Welcome to our Summer collection 2022. Despite the continuing new challenges over the past three years, the property industry remains robust. However, these uncertain times have required adaption in the property industry, and it would be fair to say that the good independent agents have had the agility and creative individuality to respond quickest to the rapidly changing market conditions. It is clear in this current decade that both buyers and sellers require transparency. TRUST is the biggest single word that determines a seller’s choice of agent, followed by the care and attention that is sought by any consumer. At The Zoe Napier Group we incorporate this ethos within a Luxury Concierge style estate agency service, and we hope, whether buying or selling through us, that you experience the benefits of our trustworthy, helpful, and personable team. We look forward to being of service.
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Great Warley, Brentwood
Offers in Excess of £3,800,000
A Remarkable 7000 sq ft 8 Bedroom Elizabethan Country House of historic and inspirational architectural interest, set on 6.7 acres with leisure & lifestyle facilities. It is evident from the outset that this property was constructed to the highest quality over 100 years ago, with an equally fascinating and classical interior, which includes beautiful French polished finishes and the original, refurbished intricate cornice plasterwork in the principal rooms. The natural light in the house is also reflective of the well-thought design. The formal gardens and grounds are well screened from the road with impressive brick piers and Lutron automated entry gates which lead to the sweeping entrance drive to formally arrive in front of the main house. Imagine the maturity of 100-year-old grounds, coupled with the modern leisure & lifestyle facilities which further includes the outdoor pool terrace. The gardens have been thoughtfully designed, creating quiet spots, a parterre garden, a sunken garden with summerhouse/changing rooms and a water garden. Each interlink amidst mature trees and beautifully kept shrubbery. EPC exempt
Pharisee Green, Dunmow
Guide Price £2,250,000
A stunning millennium barn conversion offering great versatility with four ground and first floor double bedrooms and three luxury bath/shower rooms. The barn is Listed as Grade II, converted circa 2000 and formally part of Minchins Farm, where the farmhouse remains as an adjacent neighbour. The property set in a total of 16.7 acres, with mature gardens which include a boating/duck pond, screened boundaries, and extensive seating areas. In addition, there is a double cart lodge with an adjoining boiler/services store. There are premium equestrian facilities, especially the four-furlong circuit for training which would delight any professional rider or trainer especially from disciplines such as point to point, producing, pony club, team chasing, cross country/eventing and/or for those requiring the track for general equine fitness. The stables are well constructed beneath a pitch tiled roof with an immaculate yard providing 6 large loose boxes, tack and feed rooms as well as good storage, a horse walker and professionally constructed manege. EPC excempt.
Colne Engaine, Near Colchester
Offers in the Region of £795,000 The property offers an attractive double gabled chalet style frontage, set well back on its 0.25-acre plot with extensive parking, garaging, and general space. From the rear elevation, the true size of the property can be experienced with private, high hedge boundaries forming a wonderful private south facing sun trap garden featuring an outdoor heated swimming pool and extensive BBQ terrace. The upstairs of the property features a large junior hotel style suite on the first floor with space for a super king-size bed, dressing/nursery room and a spacious en-suite. There are up to five ground and first floor bedrooms offering good flexibility for additional home office spaces or for a ground floor annexe. There is the additional advantage of an attached double width garage. This alone could become additional ancillary/leisure accommodation, subject to local authority approval. EPC D
Guide Price of £3,495,000
This magnificent 5800 sq. ft, six-bedroom country residence was originally constructed in 2018 to a fabulously high standard. Nestled down a quiet lane which emphasises the exclusivity of the property, the driveway leads up to an imposing front elevation. This theme continues as you enter the property with a stunning galleried entrance hall leading off to the four impressive reception rooms. Also, on the ground floor is the superb swimming pool complex with changing room, gym area, and perfect glass enclosure for a steam room or sauna. Immediately to the rear of the property is a large patio area, tennis court, and lawned area surrounded by mature flowers, trees, and shrubs. Whilst the property also benefits from two outbuildings, one being an old stable and the other a fantastic, detached home office. The overall 5.63-acre plot benefits from additional rear access for those who would like to utilise this for equestrian purposes. EPC B
Fryerning, Near Ingatestone
Offers in Excess of £3,000,000
A stunning country home of overwhelming opulence, set in 5.8 acres of coppiced woodland, with a long drive leading up to the luxury 2110 Sq Ft house which features four bedrooms and three en-suites. The outbuildings extend to 5174 Sq Ft, including a superb 4000 Sq Ft detached leisure, fitness, and Spa building offering multiple rooms and facilities, including a bar, separate cinema room, home office, infinity pool with a steam room, dry (infrared) sauna and separate traditional sauna as well as a Yoga/Piates room overlooking the outdoor hot tub terraces and BBQ area. Adjacent is a detached garage with luxurious one bedroom annexe and storage for 5/6 vehicles. The main house is beautifully presented with four first floor bedrooms and three en-suite (one serves as a Jack & Jill en-suite. Downstairs are two principal reception rooms. All the fitted furniture, including the kitchen, is by Armstrong Jordan bespoke furniture makers. EPC C
Offers in Excess of £2,950,000
This property encompasses everything you could ever dream of in a luxurious country home. Previously a Chapel, this property boasts 5,500 Sq Ft of professionally designed accommodation which retains all the essence of its original trademark features and combines this with glorious modern-day qualities. All set within 20 acres of beautiful grounds and meadows. Also offered to include a very well-appointed ancillary bungalow and 9.4 acres, securing the glorious views. Whilst a further option, by separate negotiation, would be to purchase the excellent equestrian facilities, barns, stables, manege and 7.65 acres. The buyer benefits from being able to purchase as much or as little acreage as desired, whilst the barns provide a brilliant opportunity for a business premises.
