A property has existed at this location since 1171, when ownership of ‘Buhern’ was granted to William de Mandeville, Earl of Essex by Henry II, as recorded in the Charter of Maldon.

By the 18th century a house appears on maps as ‘Buchernes Farm’ and in 1830 it became the home of the Belsham family. Three generations lived here, corn and coal merchants, until about 1935 when Boucherne was acquired by Romanian born master printer and manufacturer of waxed paper Avram Diamond. The Diamond family resided at Boucherne until 1980.

Chris and Carole Tibballs found Boucherne in 1987 - by then it was the home of the Harvey family, with their children, dogs and ponies - and set about converting it to its present use as a residential care home.

It was extended in 1999 and again in 2002 to its present size and configuration.

Unusually for a building of this antiquity, it has high ceilings and level floors which make it ideal for its purpose. Quoting historian Stephen Nunn “…look around that ‘home’ today you will see evidence of its illustrious past… All clues to the heritage of what must surely be one of the most interesting properties in Heybridge.”

Today Boucherne Care Home is run by Boucherne Ltd with directors and owners Vaishali and Satyan Pala.

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Boucherne offers a blend of historic yet homely character and modern facilities. Its twenty single and two double bedrooms are located on the ground and first floors, most with ensuite WCs and views over the gardens. The two double bedrooms, both ensuite, are ideal for married couples.

The large, open-plan kitchen and dining room is the warm and vibrant heart of the home, where residents enjoy watching or helping with the cooking and other daily tasks. There are two lounges, plus a further dining room, offering variety, companionship and privacy.

There are three specially equipped bathrooms at Boucherne, out of which two have wheelchair accessible shower areas. There is a passenger lift and a stair lift to cater for all residents’ requirements.

Outside, the walled rear gardens, with extensive lawns, shrubs, trees, and quiet seating areas provide a tranquil haven for the residents. Many of the residents enjoy the outdoor covered decking which is furnished with tables and chairs to encourage use of the gardens when weather permits. The walking path which tours around the perimeter of the garden is also a frequently used feature of our landscaped garden.

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