As Rightmove reports increased demand for larger family homes and outside space, award-winning heritage developer City & Country is set to bring a limited collection of contemporary new homes to St Osyth Priory - a stunning coastal and rural estate sitting in a pastoral stretch of countryside. Built within the grounds of the historic Priory, which dates back to medieval times, this new collection, called The Meadow Homes at St Osyth Priory, comprises two, three- and four-bedroom family houses alongside new one and two-bedroom apartments – appealing to a range of buyer types seeking tranquil countryside living.
The new homes present an extremely rare opportunity to live next to the majestic St Osyth Priory and within the wider estate grounds, which boast a history spanning more than 1,400 years. New residents will enjoy access to the private established grounds that are home to a diverse range of wildlife, whilst enjoying modern living and the outstanding build quality that City & Country is renowned for.
Luxurious modern design
Securely located within a gated development, the new homes have been meticulously designed in traditional styles to create a luxurious yet homely environment in this incredibly beautiful location. City & Country’s exacting standard and exceptional attention to detail is showcased in the design and materials used, such as soft red Flemish-bond brickwork and purpose-made joinery. Design cues are inspired by the traditional Essex village vernacular such as brick chimneys and timber weatherboarding in a palette of soft colours. Internal fixtures and fittings are of a premium specification, with fully integrated kitchens including Silestone worktops and undermounted sinks, while bathrooms feature Laufen Pro sanitaryware and stylish brassware. Flooring is provided throughout, including luxurious wool-carpeted bedrooms, laminate or natural wood floors to living spaces, and ceramic tiled bathroom floors, with underfloor heating on the ground level.
A rich history
The St Osyth Priory Estate boasts major social and cultural history dating back many hundreds of years, with structures still in place from the monastic period. The buildings alone comprise 16 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 adjacent to the River Colne Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest which is an extensive wetland habitat of national and international importance. It is also a County Wildlife Site containing an assortment of historic ponds and avenues, woodland, reed bed and veteran trees combined with extensive wetland habitats which provide a home for hundreds of bird and wildlife species.
Located in the quaint village of St Osyth, homeowners will benefit from the best of tranquil, rural village life in an established community. 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 are Frinton-on-Sea and the bustling town of Colchester, which offers extensive amenities and cultural attractions.
A new destination in its own right
Alongside the new homes, City & Country has launched expansive regeneration plans that will transform some of the historic buildings into a visitor centre, wedding venue, holiday cottages and restaurant/pub in due course. The regeneration plans have the potential to support nearly 1,000 local jobs and to generate at least £30m of additional spending in the local area. Major ecological improvements are already underway too. 15,000 native hedging plants have already been planted to restore historic hedgerows, whilst the planting of new woodlands and avenues will take place later this year, adding many thousands of new trees to the idyllic estate.
Tim Sargeant, Chairman of City & Country, said:
“The new homes at St Osyth Priory offer an exciting mix of modern living with traditional style, situated with a historic estate, offering those seeking more space a truly unique proposition. All the properties are exceptionally designed with the highest quality specification. People choosing to live here really are buying into a piece of history, whilst also gaining from our wider regeneration plans that are set to deliver significant economic gains for the community.”