Property of the Day: The Old Rectory, St Lawrence

This former rectory has an elegant Georgian façade and offers beautiful river views

THE PROPERTY: Set within peaceful grounds, this former rectory has been converted into a family home comprising the main house and a two-bedroom annexe within the south wing.    

THE LOCATION: Situated in rural Essex, in the parish of St Lawrence, the property is perfectly situated for countryside pursuits, including hiking and sailing. There are further amenities five miles away, in the town of Southminster, or to the south in Burnham-on-Crouch, and rail access to London is available from Southminster or Chelmsford.

THE INTERIOR: The five reception-rooms are classically proportioned, with period features including exposed floorboards and fireplaces, and the tall sash windows allow natural light to flood in. At the heart of the home is the open-plan kitchen and breakfast-room, which leads into a living space with triple-aspect views. Upstairs, there are two main suites, three additional bedrooms and two large bathrooms.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The grounds are the stand-out feature of this property, with beautifully planted gardens that are home to a plethora of wildlife. A particularly lovely spot is the jetty that leads out from the recently added Lake House. 

BUY IT NOW: £1,300,000 with Strutt & Parker 

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