Rolls up, Rolls up for sale

Gloucestershire Echo - - OPEN HOUSE -


ROLLS Park in Chig­well, Es­sex doesn’t just have one notable en­try in the his­tory books, it can claim at least four dis­tin­guished men­tions.

The stately home was built in the 17th cen­tury and was the fam­ily seat of the Har­vey fam­ily – Dr Wil­liam Har­vey dis­cov­ered the cir­cu­la­tion of blood in 1628 and Ad­mi­ral Sir Eliab Har­vey fought along­side Ad­mi­ral Nel­son at the Bat­tle of Trafal­gar.

Its last fa­mous res­i­dent was Gen­eral Sir Fran­cis Lloyd who or­gan­ised much of the de­fence and re­cruit­ment cam­paigns in London dur­ing the First World War. Win­ston Churchill also stayed there in 1924 dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign for the Ep­ping For­est seat in Par­lia­ment.

Although the main house was de­mol­ished in 1953, af­ter req­ui­si­tion by the army dur­ing the war caused con­sid­er­able harm to its in­te­rior and bomb blasts dam­aged the ex­te­rior, the es­tate’s sta­bles, cot­tage and or­angery sur­vived.

The re­fur­bished grade II listed con­verted sta­ble block is now for sale.

Set in 0.8acres, it has five bed­rooms – in­clud­ing a mas­ter suite with walk-in dress­ing room and free-stand­ing an­tique cop­per roll-top bath – five re­cep­tion rooms and a be­spoke Clive Chris­tian kitchen.

Fea­tures in­clude a wood­pan­elled hall­way, orig­i­nal par­quet floor­ing and ex­posed tim­bers, cast iron ra­di­a­tors, an im­pres­sive stair­case and dou­ble height ceil­ings.

There is also an undergroun­d spi­ral wine cel­lar with an elec­tri­cally oper­ated glass door.

■ The Sta­bles at Rolls Park is for sale through Sav­ills, Loughton with a guide price of £3.95mil­lion, sav­

It’s a stun­ning prop­erty

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