The house is a large south facing family home with plenty of light and a spacious feel. It is set within the Dedham Vale made famous by John Constable and is situated on the edge of the picturesque village of Higham from which Constable painted the picture entitled 'The Stour Valley from Higham'. It is within a designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'.
The house is well maintained with modern facilities throughout and provides everything needed for a relaxing break in the countryside. It easily accommodates 12-14 people in comfort and has many areas both inside and outside to relax and enjoy the company of others.
It is a house for all seasons; in the summer the large heated swimming pool, summer house and terrace with brick pizza oven/BBQ provides a great outside experience whilst in the colder months the house not only has the benefit of standard central heating but an Aga warmed kitchen, an open log fire in the dining room and underfloor heating in the new south facing sun room. There are many books and games on offer including the more traditional shuffle board which provides a great family evening as well as games consoles such as Nintendo Wii and PS3. There is a large 42' TV and a vast selection of DVD's. The property has WiFi.
As a family we love entertaining and cooking and so the kitchen is well equipped and includes a 4 door Aga (off from June - end September) and a separate gas oven as well as an electric oven and 5 gas burner hob. The house has ample seating for dining including a large dining room and table which seats 14 people as well as a breakfast room with a large pine table and a separate breakfast bar in the kitchen. There is a 30m² sun room which has lovely views over the garden and Dedham Vale, a good sized sitting/TV room and a study with sofa.
Four out of the six bedrooms are south facing and all are of a good size with ample storage and comfortable beds with quality bedding. Two of the bedrooms are en suite and can be self contained as they lead off the main landing to their own small hallway. Two of the remaining bedrooms have showers and another bedroom has a wash basin. All bathrooms and showering facilities are modern and either recently refurbished or installed and all have underfloor heating.
In the garden there is a large swimming pool of 40'x20' with an electric safety cover (open from June - end of September). A large terrace surrounds the pool and has stunning views over the Stour Valley. During the summer there are sun-beds available and a pool house with a kitchen area, fridge, wash basin and toilet. The pool house is stocked with melamine dining service and safe glasses for use round the pool as well as cutlery and so there is no need to return to the house when dining outside. The pool dining area has a large table, a brick pizza oven and BBQ. There is also an outside shower fed by hot water.
The house is surrounded by wonderful walks and is close to the famous Stour Valley Pathway and St Edmunds Way. The historic village of Dedham provides local shopping along with the nearby farm shop and the oldest recorded town in Britain of Colchester and the port town of Ipswich are within 6-8 miles. Flatford Mill is close by and it is possible to take a canoe there from nearby Dedham. The house has a canoe and access to the local river can be gained at Stratford St Mary. There are many local pubs and bistro pubs including The Swan at Stratford St Mary which is only a short drive or 20 mins walk away. There are also plenty of great restaurants in the area with the famous Maison Talbooth and its sister bistro, Milsoms, also situated in the nearby Stratford St Mary. The River Orwell and Alton Water provide local sailing facilities and the beaches of Felixstowe, Frinton and Walton on the Naze are within 30mins-45mins drive away. London is an easy commute with the local train stations of Manningtree, Colchester and Ipswich running regular services to London (49mins), Cambridge (1h 19m), Norwich (42mins) and Harwich (17 mins). The nearest international airport is London Stansted (45min drive) and the nearest International port is Harwich (25mins drive).