Upminster, Near Brentwood
Offers in Excess of £2,950,000
What an outstanding all-round property that offers such immense potential. The house itself provides 2,491 Sq Ft of well-presented accommodation, on the ground floor are four sizeable reception areas ideal for entertaining, whilst the first floor hosts the five double bedrooms. The main WOW-factor for this property is in the 23,0000 Sq Ft of outbuildings. Surrounding the house are 3,385 Sq Ft of domestic outbuildings, including the wonderful pool complex, tennis pavilion and garaging for six cars. A separate access road runs alongside to the stable yard where there is an indoor school, 28 internal/external stables, an all-weather exercise arena and further barns which provide great potential for permissible business uses (stp). All of which sits in a prime hilltop position, overlooking countryside. EPC C
Great Horkesley, Near Colchester
Offers in Excess of £2,500,000
This is a brilliant contemporary home of such excellent and unique design. Set in approximately 3.6 acres (stls) of beautiful parkland grounds with circa 10,000 sq. ft of internal space, the property boasts six double bedrooms, five reception rooms, its own leisure/spa centre, tennis court and a two-bedroom self-contained annexe. Its position at the end of a private lane, and secure gated driveway emphasises the exclusivity of the home and the sweeping driveway on the other side of the gates continues this theme as it leads up to the striking front elevations of the property that overlook the attractive and wonderfully screened front gardens. EPC E
Ford End, Near Chelmsford
Guide Price £1,950,000
What an excellent opportunity for the lucky buyer, this pretty and prominent farmhouse is set within 33 acres which incorporates 8,000 Sq Ft of outbuildings, a 0.5-acre lake and a plantation of around 8,000 trees. The outbuildings offer numerous options such as combining the floor areas for an American Barn, your new business premises, or great classic car storage (stp). The farmhouse itself has five double bedrooms and benefits from not being listed, located on the outer perimeter of the village of Ford End which lies between Great Dunmow and Chelmsford, therefore being easily accessible for well renowned schools such as Felsted and New Hall. EPC D.
Offers in Excess of £800,000 A rare and fantastic opportunity to acquire this deceptively spacious charming three-bedroom semi-detached residence which offers versatile accommodation over two floors and enjoys a splendid, secluded, south facing 0.27-acre plot. Separate from the house is an extremely useful detached self-contained annexe/ home office. For those clients that aspire to live in a tranquil location surrounded by countryside, then this property must be viewed! This homely and surprisingly spacious chalet bungalow originally dates back to the early 1900's and is of timber and block construction. In more recent times the property has had a single storey extension to the rear as well as a loft conversion to increase the footprint. The property has been owned by the vendors for six years and has been beautifully maintained in that time. EPC D
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Range Rover is the original luxury SUV and has led by example for 50 years, combining serene comfort and composure with all-conquering capability. The New Range Rover is the most desirable yet, mixing breathtaking modernity and aesthetic grace with technological sophistication and seamless connectivity With a suite of efficient mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid5 powertrains – and a pureelectric Range Rover set to join the line-up in 2024 – plus a choice of four, five or seven-seat interiors available across Standard and Long Wheelbase body designs, the New Range Rover is at home in any environment. Thierry Bolloré, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The New Range Rover is a superb manifestation of our vision to create the world’s most desirable luxury vehicles, for the most discerning of customers. It writes the next chapter in the unique story of pioneering innovation that has been a Range Rover hallmark for more than 50 years.” Land Rover’s new flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture, MLA-Flex, underpins every aspect of this luxury SUV, from its unmatched capability and agile handling
“The New Range Rover is a superb manifestation of our vision to create the world’s most desirable luxury vehicles, for the most discerning of customers. It writes the next chapter in the unique story of pioneering innovation that has been a Range Rover hallmark for more than 50 years.” Thierry Bolloré, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover
to its peerless refinement. By combining state-ofthe-art engineering techniques with new levels of virtual development and Land Rover’s punishing development programme, the New Range Rover will deliver new levels of quality. A pair of innovative Extended Range plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrains5 provide CO2 emissions below 30g/km, with a pure-electric driving range of up to 100km (62 miles),1 delivering an expected real-world range of up to 80km (50 miles) – enough for typical Range Rover customers to complete up to 75 per cent of trips using electric power only7. The new luxury SUV is available in SE, HSE and Autobiography models. A First Edition will be
available throughout the first year of production, based on the Autobiography and featuring a unique specification. It is exclusively available in a Sunset Gold Satin finish, among a choice of five exterior colours. Both Standard (SWB) or Long Wheelbase (LWB) body designs are available with five seats, while the New Range Rover LWB model is available with a third row for extended comfort for up to seven adults. The new Range Rover SV5 is an exquisite interpretation of Range Rover luxury and personalisation from the experts at Special Vehicle Operations. The SV model is available in both SWB and LWB body designs, with exclusive features including new SV Serenity and SV
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BREATH TAKING MODERNITY The fifth-generation luxury SUV takes Land Rover’s modernist design philosophy to the next level, with a contemporary interpretation of its trademark profile to create an incredible design statement. It continues to lead, bringing breathtaking modernity, aesthetic grace and sophistication to Land Rover’s latest flagship. Prof Gerry McGovern OBE, Chief Creative Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The New Range Rover is a vehicle with a peerless character, from the impeccable restraint of its exterior to the flawless tranquil sanctuary of its cabin. Informed by creative intellect and a desire for perfection, it doesn’t follow fashion or trend, but by a modernist design philosophy, combined with over 50 years of evolution, it is quite simply the most desirable Range Rover ever created.” The New Range Rover is defined by three lines that can trace their origins back through the generations; the falling roofline, strong waistline and rising sill line. These trademark features combine with a characteristically short front overhang and a distinctive new boat tail rear – complete with practical split tailgate – to create an elegant profile that conveys Range Rover’s peerless presence. The unbroken waistline showcases Land Rover’s attention to detail as the rounded edge of the door meets the glass in a simple, clean finish thanks to a specially engineered hidden waist finisher. The designenabling technology combines with flush glazing, hidden-until-lit lighting and precise detailing to create the impression that the vehicle has been milled from solid. The sophisticated surfaces provide a clean and contemporary appearance – and contribute to a drag coefficient of 0.30, making this the most aerodynamically efficient luxury SUV in the world The luxurious interior is underpinned by modern, intuitive and relevant technologies, designed to work harmoniously with the finest materials and wellbeing innovations to create a calm sanctuary for all occupants – turning every trip into an experience to savour. The exterior colour palette elevates New Range Rover’s elegant proportions and clean surfaces while the interior options are more sustainable, responsible and progressive than ever. Customers have a wider choice of materials and finishes, including innovative textiles and tactile Ultrafabrics™ with a continuation of Land Rover’s pioneering relationship with Kvadrat™ – Europe’s leading manufacturer of premium textiles. It is combined with Ultrafabrics™ to create a defining materiality option that is lighter and generates only a quarter of the CO2 of traditional leather.
