A relaxed rural lifestyle
Surrounded by vast expanses of open farmland extending as far as the eye can see, the tranquil community of Steeple Bumpstead offers quintessential village living in a delightful rural setting. Located in the top northwest corner of Essex, close to the county boundaries with Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, the village’s picturesque combination of historical timbered, red brick and thatched cottages belie its wealth of modern amenities.
With two churches, a library – housed in the delightful 16th century Moot Hall –and a doctor’s surgery, the village also boasts two popular local pubs, the Red Lion and the Fox and Hounds. For day-to-day essentials, there’s a convenience store and post office, or residents can make the short drive through rolling fields for more shopping and services in Haverhill. Family life is focussed around the village’s own pre-school and primary school, while the local area offers a wide choice of excellent secondary schools, including popular options such as Churchill Special Free School in Haverhill and Saffron Walden County High School.
Saffron Walden is just 10 miles away, famed for its ancient marketplace, colourful cottages and medieval streets and alleyways, and also home to high street stores, quirky independent retailers and a choice of supermarkets. Alongside the superior shopping, there’s a wide range of restaurants, gastro-pubs and bistros side by side with coffee shops and quaint tea rooms. Boasting a magnificent Jacobean mansion, Audley End House, the largest turf maze in the UK, and the delightful Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden offers culture for all with a year-round programme of events and activities.