**900Mb Full Fibre Broadband / Solar Panels with Battery Storage and Lengthy Feed In Tariff Remaining / Chain Free / Large Gardens**
Offered with no onward chain and situated in an idyllic, rural location within the parish of Felsted, yet within easy reach of main routes, this sizeable home offers the perfect balance of versatile accommodation.
Originally built as a bungalow in 1928, the property was extended in 1978 to give additional rooms downstairs and one upstairs room, and again in 2006 to provide a very large 6.29m x 6.23m (20 ' 8" x 20' 5") upstairs Studio room. This has a feature log burning stove, attached shower room, and stunning south-west facing panoramic views from the large balcony. Used by the current owners as an art studio, it could also be used as a home office, living room, bedroom, teenagers suite, sewing room, home gym etc.
Of particular note in these times of power uncertainty and rising prices , 'Thyme Cottage' is fitted with a good range of solar panels and solar heating tubes providing both electricity to the property (complete with battery storage and a long feed in tariff ) and hot water.
The property's un-overlooked gardens deserve a particular mention as they offer an excellent mix of lawn, seating areas, greenhouses, polytunnel, potting shed and a range of 'grow your own' opportunities. There are various fruit trees, mature beds and established soft fruit bushes. The current owners have also invested in a lovely painted, cedar summerhouse, this outbuilding has power connected, would suit a number of uses and occupies a pleasant position in the gardens.
Parking is provided via a side driveway with spaces for four cars and a detached garage offers further options or of course, storage/workshop space.
As well as offering open south westerly countryside views of its own to the rear aspect the property is also close to many local walks, with footpaths and bridleways close by and the local 'Flitch Way' Country Park just a short drive or cycle to the North, with its Victorian Railway Station visitors centre, cycleways and paths leading to Great Notley Country Park to the East with both Felsted and the market town of Dunmow accessible to the West.
The location offers easy access to major routes with both Stansted Airport/M11 (17 Miles via A120) and the city of Chelmsford with its mainline rail station (10 Miles) to London Liverpool Street (32 minutes). The property is also well placed for the highly regarded Grammar Schools in Chelmsford as well as the Independent Felsted school (just 3miles) and has excellent connectivity with the area benefitting from 900Mb Full Fibre Broadband.
Council tax band: F
Front Entrance door, open tread stairs to first floor and doors to ground floor accommodation.
A good size, light and airy room with a front facing window and a side facing bay window looking across the gardens. Fireplace to one wall with inset wood burner, return door to hall and further door to kitchen / dining room.
Kitchen / Dining Room
An attractive family space with the dining area still retaining the original exposed wooden floorboards, Cooking facilities are via the fitted AGA which also provides the property's hot water (backing up and complementing the solar water heating system). A wide arch with a fitted breakfast bar opens into the kitchen which is fitted with hand built, cottage style units with Corian work surfaces to three sides and an inset Corian sink with twin drainers, spaces are provided for a dishwasher, fridge/freezer and wine cooler. Large rear facing window and door to utility room.
Fitted with base storage units with Corian drainer and sink above and shelving to one wall, built in cupboards to second side. Rear door to gardens.
This attractive double bedroom has a rear facing window and full height mirror fronted wardrobes along one wall.
This double bedroom has a front facing window and full height, four door fitted wardrobes along one wall.
The good size fully tiled family bathroom is fitted with a four piece white suite comprising; P-shaped Airbath, tiled Aqualisa power shower cubicle, low level WC and twin vanity wash basins. Tiled flooring, side facing window and fitted mirrors.
Always a useful addition, the cloakroom is fitted with a low level WC, corner wash basin and has a front facing window.
First Floor Landing
Doors to Bedroom Three and Artist Studio/Sitting Room/Bedroom Four
Artist Studio/Sitting Room/Bedroom Four
This stunning space is flooded with light from the main vaulted rear windows (with French doors opening to balcony) plus two Velux roof windows with thermal blinds. The room was previously used as an impressive artist studio, but has the flexibility of a further sitting room/teenagers space or of course a large additional bedroom with the benefit of a good size ensuite adjoining. A feature fitted wood burner sits on a tiled hearth to one side and a door leads to the ensuite facilities. The room also offers two eaves storage areas to the front wall and a further deep storage space to one side.
French doors open from the Studio onto the balcony which measures 25'3 (7.7m) x 4'2 (1.26m) and is perfect for soaking up the stunning open countryside views, watching the sunset or, if you're quiet, the local Deer herd which regularly wander close to the rear boundary of the gardens.
Tiled white flooring and fully tiled white walls with fitted suite comprising; shower cubicle, low level WC and vanity wash basin. Rear facing window and eaves storage cupboard.
Benefiting from the wonderful rear views this double bedroom also offers the flexibility of being used as a home office (which has until recently been the case). Eaves storage cupboard to one wall.
As previously mentioned the rear gardens offer a mix of flower and vegetable growing with a potting shed, polytunnel and twin greenhouses still retained, a variety of fruit trees and bushes give good seasonal crops and there is a pleasant lawn area with a good range of flower and shrub beds. The gardens offer a real wildlife haven and various seating areas can be found around the garden to make the most of the sun or shade.
The attractive, 10'x8' , insulated and double glazed Cedar summerhouse has French doors, adjacent side windows and power connected and makes a lovely addition to the gardens.
A mature mixed native hedge line surrounds the property and a path leads to the front driveway with a second leading to the rear personal door of the garage (and accesses oil tank).
Parking and Garage
The driveway is located to one side of the property and provides parking for three/four vehicles and gated access to the rear, the detached garage has 'up and over' door, eaves storage and has power connected, of particular note is the side addition which provides a useful workshop space, the garage also has eaves storage and a rear door accessing the garden.
Solar Panel Details
The current owners fitted a comprehensive 7.5kW solar panel array (25x300W multi-directional panels, with 6.6kWh of battery storage) just four years ago at considerable expense. The agents have been advised that with the battery storage, electricity costs across the year are at or near zero and there is still over sixteen years of index-linked feed in tariff payments remaining. An additional solar tube system also produces a good level of hot water during sunnier days, (further details are available from the property owners).