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Recent research has found that extended exposure to sea air will improve your health, thanks to iodine-rich seaweed[i]. Bellway has recently launched a collection of new homes, Bentall Place, in Heybridge which lies just one mile north of the Thames Estuary where residents will be able to enjoy all the benefits of living in this unique location, and breathing in the sea air.

The contemporary development is within easy walking distance of Heybridge Basin which sits at the far end of the 13 mile Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, where the sea lock joins the canal to the Blackwater estuary.  This destination is a mecca for bird watchers, as sea and river birds flock to the safety of the estuary for the winter.

Bentall Place is certain to appeal to a wide range of potential purchasers, including commuters, families and first-time buyers as it offers two, three and four-bedroom homes. The houses are available in a variety of styles and incorporate desirable design features, such as en suite shower rooms, integrated kitchen appliances and open-plan living space.  Each property benefits from a garage or parking space and the houses have gardens.

Paul Timson, Sales Manager for Bellway Homes Essex comments: “This development is going to be a fabulous place to live.  It backs on to farm land on one side; is a short walk to Heybridge Basin in one direction and to the lovely town of Maldon in the other direction.

“There is a really healthy feel to the area with the scent of sea air readily filling your lungs.  There are lots of fabulous things to do locally from the annual Maldon mud race or strolling down the local canal, to a visit to the combined military museum.  I believe these homes will prove popular, as there is a strong demand for new houses in the area and Bentall Place is in such a great location.”

Residents at Bentall Place will be spoilt for choice for shopping; everyday essentials are easily accessible from the three local supermarkets, and neighbouring Maldon has a thriving commercial centre focused around High Street, here you will find a selection of specialist and independent stores, as well as to well-known chains. The town also hosts a popular weekly market just off the High Street. Chelmsford and Colchester are 25 and 30 minutes away respectively and both have vibrant shopping districts.

The local canal is a well-liked leisure destination with locals and holidaymaker where people enjoy river cruises, rowing boats, canoeing, paddle boarding, fishing and peaceful towpath walks. The basin provides moorings for visiting boats, and on the waterfront, The Old Ship and the Jolly Sailor pubs offer a range of food, wines and traditional ales, while The Lock tea room is known for its cream teas.

Just two miles away from Bentall Place is Maldon’s Promenade Park, with its splashpark, adventure play areas, maze and wildlife zones a favourite among families. Blackwater Leisure Centre has a swimming pool, sports hall, fitness studio and gym, and there are opportunities for sailing, at Blackwater Sailing Club and Maldon Yacht Club, five minutes’ drive and 10 minutes’ drive respectively.

Heybridge is well served for education with several well-regarded schools in the local area. These include Heybridge Primary School, St Francis Catholic Primary School and All Saints Maldon CE Primary School for young children, and the Plume School for secondary-age pupils. Chelmsford College provides a range of apprenticeships and further education courses; Anglia Ruskin University has a campus in Chelmsford and the University of Essex has its main campus in Colchester.

Major roads are readily accessible from Bentall Place including the A12 and the A414, both 10 minutes’ drive away. The nearest railway station is Hatfield Peverel, five miles away, where regular services operate to Colchester, Ipswich, Chelmsford, London Stratford and commuters can reach London Liverpool Street in just 41 minutes. Stansted Airport is around 40 minutes away by car via the A120.

Prices for homes at Bentall Place start from £299,995 and many of the homes are available with the government backed Help to Buy scheme. For further information contact the sales centre on 01621 843602  or visit




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