The hall house which was once home to the woman who gave her name to Great Dunmow’s only secondary school has gone on the market with leading local estate agent, Mullucks Wells.

Tanglewood House in Duton Hill dates back to 1584 and was the family home of Helena Romanes and her husband, Captain Romanes, between the 1920s and 1950s. She was the first Chair of governors to the new school when it was built in 1958. It later became a comprehensive school in 1970 and is now an academy with about 1500 pupils.

The main house which has four bedrooms is steeped in history, has a number of beautifully wood panelled rooms – with many fittings rumoured to have come from nearby Tilty Abbey when it was closed down. The air raid shelter built by Helena Romanes in the two acre grounds still exists and is now fitted out as a wine cellar.

Mullucks Wells Great Dunmow branch manager, Lloyd Richards said, “Inside the rooms are large and grand and it’s a home where you can imagine a perfect Christmas with a house full of family and friends. On top of that, the views from the property are stunning.”

The current owner Mr Winton Jones said, “Tanglewood House has been our home for 22 years and we feel privileged to have lived in such a historic property.”

Tanglewood House, Duton Hill is on the market for £850,000 with Mullucks Wells on 01371 872117.