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3 bedroom semi-detached house for sale
- AWARD WINNING HOME
- GRADE II LISTED
- FOUR BEDROOMS
- THREE/FOUR RECEPTION ROOMS
- GALLEY KITCHEN
- FOUR LEVELS
- STUNNING VIEWS
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 1571 SQ FT
Set in the heart of a pretty village on the Suffolk and Essex border, is Nick and Jac Hayman's charming home.
The couple relished the challenge of restoring the four-bedroom property, creating a superb house to suit their sociable lifestyle, and were then thrilled to win glossy magazine Period Living's Best Cottage in Britain Award.
Nick said he was filled with excitement when they discovered the house. From the bedrooms to the spacious cellar - now an atmospheric dining and party room - they lavished a huge amount of time renovating and thoughtfully updating. With his expert design flair, they added modern, practical comforts and enhanced its original character.
We knew it would be really special, he said, adding that Bay House was not actually a cottage.
Jac said: We were delighted to win the award. It is a very light and airy house. We are proud of it, it looks just right.
The 19th Century house boasts four bedrooms, one of which is used as an upstairs drawing room. This is now their favourite space, the place where they like to enjoy views of the extensive gardens of the large country house opposite.
It is lovely to sit there. It is so peaceful, said Nick.
Decorated in calm grey green, with a light stone carpet setting off their richly coloured seating and period furniture, there's an airy feel here, echoed throughout the house.
We spend a lot of time in here. It's an excellent bright room to sit with the Sunday papers and a coffee too, said Jac.
For a cosy evening in front of the fire, they head to the sitting room. Here they have a wood-burning stove in the fireplace, which they restored and painted, along with the original corner unit. There's plenty of room to sit and relax, and their table fits perfectly into the bay window.
This house is one of those homes where they thought of everything, the space is sensibly used, said Nick.
In both the sitting room and the dining room, sisal flooring and soft wall colouring blend the high ceilings and cosy feel: We wanted that natural look. We have Danish carpet from top to bottom, of different sorts, and it is unbelievably tough, he added.
Recent converts to the joys of growing their own, the couple like coming home with an armful of fresh vegetables from their allotment in the village. They will then pick a handful of fresh herbs from the courtyard garden, and start cooking in the modern kitchen.
The kitchen did have cabinets along both sides but we took it all out and have everything on one side. We are so pleased with it. We both like cooking and it's a good space to use now, he said.
They like to eat in the restful dining room, overlooking the courtyard. Like the rest of the house, the airy feel is enhanced here by subtle Farrow & Ball shades, with handcrafted Jim Lawrence lighting and curtain poles.
But often, if they are dining with friends, they like to begin with drinks in the atmospheric cellar dining area. A calm and clear room, it's perfect for parties too. It's a really good space, Jac added.
The design-led couple have always appreciated the many interesting and original features about their house, from the built-in cupboards beside the dining room fireplace to the panelled doors and deep skirting boards.
There are unusual historical features too, such as the soberly named coffin door, which they think was actually in place to make moving large pieces of furniture easier, and the dining room sash window, which slides sideways.
It's an airy, quirky house, and that's what interested us, said Nick.
Jac added: It's been a joy to do and a joy to live here. It's an absolutely fabulous place to live.
The character continues in the bedrooms too, where one has a vaulted ceiling, and another Nick loved so much, that he turned it into his office.
It has this incredible view. I do find myself sitting with my feet up, looking out over the gardens of Nayland, when I should be working! he laughed.
Stepping through the attractive front door which boasts fluted architrave along with a fan light, you will find an inviting reception hall with stone flooring and steps leading down to the basement. This space has been converted into an atmospheric dining room, ideal for parties and entertaining, but could also be utilised as a study. The hall provides access to a light and airy drawing room, where a canted bay window affords pleasant views across Court Street, Alston Court and over to the church. A striking fireplace with fluted columns and mantle houses a wood burning stove, generating a warm and cosy ambience, while a delightful fitted cabinet with display shelving and inset lighting adds a charming finish to the room. Moving on, the breakfast/dining room is spacious and can easily accommodate a generous dining table and chairs, a great place for relaxed family meals. Additionally, there are fitted cabinets to three corners, a sash window offering vistas over the courtyard and a door giving access to the staircase for the upper floors. The comprehensive kitchen enjoys a modern feel, with maple fronted cabinets providing copious amounts of storage and quartz work tops allowing for easy preparation of meals. An array of built in appliances will remain within the sale of the house. Completing this floor is a cloakroom.
Ascending to the first floor, you will locate a well proportioned sitting/family room, where two sash windows frame elevated vistas over the surrounding area. This room could easily be converted in to a further bedroom if required. Concluding this floor there is a luxurious family bathroom and an additional bedroom.
Rising to the top floor, two more bedrooms are waiting to be discovered with an interesting outlook over the rooftops of Nayland village.
SETTING THE SCENE
The pretty yellow house is set just off the road with a neat gravelled area and front hedge. The paved courtyard garden, leading from the kitchen, is a glorious spot to sit in the sunshine or by candlelight on a warm evening. With room to dine outside, the owners have emphasised the exterior weathered beams with green plants and a variety of herbs.
WITHIN EASY REACH
Nayland is set in the Stour Valley, in beautiful Constable Country about 10 to 15 minutes from Colchester, which has excellent transport links and shopping, along with cultural and leisure opportunities. Bay House stands close to the centre of the village within easy reach of amenities including a shop, Post Office, butcher, schools, a church and public house. Littlegarth and Holmwood House are both well regarded preparatory schools, whilst the Royal Grammar School for Boys and County High School for Girls are situated in Colchester.
Nearby Stoke by Nayland is home to two great restaurants, one of which is called The Crown.
Canoeing down the nearby Stour to Dedham, with a stop at a riverside pub, is a most pleasant afternoon, said the couple.
There is superb walking, cycling and riding in the surrounding Stour Valley, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and for those fancying a seaside stroll, it is a straightforward journey to beaches at Clacton and Frinton.
The towns of Sudbury and Hadleigh are also within easy reach.
It is simple to access the A12 trunk road, along with Colchester North Station with its mainline links to London Liverpool Street.
From Colchester take the A134 north bound out of the town and towards Sudbury. Drive through Great Horkesley and continue northwards for a further mile, at which point the road descends to the Stour Valley. Immediately after crossing the river, turn right on to Nayland/Horkesley Road and cross over the bridge. Pass the Anchor Inn on the right hand side and continue on to Court Street. Bay House can be found on your left hand side.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is CO6 4JL
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