The Old Maltings, Stratford St Mary

Guide Price £387,500 - Sold

  • Restored Building
  • High Specification Finish
  • Rain Sensor Velux Windows
  • Inspiring Internal Design
  • Last Few Remaining Apartments
  • Internal Lifts
  • Secure Under Croft Parking
  • Viewing Recommended

Being pleasantly situated within the Dedham Vale, the heart of 'Constable Country this sympathetically restored building offering a choice of two different stylish contemporary themed three-bedroom duplex apartments which offer approx. 1500sqft of high specification accommodation together with secure under croft parking.

Stratford St Mary is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty conveniently sitting just 9 miles from Colchester, 15 miles from Ipswich and 58 miles from London just off the A12. The Parish has many miles of footpaths for walkers to enjoy. These cover varied terrain from lanes, open fields, and riverside walks to village paths. It is said that the inspiration of the book ‘Tarka the Otter' was gained after the author spotted an otter frolicking in the Stour at Stratford St Mary.

The nearest Station is Manningtree at 5.6 miles along the Stratford Road, which will take you to London Liverpool Street in just over an hour.

Whether you are seeking a new home or a weekend escape pad in the country, these new homes will provide you with the perfect relaxed environment to spend your days. The naturally bright accommodation with three En-suites is equally well planned, enabling you to have both a home office/studio and guest accommodation.

Accommodation Relating To Plot 1 is as follows. Plot 2 is similar in size and styling.

Communal Hall
An entrance door with side glazed panels lead into the hall, depending on which apartment you choose will determine which hall you use.

The chunky solid wood entrance door opens into a purposeful hall that has a large storage cupboard with double doors, matching wood doors then lead into the third bedroom/second reception room and the main living room.

Bedroom Three 5.6m > 3.59m x 3.19m (18ft4 > 11ft9 x 10ft5)
Having a vaulted ceiling together with skylight windows, a side window and a sense of spaciousness this room would be perfect as a third bedroom or even a media room/home office studio.

Ensuite Shower Room
As per the other two stylishly fitted Ensuites in this apartment, this one with wood effect Amtico flooring, complimentary tiling and inset downlighters, has a corner shower cubicle with a rainhead shower and hand attachment, a wall mounted wash basin with vanity drawer and a low level wc.

Living Room 8.87m max x 8.27m > 6.49m (29ft1 x 27ft1 > 21ft3)
This is a stunning room and one that combines space, style and clever design elements that incorporate the essence of the original building together with light and bright contemporary open plan living. Within this living room there is a part vaulted ceiling which features glazed wall panels to allow the natural light to be shared from the roof top Velux windows. Positioned close to the hallway door is the staircase, this is a lovely feature which showcases the natural wood theme of the apartment together with a glass screen so as not to be too imposing.

Kitchen Area
Neatly fitted to one wall with brick pattern splashbacks, the vaulted ceiling above helps create a loft apartment feel. The grey coloured units with low level LED feature lights have complementary worktops and integrated AEG appliances that include a double oven and microwave, gas hob and cooker hood, dishwasher and fridge freezer. In addition, the large island unit gives a natural divide to open plan arrangement and provides extra storage and a breakfast/dining bar.

Landing 3.83m x 1.93m (12ft6 x 6ft3)
With a ceiling height of 2.66m combined with the glass screened staircase there is a fantastic feeling of space to this first floor, the chunky wood doors then lead on into each of the bedrooms.

Bedroom One 5.4m x 3.59m (17ft8 x 11ft9)
You are immediately taken by the feeling of sheer spaciousness of each of these first-floor bedrooms, this one has a single electronically controlled skylight Velux window which has rain sensors and measures 1.5m x 1.3m, in addition there are low level glazed wall panels and a door into the Ensuite.

Ensuite Bathroom
Again, this Ensuite has the same Velux window to match the bedroom and a stylish white suite that comprises a low level wc, a wall mounted wash basin with vanity draw and a shower bath with a glass screen and a rain head shower and separate hand attachment.

Bedroom Two 5.4m max x 4.46m (17ft8 x 14ft7)
Another great sized bedroom with high ceilings, exposed beam work and two electronically controlled skylight Velux window which have rain sensors and measure 1.5m x 1.3m each, in addition there are low level glazed wall panels and a door into the Ensuite.

