Live out your period drama fantasy but with a heated swimming pool, games room, classic AGA and that bath tub in the master suite!
We watch Bridgerton for a number of reasons – the clothes, the drama and the naughty bits – but the opulent homes occupied by the ton’s most fashionable families are the icing on the cake. This Grade II listed vicarage is nestled in the countryside of Castle Hedingham near the Suffolk border, and it looks like Daphne and the gang could walk out the front door at any moment.
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The Old Vicarage has views of both the gorgeous church and the majestic castle which is the namesake of the village. With nine bedrooms, a gym, games room, heated swimming pool, and a separate cottage, it comes as no surprise that this property is on the market for an asking price of £2.25 million. It was listed in Nikolaus Pevsner’s Buildings of England Essex series and according to Savills property agent Sophie White, is “one of the finest village houses to come to the market for many years”.
The accommodation stretches over four floors in total, including a basement level, and from the outside it looks absolutely perfect – in fact all it needs to resemble the Bridgerton family home is some climbing Wisteria around the windows and front door. Stone steps lead up to a porch with beautiful columns either side, and white quoins on the corners of the building. As with many homes built in this era, the house is perfectly symmetrical from the outside with a stunning curved window on the top floor in the centre.
Built in the early 1800s for a wool merchant, it was occupied in the 1900s by the seventh Earl of Wilton, Seymour Egerton, who renovated the property extensively in the 90s. The history of the property is significant and the large reception hall is thought to have been designed as a meeting room for the local weavers and wool merchants of the 18th century. The wide oak staircase is a remnant of the grand old days when earls held court at the home.
The kitchen is a country dream with a green AGA, wooden cupboards and big windows looking out across the grounds. There are two reception rooms next door – one drawing room and one sitting room which are connected by folding doors. A dining room leads on from the kitchen and around the corner is the cloakroom, utility room and boot room. Going down a level there’s a vaulted cellar which divides into five rooms; currently a gym, games room and storage.
Upstairs there are four principal bedrooms with en suite bathrooms – the master bedroom has a huge bathroom and the tub alone is impressive – then a further floor with another five bedrooms, one of which is currently being used as a games room. These rooms are served by three bathrooms. In addition to the extensive accommodation in the main house, there is also a converted coach house which is used as a guest cottage.
There’s also a contemporary slate-tiled heated swimming pool in the old kitchen garden, a greenhouse, stone terrace, an orchard and courtyard garden. The grounds are just as grand as the house itself and have been immaculately maintained. The inside of the house could do with a lick of paint to freshen up and modernise, but there’s also plenty of history to conserve. View the full listing here.