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Essex’s best kept secret – St Osyth Priory

17th November 2020

St Osyth Priory was originally home to the legend Osgyth (or Osyth) who died in c. 700 AD. She was an English saint and she was the daughter of Frithwald, a sub-king of Mercia in Surrey and her mother was Wilburga, the daughter of the pagan King Penda of Mercia. Forced by her father into a dynastic marriage with Sighere, King of Essex, she did her dynastic duty and produced him a son. While her husband ran off to hunt down a beautiful white stag, Osgyth persuaded two local bishops to accept her vows as a nun then eventually, she established a convent at Chich, in Essex, where she ruled as first abbess.


Today, St Osyth Priory is an exceptional collection of heritage assets comprising 16 separate Grade I, II* and III listed buildings set within a Grade II registered historic park and garden.

With new properties being developed and built by City & Country, St Osyth Priory now comprises of just 73 private and exclusive newly built homes. Set within the historic grounds, these traditionally designed homes will benefit from a beautiful setting and premium specification.

From pretty cottages and elegant family homes to stylish apartments, the new homes at St Osyth Priory represent an excellent opportunity to be part of this idyllic historic country estate, whilst benefiting from all that a brand new home offers. Enjoy living alongside the heritage buildings, and the private established grounds, calling the Estate's livestock and natural flora and fauna your neighbours. Live here and be part of something special.

The new homes at St Osyth Priory are perfectly designed for modern living and working from home, as every property is equipped with ultrafast broadband. A variety of hyperoptic broadband packages are available, providing residents with the flexibility to ensure their broadband requirements are met.


The Priory overlooks Brightlingsea and is just a 5 minute drive from St Osyth Beach, providing an excellent lifestyle for residents. Surrounded by nature and spoilt for choice when it comes to dog walks, you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of a city. While that remains true, should you need to travel to London for work or leisure, you can be in the city within 90 minutes when travelling from Great Bentley train station.


With 85% of Phase 1 now sold, Phase 2 is underway and is due for completion in 2021. Also coming soon is a farm shop and independent cafe as well as a microbrewery.

To register your interest and find out more information about this development, contact Beresfords on 01206 764444.

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