East wing of a country manor with lake views on the market

There's a rare opportunity to buy part of a Grade II Listed, north west Essex manor house, now that The Lake House at Hempstead Hall in Hempsted has come on the market.

According to the listing, the property was originally built in 1580, "probably on an H-shaped plan, with the cross-wings at the east and west ends." Towards the end of the last century it was used as an antiques centre, but in 2001 was converted into three separate homes, the east wing of which is now being sold.

The five bedroom house has an impressive sitting and dining room which is over 43ft in length, a spacious kitchen/breakfast room, a library/formal dining room, and two basement rooms. There is an additional west facing courtyard garden and a detached double garage. The prioperty is set in mature parkland of 2.8 acres, and overlooks the large lake on the site which gives the house its name.

Owner Paul Joannides, Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of Cambridge said: "It's wonderfully quiet and peaceful here, with the view over the lake constantly changing.. We originally bought the house to accommodate my large book collection - but even if you don't have thousands of books, the sheer size of the property would make it perfect for a family."

Hempstead is also renowned as the birthplace of highwayman Dick Turpin, who was born in the village public house where his father was landlord. He was baptised in nearby St Andrew's Church, where William Harvey who discovered the circulation of blood in the human body, and Sir Eliab Harvey, Captain of the Temeraire at the battle of Trafalgar, are also interred.

Sally Smales from Mullucks added: "This is an imposing country residence, in a stunning setting, with an impressive 3.425 sq ft of space available inside. In fact, the main reception room is so large, it's almost like a ballroom! Plus there's a fabulous kitchen/dining room with windows on three sides and views over the lake.

"Three of the five bedrooms have en suites, and there's a large family bathroom as well. The room currently used as a library could easily be turned back into a formal dining room, and the basement room now being used as a store room would make a perfect gym."

The Lake House at Hempstead Hall in Hempstead is on the market with Mullucks for £1.1 m. For details or to arrange a viewing, call 01799 520520.