Savills | Coast Road, West Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8NA | Property for sale
4,000 sq ft(371.61 sq m)
Guide price £1,590,000

Coast RoadWest Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8NA

    Key features

    • Video tour available West-facing coastal views
    • Selection of yacht and sailing clubs close by
    • Versatile three-storey accommodation
    • Various outbuildings including studio
    • Gardens with pool
    • Detached cottage available separately

    A charming period house with elevated views to the Blackwater Estuary. Detached cottage available separately.

    About this property

    • 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.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    For me, this coastal oasis is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Being one of the islands original houses, when built, it was orientated to take advantage of the views and sunsets over the water.

    Stephen WhiteProperty agent

    Local information

    • Peldon: 4 miles; Abberton: 5 miles; Colchester: 10 miles (Liverpool Street from 47 minutes). All distances approximate.
    • Elmtree House occupies a delightful and elevated position on the coast road in West Mersea on Mersea Island with views over the Blackwater Estuary, which flows into the North Sea.
    • Mersea Island is accessible from the mainland over The Strood, which can be covered at high tide, giving the island a special quality. West Mersea provides the local shopping facilities in addition to a primary school, a yacht club and sailing club.
    • On the island an area in East Mersea is designated a country park and there are great opportunities for bird watching and other rural pursuits.
    • Colchester provides more extensive shopping, recreational and educational facilities and for the commuter there is a train station at Colchester to London Liverpool Street.

    Additional information

    • Directions: From Colchester take the B1025 to Mersea and on crossing The Strood onto the island ignore the left fork signposted to East Mersea and continue to West Mersea. Continue onto Coast Road along to the Sailing Club and then turn right beside The Coast Inn up the drive and the entrance is on the right hand side. Postcode: CO5 8NA.
    • EPC Rating = E