Zoe Napier Winter Magazine 2021/22

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At the time of writing, the market continues to be fast moving for unique and desirable properties. Demand levels for properties in the Essex countryside and its many idyllic villages remain at unprecedented levels as buyers continue to seek a lifestyle change. At The Zoe Napier Group we understand how to best market properties in order to ensure that we reach not just the right buyers, but also to ensure that these buyers have been qualified, so our clients can be rest assured that they are in safe hands. We are further delighted to announce that The Zoe Napier Group recently won two awards at the prestigious UK Property Awards, held in London. These were for BEST AGENCY MARKETING (UK) and BEST Essex Office (single office category). In February 2022, the overall UK winner will be announced from the five star regional winners. Our fingers and toes are crossed! Please do continue to remain safe during these times…

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Stapleford Abbotts, Near Romford

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

Guide Price of £3,500,000

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 23,000 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 usage stp. All of which sits in a prime hilltop position, overlooking countryside. EPC C

Ford End, Near Danbury

Guide Price of £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 £900,000 This three bedroom detached bungalow is absolutely ideal for those looking for a perfect country and city combination. ‘Tranquil’ epitomises this properties’ surroundings, nestled at the end of a country lane on the edge of the popular village of Stock and surrounded by fields, the current owners have witnessed many special scenes with wildlife during their time here. The kitchen overlooking the south facing gardens has been recently updated as well as the bathroom. The bedroom and sitting room enjoy characterful features, although the property could be considered for further improvements (stp). EPC D

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Halstead 0.79 Acre Plot

Offers in Excess of £1,650,000

This holistic home is a prime example of the unique properties we love to work with here at The Zoe Napier Group. Set within a 0.79 acre plot is a very well presented and substantial five bedroom family home, to the west of this is the grounds of the house, including a well-established orchard with Pears, Plums, Apples, and Cherries. What really makes this wonderful home unique is the substantial ancillary buildings. To the left of the main house is a large garage building, currently used as a Spa with a reception, treatment rooms, and first floor accommodation. However, we believe this could be converted for use as an office or as a rental/generational living property (stp). In addition to this, accessed via the stunning Mediterranean style gardens is a fabulous pool building with beautifully refurbished shower/changing rooms, currently lunch is served here to small parties but equally it could be well suited to family entertaining use. EPC D

Earls Colne

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

Ovington, Near Clare

Offers in Excess of £750,000 A most attractive architect designed 2015 country house, situated on a generous plot of 0.68 of an acre, including about half an acre of paddock land for the family pony, or just to enjoy the views. The accommodation is instantly appealing with three light, spacious reception rooms all of which are well finished throughout. Upstairs follows a similar theme with four double bedrooms all of which enjoy pleasant views to the front or overlooking the garden, paddock, and neighbouring woodland to the rear. Situated on a generally quiet country lane in a charming semi-rural location, the property benefits from having few neighbours with the closest amenities being just 2.7 miles away in Clare with its range of country pubs, restaurants, and boutique style shops. EPC B

Left: East/ West in Vanilla/Black Striped Above: Strathberry, Burlington Arcade Store, Mayfair, London Store

Strathberry are delighted to release another exclusive collection, showcasing the Scottish brand’s premium craftsmanship and exceptional attention to detail with a new range of fashionforward designs in sophisticated and timeless colourways.


or AW21, Strathberry looks back at some of the most emblematic female icons that shaped the 20th century as a source of inspiration, creating a new and exclusive seasonal collection that honours the power of modern femininity in its evolvement. The American-Austrian actress and inventor Hedy LaMarr, who devised the technology that is still at the basis of Wi-Fi today, the feminist actress and singer Marlene Dietrich with her bold fashion

statements, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (the second woman to serve in the Supreme Court) are only a few of the brilliant pioneering and empowered women whose intellect, talent and sense of style are celebrated in this collection. Conceived to convey a strong sense of sophisticated and empowering womanhood, Strathberry AW21 sees a daring colour palette of dark

