Downham Road, Billericay

OIEO £1,250,000 - Exclusive


  • Equestrian Smallholding on 1.66 acres backing open countryside in sought after Downham Village
  • Network of local Bridleways a-plenty with the nearest one 'next door but one'!
  • Sea of parking to the front plus there's a Garage within the secure Yard behind the double gates
  • 18ft open Plan Porch & Hall leading round into 23ft Hub-of-the-Home Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • Four 1st Floor Bedrooms (2 huge bedrooms with their own private Ensuites) and the main Bathroom
  • 5 Levade Stables, huge floodlit 125ft x 60ft Manège, 1 acre Paddock, 50ft Barn & concrete Yard area
  • 2,600sq ft 4 Bedroom Detached House with an integral 1 Bedroom Annexe
  • 156ft Rear Garden with two lawns separated by a Heated Swimming Pool surrounded by a paved terrace
  • 21ft Lounge with Fireplace, 16ft Dining Room with feature walk-in Bay & good size Conservatory
  • Extra ground floor/Annexe Rooms: 17ft x 13ft Lounge/Kitchen, Bedroom (present Utility) & Shower Room

Standing in grounds of 1.66 acres, this 4 Bedroom Detached Family Homes enjoys a semi-rural setting backing on to open Countryside and comes with an excellent Competition Yard with its own separate access, incorporating 2 Levade Stable Blocks, a super-size 120ft x 60ft Floodlit granulated rubber chip Manège (Riding Arena), 1 acre of post and rail fencing enclosed Paddocks, a 50ft x 18ft Barn and a very tidy Yard area with a large Detached Garage.

As well as its clear appeal as an Equestrian smallholding with excellent facilities, easy access to a network of local Bridleways and the possibility to rent adjacent fields, the Home and its formal grounds offer much themselves, with the 4 Bedroom, 2 Ensuite, 3 Reception Room Main House also incorporating a 1 Bedroom Annexe and to the rear, the 156ft x 44ft Garden boasts a Heated Swimming Pool.

The Main House accommodation covers nearly 2,600sq ft, briefly comprising to the Ground Floor a big open plan 18ft Porch and Hall, 21ft Lounge with a feature Limestone Fireplace, 16ft Dining Room, Conservatory, 23ft Country Kitchen/Breakfast Room and the Annexe Accommodation, this encompassing a 17ft x 13ft Living/Kitchen Room to the front, a 13ft Bedroom (presently arranged a Utility Room) to the rear and with a lobby in between which also accesses the Shower Room in the middle.

Upstairs are the four bedrooms: two large principal bedrooms with Ensuite Bathrooms and two further well-proportioned double bedrooms served by a Travertine tiled Bathroom.

Downham itself is a small village of approx. 200 households, which adjoins the larger village of Ramsden Heath and is approximately 2 miles West of Billericay and 7 miles south of Chelmsford City. Nearby is Hanningfield Reservoir, the southwest edge of it just half a mile from the village centre.

There is a Village Hall, an Italian Restaurant that does takeaways and open countryside seconds away.

The adjoining 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 and with a built-in shop selling the daily essentials), the Nags Head (traditional village pub much used by the locals) and the Fox and Hounds (92% rating on trip advisor), a very popular family-owned butchers, Coffee shop, beauticians, Hairdressers, recently built air-conditioned village hall and even a Tennis Club which is literally only a 'Serve' away from this house.

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

Combining style with security, the grey on the outside, white on the inside Double Entrance doors open wide through to the:

PORCH 8ft 1' x 5ft 8' (2.5m x 1.7m)

Between the Porch and the Hall beyond, a wide set of glass double doors can be opened to create a larger welcoming reception area.

Two windows on either side flow in plenty of light and the warm Amtico© flooring extends into the hall.


HALL 11ft 6' x 8ft 8' (3.5m x 2.6m)

This spacious area is also noticeably light and bright courtesy of the side facing window and the light coming through from the Porch.

The ceiling has a smooth plastered finish, as found throughout the property, and here, as well as many of the other rooms, coving provides an elegant finish.


LOUNGE 20ft 6' x 12ft 6' (6.2m x 3.8m)

An elegant Living Room with the eyes immediately drawn to the very stylish floral wallpaper either side of the central Fireplace with its Limestone surround and inset real flame Gas Fire.

