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3 bedroom detached house for sale

The Street, Salcott

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Property Description

Key features

  • Simply Stunning C17TH Listed Grade II Three Bedroom Village Cottage
  • Comprehensive Renovation Programme Undertaken
  • Stylish Vaulted Kitchen with Utility and Pantry
  • Sitting Room
  • Dining Room
  • Family Room
  • Garden Room
  • Detached Double Garage
  • Mature Garden extending to 0.35 acre
  • Extensive Parking

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Sitting by a crackling fire in the winter or basking in the sunshine of their cottage garden in the summer, Maria and Paul Kelly imagine the many generations who have lived at Fosters. Their impressive period home is believed to be around 600 years old and still presents evidence of its long history at every turn. “We understand this to have been the village Post Office for many years and at one time to have possibly also been a safe house,” Maria explains. Right at the heart of smuggling country, Salcott was one of the chief landing places in Essex for illegal spirits, wine, tobacco and silk in the 17th and 18th centuries – and safe houses were where the contraband was often stored. “We came from a very modern home and were drawn to this house because it was so old and characterful,” she recalls. “In fact, because properties like this become available so rarely, I felt as if we had won a golden ticket.”

SIMPLE DÉCOR

The attractive two-storey home still presents a wealth of oak beams and original timbers. Many of its ceilings are vaulted and there are inglenook fireplaces. “We renovated the whole house while retaining its integrity and remaining very respectful to its original style,” Maria explains. “We installed a new heating system and electrics, as well as bathrooms and a kitchen; we even fitted an integrated vacuum system.” Walls and ceilings were painted in an off-white shade from Farrow & Ball, while light porcelain was laid in the kitchen, hall and conservatory; pale coir matting was brought into the drawing room, study or family room and dining room. “We kept the décor simple, to create a blank canvas for the features,” she added.

PERFECT BALANCE

Modern twists enhance the unique charm of Fosters. The kitchen, which has a vaulted ceiling, has been fitted with industrial-look stainless steel units topped with light oak work surfaces. A chimney breast now houses a pizza oven and high end appliances are from Fisher Paykel. These now contrast with the old wood of the walk-in pantry and French linen cupboard. The bathroom and shower room, which feature walk-in showers, include Duravit sanitary ware by Philippe Starck. “I like to mix the old and the new and I think we have got the balance just right here,” she suggests.

INVITING SPACES

fFosters is entered via a lobby leading to the study or family room. This in turn gives on to the drawing room, where there is access into the conservatory, which opens on to the garden. Beyond the sitting room is an inner hall leading to the shower room and with open timber studwork on to the dining room. The kitchen breakfast room, utility room and pantry are at the end of the house. “We did contemplate knocking through from the dining room but ended up putting a round table, with a lazy Susan, in there. We have had so many wonderful evenings in this room, eating and drinking with family and friends. It has become an intimate space and is one of my favourite areas.”

A MAGICAL PLACE
All three bedrooms at Fosters are situated up on the first floor. The family bathroom is also here and one of the bedrooms has an en suite shower room. Steps from another bedroom lead up to a mezzanine floor. “I love my bedroom – it is so comfortable, and it has a really magical feel about it,” says Maria. The property has been a relaxing home to the couple and a welcoming haven for their friends and family. “Although it is not a huge house it has been a nice place to entertain,” she agrees. “I have even managed to sit 26 people down for Christmas dinner on occasion!”

ALL SEASONS

The conservatory has been a great entertaining area and a bright, inviting room in which to sit and gaze out at the pretty cottage garden. “The garden runs down to the water and we also have a pond, so we do see a lot of wildlife here. We have a walled garden terrace, where we like to sit in the evening, and a beautiful wisteria, which must be over 100 years old. This is a real cottage garden, with thousands of bulbs which erupt into an abundance of colour in the spring.” Despite the tranquillity of their setting, the couple have enjoyed their proximity to Colchester, Chelmsford, Tiptree and Witham, with its train station. When not relaxing at home they like to visit Abberton Reservoir, Mersea Island and Maldon. “But, at the same time, we have our own waterways here, which run into the creeks and then the estuary,” she says. She adds: “This is a lovely place to live all year round. It is warm in winter, cool in summer and beautiful throughout all the seasons.”


WHATS NEARBY 
Salcott is nestled within undulating Essex farmland and offers a broad range of leisure pursuits including a number of local golf clubs such as Five Lakes which is a short drive away. The Essex coast offers extensive walks, bird watching and sailing, particularly on Mersea Island to the south which is renowned for its array of fresh fish eateries and also nearby Tollesbury. The location also benefits from plenty of countryside walks, nature trails and cycle routes whilst Tiptree offers shopping for everyday needs.

WITHIN EASY REACH 
The centre of Colchester is approximately 15 minutes drive away which caters for a broad range of commercial entertainment, shopping and educational amenities and its railway station provides a regular service to London Liverpool Street with an approximate journey time of 55 minutes.

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30 August 2019

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156 - 158 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

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