This outstanding 3000 sq ft, five/six-bedroom detached house is located on the edge of the desirable village of Ramsden Bellhouse. Boasting ever changing country views, the landscaped plot and approx. 225' rear garden have both south and west aspects, so enjoying the sun late into the evening - perfect for those summer evenings entertaining.
The accommodation is well planned between the three floors and designed in such a way to ensure each room has its own view of the surrounding farmland.
The ground floor reception rooms are all positioned off a central sizeable hallway with double doors opening to a large 'L' shaped kitchen/diner/family room that takes in the farmland views out to the front. In addition, the study with fitted furniture is at the side and the rear facing living room and adjoining sunroom/orangery both enjoy direct access out to the garden.
Although there are officially six double bedrooms and three bathrooms, there is also the option for you to incorporate a second tv room and a games room, which the current owners do, should each of the bedrooms not be required.
As mentioned the plot is most generous in size having a gravel drive with an electric gate, a larger than average double garage and the unusual feature of a brook winding its way along the side boundary.
Ramsden Bellhouse is a highly sought-after village with an active and friendly community coupled with a delightful rural setting, despite only being a few miles from the neighbouring town of Billericay and Wickford, both of which offer a comprehensive range of amenities including has a mainline train station to the city (London Liverpool Street in 35 minutes).
Local amenities within the village including a rather good village convenience store incorporating a Post-Office, well used Village Hall, Church and a preschool.
Further shops and the highly regarded Downham Church of England primary school to be found in the adjacent village of Ramsden Heath.
Within easy reach is Chelmsford which boasts the renowned King Edward Grammar School, Chelmsford County High School for girls and New Hall Convent school.
ACCOMMODATION AS FOLLOWS..
Steps lead up to the front door of this house and give a lovely view of the adjoining farmland that surrounds this home.
GLAZED VESTIBULE 2.38m x 1.61m (7ft10 x 5ft3)
This convenient additional entrance area not only provides an ideal space for dirty shoes after muddy country walks, but it also provides an added level of insulation from the chilly seasonal changes.
RECEPTION HALL 7.55m max x 3.58m (24ft9 x 11ft9)
With a generous amount of space dedicated to the hall it is not only functional, but it adds another level of spaciousness throughout this home. Wood panel doors and architraves complement the wood flooring and matching carpeted staircase which then leads up to the galleried landing.
In addition, there is a built in cloaks cupboard, space under the stairs and panel doors that lead into each of the reception rooms as well as the cloakroom and double garage.
Fitted with a modern white suite that consists of a closed coupled wc and a mounted circular basin with a mixer tap, this ground floor loo with a side window, is well placed within the home.
STUDY 3.32m x 2.91m (10ft11 x 9ft7)
As the house has been designed and planned around the immediate surroundings, this study with two corner windows looking onto the farmland, is a great example of the considerations taken by the original architects. Fitted to 2 walls of this study is a range of office furniture which incorporates shelving, cupboards, drawers and a well-placed desk just under the windows.
KITCHEN/DINER/FAMILY ROOM 7.5m x 6.96m > 4.85m (24ft7 x 22ft10 > 15ft11)
Originally designed as a separate kitchen with adjoining dining room this combined space has been opened up to provide a most generous and incredibly practical living space that will easily accommodate and a large dining table and sofas.
Shared between both areas are two front facing windows as well as a side window and side stable door in the kitchen. The designated dining area has a continuation of the wood flooring used in the hallway and is accessed via double doors while having open plan access to the kitchen with its tiled floor and inset downlighters.
Cream coloured units are fitted to three walls and they have granite worksurfaces that also extends to include a breakfast bar, these have tiled splash backs and incorporate an undercounter sink unit which has a mixer tap and a rather handy instant boil tap. In addition, there is an integrated dishwasher, an integrated fridge freezer within the dresser unit and a space for a range cooker with cooker hood above.
LOUNGE 7.47m x 5.22m (24ft6 x 17ft2)
Positioned to the rear of the house and accessed via double doors from the hall, this naturally light, carpeted lounge has an open fire and three sets of double doors. One pair opens to the conservatory while the other two open out to the deck and in-turn give a lovely outlook of surrounding Farmland.
