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.
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 while peak time NIBs buses serve the london commuter leaving the White Horse for Billericay Railway Station at advertised times of 06:19 06:47 and 07:17 in the morning and then returning at 18:05 18:30 19:00 and 19:35 in the evening.
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.
Being pleasantly positioned in the well-regarded village of Ramsden Heath, with an approx 100` wide rear garden backing open Greenbelt land, this extended detached home offers elements such as 3 reception rooms, a large kitchen/diner and 2 bathrooms that are often sought in a family home of choice.
Non-estate 1400sq ft Detached Bungalow by open countryside in popular village. VERY private 74ft Garden with 12ft Metal Shed, 12ft Summerhouse & Greenhouse. Huge 24ft x 15ft Lounge, 15ft Kitchen/Diner with Island, 3 Double bedrooms, Ensuite + big Bathroom. Garage divided into 2 extra `rooms`.
This 2 Bedroom Detached Bungalow enjoys a lovely setting, just off this pretty country lane in Ramsden Heath and fronting on to a Horse Paddock in a private mews of just 3 properties; a twin bungalow next door and a brand new detached house, which is currently under construction on the corner.
Enjoying a preferred position on the edge of The Ridings development overlooking open fields, this four-bedroom family home has 2 en-suites and a loft conversion that incorporates an innovative Velux balcony which brings the outside in
With extensions to the front and rear, together with a thoughtful garage conversion, this 3/4 bedroom village family home gives you accommodation that can adapt as your family demands. A social open plan ground floor combines the functionality of defined areas with separate reception rooms.
Positioned in a cul de sac of similar properties, close to open fields and Bridleways in the popular village of Ramsden Heath, this two-bedroom chalet bungalow with a westerly facing garden benefits recently redecorated accommodation with new carpets.