Church Road, Ramsden Heath

Price £1,150,000 - Under Offer


A wonderful confection of old and new, this substantial 5 Bedroom home dates back to circa 1800 and is situated in a non-estate position, within the very popular village of Ramsden Heath.

The front section brims with character and blends into the rest of the property, which has evolved more recently into the large, family friendly home of 2,574sq ft that you see today.

Set well back from the road, the property enjoys a fabulous landscaped plot of 0.9 acre, the grounds mushrooming out behind and dotted with many specimen trees. Wandering the gardens is a delight and with two seating areas in the formal garden area, you will love spending time outside.

In addition to the large detached Garage - more on this later - the property itself offers expansive living space, comprising to the ground floor an Entrance Porch, a long Hall which knits the old into new, two beamed front Reception Rooms (the original part), a large rear Lounge, huge family-friendly Kitchen/Breakfast Room, separate Utility Room and a ground floor WC Room. Upstairs are the five Double Bedrooms - two sharing an Ensuite, and the Main Bathroom.

We think the detached garage, at roughly 21ft x 15ft and with a tiled pitched roof, has the potential for a Studio Room over the top - perfect for a home office or leisure room.

The village of Ramsden Heath has an active community and plenty of amenities including three very good pubs - the White Horse (twice voted ‘Best Family Pub in East Anglia), the Nags Head (traditional village pub much used by the locals) and the Fox and Hounds (92% rating on trip advisor).
There`s also a very popular family-owned butchers, fairly new Coffee shop, beauticians, Hairdressers, recently built air-conditioned village hall and even a Tennis Club.

The local Downham Primary School has a `Good` OFSTED rating, with school buses taking the older children to the `OUTSTANDING` rated Mayflower High School in the adjacent town of Billericay. Billericay itself is an affluent commuter town with a fast and frequent train service (35 minutes) to London Liverpool Street.


The Accommodation

ENTRANCE PORCH

This pretty addition with its solid wood front door gives added kerbside appeal and is well lit courtesy of twin windows either side. A glazed internal door then leads through to:


HALLWAY

A long hall connecting the original front with the newer back, and with a good size built-in cloaks cupboard at the end.

Herringbone design decorative brickwork within the timber framework is a pleasant feature on the right wall as you enter.


CLOAKROOM

At the end of the hall this useful ground floor WC Room has a chrome towel radiator, white tiled walls and a white suite comprising close coupled WC and a basin with pedestal.


SITTING ROOM 15ft 8" x 15ft 4" (4.77m x 4.67m)

The original main living room, now a quaint and charming second reception room, following the rear enlargement which has the large 26ft x 14ft 6" present day lounge used as the principle living room.

Set the scene with a roaring fire in the big brick open fireplace, the focal point of the room.

Your eyes will also be drawn to the Herringbone decorative brickwork within the timberwork, forming the connecting wall to the hall adjacent, the sturdy ledge and brace internal door (as found throughout) and the beamed ceiling and walls.

The room is lit by two windows, one to the front and one to the side, with 5 wall lights for evening light.


DINING ROOM 15ft 3" x 15ft 1" (4.64m x 4.59m)

The perfect Christmas Dining Room. You`ll want to invite friends round to dinner all the time, with this grand and spacious, dual aspect dining room with windows to the front and side.

Like the front sitting room it too has character a-plenty, with its exposed beamwork and the original feature brick fireplace, which has an inset gas fire.


LOUNGE 26ft 2" x 14ft 6" (8.07m x 4.41m)

With a nod to the home`s 19th century origins, this handsomely proportioned and elegant room has a large ornate beam spanning the width and a large Inglenook Fireplace with a wood burning Stove.

Engineered Oakwood flooring brightens the room, which has quite a light and airy feel, thanks to two windows either side of the fireplace and a set of French Doors with accompanying full height windows, opening out to the garden.


KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 18ft 10" x 18ft 8" narrowing to 14ft (5.74m x 5.68m > 4.26m)

The hub-of-the-home.

The 10ft high semi-vaulted ceiling in this homely country kitchen gives an even greater impression of space, with the rear and side windows and set of French Doors with their accompanying full height windows, flooding in lots of light too.

