4 bedroom Detached House for sale: Leigh Road, Leigh-On-Sea

  • reception rooms 4
  • bedrooms 4
  • bathrooms 2
  • showers 1
Reference: ETL5426


We have been favoured with instructions to offer for sale this magnificent detached Edwardian residence which has been restored to its original grandeur by the current owners. The property is situated in a sought after location within walking distance of Chalkwell Station, Leigh Road and Broadway.



Entrance via large Entrance Door to:

Very Impressive Reception Hall 2.7m x 8.0m  (8' 10" x 26' 2" )
Extra wide door, double glazed turret bay window with Plantation shutters, radiator, ornate original staircase to first floor accommodation within the main house.  Intrusion and door opening detection.  Understairs storage cupboard with power centre, shelving light, telephone point and wi fi centre.  

Passenger Lift
Capacity for three persons and perfect for access by wheelchair. Emergency telephone.

Ground Floor Cloaks/W.C. 3m x 1.2m (9' 10" x 3' 11")
Circular double glazed window to front.  Suite comprising modern w.c. in traditional style, vanity unit with black granite top, vitreous white wash basin and waterfall tap in oiled bronze finish.  Ceiling downlights, extractor fan, chrome towel radiator with dual supply - hot water from central heating in the winter and electric element for summertime use.

Reception Room/Study 5.7m x 4.5m (18' 8" x 14' 9")
Double glazed bay window to front with Plantation shutters, ornate coved ceiling with decorative molding, picture rail, an original Edwardian fireplace with modern six kilowatt coal effect gas fire with remote control. Two radiators, nine light chandelier, t.v. aerial point, intrusion detector.

Dining Room 4.5m x 4.2m (14' 9" x 13' 9")
Concealed pocket doors to Conservatory, coved ceiling with decorative molding, picture rail, centre ceiling rose, two radiators, nine light chandelier, gas point, t.v. erial point, intrusion detector.

Conservatory 4.5m x 3.1m (14' 9" x 10' 2")
Approached through pocket doors from Dining Room.  Double glazed glass roof, double glazed fixed and sliding doors leading out to rear, feature green marble floor, two radiators, four wall lights, power points, intrusion detector, switches for external lights.

Rear Hallway 4.1m x 1.5m (13' 5" x 4' 11")
The Rear Hallway links the Reception Hall with the Kitchen and Living Room.  Radiator, semi-flush mounted ceiling fitting in traditional style, power points, telephone point. Alarm system control point with manual control and automatic control by key fob recognition.

Butler's Pantry
Fitted with bi-fold doors, black granite work top, circular champagne sink in beaten copper. Filtered water system, oiled bronze finish tap, power points, hot and cold water supplies, pre-plumbed in base unit, under counter drinks refridgerator with glazed door. Black ceramic tiling to floor.

Kitchen 4.1m x 3.1m (13' 5" x 10' 2")
Double glazed bay window to rear with Plantation shutters, the middle window has a floating mullion to form a fire escape when opened.  Luxury fitted kitchen comprising full height wall and base units lining flank walls, traditional style in Buttermilk colour, soft close cupboards and drawers. Built-in appliances by Neff to include fridge/freezer, single oven, multi-function microwave and warming drawer in tall units, induction hob, washing machine and separate dryer in base units. extractor fan in wall units.  Gas supply installed to facilitate change to gas hob if required. Impressive central island unit with integrated dishwasher, Insinkerator macerator in left hand double sink, sink taps also have a separate spray and washing liquid dispenser.  Lower level breakfast bar at the end of the island unit with custom upholstered seating. Radiator, ample power points, fire detector and intrusion alarm, black ceramic tiled floor.

Living Room 8m x 4.8m (26' 2" x 15' 8")
Two double glazed windows to front with Plantation shutters, four panel double glazed bi-folding doors to Rear with eight panel bi-fold Plantation shutters.  This elegant room is a newly built room in matching style which links the original house and the Coach House together.  Coving, decorative moulding and picture rail, nine light chandelier, power and t.w. aerial points.  Beautiful original fireplace with six kilowatt gas coal effect fire and remote control.

MAIN HOUSE – LOFT SPACE 9.14m x 7.38m (30’ x24’3 with max headroom to apex)

Fully boarded andinsulated with lighting. Excellent storage space with development potentialSTPP.