hues with rich greens and smoky greys along with warm burgundy tones and deep reds to contrast. Texture is added by mixing Strathberrry smooth luxurious leather with panels printed in embossed snake and croc finishes. The effect is a striking effortless opulence, which complements beautifully the understated and minimalistic lines of the Strathberry designs, while hinting to the glamour of 1950s. The new collection sees the introduction of the sophisticated top-handled Trinity bag and the casual-chic Melville Baguette, whose closures are both secured by the signature Strathberry bar reimagined in new creative and contemporary ways. Introducing the collection is talented content creator, stylist, street style favourite and former Harper’s Bazaar editor Anna Vitiello, who beautifully embodies the essence of the Strathberry woman for AW21. A collection for women to celebrate women in all their fierceness, AW21 is classic yet contemporary, understated yet fearless, bold yet subtle all at once. Strathberry aims to create a passionate homage to the female icons that helped shape a more modern, proactive and wonderfully rebellious image of womanhood, paving the way for future generations.

The effect is a striking effortless opulence, which complements beautifully the understated and minimalistic lines of the Strathberry designs.

Above: Mini Crescent in Embossed Croc Burgundy Left: Lana Osette in Tan/Maple

Strathberry is an Edinburgh-based and internationally known brand founded by husband and wife team Guy and Leeanne Hundleby in 2013. Specialising in luxury leather goods, Strathberry creations are handcrafted in Spain using only the finest quality Spanish leathers and finishes. Known for its instantly recognisable bar closure and minimalist design aesthetic, Strathberry’s elegant lines, exceptional attention to detail and celebrity endorsement have led to a global following. Strathberry is especially grateful for its strong celebrity support, with HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, HRH The Duchess of Sussex, Lady Gaga, Katie Holmes, Rose Leslie, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio and Julianne Hough amongst many to carry the brand. The brand is stocked in over 33 retailers worldwide and had standalone stores in London’s Burlington Arcade and Edinburgh. A new flagship store opened in Covent Garden in the summer of 2021.

Above: Melville Baguette in Slate with Vanilla Edge and Black with Vanilla Edge

Strathberry, Burlington Arcade Store, Mayfair, London Store www.strathberry.com

Great Totham, Near Maldon

Offers in Excess of £1,050,000

This beautiful barn conversion was brought to life by the current owners back in 2003 and in spectacular fashion. Their wonderful eye for detail has resulted in a property which presents itself with a wonderful range of interior finishes as well as one that provides instant kerb appeal. Outdoors is just as impressive with a BBQ area ideal for entertaining, as well as a spacious initial garden leading through to a larger lawned area overlooking open countryside. Positioned superbly within the semi-rural village of Great Totham, just 2.5 miles from Maldon which provides all amenities. EPC D

Little Sampford, Near Finchingfield

Offers in Excess of £895,000 See yourself striding out into glorious gardens overlooking the scenic meadows of this former rectory which now serves as a generously sized, four double bedroom family home. Ticking all the boxes for those living an outdoor lifestyle with its brilliant sun room, sizeable outbuilding for hobbies/storage and stunning countryside location. Enjoying an impressive frontage and set back from the country road, this delightful home is situated less than a mile from Great Sampford with its highly regarded primary school, the popular Red Lion Inn, and Italian restaurant. Whilst the quintessential English village of Finchingfield is just 3 miles away. EPC E

Moreton, Near Ongar

Offers in Excess of £1,400,000

This former inn believed to date back to the 18th Century is an absolute delight, and with some modernisation will present its new owners with a spectacular period home. With its three impressive and nostalgic reception rooms, as well as four double bedrooms and country kitchen, this house provides a great template to meet modern day family needs. Outdoors is just as impressive, boasting 3.75 acres of beautiful grounds including a wide range of mature trees/shrubs, allotment areas and a wonderful pond. Combine this with the village of Epping providing such easy access to London and you have a property possessing real scarcity value.

