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Four Winds Cottages - Diablo

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Castle Hedingham, Essex
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps10
Bedrooms5
Bathrooms2
Pets 3
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Description

Within this ancient village, this lovely holiday home boasts far reaching views over the countryside.

In a rural location on the edge of the ancient village of Castle Hedingham, these two detached, single-storey holiday homes, set in the owners’ 10 acres of grounds, have far-reaching views over open countryside. The accommodation is well-presented and has the added benefit of a heated indoor swimming pool - the pool is shared between the two cottages (refs W43379 and W43233) and both are allocated 3 hours of private use per day (one hour in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening - the rest of the time is shared use). There is also a large fully equipped barbecue area which can be hired. Castle Hedingham lies in the valley of the River Colne on the ancient road between Colchester (20 miles west) and Cambridge (30 miles east); it still retains many beautiful timber-framed, medieval and Tudor buildings including Hedingham Castle (a Norman castle, the ancestral seat of the Earls of Oxford). The area is ideal for walking or cycling. Nearby places of interest include the Colne Valley steam railway, Sudbury and Saffron Walden. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Single step to entrance: All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 2 twin. Shower room with toilet. Wet room with toilet.

Freeview TV.

Both properties: Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi (in games rooms). Shared landscaped 10-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue (at cost, by arrangement with owner). Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8m x 3.5m, depth 1.2m) with changing room, open 9am to 10pm all year (3 hours’ private use per day). Shared games room with ¾-size pool table and table tennis. Second shared games room with pool table and air hockey. Third shared games. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps in grounds.

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Features

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Celebration Houses
    Celebration Houses
  • Active Family Holidays
    Active Family Holidays


Customer Comments

  • 6

    06/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 03/08/2018
    I think there should be another toilet in the cottage also there should be a fire exit along the long corridor where all the bedrooms are if there was a fire in the lounge during the night there is no means of escape. Our grandchildren loved the pool the youngest one learnt to swim that week but the exit slope from the pool was treacherous when wet and needs a drainage channel to help take pool overflow water away


  • 6

    29/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 27/07/2018
    Enjoyed our stay after the first weekend was over as the other unit had a hen party and kept us awake until 3am each night. The unit was well equipped but really smelled of stale smoke. The doors would not shut properly and the showers had no pressure. The toilet handle also didn’t work. Most of the beds were uncomfortable to sleep in. On the plus side the kids really enjoyed the pool even though it needs a good paint job. The games room were quite tatty and we had to repair the table tennis bats before we could play. The owner went away for a few days and switched off the wi fit whilst he wasn’t there. The whole of the outside of the building needs cleaning and repairing with weeds growing everywhere. On our last day we decided to stay in and use the BBQ area. When we arrived one of the windows on the games room had blown open and the window and frame had broken. I reported this to the owner who said he would get it sorted. On our departure I was told we would have to pay for the window and he blamed the children for the damage. When we explained the kids were in the pool when that happened he still insisted it was our damage. He refused to give us our £200 deposit back saying he will refund what is left after repairs. This really spoiled the holiday.


  • 10

    20/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 19/07/2018
    Excellent Owner is also very helpful


  • 8

    08/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 02/07/2018
    couldnot fault the accommadation and all the utensils and equipment supplied


  • 3

    22/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 21/05/2018
    The outside of the building was unkempt and not at all like the advert. The building was shabby well used and needed a lot of attention . The toilet handle was broken, the hot water system in the bathrooms and the showers were very poor and not acceptable. Lots of the crockery was chipped ,the carpets in part were threadbear. Sports equipment was good, the pool was good and the owner was very pleasant. Outside areas were very good but there were weeds and long grass everywhere. The building was a perfect size for our family and needs but it was a disappointment because of the above.


  • 3

    13/03/2018
    Confirmed guest, 05/03/2018
    in need of modernisation x


  • 7

    09/03/2018
    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2018
    liked the location, spacious property for the group size, facilities a plus factor. Owner pleasant and helpful. downside beds and pillows need renewing as well worn and not very comfortable. could do with a freshen up in décor and furnishings.


  • 9

    18/02/2018
    Confirmed guest, 16/02/2018
    We stayed with family friends, for a mid-week break over half term. There were four adults and four children (aged 16,15,12 and 11) and two dogs. The cottage had everything we could possibly need for a relaxing short break and we had a great time. We used all the facilities on site, at least once a day, including the swimming pool, which was a big hit with everyone...not just the kids. There are beautiful walks from the door for dog owners and walkers, with a huge field on site where the dogs can run free. The only slight grumble.....the water pressure in the showers was dire, but this didn’t detract from our enjoyment of the holiday overall.


  • 7

    17/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 08/12/2017
    The only downfall from staying at diablo is that we were rushed out at 10am. Understandably the check out time also we only had a couple of bags left to load into the car. And needed to wake our still sleeping 2.5 year old. Who was dragged from bed to car without even being able to get dressed or have a nappy change. Other than that the accommodation was satisfactory. All be it not the cleanest and in need of serious modernisation. The furniture is worn and not all mattresses fit the beds correctly.


  • 10

    19/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 20/10/2017
    An excellent holiday cottage to have a family celebration


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