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Property flirt! A lakeside mansion with a pool and cinema

If you're thinking of moving in 2022, how's this for a dream home? This Braintree 5-bed comes with its own lake, Art Deco cinema and indoor pool...

We might have all been inside a fair bit for the last two years (mega understatement alert) – but if we’d been in this total stunner of a house for lockdown, we might not have minded too much!

On the market with Strutt & Parker, Blackwater Mill near Braintree is a 5-bed, 4-bath house sat on the site of a former water mill, which means it boasts incredible views of the lake, weir, and river islands – not to mention the 3.5 acres of south-facing gardens.

The grounds might be jaw-dropping, but it’s the interiors that have the real draw in this property – there’s more in here than your local leisure centre! Let’s see: there’s the huge Grecian-inspired heated pool with whirlpool spa, sauna and steam room, the tennis court, an Art Deco seven-seater cinema, a snooker room with a wet bar and the gym – and that’s before we even get to the kitchen or bedrooms.

Speaking of the bedrooms, there are five of them, including a mahoosive master suite with a triple aspect (more of those amazing views!), bespoke wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom with walk-in rainfall shower and freestanding stone bath.

Downstairs there are multiple reception rooms, including two (!) kitchens – an impressive open-plan kitchen-diner and a longer galley kitchen – a drawing room and a separate dining room. Pop outside and you can also enjoy the views from the terrace on the second floor.

Now you’ve had a sneak peek – but how much do you think it all costs? Leave your guesses in the comments below and then head over to the Strutt & Parker website to find out if you were right…

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