The beauty of buying property with views over water

A babbling brook, a peaceful lake, a village duck pond, a peaceful canal or a tempestuous stream add something mesmerising, relaxing and exquisite to a property.

Posted: February 15, 2022



views over water

A babbling brook, a peaceful lake, a village duck pond, a peaceful canal or a tempestuous stream add something mesmerising, relaxing and exquisite to a property. A home with a view over water comes with an intangible quality that is impossible to replicate in any other way.

Why are we drawn to views over water?

Without wishing to take the magic out of it, it turns out that scientifically, views over water make us happier.

It’s pretty remarkable. From the biologist, Dr Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind, explaining the benefits of water, how looking at the water is mildly meditative, and how it helps us escape the stresses of modern life, to the project Blue Gym which highlights that coastal dwellers are happier, there’s a growing body of research behind this.

Indeed, one fascinating study revealed that our stress levels drop when we look at photos of natural green space. Yet, the subjects were even happier when those photos had more water spots shown within them!

It turns out there’s probably something built into our evolution, as we thrived when following water, which means that even now, we want views over water. Hence we want them in our properties. Green space is lovely, but green space with the ripple of blue is powerfully incredible.

Do views over water add value to a property?

You probably know that a good view adds value to a property. However, did you know that a splash of water in that view can make that same property so desirable that it will command a sizeable price premium? Of course, figures vary, and of course, it’s challenging to compare like for like. Still, properties with a view over water tend to be valued significantly higher than a comparable property without a watery view.

The good news is that there is a wealth of properties in Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire with a view over water. So let us help you find that view over water that you want.

We have picked out 5 of our favourite examples on our website below

A three-bedroom (one en-suite) riverside property offering two reception rooms, approximately 1,500 sq ft of accommodation, garaging, parking and rear garden with jetty onto the River Stour.

Bures, Essex - £550,000

A three-bedroom (one en-suite) riverside property offering two reception rooms, approximately 1,500 sq ft of accommodation, garaging, parking and rear garden with jetty onto the River Stour.

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Nayland, Suffolk

Nayland, Suffolk (Sold STC) - £600,000

An unlisted former lock keeper's cottage situated on an island and standing adjacent to the former Nayland Lock, the River Stour and Lock Pool. Enjoying four reception rooms, kitchen, utility and ground-floor shower room. With four first-floor bedrooms (one en-suite) and family bathroom. Gardens and stunning views.

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Barn

Wormingford, Essex - £1,150,000

A stylishly converted Grade II listed former coach house offering accommodation in excess of 2,740 sq ft. Features include pamment brick flooring, timber double doors and oak staircases, ornate gardens, a number of outbuildings and a total plot size of approximately 2.2 acres.

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Hunters Lodge Onehouse (Sold)

Hunters Lodge Onehouse (Sold) - £675,000

A substantial detached Grade II Listed five bedroom house with a wealth of character features. The property sits in generous well maintained grounds with garaging, extensive parking and versatile garden studio.

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Water

Liston, Sudbury, Suffolk (Sold STC) - £1,500,000

An immaculately presented detached unlisted farmhouse offering extensive accommodation arranged over two floors, finished in a traditional Georgian style, yet dating back to the 16th century. The property displays a wealth of characterful features including a triple gable end beneath a clay peg tile roof, high ceilings, exposed timbers and sash windows. A total of three reception rooms, five bedrooms and three bathrooms are complemented by a delightful farmhouse style AGA kitchen/breakfast room, utility, boot room and ground floor cloakroom. A detached one-bedroom annexe provides appealing income potential or could be utilised as a ‘granny annexe’ or as guest accommodation. Simply beautiful grounds measure in the region of 1.43 acres and include a beautiful pond which forms part of a tributary to the River Stour (see agents notes regarding additional land). Further benefits include a detached double cartlodge, garage and numerous garden stores.

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