Tillingham, Near Southminster

Offers In Excess of £500,000 A charming and unique Grade II Listed equestrian themed property set in its own secluded 2.7 acre oasis of rural wonder. With stunning views stretching across open meadows this really is an ideal property not only for equestrian enthusiasts, but also for those seeking a countryside retreat that offers total tranquillity and an outdoor lifestyle. Situated between the two historic villages of Bradwell-on-Sea and Tillingham both of which offer primary schools whilst the nearest secondary school is in Burnham-On-Crouch. Despite its rural location the property enjoys easy access to London via Upminster station just a 15 minute drive away.


Offers in Excess of £875,000 A fabulous starter equestrian property in the most idyllic spot in one of Essex’s most desired villages. The house itself is deceptively large and has a lovely homely feel with its country cottage features, found particularly in the bespoke kitchen. The property benefits from having multi-generational elements whilst also lending itself to being a brilliant work from home property with its superb garden cabin. The immediate garden comprises of a newly laid patio terrace, lawned areas and vegetable beds for those who enjoy gardening. This leads through to the well-equipped equestrian facilities and paddocks, all of which benefit from the great local hacking. EPC C

South Hanningfield

Offers in Excess of £1,700,000

A great opportunity for a larger family to acquire two neighbouring homes. The main house being a three/four bedroom detached period property dating back to the 17th/18th Centuries which benefits from not being Listed. Whilst the separate cottage is one/two bedroom and is considered for total refurbishment. All of this is set within 4.5 acres of grounds including mature gardens, paddocks, barns and stables. Located in the lovely rural area of South Hanningfield the property is just a 2 minute walk from Hanningfield Reservoir with its nature reserve and restaurant from which beautiful sunsets can be enjoyed. EPC E

Norton Heath

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).

Sible Hedingham, Near Halstead

Offers in Excess of £675,000 A charming detached Victorian house featuring traditional tall ceilings and a number of period features. The ground floor has a large welcoming entrance hall, open-plan living room with central fireplace, newly fitted kitchen, dining room and breakfast room. The first floor offers four double bedrooms, one with an interconnecting bathroom and an impressive, spacious landing. The property stands in mature gardens with the remains of the original sunken grass tennis court (as depicted in the 1920’s photo). EPC F

Clare Park Lake Golf Course

Offers in Excess of £1,250,000

An exciting opportunity to acquire these fabulous, scenic and mature premises extending to just under 16 acres with a substantial double storey building. Offering varied potential and multi-use opportunities, ranging from restaurant/bistro with total of 68 indoor/outdoor covers, potential for private functions/weddings and corporate events. Above the function room is a meeting room as well as the very well-appointed manager’s accommodation, including a kitchen/breakfast room, seating area with wood burner plus access to the balcony overlooking the grounds, and a bedroom with fitted wardrobes and stylish bathroom. Alongside this is a creative 9-hole golf course, 5 acre fishing lake and with former planning for four holiday cottages within the grounds. Proposed change of use would be subject to planning, but in our opinion the mixed-use options could be highly lucrative.

Bulmer, Near Sudbury

Guide Price £850,000

A wonderful late 1930’s character detached house that has been extensively refurbished by the current owners. Offering three/four double bedrooms with the versatility of the fourth bedroom with en-suite being on the ground floor. Three homely reception rooms accompany the country kitchen/breakfast room with its two Essex (AGA) style ovens. The stunning and established grounds offer a westerly aspect to the rear overlooking farmland. Several useful outbuildings, including an old scullery and garage building which could easily serve as the footprint for a general annexe conversion. Situated on the enviable Essex/Suffolk border this property has the most incredible country walks on the doorstep. Also being just a 5 minute drive to the market town of Sudbury and still within commuting distance to London. EPC F

Mount Bures

Guide Price £1,950,000

This instantly stunning 21st Century Georgian style property has been finished to an incredibly high standard both inside and out. The luxury accommodation is spread across four floors with the reception rooms being on the ground floor whilst on the second and third floors are the six double bedrooms, three of which have en-suites. The grounds extend to approximately 36 acres in all, providing the most impressive equestrian facilities. This includes 15 paddocks with quality fencing, an American style barn, all-weather 40X20m turn out area and a 60X20m floodlit arena, whilst further barns provide storage for farm machinery. EPC C

