What we say at the Zoe Napier Group Probably the most amazing and extraordinarily rare setting for any private home to benefit from. Walking out from the house to see the huge lake for the very first time felt like part of a scene from Lake Como. Whilst the property requires modernising, it certainly appears solid and the scope to run a business surrounding the Lake is huge. However, we can just as easily envisage a large replacement private family home, subject to approval.
What the Owners Say It has been a privilege to have been brought up and to have lived at The Lake. Our family now reside in different distant parts of the UK, however we have spent many weekends and holidays at 'Home'. The Lake is a magical place at any time of the year - in the summer we swim and water-ski here. Enjoy blackberry picking in the autumn; the tranquillity of country walks in the crisp winter days and then the vibrant reawakening of nature in the spring. The potential for the incoming purchaser could be huge in whatever sphere they choose.
History & Background The property offers significant opportunities in almost any permissible sphere, carried with it, a well-documented record of historic and current uses in part commercial/part residential and leisure. The 16-acre Lake was a field before it was excavated for its gravel to construct the nearby WWII Aerodrome; 'RAF Bradwell Bay'. After gravel extraction was completed, a clay based lake was created, filled by water flowing from a spring close to Bradwell-brook. In the 1960's the family were some of the pioneers of Water Skiing in the UK. They ran a Water-Ski and Leisure business here between 1963 and 1998.
Planning permission was granted in the early 1970's, whereupon the Lake House was built by the family. It is perfectly orientated to face South and positioned in an elevated position over the Lake. Great care and considerable expense were taken to ensure that 20-meter-deep piling provided a solid foundation to the house.
The property's planning permission originally included part commercial use, to create a lower ground club house for the ski club, changing rooms and tiered decking outside, from which to view the sport. The external staircase and internal lift lead to the first-floor private accommodation with a superb South facing balcony providing the ultimate vista across the Lake.
In 1998 the family reverted the entire property to a private home, when the ski club ceased operating. The property was then used for private enjoyment and as the family's official residence. Within the grounds are numerous shipping containers used for storage which have been on site for over 20 years, a large double garage building and there is a barn to the eastern corner, requiring repair or replacement. The premises offers huge potential and varied opportunities for the incoming buyer - perhaps to develop a far larger house in the most magnificent setting; to reinstate as a ski or angling club or to pursue other leisure opportunities along the lines of holiday lodges and or camping/glamping STP. The commercial aspects might allow for additional dwellings or other permissible uses. The sale is unconditional with no uplift/overage clauses or covenants. An end of chain situation is also offered.
Setting & Location The property is discreetly nestled in Mill End, on the outskirts of the village of Bradwell-on-Sea, which lies on the northern tip of the Dengie Peninsula. With its unique micro-climate of unusually dry and sunny weather, the area is highly sought after by sailors, motorboat enthusiasts and holiday makers, with Bradwell Marina a short distance away. At the neighbouring village of St. Lawrence (further down the estuary) is Stone yacht club and Stone water sports Centre on the calmer waters of the estuary.
The property is well screened with a long drive/track which eventually leads to the main house and yard/car park areas. Still, the Lake is yet to be seen! A wide second entrance for visiting trailers/boats leads to the slip way for launching watercraft. It is only from the rear of the house (due south) that the magnificence of the Lake can be fully appreciated - from its elevated position, balcony, and tiered terraces. The 16-acre lake is set centrally on the 31.8-acre site, surrounded by some tracks, with some vehicular access to various vantage points, around 10 swims, a water ski jetty on the Northern bank and a further jetty on the eastern bank. The Lake has an abundance of wildlife,including a large variety of wildfowl, including swans and herons. In 2006 a fisheries survey recorded a good stock of carp, bream and tench.
This Lake could become a key location for East Coast holiday makers and Water sports enthusiasts. The village of Bradwell-on-Sea offers a range of local amenities and there are some fabulous rural and coastal walks, with the historic Chapel of St Peter-on-the-wall built by St. Cedd in 654 AD, on the site of the ancient Roman Fort of Othona. St Peter-on-the-wall is reputedly the oldest consecrated 'Church of England' Chapel in England.
Bradwell-on-Sea is within daily commute from London. The nearest station is at Southminster (5 miles away) with numerous surrounding towns and villages.
Burnham on Crouch 8.2 miles* Maldon 13.5 miles* Chelmsford City 21 miles* Southend 26 miles*
London City 45 miles*