Property flirt: the modern Mistley cottage to crush on
Want to live stylishly by the sea? This corker of a cottage might just be The One. Overlooking the River Stour, this Grade II-listed Georgian gem blends contemporary design with character. So, how much does it cost? First, let's take the tour...
Occupying a fantasy Quayside location, this two-bed spans four storeys and has retained some wonderful original features, including cast iron fireplaces and beautiful oak beams. But traditional it’s not: the owners’ sensitive modern interiors and self-contained studio in the lush, leafy garden all add to its contemporary charm. If you like pared-back palettes and rustic wooden accents, you’ll fall for this place hard.
Thought to have been built in 1730, a full renovation was completed eight years ago. And we say full, we mean the roof-and-rafters-were-replaced-full! The house was completely rewired, and re-plumbed with two boutique-style bathrooms. However, all the important bits remain: shutters, sash windows, floorboards – they’ve all been restored and perfectly polished up. No bodge jobs here.
Outside, the cottage boasts a plethora of flowering beds, perennials and two mature olive trees, which set the house back from the high street beautifully. Meanwhile, a gated pathway bordered by wrought-iron fencing offers top-class curb appeal.
Light, airy and surprisingly spacious for such a historical building, the ground level is organised into a sociable, open-plan space that features a central dining area with original Pither stove. Hand-crafted carpentry in the new-gen kitchen lends an air of rustic cottage charm, while the large sash window frames views out across the river.
A cosy principal living room decked with books and global curiosities awaits on the first floor. Its wide, stripped-back floorboards, thick beams and open-brick fireplace make it the ultimate reading spot. There’s also a luxe bathroom on this level, so you can always take the book with you…
The beautifully light master bedroom suite occupies the top floor and features a workspace tucked into the landing. From the window, ships can be seen coming in at night, lit by the moon reflecting across the estuary ripples. Magical.
A second bedroom can be found on the lower-ground level and is also incredibly well proportioned, with space for an adjoining bathroom and French windows out to the sunny rear garden.
A short walk along the river leads into Manningtree’s selection of independent shops, boutiques and restaurants, includes Lucca, which is well-known for its authentic wood-fired pizzas. There’s also a sailing club, art gallery, library, theatre, vintage emporium and traditional Red Lion pub.
But how much does it cost? This hidden gem is currently on the market for £450,000. Check out The Modern House for further details. Till next time, Essex house hunters!