Mundon, Near Maldon

Offers in Excess of £1,400,000

Impressively extended and modernised, this six bedroom family home is absolutely perfect for entertaining with its striking reception rooms, including a substantially sized kitchen/dining room overlooking the patio and pool area. Competing with the stunning reception rooms is the simply amazing master suite, accessed through its own oak staircase and landing. Within the vaulted ceiling suite are his & hers walk-in wardrobes, as well as a large en-suite, tiled in exquisite white porcelain. The final touch being a large decked terrace entered via the bi-fold doors overlooking the garden and stretching countryside beyond. EPC D


Offers in Excess of £250,000 For those who would like to embrace living by the waterside, this bright, modern and well maintained two bedroom apartment with large open plan accommodation and private balcony is a perfect fit. An ideal lock up and leave property or for those wanting to make this their permanent base. The Juliet balconies to both bedrooms ensure you never forget that you are on the beautiful Essex coast. Brightlingsea has much to offer too with a real sense of community and its own bakery, butchers and grocers. All this just a few minutes drive to a mainline station to London. EPC B

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South Hanningfield

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 home 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 just a 2 minute drive from Hanningfield Reservoir with its Waterside Centre and restaurant, also being just 8 miles from Chelmsford city centre. EPC C

Hempstead, Near Saffron Walden

Offers in Excess of £1,250,000

A stunning Grade II Listed period home dating back in parts to the late 16th Century, partly attached to a separate dwelling called the Moat House, these two properties make up two of three homes occupying the entire Hempstead Hall which was converted into three separate dwellings in the 21st Century. The interior is unspoilt and oozes character, hence its status as a landmark building. The property has the unique benefit of being offered with either 8.65 or 13.2 acres, securing the views to the south and west over the mature gardens and wonderful equestrian facilities.

West Hanningfield, Near Stock

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

Catley Cross, Near Halstead

Offers in Excess of £1,250,000

A simply stunning modern and contemporary barn conversion providing 4,567 sq ft of accommodation in the main five double bedroom house, alongside an additional 1,000 sq ft attached annexe. The main entrance leads into the great expanse of open plan ground floor, the heavy oak staircase leads to the first floor while the main reception provides two seating areas and runs into a stylish Wren kitchen overlooking the acreage. From the main room there is access to the gym, whilst off the kitchen an inner hall leads through to stable doors providing access to the annexe or terrace. EPC C

Little Baddow, Near Chelmsford

Offers in Excess of £1,400,000

It is superb properties like this that contribute to making Little Baddow the highly desirable location that it is today. This five double bedroom country home is in an enviable position, accessed via a long driveway there are just three neighbouring properties all of which add to the exclusivity of the setting. Positioned within a 1.4 acre plot this characterful property has the most delightful segmented gardens which consist of mature trees and shrubs, a mini Tudor and secret garden. This blissful feeling continues inside the property with its spacious reception rooms and lovely period features being a theme throughout the accommodation, upstairs the bedrooms enjoy wonderful views over the gardens. All this in close proximity to the city of Chelmsford with its well renowned private schools and commuting links to London.

Tiptree Heath

Offers in Excess of £1,000,000

Originally constructed in the late 1970s this impressive four bedroom home, due to its picture postcard setting is incredibly warm and welcoming. Stunning gardens are a prominent theme surrounding this property, the front garden features an array of unique and mature shrubs that create wonderful scenes as the seasons change. Whilst to the back are the wonderful parkland gardens with an architect designed art studio. Inside are well presented reception rooms including a superbly designed dual aspect kitchen and delightful split level living room/dining area, with the lower level enjoying bi-fold doors which provide glorious garden and countryside views. EPC D

Wyatts Green

Offers in Excess of £1,195,000

You simply cannot underestimate the scarcity value of this wonderful equestrian family home. To enjoy a peaceful semi-rural setting yet having such convenient access to town amenities, schools and commuting links is very difficult to find. The superb equestrian facilities include ample parking for horseboxes, modern stables and tack room, all-weather Manege, and well-screened paddocks. Combine this with a substantial five bedroom house that is well presented throughout, and you have the perfect family home for those who desire a modern day, active lifestyle. EPC C


Jo Malone London introduces a limited-edition English Pear & Freesia autumn collection

When you smell English Pear & Freesia, you’re instantly transported to an orchard where juicy fruit mingles with blooming flowers. There’s something unexpected about the combination of key ingredients and it’s got that freshness and elegance we’re known for.

