payments remaining. An additional solar tube system also produces a good level of hot water during sunnier days, (further details are available from the property owners).