Slate style flooring and the range of `Oak` fronted kitchen cabinets gives a traditional rustic feel, with the kitchen units incorporating a 5-ring Gas Hob below a Canopied Extractor Fan, a split level Double Oven, Fridge and Dishwasher. A further built-in cupboard provides additional larder storage.


UTILITY ROOM 8ft 4" x 7ft 3" (2.54m x 2.20m)

A large central Belfast Sink within the Grey, Shaker style fitted units, provides the centrepiece of this useful room, which comes with spaces for three appliances (washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge etc.) under the main run of units and a large recess opposite, suitable for the full height fridge and separate full height freezer that the sellers have in place.

Double doors on another full height unit, open to reveal the pressurised hot water cylinder, delivering mains pressure hot water - ideal if there`s more than one shower going at the same time.

The utility rooom floor has been laid with hard-wearing slate style tiles, and a part glazed external door opens to the side of the house.


1st FLOOR LANDING

Lit by a front facing window and with the original exposed beamwork in the front end of the landing (the original part of the house) giving added character.

The landing features two big cupboards. The smaller 3ft square linen cupboard we think could easily be incorporated along with a large recess in bedroom Four, to become an Ensuite (as it`s adjacent to the main bathroom). The larger 9ft 5" x 3ft 7" walk-in cupboard makes a rather cavernous and practical walk-in store room.


MASTER BEDROOM 15ft 3" x 15ft 3" (4.64m x 4.64m)

Forming part of the original cottage, this large bedroom also radiates character and is nice and light, courtesy of its dual aspect, having both front and side facing windows.

Two sets of full height mirror fronted wardrobes - one double, one triple - maximise storage and two radiators keep this room cosy in winter.


ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM 11ft 4" x 3ft 10"(3.45m x 1.16m)

`Jack and Jill` with the 5th Bedroom (doors from both), this light and bright Shower Room has fresh white tiles to the floor and walls, with the 3-piece suite comprising a pedestal hand wash basin, close coupled WC and a double shower.

The side facing window provides natural daylight and there`s a chrome towel radiator as well.


BEDROOM TWO 15ft 3" x 11ft 5" (4.64m x 3.47m)

Full of personality, this bedroom also forms part of the original cottage and still retains its open fire, with an antique, inset Victorian Cast Iron Fireplace, complete with its mantel shelf, which compliments the sugar white walls and the exposed beamwork.

This is another bright dual aspect room having windows both to the front and side.


BEDROOM THREE 18ft (entrance area) narrowing to 11ft 1" x 14ft 6" (3.37m x 4.41m)

Enjoying fabulous views of the rear garden through the wide, double glazed `Oak` effect window, this generous bedroom has a run of fitted wardrobes, with triple mirror fronted sliding doors hiding a mountain of storage.


BEDROOM FOUR 13ft 3" x 11ft 10" (4.03m x 3.60m)

This rear bedroom also boasts splendid, almost parkland, views of the garden, with its sylvan backdrop.

A large recess nearly 6ft wide houses a built-in wardrobe with sliding mirrored doors and being adjacent to the main bathroom, there is the potential for a small Ensuite to be created either in the wardrobe recess or by utilising the airing cupboard adjacent in the landing.

The left wall, being the original rear wall of the cottage, has a touch of exposed beamwork, which gives an attractive feature to the room.


BEDROOM FIVE 11ft 4" x 10ft 7" (3.45m x 3.22m)

Yet another double bedroom, this one with wood laminate flooring and the pleasing look of a gentle slope in the ceiling running down to a broad, mid height window.


BATHROOM 11ft 10" x 5ft 8" (3.60m x 1.72m)

A well-proportioned size allowing the 3-piece suite to be nicely spaced out.

White, high quality sanitary-ware by `Sanitan` comprises a close coupled WC and matching basin with full pedestal, with the cast iron bath having a separate shower over.

A rear window gives plenty of natural light and a little door opens to reveal a useful storage recess.


EXTERIOR - FRONT

Set back a good 57ft from the main road gives a large expanse of shingle parking, which extends around to the side and up to the garage.

Bushes behind the post and rail front fence provide a degree of seclusion and the front lawn and further planting gives added kerbside appeal.