SUNROOM/ORANGERY 5.02m 3.91m (16ft6 x 12ft10)
This sizeable sunroom with a tiled floor and air conditioning, has been designed using design elements typical of an Orangery and with a vaulted ceiling it provides a stylish living space versatile in its use and perfect for parties.
Full width bi-folding doors are fitted to one side and open onto the southerly facing deck, while a full width window looks down the length of the garden. Its also worth noting to one corner there is a small sink unit and granite top for added convenience when entertaining outside.
FIRST FLOOR GALLERIED LANDING 5.3m x 3.63m (17ft5 x 1ft11)
Just like the entrance hall, a generous amount of space is dedicated to the main thoroughfares of this home. Each bedroom on this first floor is particularly generous in size with four of them being large doubles.
MASTER SUITE 4.86m x 4.12m (15ft11 x 13ft6)
This front facing master bedroom has lovely farmland views together with a range of fitted bedroom furniture incorporating wardrobes, draw units and bedside cabinets. Double doors then open to the en-suite shower room.
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM
This stylishly presented en-suite with feature recessed lighting, inset downlighters and a designer spring shaped radiator has a white tiled floor which incorporates a 2 person walk in shower with 2 individual adjacent showers and accompanying glass screens.
In addition, there are two built in storage cupboards, a back to wall wc, and a semi ped wash basin with backing mirror.
BEDROOM TWO 4.11m x 3.68m < 4.18m into door recess (13ft6 x 12ft1 > 13ft9)
Positioned to the rear of the house enjoying good natural light, this second double bedroom also has an en-suite shower room.
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM
With a side window and a white suite, this mosaic tiled shower room has a white suite that comprises a corner shower cubicle with a multi jet shower unit, a back to the wall WC and a mounted wash basin with storage cupboards under.
BEDROOM THREE 5.36m x 3.32m (17ft17 x 10ft11)
Pleasant positioned to the side of the house with two side windows and currently accessed via double doors from the landing, this third double bedroom is currently being utilized as a second TV/first floor playroom.
BEDROOM FOUR 4.85 into door recess> 3.34m x 3.22m (15ft11 > 10ft11 x 10ft7)
Being a front facing bedroom this again looks out over the adjoining farm and has built-in wardrobes with stylish wood panel doors.
BEDROOM FIVE 4.11m max x 3.23m (13ft6 x 10ft7)
Located just opposite the master suite made this an ideal choice to be fitted out as dressing room. Recently fitted with a stylish range of modern wardrobes with wood panel doors, there is ample storage and good natural light from the southerly aspect.
BATHROOM 3.08m x 2.04m (10ft1 x 6ft8)
Being generous in size, this tiled bathroom with inset downlighters and a heated towel rail, has a white suite which incorporates a large spa bath with separate shower and fitted screen, a back to the wall WC and a semi ped wash basin to maximise the floor space even further.
SECOND FLOOR PLAYROOM/BEDROOM SIX 6.23m x 3.96m (20ft5 x 13ft)
Currently used as a playroom and having space for a pool table, this converted loft space has two skylight windows and walk in eaves/loft storage to either end. Its worth noting, if required either of these could be converted into an en-suite shower room if another bathroom was required.
Electronically operated gates give security and access to the gravelled drive which provides space for many vehicles. There is also a five-bar side gate opening to the garden and a double width door opening to the garage.
DOUBLE GARAGE 5.96m x 5.78m (19ft7 x 19ft)
Having one large double width electric up and over door, this garage with two side windows, has been designed with no central pillar to ensure there is the opportunity to park centrally within the garage while having storage, fridge/freezers and a utility area with washing machine around the edge.
The rear garden flows along the meandering brook that adjoins the boundary of this garden. Immediately to the rear of the property is a raised decked seating area while the remainder is mainly lawn with established hedging and extending approx. 225' in depth with a width of approx. 70' towards to the rear.
