Hill House is a deceptively spacious, detached, family home, situated in the quiet village of Quendon which is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and is only a few miles away from the impressive Audley End Estate. Our clients purchased the property in 2003 and extended and completely remodeled the property which now offers over 7500sqft of accommodation including a unique boutique basement spa with hydrotherapy pool, swimming machine, steam and separate sauna room, five seater Jacuzzi and changing rooms. The property also offers a detached self contained annexe, which includes ground floor reception area, spacious living dining area, fitted kitchen, bathroom and double bedroom and is ideal for those wishing to work or run a business from home, or perhaps those looking to accommodate an au-pair or a child returning from university wanting to continue living independently and join the trend of dual generation living. In addition, within the gardens is a Grade II Listed former gatehouse thought to date back to around 1721, previously used as the village Scout hut.
As you get out of the car, the first thing that strikes you is the peace and tranquillity, it is easy to forget the M11 is only ten minutes away, ideal for those wishing to commute into London via rail with Stansted Mountfitchet and Audley End station just over three miles away respectively, giving direct access to London Liverpool Street in just over an hour. For those needing to travel further afield, Stansted Airport is only 7.4 miles away. The world famous Addenbrookes Hospital is approximately thirty minutes away and The Babraham Research Campus twenty five minutes.
As soon as you step inside, you immediately feel welcome, with free flowing accommodation in excellent decorative order. Built in 1960 as a former Rectory, Hill House is ideal for a growing family with versatile rooms able to adapt to changing needs. Our clients leave with a very heavy heart, as the children have flown the nest and it is now time for a new chapter.
With large windows throughout, the accommodation is bathed in ample natural light and has to be viewed to be truly appreciated.
The welcoming reception hall has a tiled area leading to attractive polished Parquet flooring, doors leading into all the principle rooms and a dog-leg balustrade staircase with galleried landing rising to the first floor. The main sitting room offers delightful views over the private mature garden with three sets of French double doors leading onto the extensive patio. The careful placement of furniture divides this room into two distinct areas if need be, the main sitting area affords views to the front and a feature brick open-fireplace. The reading area enjoys maximum natural light from a set of French doors and has a further brick surround with inset open-fire. Off the main hallway is the bespoke, hand-built, kitchen/breakfast room, which without doubt is the "hub" of the home and careful consideration has been given to the layout. With a centralised workstation and breakfast bar, ample worksurfaces, integrated appliances and a vast array of units, the kitchen easily meets the demands of everyday family life. An archway leads through into the air-conditioned garden room with brick base, double glazed surround, reflective glass roof and double French doors leading directly into the garden. The utility/laundry room has a range of storage units and worksurfaces, sink and plumbing for appliances. There is a handy tiled shower area ideal for washing down dirty dogs or muddy boots having walked across the open countryside which backs onto the gardens. The dining room is an excellent size with open fireplace and French doors leading out into the garden. The cloakroom comprises a low-level WC and wash-hand basin.
The walk-through study is warm and inviting and provides direct access into the games room which is of excellent size and offers two sets of French doors into the garden plus doors to the gym area. Returning to the main reception hall, there is a further reception room which would make an ideal family room, but is currently used as a beauty treatment room, benefiting from dual access and leading into an inner corridor with shower room off, this part of the property could easily be used as a self contained annexe or "wing" of the property, ideal for an elderly relative.
Walking down into the basement spa complex has the feel of a boutique hotel. The hydrotherapy pool has a depth of 1.2 meters and is fitted with an exercise 'Swim Machine' operated by remote control with adjustable resistance settings. The spa is also fitted with an air-exchange unit, de-humidifiers, extraction facility and inset lighting with ambiance settings. The steam room has adjustable heat controls, there is a separate sauna and five-seater Jacuzzi with self-adjustable heat and timing controls, separate changing rooms with WC, a shower room and self-contained storage lockers.
On the first floor, the galleried landing is of good size and is nice and light, with access to all rooms. The master bedroom suite comprises a bedroom area with a dual aspect, two windows overlooking the rear garden and a further window to the front. An archway leads into the dressing room with a full range of fitted wardrobes and a large window over looking the garden, ensuring ample natural light . The luxury en-suite bathroom has mood lighting, a fitted double width Jacuzzi bath, LED thermostatic shower cubicle with optional rainfall or waterfall shower head, additional side body jets, 'steam room' facility and two seats.
Bedroom suite two has a sleeping area, sitting area, study space, a range of fitted wardrobes and views across the garden. The en-suite wet room is of good size and benefits from a rainfall walk-in shower, low-level WC, wash-hand basin and bidet.
Bedroom three also benefits from a sleeping area, sitting area and study space, Enjoying views across the front garden and benefits from fitted wardrobes and en-suite wet room comprising rainfall walk-in shower, low-level WC, wash-hand basin and bidet.
Bedroom four enjoys a dual aspect plus built-in wardrobes.
Bedroom five/nursery room has window to the rear and built-in wardrobe.
The family bathroom comprises of a five-piece suite comprising a low-level WC, wash-hand basin, panelled bath, walk-in double rainfall shower and a bidet.
Externally, the gardens are a real delight and enjoy a south/south-westerly aspect. The well maintained lawns wrap around the house with patio areas and secure gated access to the front. The gardens back onto open countryside and various bridleways. The triple garage has three up-and-over electric doors, lighting, power and door to the rear. There is an additional single garage with up-and-over doors, lighting and power.
The self-contained annexe/office suite has a large open hallway with staircase to the first floor. As you reach the top of the staircase the space opens up and offers a living / dining area with windows to the front and a door into the double bedroom or office with storage space. There is a fitted kitchen with a range of base and eye-level storage, ample worksurfaces, inset sink with drainer and mixer taps, free-standing cooker and fridge. The bathroom comprises a three-piece suite, low-level WC, wash-hand basin and walk-in shower.
Externally, the property occupies a plot of approximately 1.35 acres. The gardens are a real delight and enjoy a south/south-westerly aspect. Enjoy breakfast on one terrace as the sun rises and then evening drinks as the sun sets on another of the patio areas. The well maintained lawns wrap around the house with secure gated access to the front. The gardens back onto open countryside and various bridleways. As you approach the driveway, on your left-hand side is the Grade II Listed former gatehouse, which has Listed Building Consent for internal redesign and refurbishment. This would make an ideal home office or possible one bed lodge.
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