GARAGE 20ft 7" x 15ft 4" (6.27m x 4.67m)

Wider than average, this large garage has electric sockets, lighting, bi-folding front double doors, two windows and a courtesy door from the garden.

A mezzanine floor provides great storage and gives an idea of the potential for a studio room upstairs, subject of course to approval.


EXTERIOR - REAR GARDENS

The property is set in beautifully landscaped grounds.

The gardens fall into two areas; An initial formal garden and a larger parkland style rear garden, the other side of a dividing picket fence with a central gate.


INITIAL FORMAL GARDEN 136ft x 62ft (41.45m x 18.89m)

Accompanying the beautifully maintained lawn are two patio areas.

Perfect for entertaining, the full width larger patio invites alfresco dining during the warm summer months and extends out into the garden, giving plenty of room for the biggest table and chairs, and the sellers modern rattan sofa set looks just right on the smaller block paved patio.

A wooden picket fence with a central gate links the two gardens.


REAR PARKLAND GARDEN 170ft x 155ft. (51.81m x 47.24m)

The rear parkland style garden is a riot of colour and texture, ever-changing through the seasons and with several specimen trees including an Indian Vanilla Bean, Walnut and various mature and young fruit trees (English Cherry, Plum, Pear, etc). Muntjac Dear are regularly seen in the small woodland area at the rear.

Get your vegetables, plants and flowers started in the two Greenhouses and store all sorts in the large Nissen Hut.


HISTORY OF THE PROPERTY

There is little information on the history of the cottage although it already there on the First Series Ordnance Survey Map from 1805. The property was previously called Cox Green Cottage, named after the Green it sat on the edge of, Cox Green - also known as Cock`s Green.

We believe a previous owner managed a huge adjoining apple orchard, which we presume was to the rear and stretched from the site of the school to the top of the hill heading down towards Ramsden Bellhouse.


ABOUT RAMSDEN HEATH

Ramsden Heath is a sought-after village with an active community, situated roughly 2.7 miles north-east of Billericay.

There are a good range of facilities including three very good pubs - the White Horse (twice voted best family pub in East Anglia), the Nags Head (very popular traditional village pub) and the Fox and Hounds (recently taken over by locals Sarah & Mark who have quickly brought this country pub up the rankings to a great venue with the food there highly recommended).

There is a free church - The Christian Growth Centre along with a superb family-owned butchers - Andrews, a fairly new Coffee shop - `Hall & Co` and beauticians.

There is also a primary school - the Downham C of E Primary School.

The recently built air-conditioned modern village hall is available for hire and consists of a small hall, a large hall and kitchen facilities.

Many of the Ramsden Heath residents often nip down to `Hemmings` in the adjoining village of Ramsden Bellhouse, a well-stocked convenience store with an in-house Post Office providing the daily essentials.

As well as being in the catchment area for Downham Primary, Mayflower High School and Ramsden preschool the village has much to offer families of all ages.

There are award winning sports fields and a pavilion which includes football and tennis facilities.

Golf clubs are located in nearby Stock and Billericay.

There are plenty of local country walks, ideal for everyone and perfect for dog walkers, along with close and easy access to the Hanningfield Reservoir and Nature Reserve for fishing, bird watching and other activities.

For horse lovers, there are local riding stables, clubs and livery yards, all with easy access to a comprehensive bridleway system.

The local Recreation ground is well kept and maintained and has won awards for the facilities on offer including exercise equipment, table tennis, large variety of play equipment for children and basketball.


FURTHER AMENITIES

The nearby town of Billericay (approx. 2.7 miles) offers a comprehensive range of amenities including a thriving High Street with a Waitrose Store, good secondary schools (both State & Private), numerous recreational facilities and a Mainline Railway Service to London Liverpool Street (fast train 35 minutes Monday- Friday).

Chelmsford City Centre with its new flagship John Lewis Store is just 10 miles away and boasts the renowned King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford County High School for Girls, and New Hall Convent School.

Several buses provide easy transport to Billericay, Wickford and Chelmsford, with specially laid on school buses taking the children to Mayflower High School in Billericay as well as the private school in Brentwood, New Hall in Chelmsford, Westcliff Grammar and Southend Boys School.


