Take a look through these 4 luxurious dream homes in Essex

PUBLISHED: 17:13 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:22 28 February 2018

The Parsonage - Location: High Easter, near Chelmsford

The Parsonage - Location: High Easter, near Chelmsford

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Essex Life takes you inside four of the most prestigious properties in the county, all currently looking for a new owner. Could that new owner be you?

1) The Officers Mess - Location: Shoebury Garrison

All this and more: The Officers Mess boasts a superb custom-built kitchen/diner with sea views, a large living family room, cellar and a gym room. The master bedroom has an en suite and dressing room, and there are a further five double bedrooms, two with en suites. There is also a separate one-bedroom annexe.

Guide Price: £4.5m

Contact: Dedman Gray on 01702 311042

This Grade II listed, seafront home is in a quite fantastic location. Award-winning beaches are within a stones throw from the property, along with excellent facilities such as Thorpe Bay’s yacht club, tennis club and bowls club. Health and fitness clubs are also within easy reach and you can easily escape into beautiful rural areas with the surrounding open countryside offering numerous equestrian facilities and lovely walks.

Stretching back through the centuries to 1797, when a signal station was erected at the start of the Napoleonic Ware, Shoebury Garrison is at the heart of British Military history. From the early 1800s it housed the Royal Artillery and Gunnery schools and is considered to be of national historic importance, although the guns have fallen silent now.

2) The Parsonage - Location: High Easter, near Chelmsford

All this and more: A beautifully-appointed Grade II listed village house, The Parsonage offers 7,891sq ft of accommodation set in beautiful gardens and grounds. Highlights include a master bedroom suite with en suite dressing room, bathroom and a roof terrace, six further bedrooms, three further bathrooms and six reception rooms.

Guide Price: Price on application

Contact: Savills at www.savills.co.uk

The Parsonage is listed as being of Architectural or Historical Interest Grade II and the listing states that it dates from the early 19th century. The Parsonage forms the centrepiece of this attractive Essex village and enjoys wonderful westerly views over the adjoining countryside. It has been owned by only a handful of families throughout its history and is for sale now for the first time in 26 years.

The reception rooms are elegant and well proportioned including many original features such as architraves, alcoves, fireplaces and ceiling roses, which complement the high ceilings. At the rear of the house, a superb kitchen/family room takes centre stage, which has been carefully designed and includes a family area overlooking the gardens and grounds. An exceptional indoor swimming pool situated at the rear of the house, with direct access onto the west-facing terraces, provides a fantastic entertaining space.

The bedrooms are situated on the first and second floors, the first floor with five principal bedrooms including a wonderful master bedroom with en suite dressing room, bathroom and private balcony. The second floor has two attic bedrooms and a bathroom. And just in case you were unsure whether this was the perfect, quintessentially English country residence, an adjoining cricket ground (2.663 acres) is available to purchase separately.

3) Fitzwalters

Location: Shenfield

All this and more: Located within picturesque Essex countryside in Shenfield and accessed discreetly via a scenic half-mile driveway, Fitzwalters is a stunning and impressive residence that has been occupied by the same family for nearly a century.

Guide Price: £3,250,000

Contact: Beresfords at www.beresfords.co.uk

Fitzwalters is set in a mature and well established garden of approximately 5.3 acres. The main residence comprises seven substantial bedrooms including the master suite, which is made up of the principal bedroom, his and hers walk¬in dressing rooms and en suite facilities. The remaining accommodation of the property includes seven reception rooms, a charming pool house, stabling and numerous outbuildings which create an H-shaped footprint that offers privacy and convenience. With the addition of an all-weather tennis court, this family home really is the ace in the pack.

Parts of the main house date back to the 18th century, with many original features giving the property a unique charm that complements the contemporary specification to make for a quite breathtaking family home that balances modern life with historic character. And as every Englishman’s home is his castle, what could be better than having your illustrious property fronted by an attractive and picturesque moat?

4) Thistlecroft

Location: Danbury

All this and more: This exceptional country house is set in a wonderful location within rural Essex, with accommodation arranged over three floors and wonderful grounds. Approached via a private road, Thistlecroft offers the utmost privacy and discretion, making it a fantastic place to live.

Price: £3.5million

Contact: Chewton Rose Colchester on 01206 916075

Looking out across woodland where deer roam and birds nest, Eamonn Ryan is rightfully proud of this beautiful, nine-bedroom home he has created in grounds of almost four acres. Approaching the magnificent frontage and entering through the large oak doors, there is a sense of grandeur but also a warm welcome into the stunning family home, which has its own private pool complex. Set on a private lane, the beautifully designed spaces include 10 bath and shower rooms, a cinema room and a wine cellar.

An impressive reception hall, with seating, features a magnificent oak staircase, which in turn leads up to a beautiful galleried landing. Thistlecroft boasts an impressive swimming pool annex for either sports lovers or those who love to relax by the water. With a vaulted ceiling, the room is light and airy, and is perfect for pool parties or long weekends spent with the family all year-round. Doors open up on to the terrace, where a sunken spa bath can be found plus further seating. The beautiful swimming pool even has its own wave machine.


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