Gothic folly dating back 191 years with octagonal towers, spiral staircases and vast fireplaces on sale for £1.25m

A GOTHIC folly dating back 191 years with octagonal towers and spiral staircases and gone on the market for £1.25million.

Cinder Hall is a striking Grade-II listed Tudor-style folly with brick walls,spacious rooms, large windows and Tudor-style chimneys.

The sprawling property is believed to date back to 1830.

It boasts more than 30 brick-built arches, two spiral staircases, Gothic-style windows and vast inglenook fireplaces, which all add to the drama of the house.

The house also has modern-day features such as a indoor gym, solar panels in the garden and updated appliances.

The property, near Saffron Walden, Essex, is on the market for the first time in 40 years with Cheffins.

In total there is 3,713 square-feet of living space with a kitchen, dining hall, bar, sitting room with trap door to the cellar, snug, study, garden room, gym with sauna, five bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Owner Lionel Briggs bought the house from his father 18 years ago and he had bought it in 1984 for £120,000.

The current owner has added a conservatory and garage and updated the kitchen and bathrooms since he bought it.

Mr Briggs, 55, said: "I bought Cinder Hall from my father back in 2003 and am only the fourth person to have owned the house.

"The house has a way of putting a smile on your face whenever you come home and even though I have lived here for 18 years, it constantly surprises me with some tiny architectural detail or nook and cranny which I hadn’t previously noticed.

"The roof terrace has to be one of the most special features of the house, and when up there in the evenings you really feel as though you are sitting amongst the treetops.

"Cinder Hall is also a fantastic party house and has the 'wow factor' in spades.

"Anyone who visits loves the bar area in the dining hall and we have had countless parties on the roof terrace.

"We will be incredibly sad to leave Cinder Hall and hope that whoever buys it will have as much enjoyment out of it as we have."

The dramatic dining hall, which has a separate bar area, has a sweeping spiral staircase and there is an inglenook fireplace in the sitting room.

The modern kitchen is on the ground floor of the octagonal tower, with the luxurious master bedroom above.

At the top of the house is a roof terrace which has views over the garden and surrounding countryside.

A partly-walled orchard and a river on one side sit on just under an acre of land outside the house.

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Bruce King, director at Cheffins, said: "Cinder Hall is one of the most iconic houses in the local area and it could make the most fantastic family home.

"Like something from a period drama, the house is sure to spark the imagination of anyone who comes to view.

"An added plus point is the internal layout which is such that part of the property could easily be sectioned off to create a separate annexe perhaps for live-in staff or another family member."

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