Brightlingsea, Colchester, CO7 0JR


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 5
Imposing detached home offering over 2,200 sq ft of characterful accommodation over three floors. Understood to have been built for the Master Mariner Thomas Cook Taylor in 1912, the property boasts views of the creek from two bedrooms and the first floor balcony.

The property

Ground Floor

The original front door with porthole window opens into a welcoming entrance hallway where stairs rise to the first floor and doors lead to four reception rooms and an opening leads to the ground floor cloakroom via a lobby with coats hanging space.

The sitting room is a charming room with box bay window to the front and oak karndean flooring. Period features include an attractive stone fireplace, picture and dado rails and an ornate ceiling rose. Across the hall is a spacious drawing room enjoying a dual aspect with a large window to the front and glazed French doors to the side. This rooms focal point is a characterful cast iron fireplace with decorative wooden surround whilst further period features include exposed floorboards, picture rail and cornicing.

To the rear of the property is a versatile third reception room currently used as a playroom. This room enjoys a dual aspect with windows to the side and glazed sliding doors opening into the gardens. There is a decorative fireplace with wooden surround and inset cast iron fire whilst to one side is a useful storage cupboard with shelving above. The dining room also enjoys glazed doors which lead into the gardens and to one side is a useful fitted cupboard. There are fitted dado and picture rails and a door leads through to the kitchen breakfast room.

Extended by the current owners the kitchen breakfast room is a well-appointed room enjoying a triple aspect with windows to the side and glazed French doors to the rear. A comprehensive range of base mounted units are fitted with work surfaces, tiled splashbacks, an inset sink drainer unit and built in dishwasher. An Aga is installed to one end whilst built in is a stainless steel electric oven, gas hob and matching hood. From the breakfast area glazed French doors lead to the garden and a door to one side opens to the utility room. Here there are a further range of fitted units with rolled top work surfaces and inset sink drainer unit and space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. There is a window to the side and a stable door to the front.

First Floor

Stairs rise to the first floor landing which is a bright space flooded with light from the French doors that lead onto the balcony. Original Anaglypta wall coverings add great character alongside picture rails and doors lead to three bedrooms, a WC and the family bathroom. Stairs rise to the second floor.  

Enjoying a dual aspect affording far reaching views of the creek, the master bedroom is an exceptionally spacious room with feature fireplace and picture rails. To one side a door leads through to a generous ensuite shower room with a window to the side, double shower enclosure, low level WC, pedestal hand wash basin and heated towel rail. The ensuite also houses the airing cupboard and there is fitted shelving.

The guest bedroom is a large double room benefiting from a box bay window to the front and character features include a charming tiled fireplace and picture rails. Bedroom three is another generous double room with a window to the side and attractive cast iron fireplace. To the rear of the property is a WC and separate bathroom with window to the rear, panelled bath and pedestal hand wash basin.          

The second floor landing has a useful storage cupboard and doors lead to two further bedrooms. Bedroom four is a spacious double room with a dormer window to the rear and storage cupboard, whilst bedroom five; currently used as a study has a dormer window to the front.


The property is approached via a wide shingled driveway which provides space and parking for several vehicles. The drive is bordered by mature shrubs and to one side double gates lead through to a further parking area alongside the house and the garage.

The rear garden enjoys a westerly aspect and is laid predominantly to lawn with well-established herbaceous beds. A paved patio spans the width of the property and leads on to a raised decked seating area.    

Entrance hall

Drawing room 13' 11" x 13' 11" (4.24m x 4.24m)


Breakfast room 9' 8" x 9' 7" (2.95m x 2.92m)

Utility room

Dining room 11' 11" x 9' 7" (3.63m x 2.92m)


Play room 13' 8" x 10' 1" (4.17m x 3.07m)

Sitting room 16' 10" x 13' 11" (5.13m x 4.24m)


Master bedroom 13' 11" x 13' 11" (4.24m x 4.24m)


Guest bedroom 16' 8" x 13' 10" (5.08m x 4.22m)

Bedroom two 13' 11" x 13' 8" (4.24m x 4.17m)



Bedroom four 14' 7" x 11' (4.44m x 3.35m)

Bedroom 5/study 14' 7" x 7' 10" (4.44m x 2.39m)

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