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The Cart Lodge

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Colne Engaine, near Halstead, Essex
Grade 4 Star rating
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Set in a peaceful woodland location ideal for walkers, bird watching, relaxing or touring the area.

Enjoy a relaxing holiday in this detached, former cart lodge, awarded with a Visit Britain Gold Award, it is set in a peaceful, rural location in the owners’ grounds, surrounded by beautiful countryside of the Colne Valley with mixed arable and livestock farmland all around. There are vast areas of woodland and stunning scenery where you can enjoy walking, cycling, bird watching and getting up close to nature with the abundance of wildlife including roe and monkjack deer, badgers, owls and other birds of prey. Within close proximity to Britain’s oldest recorded town of Colchester and ‘Constable Country’ where attractions include Colchester Castle, Colchester Zoo, Flatford Mill in the beautiful Dedham Vale, the inspiration for John Constable’s paintings, Colne Valley Railway, home to Thomas the Tank engine, Mersea Island which can be reached on foot or by road at low tide, Beth Chatto Gardens, Audley End House and Gardens, and Hyde Hall Estate. Situated on the Suffolk border you will also have the opportunity to explore further afield and visit Gainsborough’s House, Kentwell Hall, a red brick Tudor mansion with rare breed farm, the medieval village of Lavenham, Jimmy’s Farm, Sutton Hoo, Framlingham Castle, Ickworth House and the charming seaside town of Aldeburgh famous for its fish and chips, and the market town of Snape with its Maltings. Also a short distance to two golf courses and there is fishing nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 3/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floors. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, (one 5ft), one with additional single (2ft 6in), both with Velux.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. High chair and S/gate. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD/MP3 connection. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Enclosed courtyard garden with decking and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Romantic Collection
    Romantic Collection
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Christmas Themed Cottage
    Christmas Themed Cottage
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby
    Fishing Nearby
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 29/05/2017
    Really beautifully Renovated cottage. Charming fields surrounding. Quiet road. Lovely paddock out the back for kids to run around. Very helpful owner. Really wonderful weekend experience.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 28/04/2017
    Very nice comfortable cottage, warm and welcoming- main TV had lots of interference-shower was interesting-owner was pleasant chap

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/03/2017
    The weekend break was great! The kids loved it and so did we. Definitely will be going back :)

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2017
    Lovely lodge very clean. Perfect get away.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/01/2017
    Wonderful weekend in a delightful cottage.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/10/2016
    Great cottage break in a lovely place, the village is only a few minutes away with a nice little pub and shop. Comfortable stay, roaring fire, thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/10/2016
    Could not fault it, a really good week.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 30/09/2016
    Lovely place to stay for some peace and quiet.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/09/2016
    Lovely cottage, great facilities, in a beautiful part of Essex, a home away from home. Wished we had discovered it earlier as would have stayed longer. Owners very pleasant to deal with....

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 26/08/2016
    Cart Lodge is a lovely place to stay. Ian, the host, was attentive and very helpful. Be prepared, that it was more off the beaten track than us city types expected, but it's a good base to explore Essex and Suffolk. The local area was very scenic and there was lots to see and do. From rural and relaxing to seasides and funfair, there is something for everyone.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 22/08/2016
    It was great overall. Unfortunately what let me down was there wasn't any wifi the whole weekend. But the owner was friendly I have to say so overall it was great.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/08/2016
    Had a great time, hosts were brilliant and very welcoming, such a nice place.

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9.2 out of 10 – based on 13 reviews collected by Reevoo
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