Vestibule 3.6m x 2m (11' 9" x 6' 6") and 1.2m x 1.2m (3' 11" x 3' 11")
Green marble tiled floor, radiator, traditional ceiling light, power points, intrusion detector.  Door to Double Garage, Bathroom and Rear Patio/Garden.  Understairs cupboard with light, new traditional style staircase leading to Bedroom Four and Nursery Room.

Bathroom 2.4m x 2.4m ( 7' 10" x 7' 10")
Feature vaulted ceiling with skylight window and downlights. Suite comprising white acrylic shower bath with large shower rose, curtain and rail, bath area lined in white marble tiles, vanity unit with black granite top, vitreous white wash hand basin with traditional style chrome taps, low flushing w.c.  Chrome heated towel rail, extractor fan, underfloor heating, shaver point, black veined marble floor.

Double Garage
 8.6m x 3.6 (28' 2" x 11' 9")
Double length Garage with remote control Hormann electric sectional door, additional side door leading to front patio area. Strip lights, power points, numerous storage cupboards, work bench, Belfast sink with hot and cold water.  Motor mechanism for passenger lift, access to separate power centre for the Coach House.

External Garden Store 1m x 1.2m (3' 3" x 3' 11")
External lockable storage room for garden implements and also housing second central heating system which serves the Coach House.


Landing 6m x 2.5m (19' 8" x 8' 2")
Double glazed window to side with floating mullion able to be used as a fire escape. Two traditional style ceiling lights, wall light, radiator, power points, coved ceiling, picture rail, access to loft space, passenger lift access door.

Bedroom One 5.7m x 4.5m (18' 8" x 14' 9")
Large double glazed bay window with Plantation shutters to front enjoying glimpses of the Thames Estuary, coved ceiling, picture rail, insulated flank wall. Nine light chandelier, further concealed lighting system above wardrobes.  Built-in wardrobes along one wall, power and t.v. aerial points, intruder detection and panic button, radiator.

Bedroom Two 4.5m x 4.2m  (14' 9" x 13' 9" )
Double glazed window to rear, radiator, coved ceiling, picture rail, insulated flank wall. Nine light chandelier, concealed lighting system above wardrobes. Built-in wardrobes along one wall, power points, intruder detection.

Bedroom Three 4.1m x 3.1m (13' 5" x 10' 2")
Double glazed window to rear, radiator, traditional ceiling lights, power points, intruder detection, coved ceiling, picture rail, insulated flank wall.

Main Bathroom
4m x 4m ( 13' 1" x 13' 1")
A truly stunning Bathroom partly incorporated within the turret.  Double glazed turret windows with Plantation shutters, extractor fan, black marble floor. Suite comprising free standing white acrylic bath, white ceramic w.c. in traditional style, vanity unit with black granite top, white basin with traditional style chrome taps.  Heated towel rail, electric underfloor heating, ceiling lights, wall light, shaver point.  Cupboard housing central heating boiler and pump for pressurised water system.  Cylinder with immersion heater for summer use.  Please note the water tank capacity is extremely large and sufficient for all daily bathing and shower needs.  The pump delivers instant hot water to all hot water taps in the main house.

Shower Room 3m x 2m ( 9' 10" x 6' 6")
Feature circular double glazed window to front, black marble floor with underfloor heating, heated chrome towel rail.  Suite comprising white ceramic w.c., bidet in traditional style, vanity unit with black granite top, white basin and chrome taps with large mirror above. Spacious walk-in shower with marble tiled walls and floor, glass hinged door, overhead cascade shower fitment.  Extractor fan, shaver point.


Bedroom Four 6m x 3.7m (19' 8" x 12' 1")
Double glazed windows to side with Plantation shutters, power points, ceiling with downlights controlled by dimmer switch, two radiators, telephone point. Double doors leading through to:

Nursery Room/Bedroom Five 3.7m x 2.4m (12' 1" x 7' 10")
Feature triangular double glazed window to front, ceiling with downlights, radiator, power points.

1.8m x 1.5m ( 5' 10" x 4' 11")
Double glazed windows with Plantation shutters, ceiling light fitting in traditional style, power points.

Large walled Rear Garden measuring approx. 18.29m x 18.29m (60' x 60') laid to lawn with screened trees to the rear wall and flower borders to the other three sides. Wide variety of shrubs including roses, clematis and honeysuckle.  Decorative brick detailing to flank walls, external lighting system, solar lighting along flower border nearest the property.  Full width grey brick patio to rear of property plus sheltered BBQ area, external power points, water tap, gas point.

