A charming period house with elevated views to the Blackwater Estuary. Detached cottage included.
Elmtree House is believed to date back to the 1700s and although is not listed, is one of the island's original coastal homes. The house has red-brick elevations relieved by a weather-boarded first floor studio under a tiled roof and stands deep within its mature grounds, which extend to about 0.65 of an acre.
The accommodation is laid out on three floors with the principal reception rooms and bedrooms orientated to take advantage of the estuary views. Notable internal features include a fantastic kitchen/breakfast room by Prime Oak featuring colour-washed Shaker-style units relieved by black granite worktops and anchored around an island breakfast bar. The room features an attractive semi-vaulted ceiling with some exposed oak timbers and featuring a glazed skylight. There are bi-fold doors on the southern elevation flooding the room with natural light and providing access onto a sheltered area, ideal for al fresco dining. Across the front of the house the origins of the property become evident with some heavy exposed timbers, open fireplaces and feature curved-bay windows designed to take advantage of the elevated views.
On the first floor there are three or four generous bedrooms - the principal bedroom has breathtaking views with an adjoining study/studio featuring deep glazing and including a retained balcony. There are two further bedrooms on the second floor, both with elevated views over the estuary.
The grounds are approached through electric timber gates set on a brick wall into a substantial parking area at the side of the house. From here there is access to a range of outbuildings forming a large U-shaped block containing garage, workshop, a modern studio and two stores with an adjoining car port.
To the south is a sheltered garden with a terrace, ideal for al fresco dining and immediately adjoining the kitchen. To the west the lawns are elevated overlooking the estuary with far-reaching views towards the Blackwater Estuary National Nature Reserve and Tollesbury. The gardens are predominantly lawned with a segregated area including an in-ground pool. This area enjoys the afternoon sun and some amazing sunsets over the water.
106 Coast Road, West Mersea
A delightful detached period cottage situated on Coast Road, and the start of the drive to the main house and immediately overlooking the estuary which has been used as an airbnb generating a useful income. The accommodation comprises a delightful living room with log burner and views of the garden and estuary, fitted kitchen, single and double bedroom and a first floor bathroom.
There are south-facing gardens fronting onto Coast Road.
Please note the house and cottage are on two titles. The house: EX840283 and the cottage: EX642665.
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For me, this coastal oasis is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Being one of the island's original houses, when built, the house and cottage were orientated to take advantage of the views and sunsets over the water.Stephen White