Twin windows either side of the Fireplace along with the extensive full height glasswork of the Double Doors with their adjacent side light windows leading out to the conservatory, gives a real light and airy feel to the room with the deep pile cream carpet lovely and soft underfoot.


CONSERVATORY 10ft 7' x 10ft 7' (3.2m x 3.2m)

A handsome addition to the home with shiny porcelain floor tiles and a radiator allowing all year round use.

A set of double doors open out to the garden and the vaulted roof incorporates twin remote-controlled electric opening Skylights.


DINING ROOM 15ft 7' x 13ft (4.75m x 4m)

The measurements exclude the gently curving walk-in Bay window and like the Lounge, this large reception room also features deep pile cream carpet and gorgeous vintage style light blue and white wallpaper which blends in perfectly with the light pastel blue walls.


KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 22ft 10' x 12ft (7m x 3.7m)

Homely and charming, the country kitchen is the 'Heart-of-the-Home' with solid wood cabinets hand-painted in cream and complimented by Granite worktops.

The Rangemaster Range Cooker with its 5-Gas Burners, 2 Ovens and a separate Grill will be remaining, and integrated appliances comprise a Dishwasher, undercounter Fridge, undercounter Freezer and twin Wine Racks.

The hardwearing tiled floor is ideal coming in from attending to the horses through the back door, plus there are two further doors, and external one from a recessed side Porch and an internal door leading through to the inner hall of the Annexe accommodation.


ANNEXE

Originally arranged as having a front open plan Lounge/Kitchen, a rear Bedroom, and a Shower room in between the two, all three rooms accessed from the Inner Hall.

More recently the current owner has used the front room as additional cooking space for her thriving business and the rear bedroom has been fitted out as, and is presently used as, a Utility Room, where the large built-in wardrobe now offers a super storage facility.


ANNEXE LIVING/KITCHEN ROOM 17ft 6' x 13ft 4' (5.3m x 4.1m)

White kitchen units with an attractive light Grey worktop runs along two walls at the near end and incorporate a single bowl, single drainer sink and a recess below for potentially a washing machine.

We noted a cooker socket upon the wall, and so assume there may be the straightforward provision for putting in a Hob and Oven ensemble.

The far end currently has additional matching white units providing a great deal of storage, which in theory could easily be removed in favour of room for a sofa set and television unit, with in between this and the kitchen area, room for a small table and chairs.

A front facing window and a further small window in the corner by the kitchen units. provides plenty of light.


ANNEXE BEDROOM/UTILITY ROOM 13ft 3' x 10ft 2' 4m x 3.1m)

Originally the bedroom for the granny flat and still retaining the very large built in double wardrobe providing a superb storage facility.

More recently an attractive range of White Gloss kitchen units have been put in and attractive grey tiling laid to the floor, for use as a large utility/laundry room.

A wide set of double doors open out to the garden and a further side facing window makes this also a very well-lit room.


SHOWER ROOM 5ft 10' x 5ft 2' (1.8m x 1.6m)

Used now as a handy additional Shower and WC Room and retains the original white ‘Charlotte' suite comprising of a basin with full pedestal, close coupled WC, and a corner Shower.

The room is fully tiled to the walls and floor too.


1st FLOOR LANDING

With access to the loft and doors leading off to:


MASTER BEDROOM SUITE 20ft 7' reducing to 17ft x 15ft 1' (6.3m > 5.2m x 4.6m)

This plush bedroom comes with an extensive range of Cream fitted bedroom furniture with beautiful wood flooring bringing warmth and character to the room.

Discreetly tucked away within the Entrance Lobby of the Bedroom, two sets of double doors open to reveal a huge airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder.


ENSUITE BATHROOM 10ft 1' x 5ft 5' (3.1m x 1.7m)

The decadent double ended Roll Top Bath provides the focal point of this period style bathroom, the deep and spacious bath complimented by the 'Savoy' ceramics comprising a rectangular basin with pedestal and a close coupled WC.

The 'Chessboard' floor tiles and shiny black and white tiles to the walls give a striking classic look to this large Ensuite, which also has a chrome towel radiator and a side facing window for natural light.


BEDROOM TWO 22ft 5' narrowing to 14ft x 13ft max (6.8m > 4.3m x 4m)

Another sumptuous Bedroom suite, originally the Master Bedroom and its Ensuite, so also a fine size second principal bedroom and decorated with bold 'New York' wallpaper giving a designer feel, coupled with dark grey carpet and white bedroom furniture for a contemporary and modern 'Monochrome' look.

