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In Focus - Writtle

By Alex D'Andrea - 20 December 2018

The focus of this month is Writtle and all it has to offer.

Situated just to the west of Chelmsford, this quaint little village has plenty of character and history.

Despite its rural surroundings Writtle is far from remote being less than 2 miles from Chelmsford station which will get you into London Liverpool Street within 30 minutes. It is also on the same mainline as Shenfield, the Eastern Hub for the soon to commence Crossrail service.

In terms of the road network, to the east, the A12 will take you south to the M25 at J28 and to the north to Suffolk and Norfolk. The A414 on the southern tip of Writtle on the other hand will take you directly onto the M11 at J7 about 14 miles away with Stansted Airport about another 12 miles further on.

Centred around a pretty duck pond and large village green, it’s a great place for families too with a host of things to do and places to see; from an award winning Italian family run restaurant Olios, a pottery studio, quaint tearooms, doctor’s surgery, supermarket and three pubs. Throughout the year there is always something going on, with the annual Writtle Jazz Festival taking place on the green to the All Saints Christmas Tree Festival in December and The Essex Young Farmers Show hosted in nearby Roxwell.

Just to the south of Writtle lies the Hylands Estate with its stunning historic house sitting amidst nearly 600 acres of parkland.  The estate hosts a huge number of events throughout the year from entertainment to markets.  

Culturally Writtle is full of history, there has been speculation that Robert the Bruce was actually born in the Essex village whilst more concrete history is evident of a Roman presence with artefacts being discovered in the area as well as being mentioned in the Domesday Book. More recently it was the site of Marconi’s experimental radio station in the early 1920’s which has now been re-erected with replica equipment at Sandon Mill Museum.

In addition to the amenities and culture, Writtle has an excellent choice of schools and colleges within the village and the surrounding area. The agricultural college located on the outskirts of the village is one of the oldest specialist institutions in the UK.

A couple of miles away, the city of Chelmsford is a major retail centre with recent expansion bringing in even more major brands including John Lewis. There’s also a huge choice of eateries as well entertainment venues. 

For more information about Writtle and the surrounding areas, please contact our Writtle Sales OfficeHere is a selection of some of the properties that we currently have on the market; 

A very attractive and notably bright and airy 1930s four bedroom detached chalet style home located on the fringes of the highly sought after village of Writtle. The property is set within 4.5 acres (stls) of stunning grounds that includes a beautifully established cottage style garden, circa 3.5 acres of paddock land, two stables, two tack rooms and a large barn with planning consent for a two bedroom residential dwelling. The property’s semi-rural location and surrounding arable farmland offers a wonderful countryside environment yet provides excellent access to the city of Chelmsford and all its amenities and highly sought after schools. Entering the property through the hallway there are two good size reception rooms to the left and right, both with large bay windows and one with French Doors. As with every room in the property there is a wonderful explosion of natural light. Further along the hallway to the right is a spacious kitchen/breakfast room with views to the formal gardens and with access to downstairs cloakroom and conservatory that leads out to the gardens. Turning left from the hallway is a good size sitting room that leads through to two downstairs bedrooms and a family bathroom with shower. From the bright sky lighted landing is a large family bathroom that serves two large double bedrooms with lovely views across the grounds and surrounding countryside. Outside: A gated entrance leads to a circular driveway and double garage. The main house benefits from the beautiful established gardens and substantial paddock land containing the aforementioned barn, stables and tack room. It is important to note that the stables have been fitted with new (horse safe) electrics. For the commuter, Chelmsford mainline rail station offers services into London Liverpool Street (32 minutes). Local road communications are close by; A414, A12 and the A130. Stansted airport 20 miles. EPC F.

Currently on the market for a guide price of £1,200,000. For further information contact our Writtle Sales Office.

*PART EXCHANGE CONSIDERED* The Cricketers is believed to date back to the 18th Century, a former antique shop. It is a unique charming cottage steeped with love and history facing on to Writtle's prestigious village green. Chelmsford City Centre is within three miles offering excellent shopping facilities and main line train station. For education there is the renowned New Hall School along with Keggs and Girls County High Grammar School. The property is deceptively spacious with outstanding gardens, workshops, pond, garage and parking. The accommodation comprises split level lounge with brick fireplace, spacious dining room, cloak cupboard with WC, bespoke fitted kitchen/breakfast room with Aga, utility room with butler sink and superb garden room with lantern roof. To the first floor there are four bedrooms a family bathroom and a separate shower room. Externally to the front is a courtyard garden, to the rear it commences with a patio area with numerous seating areas, landscaped gardens and a stunning pond, superb workshop, double garage and driveway with parking for numerous vehicles. Viewing is essential to appreciate the accommodation and stunning gardens. EPC D

Currently on the market with OIEO £900,000. For further information contact our Writtle Sales Office.

*Recently Reduced* Mountney Barn is situated in a rural location with two neighbouring properties. This intimate collection of just three converted homes is set down a country lane where you find the entrance to the property behind a five bar electronic gate. The property spans over 1905sqft and has been sympathetically styled to incorporate the stunning beams and vaulted ceilings. Upon entering the property you are greeted with a spacious hallway, leading down to an open plan kitchen/dining area where you will find a contemporary high gloss kitchen with quartz work surfaces, integrated Siemens appliances and a traditional range cooker. There is also a separate utility room with space for a washing machine and tumble dryer. The generously sized lounge has bi-fold doors leading out to the rear garden so you can fully appreciate the outside space in this beautiful setting. At the opposite end of the property you will find the Master bedroom with its own dressing room and en-suite. The second and third double bedrooms also have their own en-suite facilities. The property is situated in the village of Roxwell with its local primary school, local pub, shop and church. Chelmsford City centre is a short drive away, a vibrant and cosmopolitan area, and mainline railway station with direct links to London Liverpool Street. A viewing is highly recommended to really appreciate this stunning property. EPC E

Currently on the market for a guide price of £750,000. For further information contact our Writtle Sales Office.

Delightful three bedroom semi-detached house situated in a popular cul-de-sac location within the heart of Writtle village, with two supermarkets, library, Post Office, hairdressers, pubs and exclusive restaurants, along with bus routes into City of Chelmsford which offers a main railway link to London Liverpool Street. The accommodation comprises; hallway, ground floor cloakroom, fitted kitchen/diner, separate lounge, three bedrooms, first floor bathroom, front and rear gardens and driveway with two parking spaces to the side. Viewing is highly recommended. EPC D

Currently on the market for a guide price of £350,000. For further information contact our Writtle Sales Office.