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Eldred House

Layer-de-la-Haye, near Colchester, Essex
Grade 5 Star rating


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Sleeps 16
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms 6
Pets 0

Property Reference: BWP
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Nestled in glorious grounds with a games room is this large, Grade II* listed elegant property. Ideal for celebrations and get-togethers.

Entrance hall with seating area and open fire. Large, spacious drawing room with open fire, French doors and wooden floor. TV room with Sky TV, table football, table tennis, games console and open fire. Spacious dining room. Large kitchen with wooden floor and Aga (for cooking). Large boot room. Laundry room. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Further two double bedrooms; one with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin), one with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin) and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Attic with seating area, kitchenette and low ceiling.

Open fires - fuel inc. Electricity, biomass CH, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair. Three Smart TVs (one Satellite). Blu-ray. X-box One. Bluetooth speaker. Aga inc. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Nespresso coffee machine. Fridge/freezer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. 52-acre grounds. Gas BBQ. Ample parking. Games room with table football, table tennis and games console. Gym with cross trainer and rowing machine. Welcome pack. No smoking. Please note: Maximum occupancy is 16 guests. Lake and two ponds in garden (no fishing), 11 yards. Fireworks are not allowed. This property has a security deposit of £500.

Eldred House is a glorious, Grade II* listed Georgian property located on the edge of Colchester. The oldest part of this beautiful property is believed to date from the 15th century. Surrounded by 52 acres of private woodland and landscaped gardens, the grounds host an abundance of wildlife along with two ponds and a large lake. Featured in the magazine Country Life and Gardeners Illustrated in 2012, the grounds are a big feature to this property, and are maintained by several gardeners throughout the year. The approach to Eldred House is through a secluded woodland road leading to a stunning view of the property, onto a sweeping gravelled drive, accommodating plenty of parking.
Decorated and furnished to an excellent standard throughout, guests have a choice of 8 spacious bedrooms including a top floor apartment-style room with a kitchenette and seating area. It boasts a delightful entrance hall which leads to the elegant drawing room with shuttered sash windows and views over the grounds and landscaped gardens and with the benefit of a gym. There are several open fireplaces within the property for that warm cosy feel in the winter. Although the kitchen is spacious and well-equipped with an Aga, microwave and contemporary fixtures it does not have a conventional oven for cooking. This is the perfect hub for any large family or groups of friends who wish to celebrate and enjoy a country getaway. Renovations to this property mean that the quality is to a fantastic standard, however still in keeping with the character and charm that guests desire. The combination of outstanding beauty, fantastic location and quality accommodation makes Eldred House the perfect location that guests will never forget.

Local attractions include Colchester Castle and Colchester Zoo, with its fantastic range of animals including leopards, elephants, tigers and much more. The local town of Colchester is just a short drive away and is the oldest recorded town in Britain, with an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants. Shop and restaurant 4½ miles, pub 2 miles.

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Satellite TV
    Satellite TV
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Gym
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Celebration Houses
    Celebration Houses
  • Waterside Breaks
    Waterside Breaks

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/12/2019
    The house and grounds are exceptionally beautiful and well maintained. The property itself is furnished and decorated to an incredibly high standard, and despite its size the property still has a wonderfully homely feel. In addition, the whole process from our initial booking was very well managed and the owners were a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. We very much enjoyed our stay and we could not recommend Eldred House more highly.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/09/2019
    Beautiful house and grounds. Perfect for family weekend away. Absolutely loved this house. Everything about it was outstanding.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/05/2019
    We had an absolutely amazing time over the weekend. We visited as a group of 13 women for a weekend break and fell in love with Eldred House, the beautiful gardens and found the amenities perfect. It was a truly magical weekend and I'm already planning to revisit!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 11/03/2019
    Amazing house!! The rooms were beautiful as were the grounds. So clean and smelt great. We had a fantastic stay!

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9.9 out of 10 – based on 15 reviews collected by reevoo
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