Entrepreneur, David Shuttleworth, has joined a small community of new home owners at Angel’s Courtyard, a private collection of apartments behind Colchester High Street built by Essex based heritage developer City & Country.
The apartments, situated around a tranquil landscaped courtyard and fountain sculpture, were formerly council offices. Following extensive restoration and conversion, a new entrance has been created allowing direct access from the High Street to the courtyard, a factor which appealed to David, who says:
“Although we’re set off the High Street, it’s very central; you wouldn’t know where you are once you get through the gates. The positioning of the building is perfect and the courtyard looks beautiful in the context of a refurbished, interesting building with a lot of character to it. As it is set off the main road it’s nice and quiet, which is exactly what I wanted.”
Parts of the buildings date as far back as the 16th century, although the new apartments offer plenty of natural light and are finished in a contemporary style. Discussing the interesting blend of modern and historic styles, David says: “Although the buildings themselves are older and historic, City & Country has taken a lot of care to make the interiors stylish and up to date. For example, the cupboards are all free of handles with soft closing mechanisms and the doors are thick and well finished. The colours are complementary to the style and the windows are nice and big. They let in a lot of light and lend the place more of a sense of openness.”
David has now settled into his new home and found the team at City & Country helpful to deal with from the outset. He explains: “The buying process was simple and straightforward. City & Country were all very friendly and they did their job superbly, they did everything they could possibly do; I couldn’t fault them.”
George Clarke, presenter of Channel 4’s Restoration Man and City & Country’s ambassador, has witnessed the transformation at Angel’s Courtyard since day one. Discussing the conversion, he adds: “You wouldn’t believe this place used to be council offices, and it shows once again what we can do with specialist skills and a lot of imagination.”
The last remaining apartments were released for sale in August, all with two bedrooms. Many benefit from views across the historic Dutch Quarter rooftops.
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