Research by AnyVan.com has shown that 56% of homebuyers strive to live within the catchment area of schools that rank highly in performance tables[i]. Colchester County High School, in Essex, featured in tenth place for best state schools in the UK. Just twelve minutes away from this outstanding school, Bellway Homes is introducing The Orchards, a beautiful collection of family homes in Colchester, Essex; well-renowned for great schooling.
The development includes a collection of 120 two, three, four and five-bedroom homes, which will appeal to first time buyers, commuters and especially families who are looking for homes close to excellent schools. The Orchards has been designed to feel like a ‘village-style’ community with beautiful landscaped gardens and wide boulevards running throughout the development. Excellent primary and secondary schools are nearby, many in walking distance or under a ten-minute drive from the development.
Jenny Walker, Sales Manager at Bellway Essex, comments: “The Orchards offers a variety of perfect starter homes, surrounded by a selection of fantastic schools. This part of Colchester is in a highly sought after location within striking distance of Colchester’s best schools. The recent impressive results of Colchester’s flagship school, Colchester Community High School, reaching the top 10 in the UK makes The Orchards a perfect and practical location for families with children. We welcome potential purchasers to visit our show home to see our homes for themselves.”
The area includes a range of primary schools, such as Highwoods Community and St Johns CE primary schools; both in walking distance and rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Colchester Royal Grammar Primary School and Colchester County High School, both just a fifteen -minute drive away, were both rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, with the latter achieving excellent results in their GCSES, with a Progress 8 score, well above the national average. Higher education is also well catered for, with The Colchester Sixth Form College and The Colchester Institute within driving distance, and Essex University located ten minutes away.
The Mulberry, a four-bedroom house, has a spacious, open-plan kitchen with integrated appliances, leading into a family / dining area. There is also a separate living room and study, ensuring there is plenty of space for all the family. Bedroom one has a fitted wardrobe and en-suite, while there is also a modern family bathroom, all fitted with Roca sanitary-ware.
Just four miles to the vibrant centre of Colchester, a historic market town, full of heritage sites and leisure opportunities. The town centre hosts a plethora of high street and independent retailers, with the historic Norman Colchester Castle as the crown jewel, with its tower keep being the largest surviving example in Europe, doubling as an interesting museum; perfect for a family day out. A bustling market is a popular destination every Friday and Saturday, with a selection of independent stalls; while Colchester Community Stadium hosts Colchester United FC and an exciting venue for regular music and comedy shows.
The transport links are excellent, as The Orchards are located as a great go-between, close to major roads, however, also close enough to commute on public transport. Just a few minutes’ drive away are the A12, towards Ipswich, Chelmsford and London; and the A120 for Braintree and Stansted Airport. Colchester North, the closest station, a ten-minute drive, is direct trains to Chelmsford, Stratford and London Liverpool Street, which can be reached in fifty minutes.
Prices start at £277,995 for a two-bedroom home to £399,995 for a four-bedroom home. For further information please visit www.bellway.co.uk or call 01206844834.