SEAMLESS TECHNOLOGY The New Range Rover maintains its rich bloodline of pioneering innovation with a suite of technologies designed to effortlessly enhance convenience, efficiency, refinement and safety. Land Rover’s latest Electrical Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) is the enabler-in-chief and includes Software-OverThe-Air (SOTA) updates for more than 70 electronic modules, meaning the New Range Rover will constantly evolve, improve and remain up to date as it matures. The New Range Rover revolutionises the in-car experience with seamlessly integrated Amazon Alexa2. Using intuitive natural voice commands goes one step beyond touchscreen or button interfaces in helping reduce cognitive load, providing a sense of effortless modern luxury. In this way, Alexa capabilities allow customers to manage everything from favourite infotainment features and music track selection to navigation or phone contacts – all while keeping their hands on the wheel, and eyes on the road. Alexa voice AI is embedded within the New Range Rover, so users experience seamless interactivity and next-level convenience. Alexa capabilities also allow customers to check the news, weather and for any scheduled meetings using simple voice commands. The system can even turn on your lights at home and connect to other Alexa-enabled devices. Alexa works in addition to Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Wireless Android Auto™ and can be initiated either by saying “Alexa” or pressing the Alexa button on the central touchscreen9. It does not need any phone or external
device to operate – only details of a customer’s Amazon account and an internet connection – while wireless charging for Qi compatible smartphones keeps devices topped up. NEW QUALITY BENCHMARK The New Range Rover has been designed, developed and engineered in the UK and, during this process, Land Rover has filed no fewer than 125 patents covering everything from its pioneering chassis technologies to its PHEV battery. Land Rover’s engineers used motorsport-derived simulation technology to put the vehicle through its paces in the virtual world more comprehensively and intensively than ever, completing more than 140,000 hours of computational analysis prior to physical testing. A fleet of prototypes then embarked on a punishing global test and development programme, taking in extreme temperatures ranging from the 45C heat of the desert to the -30C cold of the Arctic. The New Range Rover will be produced exclusively at the Solihull Manufacturing Facility in the UK, using a state-of-the-art production line housed in the building used to produce early Series Land Rovers. The historic building is the spiritual home of Land Rover and its reimagining as a new, ultra-modern centre for Range Rover production showcases the way the company protects its heritage. The New Range Rover is available to order now, priced from £94,400 in the UK.
Mundon, Near Maldon
Offers in Excess of £1,750,000
A prominent 3663 Sq Ft residence, originally dating back to the mid-17th Century, formerly two cottages, is not listed and benefits from a plethora of period features including open red brick fireplace and exposed timbers. The property was extensively modified and extended in the 1980’s and more recently in the mid 2000’s to offer five generous receptions, six/seven double bedrooms, with two en-suite bathrooms, as well as various other improvements, including the attractive replacement double glazed casement windows. The 2.78-acre grounds are a particular feature of the property, surrounded by undulating views over open fields and extremely private, tailor made for wonderful days of family and friends entertainment. EPC E
Earls Colne, Colchester
Offers in Excess of £775,000 An ideal home for anyone seeking an outdoors lifestyle and/or grazing land for horses or other animals. The property boasts a convenient location to Earls Colne and enjoys the most amazing, far reaching views over the Colne Valley. With some modernisation, and if desired, extension, there is a wonderful opportunity to create a spectacular ‘home for life.’ Consisting of four bedrooms, one reception room, a kitchen /breakfast room, study or playroom and utility/boot room. The property is slightly set back from the road and enjoys attractive picket fencing to the front border and its recently shingled driveway provides ample off road parking for four or five vehicles. The rear gardens look out over extensive grazing land and countryside and include a patio/terrace and lawn area with mature shrubs. EPC E
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Colne Engaine, Near Colchester
Offers in Excess of £1,500,000
An instantly impressive Grade II Listed, seven-bedroom country farmhouse, situated in a slightly elevated position on a rural lane with approximately 1.82 acres and a substantial Essex Barn. The property is available for the first time in 50 years; a rare find offering so much potential. The house has aesthetically pleasing elevations, ranging from the attractive Georgian façade on the front, to the three gabled Victorian extensions from the original core of the house, which is believed to date back to 1607. Within the mature grounds are two outbuildings, including a brick-built cart lodge with stables lying adjacent to the house. This building lends itself to ancillary or annexe conversion, subject to the usual consents. The main Essex Barn is another great space, offering scope and potential for future residential use STP. EPC D
Aldham, Near Colchester
Offers in Excess of £625,000 A charming cottage backing onto open fields, enjoying a quiet tucked away location within the heart of the picturesque village of Aldham. The house comprises, cloakroom, kitchen/ breakfast room, sitting room with red brick fireplace housing cast iron log burner, conservatory with French doors leading to outside. On the first floor the master bedroom enjoys it’s own re-fitted en suite shower room, with a second double bedroom and re-fitted family bathroom. Externally the property benefits from an impressive range of outbuildings, including stabling, detached Home Office/Annexe.
Bradwell on Sea, Near Maldon
Guide Price £725,000 Situated on the outskirts of Bradwell on Sea with a back drop towards the River Blackwater is this attractive red brick Victorian property, which includes a four box stable block, three separate post and rail paddocks, turn out paddocks and riding paddock. The house itself comprises of three bedrooms, re fitted bathroom, open plan living room/ dining room and re fitted kitchen which has all been improved considerably by the current owner. Within the village there are ideal opportunities for sailing and water sports enthusiasts, country walks and hacking. Viewing is advised in order to appreciate the standard of equestrian facilities on offer.
