Widdington, Saffron Walden, Essex
Main DescriptionA substantial family home offering generous accommodation with well proportioned rooms throughout and the added advantage of a separate 3 car garage and flexible living space above, set in mature grounds extending to 2.3 acres. Situated in a delightful secluded position in Cornells Lane close to the heart of this popular village which is only 3 miles from a mainline station with regular services into Londons Liverpool Street.
ACCOMMODATION Amberden House was substantially extended in 2000. The current owners have made improvements including the replacement of many of the windows, installing a new oil fired boiler, a new hot water tank, a new water main, upgrading the electrics and the installation of solar panels to the southern elevation.
There is a large reception hall with staircase up to a galleried landing above. The kitchen/breakfast room has a range of bespoke painted cabinets with granite worksurface over, inset enamel sink and drainer, a Britannia gas/electric fired range cooker, tiled flooring and French windows which leads out to the garden. The kitchen opens through to the family room which has a vaulted ceiling, oak flooring and French windows to the garden which in turn leads to the sitting room/snug, all creating a wonderful light entertaining space. In addition there is an impressive drawing room measuring 27'1 x 17' with an attractive stone surround to the fireplace with inset wood burning stove, which opens to a good sized dining room. The house flows extremely well and to the right of the entrance hall, there is a cloakroom, utility room, side lobby area with plenty of built in cupboards and a good sized study.
On the first floor there are 4 generous bedrooms, the master bedroom, with dressing room incorporating built in cupboards, leads through to an ensuite bathroom. Bedroom 2 also has a dressing room and ensuite shower room. A large family bathroom serving bedrooms 3 and 4 has underfloor heating to the limestone tiled floor, a central bath and separate walk in shower. The generous landing has a number of built in bookcases and provides access via a drop down ladder to the large loft which is lined, boarded and insulated.
COACH HOUSE Of timber framed construction, weather board clad under a tiled roof. The ground floor comprises garaging for 3 cars with 3 sets of double doors, a downstairs cloakroom and internal staircase leading up to the first floor which was previously used as an office. With minor alteration this could easily be turned into self contained accommodation suitable for an au pair or dependent relative. Currently laid out as a games room 18'9 x 15'9 and study 15'9 x 10'6.
OUTSIDE Approached off Cornells Lane, there is a large gravelled driveway with a turning area in front of the house, providing ample parking for a number of vehicles. The garden and grounds of the property are a particular feature backing onto mature woodland and to one side there is a small copse with a number of mature trees, incorporating a compost and bonfire area and a tree house from which there is a zip wire. Mainly laid to lawn to the rear there is a wide paved terrace with surrounding shrub beds. To the eastern side of the plot there are 3 stables with a gated access to the main drive and Cornells Lane. There is a potential paddock with a superb mature oak tree to the centre and within the grounds there are many mature trees including Scots Pine, Silver Birch, Norway Spruce, Chestnut, Ash and a Catalpa tree. In all the property comprises 2.3 acres.
LOCATION Widdington is a popular village with many attractive period houses, a fine 16th Century Church and the renowned Fleur de Lys Public House. The village of Newport within 2 miles has a Nisa store, a bakers and 2 garages, along with a mainline station providing a regular service to London's Liverpool Street Station. Audley End mainline station (Liverpool Street within 51 minutes) is just over 4 miles away. The market town of Saffron Walden with the wonderful Saffron Hall and Saffron Screen is within 6 miles with a thriving twice weekly market, excellent range of shops, leisure facilities, coffee bars and restaurants.
SERVICES Mains water and electricity are connected to the property. Drainage is to a private system, the central heating system is supplied by oil, there is no mains gas in the village. A range of photovoltaic panels has been installed on the southern elevation of the house, generating electricity at a feed in tariff providing an annual return of between £1,700 and £1,800