One of the finest waterside properties on the east coast, enjoying spectacular views and a third of a mile frontage to the River Crouch.
In all about 30 acres: 9.6 acres of this is gardens and paddock, the remainder comprises the intertidal foreshore and part of the bed of the River Crouch.
Tideways was built in 1928 and this is only the second time since that it has come to the market. The property is approached over a long drive and is privately situated within beautiful mature grounds leading down to the water's edge. The current owners bought the house in 2009 and have since undertaken a painstaking programme of renovation, using vintage restoration specialist architects and designers. In 2010 they secured planning consent for a substantial contemporary extension to provide a large family room/indoor cinema with mezzanine floor above, plus a ground floor shower room, plant room and boot room. This addition has utilised the latest in architectural design and technology (including the installation of solar panels) to create a light-filled, largely open plan living space, with a glass foyer linking the extension to the existing house to maximise the impact of the views and bring the outside in.
The internal space extends to over 5,000 sq ft in total, with the principal reception rooms and bedrooms all facing south and enjoying the most spectacular views of the gardens and estuary beyond. The accommodation includes a reception hall, a double principal reception room, a study, a kitchen/breakfast room extending to approximately 600 sq ft, a utility room, a family room with mezzanine above, two shower rooms and an eighth bedroom downstairs, with seven bedrooms (five with balconies) and four bathrooms on the first floor.
The considerable curtilage of the property extends to both the north and south and is set among land designated as SSSI (sites of special scientific interest protected by law to conserve their wildlife or geology), with the immediate garden covering 5 acres plus an additional 4 acre paddock. The garden has been thoughtfully landscaped to make the most of the outstanding beauty of the surroundings and the views up and down the river. A sunken terrace, accessible from both the kitchen and the family room, doubles up as an outdoor cinema in the evenings and leads on to a large al fresco dining area. Espalier trees line herringbone pathways that meander through the grounds and around the house to the pétanque green, tennis court, swimming pool and pool house, while the southern boundary extends beyond the formal lawns to the foreshore and fundus to the low water mark. This is an unusual feature, as riverbeds typically belong to the Crown, and also includes deep water mooring rights. There is a slipway directly from the garden onto a jetty with adjacent boat stand. There are also a number of delightful small private shingle beaches and former oyster beds.
The Lodge (Lot 2) is set in 1.48 acres and available by separate negotiation.
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When the current owners bought the house ten years ago it had been in the same family for generations. They went on to carry out a painstaking renovation and have managed to preserve the intrinsic character of the house as well as the magic of the place.Phaedra Howard