Rural housing is becoming increasingly scarce in many parts of Britain; with demand rising all the time. Housing developers are encouraged to build in established residential areas, but that doesn’t help the shortage in the countryside. Now premium quality house builder, Troy Homes, has opened a show home at its first development of rural homes in Beauchamp Roding, near Ongar in Essex. The new show home is designed in a traditional country style but with the latest in contemporary interior design and the key features that modern buyers expect such as fibre optic cabling.

Corn Barn Mews comprises six semi-detached, four-bedroom homes, ideally-sized for families, extending over three floors and with two en-suite bathrooms, a third bathroom and a cloakroom. With a square footage of 1,819 sq ft (169 sq m), the homes at Corn Barn Mews offer more accommodation than many newly-built detached houses.

The homes are located behind a mature hedge in their own gated private mews; each with private parking, to minimise the impact on the local community and the rural character of the setting. The clay tile roofs and specialist bricks blend in beautifully and the back gardens, that overlook the beautiful rolling Essex countryside behind the Mews, frame a stylish country lifestyle that is echoed in the show home design.

There is also a genuine feeling of space inside. The rooms are expansive and airy; extending over three floors has given the designers the opportunity to devote the second floor to a large bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. Good design comes as standard with Troy, with design principles focus on proper consideration of how residents will actually live in the home; thinking through how the house will be used. The designs make the best use of the available square footage with user-friendly kitchens and plenty of storage where it is needed. An extra reception room, designed as a study, forms part of the package at Corn Barn Mews. Expansive bay windows open up the living areas. Outside each of the homes is plenty of garden storage.

Good design dovetails with thoughtful specification at Corn Barn Mews to achieve a better home. Troy’s focus on quality means an uncompromising list of what is included; and the company doesn’t charge for obvious extras. The quality is not just on the surface either with, for example, joists made from metal and wood to ensure that they don’t creak with use. Each house is finished with Amtico flooring across the downstairs rooms likely to receive the most use.

Features such as underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, usually only found in top-end developments, mean that customers make the most of the floor space by avoiding the use of radiators, which aren’t always in the best position for a comfortable room layout.

Corn Barn Mews benefits from modern connectivity with fibre optic cabling and a satellite dish, while TV points are placed in a variety of possible places to add to that flexibility for residents.

The kitchens at Corn Barn Mews feature high quality and energy efficient A-rated Siemens appliances. There is under-cabinet and plinth lighting, tall cupboards and wider racking for the cutlery drawer so that the customer feels that the features are simply right and don’t need changing or supplementing. The three bathrooms are not forgotten either with separate showers installed in each one and taps from Hans Grohe.

Troy Homes’ Sales Director, Karen Roake, said: “Our new show home gives a real taste of the lifestyle that is possible at Corn Barn Mews. The homes are individually designed for the rural location and we are pleased to be able to assist in providing rural housing where it is needed. Troy Homes’ structure and methods make it possible for family homes to be built to a higher quality and with a higher specification than is usual in an industry where the language of ‘units’ still prevails. We really want residents to enjoy living in their new homes and for them to be properly fitted-out when they move in.”

Sales agent for Corn Barn Mews is Beresfords in nearby Writtle. Manager, Susie Wood says: “It is unusual to have new homes available in villages like the Rodings. We have already received a substantial amount of interest from residents wishing to move out from Chelmsford and the Epping area who are looking for more space and less constricted lifestyle. Some enquiries are also coming from people down-sizing from large country houses too.”

Beauchamp Roding is in a rural location but is nonetheless an easy drive to Chelmsford or Epping. The Rodings are highly desirable hamlets, located in the west of the county, within easy reach of local amenities. Transport connections are excellent with trains to London’s Stratford Underground station from Epping station, just 11 miles away, arriving in under 30 minutes with a further 10 minutes needed to reach Liverpool Street; a tremendous service for the 40 mile journey. Road access is outstanding with the M11, A12 and M25 all easily accessible.

Local public transport works well too, with a bus stop less than half a mile away that offers services to Ongar and Chelmsford. Local schools with good Ofsted ratings are each just over two miles away; Rodings towards Dunmow, Dr Walkers Church of England in Fyfield and Matching Green Church of England.

Homes at Corn Barn Mews are priced from £699,950. Further information about homes for sale is available by visiting or by contacting the sales agents, Beresfords on 01245 420880.