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Sold STC High Street, Halstead, Essex, CO9 Guide Price £785,000

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Bedrooms: 6

THE WHITE HOUSE COMMANDS A MOST PROMINENT POSITION AT THE HEART OF THE HISTORIC MARKET TOWN OF HALSTEAD & OFFERS A UNIQUE FREEHOLD BUSINESS/RESIDENTIAL OPPORTUNITY.

A rare and unique opportunity to purchase an original Georgian Gentleman's Residence, along with a detached Coach House. These delightful properties offer themselves up for commercial business use with a restaurant licence waiting, or as a substantial residence.

THE PROPERTIES COMPRISE:

The White House:

Six+ BedroomsTwo bathrooms plus en-suite shower roomFour Reception RoomsCommercial KitchenBarLadies' and Gentlemen's' cloakroomsCellarAncient high-walled GardenSecluded TerraceGas central heatingFull Business PotentialThe Coach House:

Lounge/DinerBedroomBathroomFitted KitchenGas central heatingWorkshop & StoreroomThe main property extends to approximately 4892 sq ft. with a total floor area for the two properties of 6400 sq.ft. - both are being offered together with a price guide of £785,000.

Halstead is conveniently positioned: 1 hour London, 25 minutes London Stansted Airport, fast train services Colchester & Witham. The new Chelmsford City Racecourse is only 9 miles distant. North Essex has a wealth of interest, including the stunning Colne Valley, Beach Resorts, Stately Homes, Wildlife Reserves, beautiful Essex & Suffolk villages, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Watersports – all in close proximity. Good selection of various schools.

The White House is a unique and important Grade II Listed property set within the heart of the ancient floral town of Halstead, the town having featured many times in the celebrated hit TV series of ‘Lovejoy’. Although in a prominent High Street location, the property enjoys the benefit of its own allocated parking space, plus unique on site space for a 'compact' town vehicle.

Dating from Tudor times the property now boasts a stunning Georgian façade and beautiful flamboyant features throughout. It offers full business potential, with the separate Coach House lending itself perfectly to letting or personal use. If you ever dreamed of owning a genuine Georgian Town House with fine proportioned rooms...then surely this is it.

This exciting property has “Location, Location, Location” stamped all over it, being situated at the centre of the High Street standing proudly amongst other listed buildings within the conservation area.

If needs be, for a commercial business, then the opportunity’s there...waiting. Having in the past been run as high-end restaurants, specialist gift shops, surgeons’ residence and practice to name but a few...with this multi-faceted property, the list is endless. With the potential perhaps for a stylish and spacious boutique hotel, along with its comfortable Coach House apartment, it is a perfect choice for commercial or residential use or a blend of both and affords a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to buy the freehold of this exclusive property.

THE MAIN HOUSE

This beautiful and unique building has dominated the high street for centuries, original features abound throughout. The immense elegance and proportions of the rooms make this house a true Georgian gem.

Today, the property still features its heavy timbers and wood floors, high ceilings, original fireplaces and in the study/bar, ancient wood panelling over which is a breathtaking medieval-style oil painting of a banqueting scene. This property is truly multi-functional, it can be used as a prestigious business or equally as an upmarket lifestyle opportunity.

THE COACH HOUSE

The original Coach House was established many years ago as a one-bedroomed apartment and this too has been sympathetically renovated with much attention to detail and enjoys its own gated entrance, with a sunny lounge overlooking the ancient walled garden. It is perfect for guest letting, private use or as a granny annexe. The rest of the Coach House building is currently unexploited and only used for storage, but has great potential for converting into further living accommodation.

PAST HISTORY

Halstead was historically an important market town with its wealth built on silk and woollen mills. Consequently, The White House is believed to have been built for a wealthy merchant, one of a number of impressive and architecturally stunning buildings in the area. It has its own fascinating history and was at one time owned by Dame Mary Ramsay, benefactor of many schools and Christ's Hospital, London. During earlier times surgeons lived at The White House.

GROUND FLOOR

The castellated portico is accessed via ancient flagstone steps leading up with wrought iron handrails. On entering through the heavy panelled door with its beautiful Venetian stained glass window above, you are welcomed into a generous glazed vestibule and then on to the reception hall.

This long sweep of a hall, with its wealth of heavy ceiling timbers, exposed studwork and polished floorboards, leads through to the bar and then up into the terrace room at the rear.

To the left is currently the dining room, with its striking triple Georgian bay window overlooking the High Street and stunning Adam-style fireplace. In keeping with the rest of the house, this room boasts a heavily beamed ceiling, exposed studwork and again polished floorboards. To the other side of the reception hall is currently the drawing room, with further beams and exposed floorboards; this room also has a commanding triple Georgian bay window sharing similar high street views.

Moving into the centre of the building you will find the cosy bar. This is an impressive space with oak panelled walls to three quarter height, a stone Minster fireplace and a good sized casement window overlooking the courtyard.

