Looking to live in… West Bergholt!
West Bergholt lies just a couple of miles to the north west of Colchester – one of the UK’s fastest growing towns and home to a significant commuter population who make the 50-minute train journey from Colchester to London Liverpool Street.
West Bergholt is full of character and has a vibrant and active village community. It is surrounded by beautiful Essex countryside and lies next to the Colne Valley where you will find the lovingly restored Colne Valley Railway.
With a population of around 3,500 the village has a mixture of older cottages, some very grand houses, as well as evidence of a significant growth spurt in the 1970s. Smaller collections of new homes tend to be snapped up very quickly.
West Bergholt has an excellent primary school, Heathlands, and Holmwood House is a highly acclaimed local preparatory school nearby. There is a doctors’ surgery, Co-op store which is ‘open all hours’, pubs and a post office. Frequent bus services take you to Colchester North station (2 miles) and Colchester’s town centre (3 miles).
It has a great village hall, tennis court and local football team and is a dog walker’s paradise with the countryside close at hand.
“It’s easy to see what the appeal is with West Bergholt”, said Steve Baker, partner, development and new homes at Fenn Wright. “It has all the merits of being in a rural location, with the sought-after vibe of village life, yet it is within easy distance of the A12 and trains to London.”
A development of two, brand new, four bedroom detached family homes in Laborne Place, Chapel Lane is due to go on the market this month and there is one remaining property available on Colchester Road, by Glenmoor Developments.
Is there a downside to West Bergholt?
Like most areas in Essex, there is pressure to allocate more land for future development and West Bergholt can expect an increase in population as larger developments are given the green light.
If you want to drive the fairly short distance to the A12 at Stanway you either wait at the railway crossing gates or have to take on the long and winding Argents Lane, with its high hedges and blind bends. Pull in your door mirrors and take it slowly!
Aerial photograph of West Bergholt photo credit: westbergholt.net