This luscious Jo Malone London favourite is inspired by orchards awash with golden sunshine. The sensuous freshness of justripe pears wrapped in a bouquet of bright white freesias, their unmistakeable blooms radiating innocence and a delicate, cool touch. Mellowed by amber, patchouli and woods. This special collection includes a limited-edition Cologne and Home Candle in an elegant, fluted glass design, as well as an extra-large 500ml Body & Hand Wash.

warmth of delicious pears to the windswept coast by pairing with Wood Sage & Sea Salt for a fresh fruity fragrance. Or celebrate the beauty of the countryside by pairing with Wild Bluebell for a cool floral fragrance. A new English Pear & Freesia Layering Collection combines the decorated Cologne in 30ml with a 100ml Body & Hand Wash and 50ml Body Crème. They can be layered together on the skin for an effortless relaxation ritual.

Created with meadow foam seed, this bathroom essential gently cleanses skin, leaving body and hands feeling conditioned and soft. The English Pear & Freesia Cologne Collection brings together this favourite with two of its perfect pairings. Take the golden


Matching Tye, Near Harlow

Offers in Excess of £1,250,000

The light accommodation with high vaulted ceilings, presents the main oak roof frame, further featuring a glass galleried landing which bridges over the main family room to connect the three first floor double bedrooms, with a luxurious wet room en-suite for the master bedroom. The ground floor space takes full advantage of the great galleried family room. At the north end of the barn is a fourth bedroom (or office). Whereas the south includes a stunning kitchen/breakfast room with seating area and doors directly onto the south facing terraces with views over the lawns and farmland. Outside are two entrance drives; one leading to the courtyard parking where there is a double garage building with an attached workshop. EPC D

Little Henny, Essex/Suffolk Border

Offers in Excess of £1,395,000

This characterful and largely extended property ticks so many boxes for those looking for a multigenerational family home. The main three bedroom house combines classic farmhouse charm with some more modern features to make for a very homely living space. Attached to this is the two bedroom ancillary cottage, perfect for the children as they get older or as an Airbnb opportunity. The property is offered with 6.5 acres of established gardens, meadows, and equestrian facilities accessed via a spur drive. Located in the rural village of Little Henny within the Stour Valley the property benefits from immediate bridleway access with many local routes to choose from. EPC E

Stisted, Near Braintree

Offers In Excess Of £680,000

An exquisite part thatched ‘Chocolate Box’ cottage, Listed as Grade II and dating back in part to the early 16th Century. Once three farm cottages this property occupies two of the original cottages and has a sizeable 20th Century extension to the rear. This characterful single storey home provides versatility for three bedrooms, one with en-suite. As well as three reception rooms including the garden room with bi-fold doors onto the terrace. There are only two neighbouring properties on its country lane setting, whilst the cottage itself stands in a wonderful rural position with 0.4 of an acre of mature gardens from which views across open countryside can be enjoyed.

Little Baddow, Near Danbury

Guide Price £2,375,000

This stunning late 16th Century red brick Manor House has an impressive 5,000 sq ft of accommodation, occupying three floors plus cellar rooms and offered with 6.25 acres of part walled grounds with a further 6.5 adjoining acres available, strictly be separate negotiation. The house has been sympathetically restored and improved, whilst retaining many exquisite period features. Planning permission is granted 19/00329/FUL to open the kitchen to a far larger living space with the demolition of existing extension and construction of a new single store side extension. Numerous outbuildings include courtyard stabling (offering potential to convert), extensive garaging, an enclosed pool house and machinery stores. There is also a modern tennis court and facilities for grazing. EPC exempt.