Again, this also has its own Entrance Lobby which then runs through into the Bedroom, with the Ensuite on the right.

The wide rear window enjoys a super outlook over the garden and the equestrian facilities beyond, as well as flooding in lots of natural light.


ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM 8ft 4' x 5ft 2' (2.5m x 1.6m)

Fitted with a pedestal basin, close coupled WC, and a corner shower.

Shiny black floor tiles are complimented by shiny white wall tiles and a very tall towel radiator hangs many a towel with ease.


BEDROOM THREE 13ft x 13ft (4m x 4m)

The measurements of this large double bedroom exclude the walk-in Dormer window and its fitted full width Vanity unit, with inset basin and double cupboard below.

A wide front facing window along with the side facing window over the vanity unit makes for another light filled room and there is storage a-plenty, courtesy of a built-in wardrobe and a further door opening to reveal the eaves storage area.


BEDROOM FOUR 14ft 5' x 10ft 2' (4.4m x 3.1m)

9ft of mirror fronted sliding wardrobes have been built into the recess on the left as you enter, with plenty of room left for a double bed.

The rear facing window enjoys the country outlook and a low height door opens to reveal eaves storage.


BATHROOM 7ft 10' x 5ft 9' (2.4m x 1.8m)

The luxury Travertine tilework gives a relaxing and timeless look, perfectly harmonising with the White Gloss Vanity unit built into the walk-in Dormer window, back-to-wall WC and a Double Ended Bath with mixer taps and shower attachment.

Insert downlighting and a chrome towel radiator complete a classy look.


EXTERIOR - FRONT

A white picket fence with various decorative shrubs behind giving added kerbside appeal, retains the front boundary and white gates open to the large Front Drive.

To the right, a private Drive runs to the right of the house to the tall double gates leading through to the Equestrian Yard behind.


EXTERIOR - REAR GARDEN 156ft x 44ft

The initial Patio and two lawns separated by the heated Swimming Pool and its surrounding terrace demands big Summer parties and family gatherings.

The large Summerhouse has been divided in two: The larger part housing the Boiler, Pool Filter Set and its associated bits with plenty of room for changing, the smaller second part as useful storage.


EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES


APPROACH

Horseboxes drive 'past' the House, along the separate Drive and through the tall timber Double Gates into the main Yard which also houses a large Garage.

(Being next to the property, the gates could be fully automated quite easily)


YARD

All concrete and with a concrete ramp ahead running straight into the Riding Arena. Turning right before the ramp, the Yard extends round and to the side of the garage for easy turning.

There are two small post and rail enclosures adjacent to the Yard: a small lawned area and a children's bark covered play area. We wondered if this area could be set aside and penned off for a Lunge Ring?


RIDING ARENA/MANÈGE 125ft x 60ft (38m x 18m)

A well-built outdoor Floodlit School with a rubber chip surface and gates to three sides.


STABLES

Comprising of two Levade Stable blocks, all fully lit, and each stable has individual lighting. There are 5 Stables and a secure Tack Room.

Adjacent to the Stables are two storage sheds: an 8ft x 5ft 8' Tool Shed and a 9ft x 8ft Store Shed.


HAY/STRAW BARN 51ft x 17ft 6' (15.5m x 5.3m)

With power and lighting.


PADDOCKS

Totalling an acre and enabling all year round grazing and enclosed by post and rail fencing.

There is a large 0.84 main paddock and a gate leading through to a further area behind the Arena (between the Paddock and the Yard).


Notice
Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.

Downham itself is a small village of approx. 200 households, which adjoins the larger village of Ramsden Heath and is approximately 2 miles West of Billericay and 7 miles south of Chelmsford City. Nearby is Hanningfield Reservoir, the southwest edge just half a mile from the village centre.

The parish church of St Margaret dates back to the late 15th Century, although evidence of Roman remains in the village, suggests it goes back to the early Saxons.

There is a Village Hall, an Italian Restaurant that does takeaways and open countryside seconds away.

The adjoining 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 and with a built-in shop selling the daily essentials), the Nags Head (traditional village pub much used by the locals) and the Fox and Hounds (92% rating on trip advisor), a very popular family-owned butchers, Coffee shop, beauticians, Hairdressers, recently built air-conditioned village hall and even a Tennis Club which is literally only a 'Serve' away from this house.

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.
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