Staycation Homes a reality!

Luxury lakeside living in a hidden Home Counties hotspot ..

With the prospect of international travel uncertain, many of us are looking to the UK’s own beauty spots for this year’s getaways. For those looking to get out of London and make their staycations more permanent however, Marden Homes has launched their Homes at Channels, its luxury lakeside developments set against a backdrop of rolling countryside yet just three miles from historic Chelmsford.

Striking modern architecture is complemented by an exceptional, picturesque waterside location that belies a journey time of just 34 minutes into the capital, Marden’s newly-launched development is a hidden Home Counties hotspot.

Two collections of homes, known as The Lakes and Wimbush Waters, are now available for sale. The Lakes is a superb, luxury waterside collection of just 20 apartments – including four penthouses – and seven, stunning four-bedroom family homes, while Wimbush Waters comprises elegant two-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom houses set overlooking two further lakes.

Defined by their striking contemporary architecture externally, the homes are equally exceptional inside with cleverly designed, flexible layouts and an outstanding specification. Living spaces are open plan and sociable, while vast floor-to-ceiling windows allow the homes to flood with natural light and maximises the exceptional views over the lakes.

Every home benefits from private outdoor space in the form of gardens, balconies, roof terraces or decking; views overlook the lake and backdrop of rolling green hills, a picturesque setting that creates a tranquil retreat. Residents have exclusive access to the lakes, which can be used for water sports such as paddle boarding, or even for boating.

Situated on the outskirts of new community Beaulieu Park, residents can also make use of local amenities including play areas, a new school for primary and secondary pupils as well as a village hub which will feature a new brasserie, shops, a community centre and medical facilities, just moments from Wimbush Waters.

Andy Wren, Sales & Marketing Manager for Marden Homes comments:

“Chelmsford has enjoyed a steady influx of homebuyers since it gained City status in 2012, however the pandemic has created even more demand. London leavers moving to the Home Counties will often look to trendy county towns and cities such as Guildford in Surrey, or St Albans, Hertfordshire. However, value and growth potential, combined with fantastic, rolling countryside, excellent London transport connections and internationally renowned cultural and leisure opportunities, means Chelmsford is fast becoming the Home Counties’ hidden hotspot for buyers.

Historic Chelmsford provides every opportunity to live, work and play, from the 11th Century cathedral and neoclassical grounds of Hyland House to renowned restaurants such as Pig & Whistle and The New London Restaurant and Lounge, varied shopping opportunities and educational establishments including King Edward VI Grammar School and Anglia Ruskin University.

Regular, fast trains from Chelmsford’s central station reach London Liverpool Street in as little as 34 minutes, while the forthcoming Chelmsford Beaulieu railway station is even closer to Homes at Channels and will provide quick access to Chelmsford city centre as well as direct services into the capital. It is due for completion in 2025 and is expected to continue to propel the Chelmsford housing market upwards.

Prices start from £395,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, and £825,000 for a four-bedroom house at Homes at Channels. To book a virtual appointment or be one of the first to visit the marketing suite, call 01702 437100 or visit

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