Offers in Excess of £795,000

Built by the current owner to a very high standard this property enjoys versatile accommodation with three ground floor rooms ideal for bedroom or reception space, in addition to a wonderful open-plan kitchen, dining and living room space with bi-fold doors out to the garden. Positioned on a 0.75 acre plot this property benefits from a large driveway at the front with parking for numerous vehicles, as well as a double garage with electric roller doors. The rear garden is 300 ft long at its furthest point, with the immediate sweeping patio being accompanied by a large lawned area. Meaning there’s plenty of room for the children and animals. EPC D

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Althorne, Near Maldon

Offers in Excess of £700,000

This charming family home is so visually appealing inside and out. The attractive gated entrance, large driveway and well-maintained front gardens creates a sense of instant kerb appeal. Inside, the property has undergone significant improvement by the current owners and now presents itself with four wonderfully diverse reception rooms and four double bedrooms. All of this situated in the rural village of Althorne, this location offers a rural and outdoor lifestyle yet being so close to two riverside towns in Maldon and Burnham-On-Crouch, perfect for sailing enthusiasts. Althorne also has its own station with a journey time of 1 hour to London. EPC F

MINI celebrates the world premiere of the MINI STRIP, a custom-made, one-off model co-created by Paul Smith and MINI, shining the spotlight on the issue of sustainability in automotive design and manufacturing.


uided by the overarching theme of ‘Simplicity, Transparency, Sustainability’, the car showcases inspirational ideas for a more sustainable method of automotive design. As the name suggests, the process began by completely stripping down the MINI Electric and reducing it to its structural essence. Only then were the elements that the designer viewed as absolutely necessary defined and implemented – with sustainability taking a front seat. Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design explains: “For me, the MINI STRIP shows in an impressive way that MINI and Paul Smith share the same bold way of thinking about the future in terms of innovation and design - and together we create more. Paul asked essential questions right at the start of the design process with his non-automotive and therefore fresh perspective. We are proud to have developed such a strong character statement together.” An outside perspective is an important source of inspiration. MINI has always been receptive to views from beyond its universe; they help the brand to sharpen its view of itself and how it approaches challenges. As a designer with a passion for bicycles, books and much

more, Paul Smith asked questions that provided fresh energy to explore beyond the obvious. He said: “I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to rethink the iconic MINI. I know and love the existing car, but by respecting the past and looking to the future we have created something very special. I feel very privileged that the MINI team have given me the confidence and freedom to think laterally about the approach to the design of the car. Together, I think we have created something truly unique, by going back to basics, reducing things down and stripping the car.” The design – the perfect imperfection The joint design process applied the principles of maximum reduction, to produce a minimalist, high-class design with a fresh and unconventional appeal. Raw materials are a very deliberate part of the exterior design - the body was left in its unfinished state with no coloured paint applied, but instead just a thin film of transparent paint to protect against corrosion. Grinding marks from the factory have been consciously left intact on the galvanised steel panels to clearly identify the car as a functional object: this intentionally rough-hewn effect was dubbed “the perfect imperfection” by Paul Smith.

The unaffected expressiveness of the materials. Parts of the MINI black band have been 3D-printed from recycled plastic and their basic material qualities have been left exposed - like the metal panels. Bicycle enthusiast Smith – who enjoys rolling up his sleeves occasionally and replacing or modifying individual parts of his road bikes himself – provided the inspiration for the visible screws in the add-on parts, which show how simple dismantling would be and how easily the vehicle could be reincorporated into the raw-material cycle at the end of its service life. The functional and distinctive front and rear apron inserts were also manufactured via a 3D printing process, which produced their striking texture. The blanked-off radiator grille of the MINI STRIP and its wheel covers help to reduce drag, thereby increasing its theoretical range. The grille trim and aerodynamic covers on the wheels are made from recycled Perspex, saving both weight and resources. Recycled Perspex was also used for the large panoramic roof that allows curious eyes to view the largely bare structure of the bodyshell inside. A love of detail. MINI calls it a ‘twinkle in the eye’, Paul Smith a ‘classic with a twist’ – both refer to unexpected details that are only revealed through the designers’ work at a second or third glance. Opening the doors reveals the signature Paul Smith stripes in a vivid composition of five colours, the charging flap adds a splash of neon green when opened, while the engraved drawing of an electric plug on the flap is Paul Smith’s own work. Radical reduction in the interior. The MINI STRIP holds true to the motto of ‘Simplicity and Transparency’