Littley Green, Near Chelmsford
Offers in Excess of £1,375,000
This delightful detached four-bedroom country home enjoys a wonderful rural setting with gorgeous views of open countryside and paddock grazing land. This property is full of character and enjoys the most quintessential English country garden setting simply perfect for spending a beautiful summer day with family and friends. Standing proud on an established plot of 0.75 acres, this character home allows for a great deal of natural light to show off its period features and boasts four large reception rooms including a large conservatory and family room. The four upstairs bedrooms and two bathrooms enjoy wonderful views of the countryside. With close proximity to Chelmsford, and convenient access to Felsted and Newhall schools this country home will suit a family who love an outdoor, rural lifestyle, but need access to all amenities. EPC F
Wickham Bishops, Near Maldon
Offers in Excess of £1,350,000
Situated on the edge of one of Essex’s most desirable villages is this beautiful and spacious detached family home surrounded by undulating countryside, offering ample scope for expansion should this be required. Downstairs the property enjoys three generous reception rooms, a good size kitchen/breakfast room and utility room. Whilst upstairs there are four bedrooms with the Master enjoying built in wardrobes and an incredibly spacious en-suite bathroom. The property is approached via an impressive driveway offering parking for several vehicles. The overall plot is approaching three acres and enjoys excellent equestrian facilities. All of which benefits from being wellscreened by woodland. EPC E
Offers in Excess of £1,400,000
Nestled down a long drive, access opens onto the instantly stunning and substantial Edwardian family home. Tuscan style terraces overlook the manicured lawns and established quintessential gardens around the house, whilst also providing scenic views over neighbouring paddocks and the Colne Valley golf course. The house itself has ten bedrooms over an impressive 8,000+ Sq Ft, the interior is largely unspoilt and displays great character features by virtue of the heavy oak and carved detail, oak panelling, attractive fireplaces, and bay windows with great views across the grounds. Located in Earls Colne the property also benefits from instant access to pretty country walks and local amenities, this property truly is the best of both. EPC E.
Norton Heath, Near Ingatestone
Guide Price £775,000 The Ridings is a brand new, select development of traditional, yet stylish homes set amidst attractive Essex countryside, located on the edge of the picturesque village of Blackmore. Superb brand new four-bedroom home built to a high specification with a generous, landscaped plot offering an excellent location for the commuter with a choice of Rail stations such as Ingatestone, Chelmsford, and Epping underground. The development is close for A414 access for major road links, travelling west for M11/J7 (8.4 miles) and M25/J27 and East to access A12/J15 (7.4 miles) and M25 (J28)
Abberton, Near Colchester
Offers in Excess of £780,000 Originally built in 2003 on a 0.2-acre plot(stls) and set on a quiet cul-de-sac, this detached five-bedroom home is one of just four equally impressive properties that share a private road. The well laid out accommodation extends to approximately 2300 sq. ft and comprises of a generous reception hall with ground floor cloakroom, good size living room and kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, home office/study and utility room. On the first floor, the five double bedrooms provide all the space needed to customise and furnish to your own preferences. There is enough off-road parking to allow the existing double garage to be converted into a gym. With a good size rear garden, the property also lends itself well for outdoor dining and entertaining. EPC C
Guide Price of £1,250,000
The property is an historic and important period village farmhouse, dating back in part to the early 15th Century, with later additions over the centuries, to provide a substantial main farmhouse with three first floor double bedrooms and generous ground floor living containing three separate reception rooms. The premises include two separate detached ancillary properties; one being the substantial two-bedroom guest annexe, converted from a former barn and a separate detached flint stone finish ancillary bungalow enjoying the vista across the pasture and down to the lake. In addition, there are other outbuildings including a good workshop, a detached home office, summer house cabin and storage with a sizeable yard area for parking. The acreage has been well maintained and developed with well over 1000 trees on a former forestry scheme, combined with areas suitable for grazing which slope down to the wetland areas, where Willows grow amidst the magnificent lake.
Cock Clarks, Near Danbury
Price: £1,150,000 guide (without plot) £1,350,000 (with plot)
This highly versatile and amazing New England style family home is nestled down a quiet lane within in its own 3.7 acres of mature gardens and enchanting woodland with an array of wildlife. The house offers 2700 sq. ft of versatile living space with five of the seven bedrooms being on the ground floor, whilst plans have also been passed for a significant three storey extension taking the living areas to 4282 sq. ft. Outside the property is equally impressive with its formal gardens, enclosed heated swimming pool complex and 1000 sq.ft of outbuildings including a double garage and large ancillary leisure building currently used as a home office. Our client further owns an adjacent building plot with plans passed for an 1852 sq. ft detached house, this is available by separate negotiation. EPC D
Offers in Excess of £1,300,000
This is such a superb property for families who enjoy a rural environment but also require a home which meets modern day needs. The house has been marvellously extended and transformed from a regular cottage into a luxurious country house which offers brilliant outdoor entertaining facilities and countryside views, in addition to extremely well finished, open-plan accommodation. Positioned in the highly desirable rural area of South Hanningfield the property is jut a two-minute drive from Hanningfield Reservoir with its Waterside Centre and restaurant, also being just 8 miles from Chelmsford city centre. EPC C.
Offers in Excess of £1,250,000
An excellent equestrian property situated in a gated enclave of just four homes in a semi-rural position, largely surrounded by open countryside. The property itself is a three-bedroom detached bungalow which now benefits from having planning permission commenced for a single storey extension and first floor master suite with dressing room and en-suite. Opposite are the superb equestrian facilities, set in approximately 7.33 acres of well screened secluded grounds, where an automated gate leads to the parking area for horseboxes and then with access to the substantial modern barn and stables. The parking area and professionally made manege are floodlit, whilst the remaining acreage is comprised of three paddocks and a canter track around the perimeter. EPC D.