Ensuite Shower Room
As per the other two stylishly fitted bathrooms in this apartment, this one is similar to the ground floor shower room having wood effect Amtico flooring, complimentary tiling and inset downlighters to the ceiling. The white suite consists of a corner shower cubicle with a rainhead shower and a separate hand attachment, a wall mounted wash basin with vanity drawer and a low level wc.

Access into this development is either via an electric secure gate leading into the under croft parking or via a pedestrian gate into the tranquil landscaped courtyard approach to the communal entrance doors. There is an additional rear access to a large gravel parking area for visitors.

Within the under croft parking there are two allocated spaces for each apartment together with individual secure store rooms. Internal doors from this parking area lead to either of the two communal halls where there are stairs or lifts to the first floor.

Communal Gardens
Positioned to the rear of the building the enclosed landscaped gardens have artificial grass, raised planters and will provide pleasant surrounding for either barbeques or peaceful contemplation.

LEASEHOLD 999 Year Lease from completion, ownership of the building freehold will be held within a management company set up to be shared on an equal basis between the six units and is transferable should you wish to sell the property on.

Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.

Stratford St Mary stands in the hearty of Suffolk's Constable Country, a landscape made famous in the paintings of artist John Constable, who was born in nearby East Bergholt. Constable painted several pictures here, including 'View towards Stratford St Mary Church', 1805, now held by the Tate Gallery, and 'The Valley of the Stour, with Stratford St.Mary in the distance', a watercolour painted in 1800 and now held in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, but there was habitation here as early as 4000 BC, as evidenced by a stone mace head discovered in the churchyard. The mace head is now in Ipswich Museum. Around 2000 BC a henge was built on high ground in the centre of the village, and the Romans built a fortified camp across the Stour on Gun Hill.

The name of the village comes from a ford on an old Roman road, or 'via strata'. The St Mary part of the village name refers to St Mary's church, begun in the Saxon period and rebuilt in Perpendicular style in the 14th and 15th centuries. Most of the rebuilding was paid for by the Mors family. Thomas and Margaret Mors (d. 1500 and 1510 respectively) left money for building the north aisle, where both are buried beneath ledger slabs. On the exterior of the aisle is a Latin inscription translating as 'Pray for the souls of Thomas Mors and Margaret his wife, who caused this aisle to be erected in the year of our Lord 1499'.

Stratford stands almost directly on the Suffolk border with Essex and two long distance footpaths, the Stour Valley Path and the Essex Way, pass through the parish.

If you were lounging on the High Street in Stratford St Mary on an autumn day in the early 19th century you might have seen thousands of geese and turkeys being herded on a trek to market in London. The birds were walked through a batch of hot pitch followed by sand which hardened to form a tough 'slipper' to protect their webbed feet for the long walk to market.

There are numerous picturesque historic buildings in the village, many of them listed by English Heritage for their historic interest. Two are Ancient House and Priest's House, a pair of linked late 15th century timber-framed houses. Another is Low Hill House, a Grade II* listed building probably begun in the early 15th century as an open hall house, and remodelled in the 17th century. The oldest house in the village is Gateman's, built in 1334 by a weaver named Ralph Gateman.

Three pubs serve the village. The Anchor in Upper Street is a traditional country pub. It maintained 20 acres of pasture for cattle being brought to market in London.

The Swan, on Lower Street, stands directly beside the river, with gardens leading down to the water's edge. The Swan is a picturesque 16th century timber-framed building that served coaches travelling to and from London. It maintained stables until the 1930s. In 1737 it welcomed King George II, though only for a brief stay of several hours.

The Black Horse, also on Lower Street, dates to the 17th century and is timber-framed with a rendered exterior. The inn's most famous, or infamous, patron was Mathew Keys, a highwayman, who left his watch as security against his tab. In 1751 Keys was later hanged for his crimes on Kennington Common, now part of Lambeth in London.

The River

The River Stour runs along the west side of the village. In 1705 the Stour was transformed into one of England's first navigable waterways, bringing coal up river, and sending corn, straw, and hay downstream to be shipped onwards to London. The 'Stower Navigation Company' was formed in 1708 and proved enormously successful until the advent of the railway made waterway travel uneconomic.

Using the Stour to transport good by river barge required a series of locks. One lock was built behind the old mill site on the island. The lock has been restored by the Stour River Trust. Visitors can fish on the river between the weir and the Swann Inn by purchasing a permit at the village post office.

The Stour also played a part in one of Britain's best-loved children's' books, Tarka the Otter. It is thought that author Henry Williamson was inspired to write his book by the sight of an otter playing on the river at Stratford St Mary.
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