HISTORY & BACKGROUND
The property lies within the Heybridge Basin Conservation Area and is full of natural character. The property is believed to date from the late 18th Century, constructed upon a timber frame with weather boarded elevations, under a tiled roof. It is understood that at one time part of the property was a used as a shop providing general stores and provisions for ships and yachts visiting the lock as well as the local residents. The property displays wide south facing bay windows on the ground floor and at first floor level a bow window. Within the house there are areas displaying exposed timbers beams and studwork providing evidence of the age of the building. The interior is still reminiscent of having been two properties in the past and now requires rationalisation and modernisation, subject to prevailing Listed Building regulations. The extensive Cellar areas, accessed from both within the property and from the rear at ground level, also require improvement.
SETTING AND LOCATION
The property enjoys an enviable location adjacent to the Towpath and overlooking the sea lock which serves as the termination of The Chelmer and Blackwater Canal before it enters the River Blackwater estuary and, ultimately, the sea. A wide variety of boats of all shapes and sizes are moored in The Basin, and there are attractive walks along the sea wall and along the Canal itself. Nearby former gravel pits have been converted to form a Nature Reserve popular with migrating and over-wintering birds. Heybridge Basin boasts a choice of pubs and a popular Wilkin of Tiptree Tea Room, which has a deck overlooking the water. The village is home to the Blackwater Sailing Club and the River is invariably an active and busy scene with dinghies, yachts and larger craft, including the stately traditional Thames Barges based in Maldon, providing an ever-changing landscape against the background of a big estuarine sky. Across the water from Heybridge is Northey Island which is owned and run under the auspices of The National Trust, and is accessible from Maldon at low tide only. To the east is the privately owned Osea Island. The Essex Coast Path passes the property and continues east to Goldhanger and the marshes at Tollesbury and in the other direction to Maldon and beyond on to The Dengie Hundred.
There is a small shopping centre for day to day needs at nearby Heybridge but the larger town of Maldon, some 3 miles away, provides a choice of supermarkets supplemented by the wide range of shops to be found in the busy High Street, including an M&S Simply Food Store, and a choice of traditional butchers. There is a Primary School in Heybridge and Maldon offers schooling for both Primary and Secondary education. In addition the town is home to the popular fee paying Maldon Court Prep School. The nearest train station is at Witham, the journey into London's Liverpool Street taking about 48 minutes. The A12 trunk road can be joined at the same location, northbound and southbound.