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.
Billericay is a popular, historic market town just 30 miles from London.
The market at the top of Crown Road disappeared years ago and Billericay nowadays is more well-known as an excellent commuter town, with excellent rail links to the City (35 minutes by train), very good schools and a charming High Street, part of which is a conservation area.
It also has great access to the key main roads of the M25, A12 and A127.
The town lies on the edge of rural Essex, which makes it a very desirable place to live. This coupled with the City access goes some way to explain the high levels of Londoners we see looking to move here every year.
Since I moved here in 1973 and started as an estate agent in the mid 1990's, I have seen the town grow to where it is now, with some 14,000-15,000 homes and a population of over 40,000.
The Billericay you see today is economically and physically a thriving and attractive place to live and work. There are many open green spaces including the 40 acre Lake Meadows Park, a must in summer, and they throw a pretty impressive Fireworks Night too.
Norsey Woods is a great place for a walk or to exercise your dogs...or the kids! It dates back to the Bronze Age and covers about 165 acres with a visitor centre for the educational visits it has too.
I remember camping there as a cub scout back in the day and both Nick and myself have enjoyed many a afternoon there over the years with our families.
The High Street must be one of the prettiest in the county and dates back to Roman times. The shape we see now certainly hasn't changed much for over 500 years, our office itself is part of one of the 25 old coaching inns the town has seen over the years!
With well over 100 shops including some well known names and some boutique locally owned ones, the High Street also has some great pubs, bars and restaurants. The Chequers is probably the most popular, most people we know rate it as the best pub in town, with newer bars like Harrys Bar, Bar Zero and the Blue Boar, also very sought after, growing venues on friday and saturday nights.
There are too many great restaurants to name, suffice to say you don't need to travel out of Billericay to have a fantastic night out and there's a taxi rank by the station to get you home if you want to leave the car on the drive.
Waitrose is our local main supermarket with there also a very good Co-op over on Queens Park. Smaller supermarkets over in South Green, Sunnymede and along Stock Road also provide a super local service in their areas.
Billericay Christmas Market is a very popular annual event which sees the High Street completely shut to traffic for the day and then filled with stalls selling anything and everything Christmasy!
All the local schools, both Primary and Secondary have good OFSTED reports and there is a good choice of both State and Private. Please feel free to contact our office for more details although the OFSTED website is the ideal first port of call of course.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Billericay has an facinating history, much of which can be researched in our local museum, the Cater Museum on the High Street.
Billericay was first recorded as Byllerica in 1291 with notable events including a Peasants Revolt ending up in Norsey Woods in 1381 and some of Billericay residents, including Christopher Martin, the ship's victualler, sailing with the Pilgrim Fathers to the 'New World' of America on the Mayflower in 1620 - hence the many representartions of the Mayflower ship in numerous local businesses and the Mayflower High School.
In 1916 Billericay became famous as a result of a Zeppelin airship crashing in flames on the outskirts of the town, down what is now Greens Farm Lane.
A union workhouse was built in 1840 which later, together with additional later built buildings, became St. Andrew's Hospital in the 1930s. The regional plastic surgery and rehabilitation unit was opened here the same year I moved to Billericay, 1973. Many a local will still refer the estate there now to me, as 'one of the houses on the old Burns Unit', although it is in fact Stockfield Manor now.
Only the original workhouse building, including the chapel, and the main gatehouse, now survive, converted now into Grey Lady Place, a residential development of luxury apartments.
The railway came in 1889 and opened up opportunities for landowners to sell plots to Londoners looking to move out of 'The Smoke' into a cleaner rural environment. Both myself and Nick have sold many an old 'plot land' home over the years for redevelopment. A few still remain on the edge of Norsey Woods down Break Egg Hill.
With the housing shortage created by the war time bombing of London, pressure to build was great and the new town of Basildon was given the green light. The 'Green Belt' stopped expansion and the blurring of Basildon and Billericay, hence why lot of the Billericay housing estates were built on abandoned farmland around the town centre and Great Burstead/South Green, where permission was more easily granted.