Property of the Month: The Lake House, Bradwell-on-Sea

PUBLISHED: 11:23 16 November 2020 | UPDATED: 18:01 24 November 2020

The Lake House is in Mill Hill, near Bradwell-on-Sea (photo: Zoe Nappier Group)

The Lake House is in Mill Hill, near Bradwell-on-Sea (photo: Zoe Nappier Group)


The Lake House, nestled in Mill End on the outskirts of the village of Bradwell on Sea, has been owned by the same family for 60 years

The view of the lake from the property (photo: Zoe Nappier Group)The view of the lake from the property (photo: Zoe Nappier Group)

The 16-acre lake was a field before it was excavated for its gravel to construct the nearby World War II aerodrome, RAF Bradwell Bay. After gravel extraction was completed, a clay-based lake was created, filled by water flowing from a spring close to Bradwell Brook.

In the 1960s the family were some of the pioneers of water skiing in the UK, running a water-ski and leisure business here between 1963 and 1998.

Sharon Lake from the air (photo: Zoe Nappier Group)Sharon Lake from the air (photo: Zoe Nappier Group)

Planning permission was granted in the early 1970s, whereupon the Lake House was built by the family. It is perfectly orientated to face south and positioned in an elevated position over the lake.

The property’s planning permission originally included part commercial use, to create a lower ground club house for the ski club, changing rooms and tiered decking outside, from which to view the sport.

The pretty pond (photo: Zoe Nappier Group)The pretty pond (photo: Zoe Nappier Group)

In 1998 the family reverted the entire property to a private home, when the ski club ceased operating. 

The property offers huge potential and varied opportunities for an incoming buyer, with the options to develop a far larger house in the most magnificent setting, to reinstate as a ski or angling club or to pursue other leisure opportunities along the lines of holiday lodges or camping and glamping (subject to planning consent).

The external staircase and internal lift lead to the first floor private accommodation with a superb south-facing balcony providing the ultimate vista across the lake. 

With its unique micro-climate of unusually dry and sunny weather, the area is highly sought after by sailors, motorboat enthusiasts and holiday makers, with Bradwell Marina a short distance away.

More recently, the house has been UPVC double glazed and solar panels have been fitted to the south facing roof.

The main entrance door opens to a through hall where the first glimpse of the lake is seen, emphasising the truly unique setting of this stunning property. 

Guide Price: Offers in excess of £1,700,000

Contact Zoe Napier Group Coastal & Waterside on 01621 840333 or visit






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