House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
White House Farm offers tasteful interiors and extensive 40 acres. Wickham Bishops is recognised as an area of natural beauty and special interest. The period features of the property reflect its age with parts of the house being approximately 600 years old, while among the spacious rooms you can count a large kitchen/breakfast room and home cinema. Amid the 40 acres there is a floodlit menage and a heated outdoor swimming pool.
White House Farm is accessed via electric gates which lead into the long drive. The drive sweeps round to the main entrance which overlooks the extensive grounds and landscaped gardens.
A heavy oak door leads into an impressive galleried reception hall with solid oak flooring, oak piers and French doors leading out onto the south terrace and with a central oak staircase rising to a spacious galleried landing at first floor level. Off the hall is a cloakroom, side hall and a particularly well-proportioned drawing room with an open red brick fireplace and with views across the garden and orchards. Across from the drawing room is the library with an atrium creating natural light and with doors off to the remaining reception rooms. The formal dining room with French doors faces out onto the southwest facing terrace, a cinema room with a brick fireplace and multi-fuel burner has a secondary staircase to the first floor and finally the sitting room with a brick chimney recess housing a multi-fuel burner and with French doors onto a garden terrace.
The library, cinema room and sitting room are located in older part of the house with exposed timbers to ceilings and walls. Off the library is a further door to the farmhouse kitchen and breakfast room fitted out in antique pine and incorporating 2 sinks, dishwasher, a built-in electric oven with a four ring ceramic hob, concealed extractor and a 4 oven Aga to one side. There is a walk-in larder with chest freezer and shelving. Set off the kitchen is the wing with 2 external doors and an L-shaped side hall creating a cloaks area with fitted bench seating providing storage for shoes etc, a utility room with a fitted sink with washing machine/dryer with terracotta tiled floor matching that in the kitchen and a further cloakroom.
Stairs rise to a large galleried landing above the reception hall with a bay window, storage cupboard and an airing cupboard. The landing continues around the central open roof terrace accessible from the main galleried landing and which incorporates the atrium above the library. Steps lead down to the older part of the property to the inner landing with a secondary staircase down to the cinema room.
The inner landing interconnects back to the main galleried landing. The main bedroom has a dressing area with an en-suite bathroom with a matching white suite incorporating a bath, pedestal wash hand basin and corner shower cubicle and WC. There are 5 further bedrooms, 3 en-suites and a family bathroom.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Stansted 30 km, Nearest railway: Witham - British Rail 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 18|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The South East England region
The nearest mainline station is Witham which is 2.4 miles away and which has public parking adjacent to the station. The service is efficient and runs a full timetable throughout the day and late into the night with Stratford station being a 20 minute journey. Witham also provides an excellent range of shops. There is also a mainline station in the nearby village of Hatfield Peverel (2.9) miles but the service is less frequent. Public parking also available.
The historic quayside town of Maldon is 3.8 miles away and is still very much an unspoilt Essex village. Maldon still has many privately owned unique shops, tea rooms and 2 ancient churches. If you wish to sample British fish and chips then Maldon is the place to visit. There are a number of highly regarded golf courses within the area including Benton Hall Golf and Country Club which is no more than 5 minutes drive from White House Farm. For the sailing enthusiast there are marinas to be found in the aforementioned Maldon and River Blackwater area. Local stables are also to be found in the village of Wickham Bishops.
Stansted International Airport is only 25 miles away and is the most convenient airport for White House Farm however Gatwick and Heathrow are also convenient with Gatwick being the slightly nearer of the two and can be reached in about 1 hour.
The village was originally centered around St Peters Church but gradually moved up to the top of the hill and there the current church, St Bartholomews, was built by the Leigh family in 1850. St Peters remains at the other end of the village and is now maintained by the Friends of friendless churches.
Wickham Bishops is now a thriving village of around 2.000 residents situated in a picturesque part of North Essex and since the advent of the railways in 1848 travel to London has been possible and it is now a popular commuter village. The village is built along the Blackwater ridge and the hill is full of natural springs. It remains an agricultural community, arable farming and fruit since 1924. White House Farm, with its 66 acres, has 19 varieties of apples and was a large producer of fruit in the community.
St Bartholomews church is at the heart of village life and worship on a Sunday morning consists of around 100 parishioners drawn from all age groups. Current worship is a mixture of modern and traditional styles and there are a number of groups and activities that take place during the week that seek to give pastoral support to the community. St Bartholomews has an excellent church hall adjacent to the church which is used by the church community and local residents for private, family celebrations.