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City & Country has a range of properties inspired by their historic surrounding at St Osyth Priory in Essex.
A limited collection of contemporary new homes is available at St Osyth Priory, a coastal and rural estate sitting in a pastoral stretch of Essex countryside.
Built within the grounds of the historic Priory, which dates back to medieval times, this new collection from multi-award-winning developer City & Country is called The Meadow Homes at St Osyth Priory and comprises two, three- and four-bedroom family houses alongside new one- and two-bedroom apartments, to appeal to a range of buyer types seeking tranquil countryside living.
The new homes present an extremely rare opportunity to live nest to the majestic St Osyth Priory and with in 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 for which City & Country is renowned and many times rewarded.
Securely located within a gated development, the new homes have been meticulously designed in traditional styles to create a luxurious yet homely environment. Standards are showcased in the design and materials used, such as soft red Flemish-bond brickwork and purpose-made joinery. Design cues weatherboarding in palette of soft colours
Homes come with fully integrated kitchens including Silestone worktop 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 bathrooms floors, with underfloor heating on the ground level.
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 1, Grade 11* and Grade 11 listed buildings and 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 Country 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 birds and wildlife species.
Located in the quaint village of St Osyth, homeowners will benefit from a tranquil, rural lifestyle 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.
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 Sargent, 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”