The Front Garden has an in/out driveway with remote control electrically operated gates fitted with external intercom.  Brick walls to both flanks, lower brick wall with wrought iron fencing to front.  Delightful brick patio with Arbour seating, water feature, privacy screening, external power and water tap.  External lighting, underground rain water holding tank fed from the roof gutter system with automatic electric pumping system to feed the flower bed irrigation system.  Wide variety of shrubs.

History of the Property

1906     Built as a private residence for Mr A E Day of Leytonstone, who owned a parade of shops on                       Corporation Road, as Leigh Road was formerly known.  The Architect was Mr George Higley of                   Leytonstone.  The house was originally know as 'The Limes' because of a line of lime trees along the             side walls of the garden.

1955     Purchase by Mrs Peggy Bachelor, a well known wartime entertainer with ENSA, who used it as a                  home and studio for speech therapy.  She later developed it as a Theatre School known as Ridley                Studios.

1985     The property was extended and the business was taken over by Mrs Bachelor's partner Mrs A                      Owens.

2011     The Ridley Studios moved to Hamlet Court Road.

2012     The property was purchased by the present owners and conversion back to a private residence                     began.

2014     Occupied as a private residence.


The house is on the North side of Leigh Road facing South Easterly where the North Easterly rear garden is unusually sunny.  The plot is double width measuring approx. 60' frontage by 120' deep.  Sitting atop the spine of Leigh Hill the first floor rooms to the front have distant views of the Thames Estuary.

Chalkwell Park is a stone's throw away with Chalkwell Station and Leigh Broadway/Leigh Road shops are within easy walking distance.  The property is also on a main bus route linking Leigh and Southend.

The conversion was performed by Bankswood Construction Limited (formerly B N Woods & Son), a third generation local building contractor, to designs by the owners.

The buildings had been developed for commercial use over five decades.  Flat roofed single storey infill buildings between the original residence and the Coach House were demolished, asphalt rear playground and paved front parking areas were dug up.  All internal walls and ceilings were replastered and the opportunity was taken to insulate outer walls.  Squeeze mouldings were taken of all decorative plasterwork and this has been restored to original in 1906.

Copies of the original 1903 design note that the final planning permission in 1904 required taller chimneys, a full height turret and omission of tiling under the first floor bay window.  The land was purchased from the Chalkwell Hall Estate and building only commenced in 1905 after full planning permission was granted.  The house was completed in 1906.

Room allocation has reverted, more or less, to the 1906 pattern with some modernisation, notably the inclusion of a passenger lift and extra bathrooms.

Externally the roofs were inspected and North facing roofs were retiled. Flashing was upgraded, where necessary, and the flat roofed dormer in the Coach House has been fibreglassed with a 25 year guarantee, the same as for the new valley gutters to the rear of the Coach House and either side of the new living room roof.  All rainwater systems were completely renewed, chimneys were rebuilt, smoke tested and put back into working order.

All windows have been replaced with a double glazed system that mimics the original casement window system of 1906.

All internal doors and door furniture have been replaced.  All skirtings and architraves have been replaced in an exact match of the originals.

Floors have either been renewed or reboarded with improved insulation.

All plumbing and wiring has been completely renewed, all lighting replaced, new radiators, two independent central heating systems and two of the open fires have been refitted with fireplaces from the same era.

The house has been designed to be secure with deadlocked outer doors, comprehensive burglar and fire alarm systems and electronic front gates.

All materials have been selected for quality, low maintenance and long life.

This stunning family home has been designed to be economical having split central heating system, rainwater harvesting system for front garden irrigation and external washdown, double glazing  and insulation to walls, roofs and floors.  Ventilation has also been significantly improved, particularly in the kitchen and bathrooms.

A unified lighting system has been installed throughout in keeping with the Edwardian style of the house, utilising long life ES bulbs.

A durable heavy domestic pile carpet in dark green has been fitted throughout the property with a high Tog value underlay.

These sales particulars have been prepared by Town & Country Estate Agency with the very helpful assistance of the current owners.  This exceptional house is perfect for dual family living and is arranged in two areas which can be divided, if required, between the main house and the Coach House.

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Reference: ETL5426

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Slades Estate Agents
Tel: 01202 548855