Paglesham Church End, Paglesham Rochford, Essex


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  • Bedrooms: 4
Home in Thorpe Bay are delighted to offer for sale with no onward chain this Grade II listed timber framed 17th/18th century cottage 'The Old Post Office' which offers up to four bedrooms and exceptional living space in the most peaceful and tranquil location overlooking farmland, yet only 4 miles from Rochford Railway Station, 5 miles from London Southend Airport and 8 miles from central Southend on Sea.

The Old Post Office is built on a detached frame, and the accommodation comprises: entrance hall, living room in excess of 25ft, separate dining room, traditional style kitchen with granite and wood worktops, walk in pantry leading on to a cloakroom/wc.

To the first floor are three well proportioned bedrooms along with a luxury family bathroom/wc and additional wc.

To the second floor is an office which could be used as an additional bedroom with also a quirky attic /storage room off.

In the garden is an insulated, underfloor heated Summer House / Hobby room.

Further benefits include large double garage, oil central heating and a host of stunning period features including exposed brick fireplaces, stunning original beams to wall and ceiling along with pretty sash and Georgian windows.

The Old Post Office is located in Paglesham Church End which is a small rural hamlet located just 4 miles from Rochford Train Station, 5 miles from London Southend Airport and 8 miles from Southend, on the southern side of the River Crouch. Based on the largely fifteenth century church of St Peter and adjacent manor house, it is one of two 'Foci' for the quiet unspoilt village of Paglesham famed for its historic association with the oyster industry and smuggling. Admiralty records show that the celebrated vessel HMS Beagle, in which Charles Darwin circumnavigated the world, ended its days as a static ship in the river near Paglesham Creek, guarding against smugglers. It is speculated that the keel of the vessel may yet survive, buried in the mud of the riverbank. There are 2 well known public houses in the village of Paglesham, The Punch Bowl and The Plough & Sail which both are renowned for offering good food in traditional surroundings.

The Old Post Office was once the Paglesham village stores and home to the Paglesham 18th century smuggler William Blyth, who was also known as Hard Apple. He was the local constable, grocer, parish councillor and church warden. It was also, in the late 1800s, the workshop and residence of the one of Britains foremost violin makers, William Atkinson.

The property has undergone major improvement in recent years and still offers that unique historic charm.


Delightful solid entrance door leading to entrance lobby, open access to:

Formal Dining Room

13'6 x 12'9 < 18'2 (4.11m x 3.89m <5.54m)

Original and stripped beams to ceiling and walls, feature sash window

to front, double radiator, oak flooring, exposed brick fireplace, solid oak staircase rising to first floor with cupboard and lighting under, original stripped wooden door leading to kitchen, further stripped wooden door to:

Living Room

25'3 x 13' (7.70m x 3.96m)

Original and stripped beams to walls and ceiling, feature sash window to front and Georgian style French doors and side windows to rear looking onto the garden, further sash window to side, oak flooring, three double radiators, stunning exposed brick fireplace with freestanding Dovre multi fuel burner and storage above,


12' x 11'2 (3.66m x 3.40m)

Original and stripped beams to ceiling and walls, window to rear overlooking the garden. Inset dimmable ceiling down lighters, with dimmable worktop down lighters. A traditional modern country style kitchen comprises a range of cream painted and English pippy oak base units complemented with solid oak roll edge worktops to one aspect with black granite to the other aspects, inset butler style sink unit with mixer tap, 3 door oil Aga, two ring ceramic electric hob with integrated 'Neff' multi combination oven below, integrated 'Neff' dishwasher, corner cupboards with pull out shelving with automatic lighting, and a wooden stable door which leads to boot room,:

Boot Room

7' x 5'9 (2.13m x 1.75m)

High vaulted ceiling with double glazed skylight window to rear, Georgian windows to side, solid oak stable door leading to rear garden, quarry tiled floor.

Walk In Pantry

5'10 x 5'2 (1.78m x 1.57m)

Original and stripped beams to ceiling with inset down lighters, integrated fridge and separate freezer, a built in range of painted storage cupboards and drawers with pull out shelving, original stripped door to:


5'3 x 4'11 (1.60m x 1.50m)

Original and stripped beams to ceiling, inset down lighters, obscure window to rear, feature flooring. A luxury white suite comprises low level wc, feature circular sink unit with mixer tap and storage cupboard under, modern old school style radiator.

Split Level First Floor Landing

Original and stripped beams to walls and ceiling, stairs to second floor via solid oak staircase with oak spindle balustrade, double radiator, large built in airing cupboard housing hot water tank and shelving, doors to:

Bedroom One

15'6 x 13'3 (4.72m x 4.04m)

Original stripped wooden door, with stripped beams to walls and ceiling, sash window to front with a glorious view over farmland, double radiator, feature exposed brick wall alcove ideal for wardrobe space, tv point.

Bedroom Two

14'10 x 11'10 (4.52m x 3.61m)

Original stripped wooden door and stripped beams to ceiling, pretty Georgian pane glass window to side aspect again enjoying side and farmland views, double radiator, built in wardrobes with three doors and further storage space above.

Bedroom Three

13'3 x 9' (4.04m x 2.74m)

Original stripped wooden door and stripped beams to ceiling, feature sash window to front looking over open farmland, double radiator, built in three door wardrobes with internal lighting and further lit storage space above.

Family Bathroom

11'7 x 8' (3.53m x 2.44m)

Original stripped wooden door. Obscure window to side. Solid oak flooring. Luxury white suite comprises medium high flush wc, sink unit, freestanding bath with claw feet with mixer tap and shower attachment, walk in double shower enclosure with power shower and inset storage space with down lighter above, feature modern old school style radiator and towel rail, chrome shaver point.

Separate WC

Original stripped wooden door. Extractor fan and feature wood flooring. Modern white suite comprising low level wc, sink unit with storage below, exposed stripped beams.

Second Floor Office/Bedroom Four

14' x 11'4 (4.27m x 3.45m)

Original and stripped beams to ceiling, window to side, exposed original fireplace, double radiator, and access via hidden oak sliding floor to:

Loft Storage Space

12'6 x 8'1 (3.81m x 2.46m)

Water tank. Power and light connected, exposed wood floors.


Rear Garden

The fully walled garden measures approximately 100 feet in length and commences with hardstanding patio area, side access, external security lights, cold water taps, butler style sink with storage facilities below and adjacent oil boiler, concrete paved steps lead up to a pergola area ideal for seating. The remainder is generously laid to lawn with access onto the pergola area, shingle stone pathway providing access to garage, further shingle to rear to hardstanding ideal for seating area, heated and brick built Summer house / Hobby room. Further concrete steps to rear lead to vegetable garden with fruit trees and raised beds, ample storage facilities plus greenhouse, access to summer house, large wood store with storage cupboard adjacent.

Summer House/Garden Room

19'4 x 7'10 (5.89m x 2.39m)

Sloping ceiling with three double glazed skylight windows, pretty Georgian style windows to side, tiling to floor area, exposed brickwork with beams, power and light connected, underfloor heating, tv point.


Independent gravel driveway provides parking for four vehicles. The property entrance is approached via a pretty picket fence with hardstanding pathway, red telephone box (decommissioned) and post box on the boundary (no extra cost to the property)

Double Garage

18'8 x 18'1 (5.69m x 5.51m)

Twin opening doors, power and light connected, ample space for various utility appliances, two feature Georgian windows to side, multiple power points, courtesy door leading to rear garden, eaves storage space. Oil storage tank.

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