Guide Price £450,000 A fabulous luxury first floor waterside duplex apartment situated in an enviable position on the river Chelmer, with a private tidal marina and its own mooring. The superb development consists of just 10 quality apartments within the two period 'former granary' buildings which lie within a private and automatic gated mews style complex with garaging and allocated parking. The apartment faces south/west with stunning views to the east out to the Blackwater and beyond (Northey Island can be seen on a clear day), some lovely sunsets can be enjoyed. On the ground floor the accommodation provides a second bedroom/guest suite with en-suite, a spacious sitting room/dining room with brick fireplace accommodating a 'real flame' effect fire, two sunset balconies overlooking the marina, a fitted kitchen and further cloakroom/w.c. EPC D
Guide Price £725,000 to £800,000
A superbly modernised, prime location, six bedroom family residence situated on a corner plot on West Mersea’s aspirational Seaview Avenue and just a few minutes stroll from the beach, this charming home has been tastefully extended and modernised to suit the modern family. Consisting of three bedrooms downstairs and three upstairs this is an ideal home for multi-generational living. One of the star features of the property is the kitchen/day room with a delightful modern design and French Doors to the rear garden Externally the property enjoys a wonderful typical seaside boulevard setting on a wide avenue that leads straight down to the beach and has the benefit of two separate driveways that provide ample off road parking for cars and/or boats. Overall, this is a home suitable for families with the aspiration and dreams of living by the sea. EPC D
Mundon, Near Maldon
Offers in Excess of £950,000
It is with great pleasure that we offer to the market this deceptively spacious family residence offering spacious and versatile accommodation over three floors which could easily be utilised for multigenerational living or as one large abode. Immediately to the rear of the property is the large, paved sun terrace with steps down to a lawned garden area. A five-bar gate provides access to the large paddock area offering great equestrian potential with the current workshop and four-bay cart lodge which could easily be converted to stabling and a hay barn. All of which enjoys splendid far-reaching views over open farmland. EPC C
Offers in Excess of £850,000
Originally North Lodge served as a gate lodge for Gosfield Hall along with the now demolished South Lodge. This character red brick building features dog tooth pattern brick work and inlayed arches which mirror several of the doors and windows of the property. North Lodge has been extended over the last 50 years, firstly with a single storey addition which is now the kitchen and latterly a double storey which makes up the main accommodation of the sitting room, dining area, and three of the en-suite bedrooms. Planning has been granted (with conditions) for a first-floor balcony accessed from the principal bedroom’s en-suite and via a circular, external staircase from the ground.
Asheldham, Near Southminster
Offers in Excess of £850,000
This well-appointed farmhouse offers a buyer a unique opportunity to acquire this fantastic family home set within a stunning quiet countryside location. The property enjoys a good size kitchen/breakfast room, three generous reception rooms, whilst on the first floor there are four bedrooms and a family bathroom. Externally there is an extensive range of equestrian facilities on offer, including a 132’ x 67’ all weather manege, four stable block and tack room, large 60’ x 40’ barn/workshop, two post and rail paddocks within the 3.63-acre grounds. All of this is positioned within the semi-rural hamlet of Asheldham, which lies between the villages of Southminster and Tillingham providing amenities and railway access into London Liverpool Street. EPC F
Offers in Excess of £795,000
A particularly well designed, individual three double bedroom bungalow with the benefit of guest suite accommodation within part of the garage building. The property was constructed as new about five years ago, standing on a substantial quarter of an acre plot with the rear gardens enjoying a south, south westerly aspect. The accommodation is of a high specification with wood effect ceramic floors benefitting from underfloor heating. The main living area with vaulted ceiling and a combination of bifold doors and French doors attract immense natural light into the room which is further enhanced with a fireplace. The three double bedrooms offer versatility with a luxury en-suite and main bathroom. A further luxury en-suite accompanies the guest suite in the garage building. EPC C
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Pork Banh Mi
with Crispy Bits & Carrot Pickle For the crispy bits Vegetable oil, for frying 1 banana shallot, thinly sliced 2 red chillies, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 100g (3 oz) cornflour (cornstarch) Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper For the carrot pickle 2 carrots, very thinly peeled 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 lemongrass stick, soft inner part only, finely chopped 1 tbsp palm sugar Zest and juice of 1 lime For the sriracha and herb mayonnaise 1 tsp sriracha chilli sauce 4 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tbsp chopped Thai basil 1 tbsp chopped coriander (cilantro) 1 tbsp chopped mint For the burgers 400g (14oz) pork mince (ground pork) 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2cm (3/4 in) piece root ginger, finely chopped 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander 3 tbsp fish sauce 2 tbsp vegetable oil To serve 1 small baguette, halved straight down the middle 1/2 baby gem lettuce, leaves separated 4 cucumber slices
I know it looks like a lot of ingredients, but these Vietnamese-inspired burgers are simply delicious, and well worth the effort. All the herby, sweet, spicy, sour and savoury elements make it a real taste sensation. Start by making the crispy bits: heat a 2cm (in) layer of vegetable oil in a heavy-based pan over a high heat. Mix the shallot, chilli and garlic in a bowl and sprinkle them with the cornflour (cornstarch), shaking off the excess. When the oil is hot enough to brown a small cube of bread in 40–50 seconds, add the shallot, chilli and garlic to the hot oil and cook for 3–5 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Remove using a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper straight away. To make the carrot pickle, mix the carrots, vinegar, lemongrass, palm sugar, lime zest and juice together in a bowl and set aside. Mix the sriracha, mayonnaise and all the herbs together in a separate bowl and set aside. For the pork burgers, throw together the pork, chilli, garlic, ginger, coriander (cilantro) and fish sauce in a bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Form into golf ball-sized balls then flatten slightly. Heat the oil in a frying pan (skillet). When hot, gently fry the pork balls all over for 3–4 minutes until cooked through (cut one open to check there is no remaining pink in the meat). To serve, pile up the sliced baguettes with the pork balls, all the toppings, the carrot pickle, mayo and crispy bits. Dive in!
