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4 bedroom detached house for sale

West Mersea

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Property Description

Key features

  • FOUR BEDROOMS
  • KITCHEN AND SEPARATE BREAKFAST ROOM
  • STUDIO/GAMES ROOMS
  • SITTING ROOM
  • STUDY
  • SNUG
  • 0.33 ACRES

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

THE STORY

Every time Robin Dromard returns home, by crossing the Strood to Mersea Island, he is filled with wonder.
"I do think Mersea Island is rather splendid and living here is a pure delight," he said. "Whenever I return home and go over the causeway I am struck by the fact I am crossing the sea to reach my house. There is something quite magical about that really."
Robin's home, Whitegates, has been part of island life for hundreds of years. Its oldest section dates back to around 1570.
"I think it was probably once cottages for farm workers at Bower Hall Farm," he said. "At some point they were brought together and made into one property and then later extended. In the past it was also used as a nursery school for a while."
He added: "I looked at lots of houses before buying this one and chose it because it offered me a combination of everything I was looking for.
"It was on the island and had chocolate box appeal and yet it also had lots of space. It was in a location that was quiet but also convenient."

IDEAL DESIGN

Whitegates is certainly unique in its layout. Set around a courtyard, in a U-shape, it had at least three bedrooms, as well as space for a games or entertaining room.
"The house can really be arranged to suit different needs. There is scope, for example, for more bedrooms if someone wants them. I like having the games or snooker room but that could easily have a different use."
Robin carried out significant work after arriving at the house. This included digging down in some rooms to increase ceiling height, replacing the central heating system and redecorating.
"I also rebuilt the porch, installed solar panels and spent a great deal of time on the garden," he said.

SUNSHINE ALL DAY

The space in the house offers great flexibility.
"I love the breakfast room in the morning, when the sun comes streaming in, then the dining room picks up the evening sun," he pointed out. "I move from bedroom to bedroom because I like them all and the games room is ideal when I want to play table tennis."
The courtyard is superb for long summer lunches while the drawing room is comfortable in the winter.
"The garden is great for big parties. There are various places for sitting out.
"The walnut tree is on the south side and produces lots of nuts. I loved it the first time I visited the house, as it reminded me of my childhood."

WELCOME HOME

The ambience of the house is mirrored by the friendly atmosphere of the island, according to Robin.
"Mersea has a real sense of identity, which I like," he said. "It is a welcoming place, with an active community. There is plenty to do from sailing to walking, cycling and going to the gym. Shopping is easy too and it is just a quick drive into Colchester."
He added: "I love living here and I have really enjoyed the project of working on the house. The property gives me a sense of warmth and is a very pleasant place to come back to.
"Every time I drive over the Strood and then pull up in front of the house I think how much I enjoy being here."


ACROSS THE CAUSEWAY

Mersea Island is joined to the mainland by a causeway, first constructed in Roman times.
This crosses a waterway known as "the Strood," which was constructed by St Sæbbi, a King of the East Saxons who ruled from 664 to 694.
Mersea Island is situated in the estuary area of the Blackwater and Colne rivers and has an area of around eight sq km.
The name "Mersea" is derived from the Old English "meresig," which is said to mean "island of the pool."

ACCOMMODATION

GROUND FLOOR ACCOMMODATION

Accessing the entrance door you are welcomed by a charming reception hall with exposed studwork and ceiling timbers, stairs ascending the first floor with a cupboard beneath and access to a ground floor cloakroom. To your left is the snug, offering a pleasant dual aspect with views over the front gardens and nearby paddock, also with exposed timbers and a mellow red brick fireplace with wood burning stove. Across the hall is the sitting room which again has exposed studs and a heavily timbered ceiling, bay window with central door framing views of the garden whilst for those cosier nights is a mellow red brick open fire with bressumer. Moving onto an inner hall, on your left you will note a ground floor bathroom, whilst on your right is the study which can be doubled up as a ground floor bedroom, offering a dual aspect and French doors leading onto the courtyard and garden. Moving back into the hallway you will find the dual aspect dining room having double doors leading to the entrance porch, with further doors leading onto the front garden and driveway. The kitchen is fitted in a traditional layout with cream fronted cabinetry incorporating various integrated appliances, including fridge/freezer, double oven, microwave and dishwasher, there is also access to the loft. From here an archway leads to the breakfast room which has French doors that also open onto a south facing courtyard, you will note an invaluable walk in storage cupboard before moving onto the hugely impressive studio. This impressive space is being currently used as a leisure facility with table tennis and a mezzanine floor, which is being used as a gymnasium.





FIRST FLOOR ACCOMMODATION


On the first floor you will find three bedrooms and one bathroom. Ascending the stairs there is exposed studwork and a glass balustrade with a dormer window facing out onto the courtyard. From here doors lead off to three bedrooms which all face south with views over the gardens, as well as the family bathroom, which has adjacent wall to wall fitted wardrobes.

SETTING THE SCENE

The property stands within 0.33 acres of established and colourful gardens, which predominantly lay to the southeast. A detached double garage has power and light connected with electric roller doors, with further parking available to the front of the property for two/three vehicles. A gateway set in trellis work opens to the landscaped south facing gardens which offer a high degree of privacy from the lane. The well stocked flower beds and borders are complemented with well tended lawns, rose beds and a fine walnut tree. There is also a nearby well with an electric pump and a pathway leading to a secluded courtyard with further lawn area and fishpond.

WHATS NEARBY

The island of West Mersea lies to the South of Colchester; this property provides excellent access to the beach whilst the village centre is within a bike ride away which offers every day amenities including local stores as well as Tesco Supermarket, Doctors, Dentist, Vets and a local Primary School. The island is ideal for any watering enthusiasts. West Mersea is also renowned for its yacht club, sailing club, bars and restaurants as well as the well renowned Company Shed and Oyster Bar. There are many sailing events taking place on the island throughout the year including the annual Regatta.

WITHIN EASY REACH

Colchester town centre and it's high street shops, cafes and leisure facilities is within easy reach and there is also an excellent range of schools in both the private and public sector. Colchester offers excellent access to the A12 at Lexden, Colchester North Station, Marks Tey and Witham station offer direct links to London Liverpool Street with services running every 30 minutes.

DIRECTIONS:

Proceed out of Colchester heading towards the island of Mersea. On the Mersea Road/B1025. Continue over the strood and turn left onto East Mersea Road. Continue for about 0.7 miles and turn left on to Bower Hall Lane.


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  • Wivenhoe (4.6 mi)
  • Alresford (Essex) (5.1 mi)
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156 - 158 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

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  • Wivenhoe (4.6 mi)
  • Alresford (Essex) (5.1 mi)
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Chewton Rose, Colchester

156 - 158 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

01206 916075 Local call rate

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