What We think at Zoe Napier Group This is such an inspirational home with just shy of 6000 sq ft accommodation set over three floors with an indoor pool, (as well as alfresco river swimming from the pier) and a separate annexe. Most homeowners might have a bus stop outside, but this property has the jetty in front, from which to go on a seal watching cruise or ferry boat across to Wallasea Island nature reserve! Whether you are in to sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bird twitching, horse riding, cycling or simply love to walk the dogs on the beach, then this house cannot and will not disappoint.
What the Owners Say We have had an amazing time here for ourselves and the children and it has been an incredibly hard decision to move away closer to our family in the west of the country. The views are like nowhere else with big skies, extraordinary sunsets, moon lighting and even during winter the estuary has a stunning silver glimmer. Almost as many artists, as there are sailors live in the town. When we left South London, we wanted somewhere that offered the lifestyle with around 1 hour's commute from London where we work. The house has been perfect in every way. Even our Cat 5 broadband is faster here than the office in London - a major plus for working from home. And even when we're working its like being on holiday all the time here - complete with a microclimate which we will really miss.
History & Background This inspirational and genius architecturally designed property was constructed in 2008 to an incredibly high structural and internal finish, inspired and awarded with a conservation plaque for basing its design on the Corinthian Yacht Club's architectural elegance and proudly sited in the best waterside location, (in a conservation area), on the quayside with incredible south facing waterside views.
The 'almost' 6000 sq ft, bright, light, and spacious accommodation flows across three floors with the addition of a roof top party terrace which could accommodate 'dozens' for a party occasion with splendid, panoramic sunset views across the estuary. The property has been considerably improved by its current owners, mainly relating to the exterior landscaping, drought resistant Mediterranean balconies and terraces, whilst enjoying this incredible property as a wonderful, lifestyle family home. The main terraces face south; the moorings opposite are available on licence and immediate access leads to the quayside for wonderful waterside, sunset walks. A little further up is the beach - an area for dog walks with countryside beyond.
The accommodation provides as many bedrooms as you desire! - advertised as five bedrooms, but easily up to seven (dependent upon requirements), hence versatility from the near 6000 sq ft accommodation. And during colder climates, there is the choice of indoor swimming exercise and a sauna, whilst relaxing thereafter in the blackout cinema room with its giant screen - perfect for sports or the latest movies. So, whether you lounge on the roof top terrace during the warmer climates, dine on the middle balcony overlooking the estuary as a living painting, with huge skies and sunsets, breakfast on the private sunrise terrace or take a few lengths in the pool, it's a property that can never disappoint
Setting & Location Burnham on Crouch is a sought-after market town located on the meandering east coast. The town is famed as a destination of excellence for sailors from the relatively sheltered Crouch Estuary and directly opposite is Wallasea Island, one of the biggest Conservation Nature Reserves for Waterfowl and rare species. A ferry boat runs visitors across to the island and there is also the small pier from which paying passengers can go by boat to watch the seal colonies close by. Often a seal will bob up outside the house, where there are also moorings available by licence.
The town enjoys a regular regatta week and the Yacht Clubs along the quay include The Royal Corinthian, Royal Burnham, and Burnham Sailing Club. Water sports are in abundance; everything from swimming and paddle boarding to canoeing and wind surfing. Water skiers and Jet skiers tend to use permitted areas further out from the harbour.
The town really does thrive, enhanced by numerous pubs, restaurants and seafood eateries, to a Tuesday food market and a charming 1930's cinema which features up to date West End Movies. And it has the best fish & chip shop in the area! People also move to the area for the transport links with a direct line to London's Liverpool Street (64 minutes) and 40 minutes' drive or bus ride to Chelmsford City and 45 minutes from Brentwood & Southend. The town also benefits from excellent schools. Burnham Primary School is rated Outstanding and Ormiston Rivers Academy (seniors) is the top nonselective school in the county. Local children also go to the grammar schools in Southend and Chelmsford and other independent schools.
The property itself is in the centre of town, offshore Road, with access via the historic 17th Century Anchor Hotel car park up to the high gated entrance. The town is literally a minute's walk onto the High Street.