Ham Hock & Pea Puree
SERVES 2 AS A STARTER
with a Crispy Egg For the crispy eggs 50g (1 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour, seasoned with salt and pepper 2 medium free-range soft-boiled eggs, peeled 1 medium free-range egg, beaten 125g (4 oz) panko breadcrumbs Vegetable oil, for deep-frying For the ham hock and pea puree 500g (1lb 2oz) frozen peas, defrosted 200g (7oz) cooked ham hock, shredded (keep the stock the ham was cooked in, and keep warm) 150g (5 oz) fresh peas, out of their pods (podded weight) 50g (1 oz) mange tout (snow peas) or sugar snap peas, left whole 30g (1oz) pea shoots 2 mint sprigs, leaves picked 25g (1oz) Parmesan, shaved using a vegetable peeler 2 tbsp olive oil Juice of 1/2 lemon Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
A classic combination of peas, ham and mint is supercharged with a crispy, deepfried egg. A sexy little summertime starter! First, put the seasoned flour in a shallow bowl. Roll each soft-boiled egg in the seasoned flour, then the beaten egg, then finally the breadcrumbs. Heat a deep-fat fryer set at 180 C (350 F). If you don’t have a deep-fat fryer, half-fill a deep, heavy-based pan with vegetable oil set over a medium-high heat. The oil is hot enough when a small cube of bread dropped into the oil turns golden brown in 40–50 seconds (or you can test the temperature using a probe thermometer). Deep-fry the eggs for 3–4 minutes until golden. Remove using a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels. To make the pea puree, blitz the defrosted peas with 1–3 ladlefuls of the warm ham stock in a blender or food processor – add it bit by bit and use just enough to make a smooth puree. Push through a sieve (strainer) into a bowl (discard the skins left behind). Taste and season with salt and pepper. Bring a pan of water to the boil, then plunge the fresh peas and mange tout (snow peas) into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Drain and refresh in cold water. Toss the fresh peas, mange tout, shredded ham hock, pea shoots, mint and Parmesan in a bowl. Add the olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice, mix again and check the seasoning. Spread the pea puree over the base of the serving plates. Pile on the ham hock, pea shoots and mint mixture and finish with a crispy egg.
Weekend by Matt Tebbutt (Quadrille, £22) Photography: Chris Terry
Offers in Excess of £600,000
This fabulous and deceptive semi-detached cottage has so much to offer. The accommodation is set up with four principal reception rooms that can be used with versatility in mind. There is a downstairs bathroom that enables the possibility of the current study reception to be utilised as a fourth bedroom with the sunroom possibly acting as a second lounge for someone who needs downstairs living. The property has a lot of character with the original part of the house dating back to the 1700’s and a newer extension has been very well blended into the original part creating a wonderful space. The three bedrooms upstairs are all double bedrooms and have the added benefit of a bathroom.The position of the property is very rural and offers a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to have their horses at home at an affordable value. The property is surrounded by open farmland and offers good sized front and rear gardens with a driveway that sweeps round to the stable block and garage. The property also enjoys a one-acre paddock with a sand covered manege to complete what is an ideal entry level equestrian property. EPC E
Little Bentley, Near Harwich
Offers in Excess of £600,000
Dating back to the Victorian era, this country cottage has been a home to the same family for the last 52 years. Extended to the side about 40 years ago to create the large sitting room, extra bedroom, and family bathroom. The owners have also added paddocks to the rear of the property as well as the block of woodland which has a mixture of coniferous and deciduous trees. The village pub is called The Bricklayers Arms is within walking distance, whilst several footpaths are nearby, and East Anglian Farm Rides are within half a mile. Great Bentley has a range of shops, a station, hairdressers, Primary school, Doctor’s surgery, whilst the local Equestrian Centre is in Wix. EPC E
Heybridge Basin, Near Maldon
Offers in Excess of £800,000
This home has been tastefully modernised and improved to meet the need of the 21st century family and sits in a location that provides an aspirational lifestyle, especially for those that dream of living close to the water. Built over three levels, the property is equipped for multi-generational living. Star features of the property include the high specification kitchen/breakfast room with a delightful modern design and bi-fold doors to the west facing rear garden, six impressive double bedrooms and the beautifully finished bathrooms. Externally the property enjoys a quiet private road setting and as well as its single detached garage benefits from a large frontage that provides parking a multitude of vehicles and/or boats. The easy to maintain West facing garden is large enough for entertaining friends and family and perfectly orientated for enjoying the sunsets at the end of the day. EPC D
Hullbridge, Near Hockley
Offers in Excess of £600,000 This three/four-bedroom home is a blank canvass for refurbishment and offers an exciting opportunity to create your very own dream waterside home. Both the front facing ground floor reception room and the upstairs main bedroom already have the most brilliant large picture window aspects of the River Crouch and are likely to remain the focal point for any home improvements. The front and rear gardens are mature and easy to maintain, but there is no hiding from the fact that it is the views from the front of the property that make this home so special. A narrow private road separates the property from its own riverside greensward that hosts the most innovative spherical summer house enjoying uninterrupted 180-degree riverside views. There is also a mooring for one boat directly by the Greensward. EPC D
Offers in Excess of £375,000 This superb two double bedroom duplex penthouse apartment is situated in an enviable position amongst some stunning character homes lining Market Hill, in the heart of Maldon’s town centre, within easy reach of the High Street and extensive range of amenities. The property enjoys some of the most far reaching, panoramic views in Maldon, looking North over the river Chelmer and to the South some stunning character homes lining the historic High Street. The property enjoys communal Gardens that are well stocked and immaculately maintained with a range of mature shrubs and plants, mostly laid to lawn with access to Cromwell Hill via side gate. There are two allocated parking spaces to the property. EPC exempt
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Looking to escape this spring? With fifteen properties, each perfectly positioned in some of the UK's most iconic, desirable destinations, feature luxurious bedrooms, excellent in-house restaurants, high-quality spas and first-class event facilities. It's no wonder Harbour Hotels are the UK’s most exciting and talked-about emerging hotel brand.
