2 bedroom chalet for sale44 West Foreshore, Wrabness
General information This 2 bedroom timber cabin has a larger plot than standard and is situated overlooking the beach with decked area providing wonderful views to the front elevation over the Stour Estuary whilst to the rear there is a large open field for the children and adults to play.
We understand that the building is of timber construction consisting of an open plan living area with double doors to the sun deck overlooking the Stour Estuary, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, external WC and store for canoes etc.
The cabin is an ideal holiday / weekend retreat and would suit people with an interest in bird watching, sailing and walking. There are moorings for boat owners, available at the discretion of the Balhaven moorings committee and we understand that this small community is one of only two of its kind in Britain, the other being at Mudeford Sands in Dorset.
We have been advised by our client that the land surrounding and up to the waterfront is owned by a company called Balhaven, which is controlled by the Wrabness hut owners. Prospective buyers purchase a hut and that entitles them, for a nominal fee, a share in Balhaven. Through this process we understand they become a voting member of the company that owns the freehold of the land on which their hut is sited, plus a significant acreage of adjacent land that Balhaven has acquired over the years. Further information and clarification can be obtained by speaking directly to the Balhaven board of directors and our client has advised they will be willing to put any interested parties in touch with them.
We must further advise that the huts have no mains electricity, water supply or sewerage. Hut owners typically use bottled gas for cooking and solar power if applicable, wind power and/or 12 volt batteries for lighting. Fresh water for drinking is available from stand pipes typically from April through to October or of course owners bring their own supplies. The exact date of stand pipe availability can vary according to the weather, with the purpose of turning off the water supply in winter being to prevent pipes freezing and bursting.
There is a standby water pipe and sanitation disposal unit for hut owners. There is also a large wheelie bin container for rubbish disposal.
The method of purchasing the huts is an unconventional one. We understand there is no exchange of contracts or completion. There are no maps or plans for individual huts lodged with the land registry. Boundaries between huts are established through custom and practice and tend to date back many years. The earliest huts were established along the beach in the 1930's. We understand some huts stay within families for generations and are never sold. Prospective buyers and sellers make themselves known to the Balhaven board (consisting of hut owners who volunteer to be directors). The board usually meets with the prospective purchaser. Once inducted, the prospective buyer pays the seller for the hut and signs a rental agreement with Balhaven to secure ownership of the hut and a share in the company.
It is very unlikely that a buyer will obtain a mortgage so the proposition is one that would appeal to cash buyers. This is a summary of how things work in principle in the Wrabness hut owning community and any prospective buyers would need to contact the Balhaven board to check to see if there are any other conditions or restrictions that they must adhere to.
This opportunity is a very individual and unique one, not suiting the majority of purchasers, however for those with a keen interest in the water and a lovely coastal location, it would appeal as long as the relevant party has cash funds available.
Living room 11' 6" x 9' 2" (3.51m x 2.79m)
Kitchen 6' 6" x 5' 7" (1.98m x 1.7m)
Bedroom one 9' 4" x 6' 8" (2.84m x 2.03m)
Bedroom two 6' 7" x 5' 7" (2.01m x 1.7m)
WC 8' 3" x 2' 9" (2.51m x 0.84m)
STORE 8' 6" x 6' 8" (2.59m x 2.03m)
Where? The property is nestled in a secluded tucked away coastal location with wonderful views over the Stour Estuary, yet within comfortable motoring distance of the town of Manningtree with its facilities catering for day to day needs including restaurants, public houses and convenience stores. The market town of Colchester is some 20 miles to the South-West and features a further range of recreational amenities as well as many wine bars, restaurants and national/independent retailers. The appeal of this location is its peace and tranquillity alongside the Estuary whilst being within comfortable distance of mainline railway stations with regular services to London Liverpool Street namely at Mistley and Manningtree. There is also a nearby railway station at Wrabness with less frequent services.
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