The picturesque village of High Easter, which is renowned for its restaurant, The Punch Bowl, remains quintessentially English and boasts, amongst other things, a cricket ground, a village cafe (The Snug), village hall and its adjoining playing fields and a pretty village church.
The market town of Great Dunmow lies north of the village and provides a good range of shops and restaurants, while a more
comprehensive range of facilities can be found in the nearby city of Chelmsford and town of Bishop's Stortford.
Commuters into London or elsewhere can access the main line to Liverpool Street from Chelmsford, Stansted and Bishop's Stortford or the Central Line underground service from Epping. A country road leads to the A120 which connects to the M11 at junction 8.
There is an excellent choice of educational facilities, including the grammar schools at Chelmsford and Colchester, Felsted School, Bishop's Stortford College, New Hall and Brentwood School, all within easy driving distance. Within the village is a pre-school.
The Parsonage is listed as being of Architectural or Historical Interest Grade II and the listing states that it dates from the early 19th century. The Parsonage forms the centrepiece of this attractive Essex village and enjoys wonderful westerly views over the adjoining countryside. It has been owned by only a handful of families throughout its history and is for sale now for the first time in 27 years.
The reception rooms are elegant and well proportioned including many original features such as architraves and alcoves, fireplace, cornice and ceiling rose, which complement the high ceilings.
At the rear of the house, a superb kitchen/family room takes centre stage, which has been carefully designed and includes a family area overlooking the gardens and grounds. An exceptional indoor swimming pool situated at the rear of the house, with direct access onto the west facing terraces, provides a fantastic entertaining space.
The bedrooms are situated on the first and second floors, the first floor with five principal bedrooms including a wonderful principal bedroom with en suite dressing room, bathroom and private balcony. The second floor has two attic bedrooms and a bathroom. In contrast to the period accommodation, the lower ground area was transformed within the last 10 years to provide a home cinema room, laundry room (which includes a chute from the first floor airing cupboard), workshop, together with a temperature controlled wine room providing a focal point to this useful and attractive area.
The house is set in delightful mature gardens and grounds, which include a series of terraces for entertaining, lawns, tennis court, play area and a paddock overlooking open countryside.
The Parsonage has a frontage of some 220 ft to Barnston Road predominantly of lawns intersected with a horseshoe gravel drive which culminates in a substantial parking area at the front and side of the house. A drive to the north provides a spur leading to an undercover car port and two secure garages. The gardens to the south are predominantly lawned and lie adjacent to the cricket ground. The rear gardens and grounds enjoy a westerly aspect and immediately behind the house is a series of terraces finished with sandstone and red brick, providing entertaining areas and ideal for al fresco dining. A central terrace covered with a grapevine provides a shady area and lies adjacent to the inner courtyard planted with two mature olive trees. The remainder of the gardens are predominantly lawned with a series of mature island beds and at the centre lies an area of topiary privet hedging providing a lovely feature.
Towards the rear of the gardens is a children's play area, all-weather flood-lit tennis court and beyond a grass leisure field or paddock adjoining open farmland with far-reaching views over the adjoining countryside. The gardens offer a great deal of privacy with mature trees to all boundaries.
About 5.46 acres including cricket ground.
From Chelmsford take the A1060 towards Bishop's Stortford. Pass Roxwell and turn right to the Easters. Proceed through Good Easter following the signpost to High Easter. Continue through the village of High Easter, passing The Punch Bowl restaurant, continuing to the cricket pitch on the left-hand side and turn left signposted to Barnston where The Parsonage
will be found on the left-hand side.