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Ramsey

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Property Description

Key features

  • SPACIOUS FIVE-BEDROOM FAMILY HOUSE
  • MODERN FITTED KITCHEN WITH AGA COOKER
  • SELF-CONTAINED ANNEXE
  • HALF AN ACRE OF LANDSCAPED GROUNDS
  • MATURE GARDEN WITH POND AND FRUIT TREES
  • RANGE OF USEFUL OUTBUILDINGS
  • QUIET VILLAGE LOCATION
  • NEARBY COASTAL AND BEACH WALKS

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Tenure: Freehold

THE STORY

Sitting in their sun-dappled garden, the owners of the house on Mayes Lane gaze over the family home that they lived in for over 42 years.
"The house actually belonged to someone we knew," explains one of them. "He had bought the land from the local greengrocer, and then had a local builder create the house in 1970. He only lived there for four years before selling it to us-I think we just walked in one day and realised how much we liked it."
Above all, the house offered the couple the ability to extend in future.
"It had a lot of potential," they add. "It's now a completely different house to the one we first bought."

MAKING A HOME

The owners tripled the size of the original house, updated its energy efficiency with double-glazing, and redecorated the interior.
"We have always chosen more minimal, neutral shades on the walls and carpets," one of them says.
Her husband adds: "We have also updated the kitchen several times - most recently, two years ago, with the addition of Aga/Rayburn appliances, including a fridge-freezer and a standalone cooker. We already had the Aga cooking range itself, but we switch it off in summertime."
In winter, the house has the option to also be warmed with a log-burner in the cosy reception room. Roughly 47ft long, with seven windows pouring in an abundance of natural light, the living space feels airy and bright.
"It's a very light and sunny house," she says. "And having half an acre of grounds complements that open feeling of the house."

VERSATILE SPACES

The couple also built an annexe, with a bedroom, reception room, kitchen, bathroom, and a covered seating area outside the main entrance.
"We originally built it for my godmother to live in," she says. "It has access around the side of the main house, so it's completely self-contained."
Her husband adds: "And all of the doors are wheelchair-width so it could allow carers to come and go, if needed, without having to go through the main house."
This access could also provide an excellent setting for a business, with clients able to visit without passing through the home: "It's a very versatile building," she says. "I think that's what we like most about living here - the versatility of the house. It's ideal for family parties, with children able to escape the older members of the family and do their own thing."

LIVELY OCCASIONS

The family have always enjoyed entertaining, from smaller gatherings, like last Christmas when they hosted 30 relatives, to larger occasions.
"We had a troupe of traditional Russian musicians to stay with us, because the local community was supporting them in return for free concerts in the schools," he explains. "At the end, we hosted a party - we had over 100 guests on one of our lawns, in a giant circle, doing Russian dancing. When it got dark, everyone came inside and crowded into the entrance hall, the stairs and along the gallery, to listen to cockney songs being played on the piano in the hall. The Russian musicians were mesmerised by everyone singing along!"

THE ESSEX WAY

The location has been perfect for the family, settled in the tranquil village of Ramsey, near the historic port town of Harwich, offering ferry services to the Netherlands and opportunities for yacht enthusiasts.
"The schools are very good, with a junior school just at the end of the lane," she says.
"We're also very close to the Essex Way, which is great for walking, and you can drive to the beach in five minutes."
The home is also a 15-minute drive from the edge the picturesque Dedham Vale valley.
"Yet it's also perfectly commutable-I worked in London for 20 years," she adds.
"It's about an hour's journey by train to Liverpool Street from Manningtree Station, which is about 15 to 20 minutes by car from here. I enjoyed working in London, but it was always nice coming home to this peace and quiet away from the city."

FOND MEMORIES

The couple say they will miss the area when they leave.
"Because we've been here so long, we have a lot of local friends; it's a lovely community," she says. "We have certainly made lots of memories here."
Her husband adds: "We'll also miss the house because it really is a part of us now -
everything we built and added here was for a reason. We always made the changes to suit us. Our two daughters have grown up here, from when they were babies until they left for university, and always kept the house busy with groups of their friends visiting. It's a happy house."

SETTING THE SCENE

The garden is a wonderful place for children, with lawn space and lots of little hidey holes, the owner says.
It is also perfect for hobbyists, with extensive outbuilding space for workshops, supplied with electricity, and a secluded vegetable patch for those who enjoy gardening. Planting also includes a small orchard and some silver birches which form an archway in the middle of the garden, leading from one area to the next.
"Sometimes we string a hammock across them - the garden is perfect for relaxing. We also have a vine at the end of the garden which was brought back from the beaches of Dunkirk by my wife's uncle, who collected some clippings from a chateau in France as he was retreating during the Second World War.
"Everyone in the family now has one of the vines which grew from them; we'll be taking our own cutting when we move house."

WITHIN EASY REACH

Colchester offers a variety of national retailers and specialist shops and has a vibrant nightlife with restaurants catering for most tastes, plus a multi screen cinema and two theatres. Trains from Colchester take approximately 50 minutes to London Liverpool Street Station. There is also a range of excellent private and state schools. The A12, which connects with the M25, heads south towards London or north to Ipswich with Stansted being the nearest airport. Towards the Essex and Suffolk border is "Constable Country," the landscape immortalised by the great painter John Constable, and the coast is also within easy reach.

WHATS NEARBY

Ramsey is a quiet village on the B1352 road (near the A120 road), near the town of Harwich, in the Tendring district, in the English county of Essex. It has a pub called the Castle Inn. It is only a short drive to the seaside town of Harwich, famous for its old Royal Navy Dockyard, seaside architecture and more recently the renowned pier hotel and restaurant. Further south the village of Thorpe Le Soken also offers a variety of shops, public houses, restaurants and a primary school, and the railway station provides popular commuter service to Liverpool Street. The small coastal town of Frinton On Sea is approximately 8 miles from the property and provides a good range of both shopping and social facilities, including a tennis club, cricket ground and renowned golf club, as well as an attractive promenade along the seafront.

DIRECTIONS

Take the A120 to Harwich. After approximately 17 miles, take the second turning onto the B1352/Church Hill. Take your second Right into Mayes Lane where the property can be found on the left had side.


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  • Dovercourt (2.4 mi)
  • Wrabness (2.6 mi)
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  • Dovercourt (2.4 mi)
  • Wrabness (2.6 mi)
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156 - 158 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PG

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