City & Country sets new record at the WhatHouse? Awards 2023
A unique opportunity to live alongside one of Britain’s most significant collections of historic buildings, the new homes at St Osyth present an extremely rare chance to buy into a history spanning more than 1,400 years.
Built by award-winning heritage developer City & Country, the 73 new apartments and houses are set within a beautiful natural landscape next to the majestic St Osyth Priory. Residents will enjoy access to private established grounds that are home to a diverse range of wildlife, whilst enjoying modern living and the high quality that City & Country is renowned for.
Ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom detached family houses, the new properties are built in traditional styles with an exceptional attention to detail in the design and materials used.
An intriguing history
The history of the St Osyth Priory Estate dates back many hundreds of years, featuring a unique range of features including 16 separate Grade I, Grade II* and grade II listed buildings and several 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 a mosaic of historic ponds and avenues, woodland, reed bed and veteran trees combined with extensive wetland habitats which provide a home for the hundreds of bird and wildlife species.
The design of the new homes has been carefully considered, inspired by the traditional Essex village vernacular such as brick chimneys and timber weatherboarding in a palette of soft colours. Securely located within a gate development, the properties feature details such as soft red Flemish-bond brickwork, clay roof tiles and purpose-made joinery showcasing City & Country’s exacting standards.
Internally, fully integrated kitchens feature Silestone worktops and undermounted sinks. Bathrooms feature Laufen Pro sanitaryware and stylish minimalist brassware. The new homes feature luxurious wool-carpeted bedrooms and tile bathroom floors, whilst ground floors enjoy underfloor heating with either ceramic tiles, laminate or natural wood floor finishes fitted. All of this combines to create a luxurious yet homely environment in this very beautiful location.
Located in the quaint village of St Osyth, homeowners will benefit from the best of tranquil, rural village life. St Osyth beach is less than two 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.
City & Country is transforming the wider estate, breathing new life into the Sacred White Hart public house with a restaurant and holiday accommodation. Plans are being realised to restore and convert Tithe Barn into a spectacular wedding and events space, opening up a long term, viable future for the St Osyth Priory Estate and help to create a vibrant, mixed use destination for the area.
Suzanne Aplin, Sales & Marketing Director at City & Country, said: “Located within the St Osyth Priory Estate, our homes really do give buyers an opportunity to be a part of something special. They offer a rare opportunity to live within an idyllic estate, in a protected heritage setting that is genuinely exceptional. Beautifully designed with a high quality specification, this wide range of new homes is perfectly suited to family buyers and professionals, or for purchasers looking to downsize in a tranquil location.”