Offers in region of £740,000
Church Road, Wickham Bishops
Trewithen is a large and immaculately presented family home that occupies a superb position right in the heart of the sought-after village of Wickham Bishops. The property was built in 1974, but in more recent years it has been beautifully remodelled and stylishly updated by the current owners.EPC C
The current owners bought the property twenty years ago and as well as the size and sheer potential of the house itself, it was the location that proved to be one of the biggest selling points. Wickham Bishops is a beautifully kept village surrounded by rolling farmland and beautiful woodland, so you get that countryside feel, and yet there is access to a really good array of shops and amenities. Local transport links are very good to surrounding towns, so it's one of those rare places that offers the best of both worlds."
"The house was in need of updating when we bought it, but it was spacious, light and bright and we knew that we could transform it into a really beautiful family home, and that's exactly what we've done" says Gary. "The integral garage was converted into a TV room and study, with another area sectioned off to provide a really useful downstairs shower room. The house already had a large entrance hall, which was further enlarged and brightened by removing a poorly sited cloakroom, which now makes for a very impressive entrance. New doorways were created to improve the overall flow of the house, and the kitchen and bathrooms were beautifully updated. It's now a really comfortable, warm and welcoming house and one that works brilliantly for busy family life and entertaining."
The house sits on a generous plot and it's set well back from the road, so enjoys a really good degree of privacy. There is a large front garden that features a magnificent oak tree, and as well as the single garage that was added a number of years ago, there's ample parking for five or six cars to accommodate visitors. The back garden is laid to lawn and edged with deep borders of shrubs and flowers that create a gorgeous outlook. The previous patio was renewed and extended so there are places to sit out and catch the first and last of the day's sun.
Favourite Room: "All of the rooms are lovely, but the part of the house that we tend to naturally gravitate to is the TV/family room," says Gary. "I use part of this room as my study as it's a very peaceful and light room to work in, but it's also a very cosy space to settle down in at the end of a long day."
Favourite aspect of the grounds or surrounding area: "The village is a lovely place with a really nice sense of community and a range of shops and amenities that cater for just about all day-to-day needs," There are number of well-served towns and villages close by so everything is accessible, and we can hop on the train at nearby Witham and be in the city centre in well under an hour, so all in all the location is pretty ideal."
"As well as improving the layout and beautifully updating the interior, there have been a number of changes made behind the scenes to improve both the energy performance and the overall level of comfort within the house."
What they'll miss most / why they are leaving: "My wife and I are both retired and so we've decided to move to a more rural part of the country, but we'll be sad to leave Trewithen," says Gary. "We feel we've turned the house into a really outstanding home and we've been extremely happy here for the past twenty years."
INTERIOR Dating from the 1970's, with many alterations by the current owners, this well-proportioned and well-thought out family house is set within a delightful plot.
The accommodation radiates from a particularly lovely entrance hall with elegant and sun-lit reception rooms off this central point. To the ground floor are 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, ground floor shower/WC, plus ample storage facilities. The Kitchen is a Stormer fitted kitchen in cream gloss with quartz worktop fitted over. Undermount sinks with water softener and boiling water tap, NEFF and AEG integrated appliances. Tamber units plus pull out larder units and space for a large American style side-by-side fridge and freezer unit make this a very workable kitchen for the enthusiastic cook and ideal for home entertaining. The plinth lighting to the base of the kitchen units makes for a very attractive and unusual feature, especially during the evening. The Utility Room has complementary base and wall units in the cream gloss Stormer with granite worktops and a butler sink. To the main reception room is a feature fireplace which currently boasts a coal effect fireplace, this can be converted to a log burner should any future owner prefer it.
To the first floor are 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and of particular note is the wall remote control for the shower which spares any user the unpleasantness of a wet arm when turning the shower on. The bathrooms and wet bathing areas of the house all benefit from Jacuzzi fittings and Duravit suites and have well thought out storage for these areas, keeping the rooms pleasingly clutter free.
The current owners are very energy efficient and have installed a Vaillant Eco Tec boiler with a freestanding Honeywell thermostat for control as well as double glazed window and door units to the entire exterior. The exterior walls are cavity insulated, keeping the heating bills down considerably. There is an alarm installed within this property, and this has the benefit of being able to work separate areas dependent on preference and requirements.
EXTERIOR A detached garage, constructed by the current owners some 12 years ago provides not only vehicular parking, in addition to the spacious driveway, but creates a private lawned area, unseen from the tree-lined Road. The garage has an electric power door, external and internal lighting, which is of great benefit in the short winter evenings.
The front of the property has a sweeping paved driveway, providing ample parking for vehicles, plus two lawned areas, all enclosed with natural and mature yew hedging and an oak tree.
To the rear of the property is an attractive rear garden, landscaped with blue limestone paving creating a variety of seating areas, dependent on time of day. Depth is created to this space with the clever use of mature shrubbery and raised areas with planting inset. This garden is of particular interest due to the well thought out use of hard landscaping to the borders in the style of brick edging, keeping the maintenance of the grass edge at a minimum and helping any gardener keep their garden in tip-top shape throughout the year. As you would expect, there is pedestrian access and outside water and power to both front and rear gardens, alongside lighting to both areas.
WICKHAM BISHOPS Situated in the village, the property is within easy reach of all that Wickham Bishops and its active community has to offer. The village is well served by local amenities, notably the Church of St Bartholomew's, village hall, library, general store with Post Office, doctors surgery, restaurant and nearby Public House. There is also a sports field with a cricket club, football teams and tennis courts.
The town of Witham is just 3 miles to the west offering a greater range of shops including supermarkets, together with its railway station providing a regular service to London Liverpool Street with an approximate journey time of 45 minutes. The nearby city of Chelmsford is just 9 miles to the south west providing a full and comprehensive range of commercial, shopping and entertainment amenities.
This area, at the heart of Essex, is well placed for numerous leisure activities including a number of golf clubs in the area, together with the River Blackwater to the east catering for a broad range of walking, bird watching and sailing pursuits. The area is also particularly well served for all levels of education; both private and state.
The village of Wickham Bishops itself appears within the Doomsday Book as "Wicham" meaning dwelling with a dairy farm, and "Bishops" which refers to the fact that the land belonged to The Bishop of London.
- IMMACULATE FAMILY HOME
- 4 DOUBLE BEDROOMS
- 3 RECEPTION ROOMS
- STORMER FITTED KITCHEN
- SPACIOUS, LIGHT AND AIRY
- GENEROUS PLOT
- MATURE AND LANDSCAPED GARDEN
- AMPLE CAR PARKING
- WITHAM TRAIN STATION CLOSE BY
- GOOD LINKS TO A12