To the rear of the house there is the magnificent Terrace Room, originally a Victorian music room. This echoes the history of the house with high ceilings and ornate gold coving with matching picture rail, heightening the sense of grandeur. The rear of the room is commanded by full length sash windows and tall French doors which allow plenty of natural light as well as views of the ancient walled garden and here you will find an oak-surrounded fireplace and again exposed polished floorboards. This room is ideal for personal entertaining but is equally superb for any potential business interests.

With The White House formerly run as a restaurant, the kitchen has been designed for commercial use with an old inglenook opening accommodating the ovens. The abundance of space and the large central skylight make this perfect for commercial use or an enormous blank canvas for a luxury family kitchen.

Returning to the reception hall there is a side lobby leading to the kitchen on one side and the Gentlemen's' cloakroom on the other. Moving forward again into the reception hall a large panelled door leads to the ladies’ powder room featuring a pair of oval ceramic hand basins, marble tiled floor and two cubicles, both with Victorian-style bespoke oak panelled WC.

The useful cellar has good head height and brick floor with an old sliding window to the front which has now been blocked off but could be opened for natural light.

FIRST FLOOR

The first flight of the stairs leads to a half landing with a cloakroom on one side. Three steps on the other side ascend to the main landing. A small gallery rail overlooks the stairwell with a high ceiling and moulded cornice, while superb moulded arches lead from the picture rail with lovely Georgian fanlights at either end.

All five bedrooms on this floor are of a generous size and have been decorated to a high standard. Bedrooms one and two, which are above the drawing room and the dining room, share similar views up and down the High Street via the triple Georgian bay windows. The master bedroom is serviced by an en-suite shower room and there are two further bathrooms and a separate WC. The two rear bedrooms, one of which is currently used as an office, have views to the courtyard and partially to the garden beyond.

SECOND FLOOR

This has been cleverly converted in a bright, modern style into three defined areas and would easily lend itself to a self-contained apartment. At the moment there is ample space for a sitting room, dining room, further bedrooms, bathroom and storage area.

THE GARDEN

The tranquil, wildlife-friendly garden is a real bonus, with its ancient brick walls creating a true sense of peace, rarely found in such a central location. Native and unusual mature trees, well-kept flowerbeds, lawn and the sunny terrace embrace the main house, creating areas of sunshine and shade that are ideal for relaxing – either for family pleasure or restaurant service/function use.

The two properties are being offered together with a price guide of £785,000.

Band G £2175 p.a. OR Business Rate of £5800 p.a

Kitchen: (Room width: 8.99m (29ft 5 in) Room length: 5.31m (17ft 5 in))

Breakfast Room: (Room width: 4.4m (14ft 5 in) Room length: 2.8m (9ft 2 in))

Family Room: (Room width: 6.4m (20ft 11 in) Room length: 4.45m (14ft 7 in))

Potential Dining Room: (Room width: 5.97m (19ft 7 in) Room length: 4.32m (14ft 2 in))

Entrance Hall: (Room width: 3.3m (10ft 9 in) Room length: 6.9m (22ft 7 in))

Drawing Room: (Room width: 6.32m (20ft 8 in) Room length: 5.33m (17ft 5 in))

Terrace Room: The former Victorian Music Room, now a sumptuous dining/celebration room.(Room width: 7.32m (24ft 0 in) Room length: 5.18m (16ft 11 in))

Bedroom 1: with en-suite shower room(Room width: 5.36m (17ft 7 in) Room length: 5.23m (17ft 1 in))

Bedroom 2: (Room width: 4.34m (14ft 2 in) Room length: 4.32m (14ft 2 in))

Bedroom 3: (Room width: 5.46m (17ft 10 in) Room length: 4.67m (15ft 3 in))

Bedroom 4: (Room width: 4.7m (15ft 5 in) Room length: 4.6m (15ft 1 in))

Bedroom 5: currently used as an office(Room width: 3.2m (10ft 5 in) Room length: 3.2m (10ft 5 in))

First Floor Bathroom 1: (Room width: 3.9m (12ft 9 in) Room length: 3.3m (10ft 9 in))

First Floor Bathroom 2: (Room width: 2.5m (8ft 2 in) Room length: 2m (6ft 6 in))

First Floor WC: (Room width: 2.6m (8ft 6 in) Room length: 1.15m (3ft 9 in))

Second Floor Bedroom: (Room width: 4.72m (15ft 5 in) Room length: 3.48m (11ft 5 in))

Attic space: (Room width: 9.07m (29ft 9 in) Room length: 7.11m (23ft 3 in))

Attic Room 2: (Room width: 4.72m (15ft 5 in) Room length: 4.17m (13ft 8 in))

Attic Room 3: The complete attic space is a huge open area which can be divided/room designated as desired(Room width: 7m (22ft 11 in) Room length: 2.6m (8ft 6 in))

Neighbourhood average sold house prices

Flat/Maisonette
£101,563
Terraced
£150,000
Semi-detached
£235,000
Detached
£118,000

Based on 13 transactions covering the past 5 years. Prices are not adjusted for inflation. Data is supplied by the Land Registry.

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