This autumn, award-winning heritage developer City & Country is offering a rare chance to buy a new home built next to the majestic St Osyth Priory Estate.
The 73 new homes will be set within stunning grounds and range from one-bedroom apartments to large four-bedroom detached family houses built in traditional styles.
The new homes will represent an opportunity to be part of the area’s established community, whilst benefiting from all that modern living offers and the high quality that City & Country is renowned for. Homeowners will live alongside the estate's historic buildings and private established grounds that are home to an extensive range of wildlife.
A site of major historic significance
The St Osyth Estate boasts major social and cultural importance, dating back over 900 years and with structures still in place from the monastic period. The estate is comprised of a unique range of heritage buildings, environmental and ecological features; the buildings alone comprise 22 separate Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings and a number of Scheduled Ancient Monuments, together with a registered park and garden.
The parkland is set adjacent to the River Colne Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest, which is an extensive wetland habitat of national and international importance for a wide range of wildfowl, invertebrates and salt marsh plant communities. It is also a County Wildlife Site containing historic ponds and avenues, woodland, reed bed and veteran trees combined with wetland habitats.
The legend returns
Whilst there are numerous tales regarding the estate’s rich history, one remains most prominent – the legend of St Osyth – which dates back to the 7th Century AD.
So it goes that Osyth, daughter of Redwald, the first Christian King of East Anglia, was betrothed to Sighere, King of Essex. On her wedding day a white stag appeared, which Sighere and the rest of the male party went in chase of, allowing Osyth to escape. This white stag appears on the stained-glass windows in the Chapel and is also seen on other parts of the buildings.
City & Country is now recreating this legend by introducing a number of rare, all white fallow deer to the estate, to roam once more as perhaps they did many hundreds of years ago.
A tranquil community
Alongside the new homes, City & Country will be transforming some of the historic buildings into a Visitor Centre, Wedding Venue and restaurant/pub. These developments will directly fund the restoration of the key historic buildings across the Estate, helping to create a vibrant, mixed use destination for the area.
Located in the small village of St Osyth, new residents will benefit from the best of tranquil, rural village life. St Osyth Beach is less than five miles away, where visitors can see the last of the Martello Towers on this stretch of coast. Close by is Frinton on Sea, whilst a little further afield is the bustling town of Colchester, which offers extensive amenities and cultural attractions.