on the inside, too, courtesy of some radical stripping-back. All trim parts have been purposefully omitted (with the exception of the dashboard, topper pad and parcel shelf), turning the bodyshell into the dominant visual feature of the cabin. It has been coloured blue at the explicit request of Paul Smith, producing a particularly eye-catching effect. The exposed, basic material and intense blue tone give the interior an aesthetic appeal all of its own; it is bare yet feels “dressed” at the same time. Instead of the usual multi-part design, the dashboard consists of one large, semi-transparent section with a smoked-glass finish. Taking its cue from MINI design’s traditional use of circular elements, the geometry has been simplified with a graphical interpretation. There is no classic centre instrument, leaving the driver’s smartphone to take centre stage instead. It is placed where the centre display would normally be, connects automatically to the car and becomes the media control

centre. The only physical controls in the interior are located lower in the centre stack, where the toggle switches for the power windows and the start/stop function can be found.

terrazzo-like pattern a by-product of the recycling and manufacturing process, positively showcasing the multi-coloured constituent elements enjoying a second life as part of this material.

Innovative materials conserve resources.

The dashboard topper pad, door shoulders and parcel shelf are made from recycled cork which doesn’t contain synthetic binding agents – ensuring it’s fully recyclable. With its pleasing firmness combined with a soft feel, cork could provide a substitute for foamed plastics in future. Due to cork’s recyclability and its status as a renewable raw material that actually “fixes” carbon dioxide during its production, there is potential here for reducing greenhouse gases. Another positive side effect of knitted fabric and cork is that they are both open-pore materials that enhance interior acoustics.

Alongside the minimalist design inside the MINI STRIP, the use of recycled, environment-friendly materials also underpins the car’s sustainability credentials. The interior is free of both leather and chrome, with the seats upholstered in a knitted fabric. The completely mono-material design for the seat coverings means they are fully recyclable - including the piping - allowing material circularity to be maintained. The floor mats are made from recycled rubber with their

Sparking ideas for a more sustainable future. Form follows function in the ingenious details incorporated into the MINI STRIP. Simplicity, transparency and sustainability formed the central themes of the design process and shine through in every aspect of the car. This has enabled the MINI STRIP to translate MINI’s Creative Use of Space philosophy into a radical and fundamental redesign of a MINI – especially in the interior. As such, it can provide a catalyst for more sustainable use of resources in automotive design.

Inchcape Chelmsford MINI Colchester Rd, Springfield, Chelmsford CM2 5PG Tel: 01245 459200 www.inchcape.co.uk/dealerships/mini/chelmsford

Abberton, Near Colchester

Offers in Excess of £1,350,000

A long driveway approach opens up to reveal this architecturally stunning, six bedroom family home set within approximately 10 acres of orchards, lawned gardens and wildlife areas. The ground floor reception rooms are extremely light and spacious throughout with picture windows providing wonderful views over the grounds. Whilst the first floor is rather interesting, a glazed landing ‘bridge’ connects the two angular sails and to the back is a first floor conservatory which serves as a great multi-purpose room. Potentially used as a gym or simply for observing the wildlife and sunset views over the Abberton Reservoir. EPC D

West Mersea

Offers in Excess of £775,000

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

Hullbridge, Near Hockley

Offers in Excess of £1,450,000

Over 4,300 sq ft of luxury and inspirational waterside living – possibly one of the finest waterside homes along the Crouch Estuary with its own bank and planning granted for a pontoon mooring. Absolutely sumptuous living: all designed for huge spaces, entertaining, expansive balconies, and large windows to overlook the estuary and sublime sunsets. Space for guest/annexe layout, integral garaging with auto doors, CCTV, high spec tech and low energy (A) running with solar panelling, CCTV, Rako & Sonos etc. Superb setting for coastal path walks, swimming and enjoying waterside activities. EPC A


