Blackmore End, Braintree, Essex CM7

Guide Price £1,350,000 | under offer

An outstanding property comprising the substantial Grade II listed old farmhouse, detached barn and old farm outbuildings, gardens & pasture extending in all to approximately. 29.37 acres.

  • Freehold
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Reception Rooms
  • 3 Baths
  • House
  • Land
  • Farm
  • Detached
  • Garden
  • Land
  • Outbuildings
  • Swimming Pool
  • 29.37 Acres


Entrance hall, drawing room sitting room, music room, garden/dining room, Aga kitchen/breakfast room, study, utility room, boot room, boiler room, ground floor shower room, cellars, 6 bedrooms, landing room, family bathroom, family shower room, barn, studio, outbuildings, heated swimming pool, boating pond, gardens, pasture grounds of approximately 29.37 acres.

The Property

Believed to date back to the 15th century as an original manor house, this wonderful family home was comprehensively restyled inside and out at the end of the 18th century, with an appealing selection of character features still evident. The building is timber framed and plastered under a slate and handmade red clay tiled roof. The rooms are generally well proportioned, with sash windows, and other features such as the log burning stove in the sitting room and the 4 oven electric Aga range cooker in the superb spacious kitchen breakfast room. The property which is much loved, will benefit from some modernisation and updating although it is a comfortable family home as it stands with a very welcoming and relaxing feel. There is superb potential for further improvement in the various old farm outbuildings and the large detached timber framed West Barn. These currently afford the property outstanding garage, workshop and storage space, one already having been part improved for use as a potters studio.

The Location

Summers Hall Farmhouse is wonderfully located mixing the best of a peaceful rural setting with accessibility to main roads and approx. 60 miles drive from central London. The property is set off a quiet rural lane closely neighboured only by the old East Barn that has been beautifully converted by Architect David Pocknell and is used as his studio. A significant further benefit is the land owned by the house, with views to both front and rear Stansted Airport lies approx. 20 miles drive to the west. There are a number of well regarded schools within easy reach. Access to amenities are offered by the nearby towns of Halstead (6 miles) and Braintree (6 miles) whilst also being within striking distance of Stansted Airport (20 miles) and Colchester (18 miles).


The property is approached from the front across a gravelled drive and turning circle, with the large detached ‘West Barn’ off this drive to the side. The range of old agricultural buildings include a converted building that has a log burning stove, power and water to it and has been utilised as a potters studio and an upholsterers workshop. This could alternatively make a good work from home office and further benefits from a couple of store rooms attached at the side. A two storey 4 bay cart store, coach and stable building, coachman’s rest/potting shed and there is a very useful Pool plant and changing building with entertaining area which is open sided to the swimming pool (10m x 5m, with safe cover). The gardens are mainly laid to lawn, with shrub and flower borders and beds and a large boating pond with its own island which has been created to the back of the garden. As this has been a wonderful family home there are delightful areas such as the 'sausage picnic' camping glade and a long tree walk has been created running south from the house to a pond on the southern boundary. The grounds extend to approx. 29.37 acres with the option to purchase an additional 34 acres by separate negotiation. The property is entitled to Single Farm Payments as established fenced grazing land.

Cambridge - Rural

01223 346 600

6-8 Hills Road
Cambridge CB2 1NH