FOWEY HARBOUR HOTEL, CORNWALL Located on the south coast of Cornwall, Fowey Harbour Hotel is a majestic 37-room Victorian boutique property overlooking the scenic Fowey Estuary in the heart of the small historic harbour town. Commanding stunning views of the tumbling town of Polruan, the Fowey River and out to sea, it would be easy enough to spend the entire trip at the hotel, oscillating between leisurely breakfasts, long lunches, afternoon drinks and delicious dinners. However, Fowey has so much on its doorstep and really is the perfect destination for a coastal countryside break. Active days can be spent hiking the South West Coast path, enjoying boat trips around the estuary, swimming off the nearby Readymoney Cove or simply enjoying the slower pace of life in the small town – wandering around the shops and munching on pasties and ice creams. Literature buffs will love the town’s links to Daphne du Maurier – the author spent many happy years living just upstream from Fowey and the town and surrounding area were an inspiration for many of her novels. Guests can also
enjoy high-tide boat trips and canoe rides up river, and stop off in the small hamlet of Golant for a pub lunch. The woodlands surrounding the river are also said to be inspiration for the novelist Kenneth Grahame, who wrote The Wind In The Willows. Back at the hotel, the charming nautically-themed rooms are perfect for resting weary heads after a busy day out exploring. The property also has a fabulous restaurant – Harbour Kitchen, Bar & Terrace – a casual all-day dining affair with seasonal and locally-sourced cuisine. Think Cornish crab, Moules marinière and fish and chips. The bar serves up locallymade gins, cocktails, local craft beers and wine alongside one of the most enviable views in the town. The massive windows in the bar allow for stunning panoramic views and if the English summer is kind enough, guests can enjoy their drinks and food on the outdoor terrace. HOW: Rates at Fowey Harbour Hotel start from £236 per night on a B&B basis. www.harbourhotels.co.uk/Fowey.
BRISTOL HARBOUR HOTEL & SPA “Fowey has so much on its doorstep and really is the perfect destination for a coastal countryside break.”
Set in an architecturally stunning, Grade-II listed building, in the heart of the vibrant city of Bristol, the 42-bedroom Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa is the perfect base for a luxury boutique city retreat. Designed by renowned architect William Bruce Gingell and inspired by Sansovino’s 16th Century Library of St Mark in the Piazzatta at Venice, the building dates back to circa 1850 when it was home to two former banks. The hotel showcases period features throughout – all perfectly intertwined within Harbour Hotels’ trademark vibrant and contemporary interior design. A luxury HarSPA has been cleverly built underground in the former bank vaults and includes five treatment rooms, a heated swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and fitness centre. Complementing the property’s exclusive HarSPA product range, Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa has partnered with leading luxury brand ESPA, offering holistic therapies of the highest quality, using only the purest ingredients. When it comes to wining and dining, everything that guests need is on site. Serving up the city’s freshest seafood alongside thick cut steaks and contemporary classics, the Harbour Kitchen specialises in dishes showcasing West Country flavours and locally sourced ingredients. Next door to the restaurant lies the hotel’s decadent speak-easy inspired Gold Bar. Here, guests can sip on seasonally-inspired custom cocktails, locally crafted beers and gins or wine with live music and DJs on weekends. HOW: Rates at Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa start from £167 per night on a B&B basis. www.harbourhotels.co.uk.
BRIGHTON HARBOUR HOTEL & SPA
RICHMOND HARBOUR HOTEL & SPA Located atop the stunning Richmond Hill and bordering Richmond Park, the iconic restored 18th century, 90-room retreat introduces opulent holistic wellness to the discerning British staycationer. Featuring a vibrant new colour-scheme, the all-new spa is set to open in January 2022, complete with both hydrotherapy and plunge pools, a state-of-the-art gym, extensive cardio suite, spin studios and a wellbeing juice bar and café, this city bolthole offers the ultimate R&R getaway. Guests longing for an indulgent experience away from London’s hustle and bustle, will delight in the world-class HarSpa & Club, home to 13 treatment rooms and luxury skincare products from Temple Spa, which combines natural and high-tech ingredients. A true haven for fitness fanatics, Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa offers an array of adventures fit for all – from Les Mills fitness classes, guided meditation walks or running sessions amongst the rolling greenery and Richmond Park wildlife, to leisurely swims in the 20-metre swimming-pool, dips in the Scandinavian hot tubs or a stroll in the secluded outdoor Zen gardens. A highlight is the hotel’s Sleep Retreat experience, created in collaboration with The White Company. Guests can recharge with an early morning yoga session, a signature massage, full access to the spa and dinner at The Gate restaurant, alongside a complimentary The White Company gift set. Alternatively, get treated like royalty with the Private Hot Tub Experiences. Set in the secluded Zen garden, guests are treated to an invigorating massage with exclusive access to the hotel hot tubs, followed by speciality cocktails, smoothies and food provided by your very own hot tub butlers. When it comes to dining, Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa is home to one of the most stylish alfresco hangout spots in South West London: The Gate Kitchen, Bar & Terrace. Helmed by Chef John Pollard, epicureans can delight in an outdoor feast with the restaurant’s modern-inspired menu of wild-caught seafood, grass-fed meat and fresh seasonal produce, while visitors looking to truly embrace a clean way of eating can choose from a selection of plant-based dishes. HOW: Rates at Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa start from £140 per night on a B&B basis. www.harbourhotels.co.uk.
Rich with history and culture, Brighton is the vibrant British seaside destination. Start your trip exploring the city’s promenade bursting with creativity and life, staying in the luxurious boutique hotel Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa. Unlike anything else in the city, the restored 79-room Regency period boutique property complements Brighton’s artistic atmosphere, alongside signature touches of the Harbour Hotel contemporary style. Located just a stone’s throw away from Brighton Pier and The Royal Pavilion, boasting unrivalled panoramic views from many of the rooms and with the beach just at the property’s front door, seaside stays don’t get much better. Days can be spent discovering the creative side of Brighton, walking or cycling past the famous pier and bandstand, adrenalin teasing while riding on mini rollercoasters, picnicking on the seafront or shopping at the eclectic mix of independent boutiques on The Lanes – this quirky city can accommodate all. After a busy day of sightseeing, relax in the property’s utterly charming HarSPA. Hidden underground in old smuggler’s tunnels, guests are spoilt for choice with the heated indoor pool, Scandinavian hot tubs, steam room and sauna, as well as professional therapists on hand to offer the most remunerating, holistic treatments. Those looking to relax while taking in the fresh sea area are encouraged to book onto a private yoga session on the beach. When it comes to dining, the hotel is introducing a new foodie concept, HarbourKitchen, which will pride itself on offering in-season, sustainable and local food produce. John Pollard, The Group Executive Chef, is a great supporter of locally-sourced food and the menus will comprise the likes of wildcaught seafood, grass-fed meat and fresh seasonal produce. HOW: Rates at Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa start from £167 on a B&B basis. www.harbourhotels.co.uk.
