Formerly an ale house and dating back to the 1400s, this Grade II-listed property is set in a village three miles from Braintree – one hour from Liverpool Street by train. The five-bedroom house has retained its period features but has been updated to make a modern home. Stables and a riding school are on site.
Contact: Strutt & Parker Chelmsford on 01245 254600, www.struttandparker.com
HUNTERS ROOST, BRADWELL, CM77 8EP
This 15th century listed house has an exposed oak frame and medieval roof. Located in a village outside Braintree, the house has five bedrooms and is set in gardens of about one acre, which back on to farmland. There is a garage with space for three cars, two stables and an old tennis court.
Contact: John D Wood on. 01245 344222, www.johndwood.co.uk
GROVE FARM, OXEN END, LITTLE BARDFIELD, CM7 4PX
This 15th century barn was converted in the 1970s to become an attractive four-bedroom home with a large garden, which has a pond and dry moat. Inside, the house is spacious and modern with solid oak floors and exposed timbers. The kitchen was refitted to a high standard in 2006. Contact: Bidwells on 01799 516688, www.bidwells.co.uk