Offers in Excess of £595,000

A truly deceptively spacious detached period cottage, offering charming accommodation that has recently undergone vast refurbishment, also offered with a superb detached one bedroom studio annexe within the garden which is finished to an equally high standard. Located within the Maldon conservation area on Fullbridge Quay the property enjoys a convenient setting, close to Market Hill leading up to the town centre as well as being just a short walk from Maldon’s lovely promenade. Combine these factors and you are presented with a property that would make an ideal downsize, holiday home, or work from home situation. EPC E


Offers in Excess of £825,000

Location, location, location is the key ingredient, and this property ticks every box with its off High Street situation, secluded rural environment, equestrian facilities, coastal views and easy access to rail links to London. The open plan kitchen with extended breakfast room/dayroom enjoys superb views and is perfectly situated to observe the natural wildlife. The three good sized double bedrooms all face south over the gardens and if required, there appears to be very realistic potential to add a fourth bedroom. Although being a charming character home, the property is not Listed. The entry level equestrian facilities are perfect for families, with approximately 2.5 acre (stls) grounds that are in two adjoined sections, the first parcel being of attractive mature parkland style gardens with the second parcel utilised for equestrian purposes. Within this acreage is also a gated driveway entrance with parking for 4/5 vehicles and a double garage. EPC D

St. Lawrence, Near Bradwell-On-Sea

Offers in Excess of £1,150,000

This simply wonderful hilltop farmhouse has been significantly extended to provide extensive and flexible accommodation over the 4,834 sq ft. Perhaps considered for some modernisation the property is set within its own gorgeous oasis of 3 acres with an attached indoor pool complex and spacious one bedroom guest cottage. The property is accessed by a long tree-lined driveway which leads up to its hilltop position, this enviable position allows for elevated and breath-taking panoramic views, overlooking the Blackwater Estuary and surrounding farmland. EPC D


Offers in Excess of £475,000

This two bedroom duplex apartment occupies such an enviable position within the historic town of Maldon. Facing east/west the property enjoys spectacular dawns looking downriver to the Heybridge Basin & Northey Island, whilst being within walking distance of Maldon Town centre. The accommodation features an attractive fitted kitchen with river view, and sitting/dining room leading out to the balcony overlooking the dock. Meanwhile the principal bedroom suite occupies the whole second floor and boasts his & hers wardrobes, an en-suite, and windows capturing the picturesque views.


Offers in Excess of £895,000

This four bedroom executive detached house has all of the ingredients that makes a fabulous allrounder. Situated in a great position in the coastal village of Bradwell-On-Sea, the house has four sizeable reception rooms along with a well-appointed kitchen. Sitting within a half-acre plot the property boasts a long rear garden with the feature heated swimming pool, and detached cottage perfect for multi-generational living or guest accommodation. The village of Bradwell-On-Sea has a Yacht Club and pub, whilst being just a 1 mile drive to St Cedds Primary School and a local shop, wider amenities can be accessed in the local towns of Burnham-On-Crouch and Maldon. EPC E

St. Lawrence Bay

Offers in Excess of £225,000

Properties that enjoy a setting as beautiful as this right on the doorstep are very scarce indeed, the current owners have loved the natural wildlife and scenic coastal walks this wonderful home has provided throughout their time here. This luxury lodge offers a high-specification finish throughout with its open plan living room and large American Style kitchen, whilst the outside decking area is equally well appointed with a new hot-tub and fire-pit seating area. A perfect weekend get-away or simply a lovely coastal home.


Offers in Excess of £325,000 Occupying an enviable position on the water, this unique top floor penthouse with a stunning observatory and wraparound balcony offers beautiful panoramic views down the river Blackwater. The accommodation consists of two double bedrooms with en-suite to master, in addition to open plan living space. The property benefits from two allocated parking spaces plus visitors’ spaces. Located along the picturesque coastline you have immediate access to the Saltmarsh Coast with coastal path walks. EPC C