A bit of history

Ramsden Bellhouse and Ramsden Heath are now two separate villages, but until the first part of the 20th Century they were one village, which stretched from Stock in the north to Nevendon in the south.

The village was centered around the crossroads, where today the war memorial stands, in front of the White Horse Pub.

Confusingly it was known back then as Ramsden Bellhouse with Ramsden Heath simply an area of heathland to the north of the village.

About 1910 Homesteads Ltd bought Ramsden Bellhouse Farm and built an estate centre around St. Mary`s Church about a mile from the old village which became known as Ramsden Bellhouse, and gradually the old village became Ramsden Heath.


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Ramsden Heath is a sought-after village with an active community, situated roughly 2.7 miles north-east of Billericay.

There are a good range of facilities including three very good pubs - the White Horse (twice voted best family pub in East Anglia), the Nags Head (very popular traditional village pub) and the Fox and Hounds (recently taken over by locals Sarah & Mark who have quickly brought this country pub up the rankings to a great venue with the food there highly recommended).

There is a free church - The Christian Growth Centre along with a superb family-owned butchers - Andrews, a fairly new Coffee shop - `Hall & Co` and beauticians.

There is also a primary school - the Downham C of E Primary School.

The recently built air-conditioned modern village hall is available for hire and consists of a small hall, a large hall and kitchen facilities.

I, like many of the Ramsden Heath residents often nip down to `Hemmings` in the adjoining village of Ramsden Bellhouse, a well-stocked convenience store with an in-house Post Office providing the daily essentials.

As well as being in the catchment area for Downham Primary, Mayflower High School and Ramsden preschool the village has much to offer families of all ages.

There are award winning sports fields and a pavilion which includes football and tennis facilities.

Golf clubs are located in nearby Stock and Billericay.

There are plenty of local country walks, ideal for everyone and perfect for dog walkers, along with close and easy access to the Hanningfield Reservoir and Nature Reserve for fishing, bird watching and other activities.

For horse lovers, there are local riding stables, clubs and livery yards, all with easy access to a comprehensive bridleway system.

The local Recreation ground is well kept and maintained and has won awards for the facilities on offer including exercise equipment, table tennis, large variety of play equipment for children and basketball.


FURTHER AMENITIES

The nearby town of Billericay (approx. 2.7 miles) offers a comprehensive range of amenities including a thriving High Street with a Waitrose Store, good secondary schools (both State & Private), numerous recreational facilities and a Mainline Railway Service to London Liverpool Street (fast train 35 minutes Monday- Friday).

Chelmsford City Centre with its new flagship John Lewis Store is just 10 miles away and boasts the renowned King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford County High School for Girls, and New Hall Convent School.

Several buses provide easy transport to Billericay, Wickford and Chelmsford.

A bit of history

Ramsden Bellhouse and Ramsden Heath are now two separate villages, but until the first part of the 20th Century they were one village, which stretched from Stock in the north to Nevendon in the south.

The village was centered around the crossroads, where today the war memorial stands, in front of the White Horse Pub.

Confusingly it was known back then as Ramsden Bellhouse with Ramsden Heath simply an area of heathland to the north of the village.

About 1910 Homesteads Ltd bought Ramsden Bellhouse Farm and built an estate centre around St. Mary`s Church about a mile from the old village which became known as Ramsden Bellhouse, and gradually the old village became Ramsden Heath.

Property Features

  • A blend of Old and New, this substantial 5 bedroom Home dates back to circa 1800.
  • Non-estate setting with beautiful landscaped grounds of 0.9 acre mushrooming out behind
  • The newer rear section houses the balance.
  • Huge Family friendly Kitchen/Breakfast Room with adjoining separate Utility Room
  • Five Double bedrooms served by a "Jack & Jill" Ensuite Shower Room and the main Bathroom
  • Situated in the ever popular village of Ramsden Heath, just outside Billericay
  • The original front part houses two of the reception rooms and the two principle bedrooms
  • 3 Receptions: 26ft Lounge, 15ft Sitting Room & 15ft Dining Room - all with fireplaces
  • Porch through to long Hall with large built-in cloaks cupboard and a ground floor WC Room at the end
  • 21ft x 15ft Detached Garage offers potential for a studio room above

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