ST. IVES HARBOUR HOTEL & SPA Serving up British beachside elegance at its very best and boasting panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, the property is located just a stone’s throw away from the pristine Porthminster Beach. Those wishing to further unwind and relax after a year spent indoors, can spend their days in the hotel’s heated pool, hot tub, cedarwood sauna or treat themselves to a signature treatment in the HarSPA. Those looking to make the most out of the picture-perfect nature surrounding the property, can spend a day (or a few) at the infamous St. Ives Surf School for surfing, SUP, coasteering or sea kayaking lessons. Alternatively, embark on an adventure excursion to Seal Island, home to a colony of Atlantic seals, anglerfish, dogfish and sea anemones. Back at the hotel, after a busy day out on the water, epicureans can please their palates with the finest locally sourced and seasonal food, all whilst savouring the extraordinary views of the nearby turquoise sea. The HarBAR Kitchen, Bar & Terrace restaurant, is the perfect spot to soak up the British sunshine and feast on specialities including Moules Mariniere, Fish Pie and home-made seafood burgers HOW: Rates at St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa start from £230 on a B&B basis. www.harbourhotels.co.uk.
SALCOMBE HARBOUR BEACH CLUB & HOTEL Forget the South of France, South Sands in Salcombe is the perfect destination for families who are looking for a weekend away on the beautifully unspoilt South Coast. Just a few hours on the train from London, Harbour Beach Club & Hotel is ideally located, with panoramic views across the picture-perfect Devon beach. The brand new spa, opening in February 2022, will be home to a 12-meter indoor pool, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the beach, a hydro pool, sauna and steam rooms, juice bar and relaxation room. Family experiences include wild sea swimming lessons with adventure wellness brand Wild Beings, complimentary water sports lessons, paddle boarding, kayaking and guided seal walks. Whilst children spend their days exploring and learning new skills, parents can escape for early morning beachside yoga, guided meditation hikes or enjoy marine-inspired treatments from TEMPLESPA at the all new spa. Families can also pick up a picnic from the restaurant to take with them as they explore local coves along winding coastal paths, or stroll along to the picturesque town of Salcombe for ice cream and much-loved crabbing. The hotel offers interconnecting family rooms, and on-site babysitters so that busy mums and dads can sneak away for a few hours indulging in the new spa, or for a romantic dinner for two. HOW: Rates at Harbour Beach Club & Spa start from £175 per night for Sea View Family Room on a B&B basis. www.harbourhotels.co.uk.
PADSTOW HARBOUR HOTEL Perched above the charming fishing town of Padstow, Cornwall, Padstow Harbour Hotel is a recently-renovated 4* boutique hotel boasting sweeping views of the Camel Estuary and Padstow Harbour. Home to 58 individuallydesigned rooms, contemporary interiors and with seven picture-perfect beaches close by, the property is the perfect atmospheric seaside getaway. Guests can wine and dine from dawn till dusk at the hotel’s Bar & Terrace, featuring sensational views and an al fresco terrace, and delight in sampling signature dishes coupled with an exclusive cocktail, wine or locally crafted beer and gin. A perfect antidote for a year of lockdowns, those longing to embrace the surrounding nature and get outdoors can spend a day on a fishing or boating trip, walking or cycling along the Camel Valley Trail or surfing some of Europe’s best surf beaches, with surf schools nearby. Active guests can challenge themselves to a hike of the famous South West Coast Path. Alternatively, less active days can be spent soaking up the sun on the untouched Cornish beaches, in Padstow’s town discovering the array of shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants, or learning about how Cornwall keeps up a sustainable lobster population at the National Lobster Hatchery – there really is something for everyone. HOW: Rates at Padstow Harbour Hotel start from £252 per night on a B&B basis. www.harbourhotels.co.uk.
SOUTHAMPTON HARBOUR HOTEL & SPA Set on a small and private marina, Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa is the Harbour Hotel group’s flagship property. In keeping with the city’s rich maritime history and waterside location, the building’s unique design mirrors a striking super yacht, home to 119 rooms, 10 suites and stunning views of the marine and the Solent beyond. Gentle paced days can be spent relaxing in the open plan lounge, on the outdoor sunbeds or finding your inner zen with a yoga class on the terrace. Those looking for the ultimate rejuvenating experience can check into the HarSPA – Southampton’s best luxury spa, featuring a swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, state-of-the-art gym, and luxury treatment rooms. Here, spa goers can choose from the extensive menu and indulge in treatments using natural and holistic remedies. Unique to the hotel is the ‘mud rasul’ experience - using self-applied mineral, rich mud, heat and steam for an invigorating exfoliation and an exquisite deep cleanse, for
those dreaming of a deep detox. When it comes to eating and drinking, guests can make the most of the onsite restaurants. The ground floor features the award-winning restaurant, The Jetty, specialising in freshly caught local seafood served before panoramic windows or alfresco on the terrace. On the hotel’s top floor, guests can find the ever-popular HarBAR on 6th, a buzzing destination rooftop bar and restaurant. A superb terrace features outdoor fire pits and heaters – making it possible to sit outside year-round – as well as a wood-fired pizza oven. At weekends, expect DJs and dancing in the evening when the atmosphere heats up. When it comes to activities, the hotel can arrange mountain biking through the New Forest and for foodies, the opportunity to sample the region’s best food and drink on tasting tours. HOW: Rates at Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa start from £236 per night on a B&B basis. www.harbourhotels.co.uk.
Offers in Excess of £750,000 Admire the views across the picturesque strood from this immaculately presented and spacious five-bedroom family home. An impressive entrance hallway leads to the largely open plan reception areas, all of which benefit from being great social spaces and are only made more impressive by their bespoke features such as the Atrium roof and professionally designed kitchen. The decking/patio has made for a great BBQ area, combine this with the large reception rooms and you have a home perfect for hosting friends and family. Located on the edge of West Mersea the property is just a mile from the Strood and a short walk away from the High Street. Within a mile you can access all that Mersea has to offer including the beach, sports clubs, a selection of schools, and well renowned pubs/restaurants. EPC D.