With a private entrance, the annex has a super-comfy bed, sofa, smart TV, en-bathroom with a 6-foot bath & separate power-shower, kitchen, parking & walks from the door. Breakfast goodies are provided & the ace community pub is a mile away. Many of our guests return each year to our friendly abode, so come, relax & enjoy the splendid Essex landscape of Constable & the Dedham Vale, nearby Suffolk wool towns, like Lavenham, or Colchester Castle & zoo. Or stay put, & enjoy the big skies!
Refurbished in January 2020, this is a bright, spacious flat, with a magnificent Georgian mahogany half-tester king size bed. The annex boasts a spacious bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchen with everything you need including an oven, microwave, electric hobs, and work-space for meal preparation. There’s a fridge, with milk, eggs, and butter, which are provided for you on your arrival to help make your stay easy, and enjoyable.
The annex, or apartment has:
- Smart TV which swivels on the wall so you can view it from both the bed, and the sofa.
- A separate, walk-in power-shower
- A large six-foot bath
- Sofa, desk, chest of drawers, cupboard and hanging space
- You have use of the adjoining garden (rugs are available), and if you’re feeling energetic, try a bounce on the trampoline, entirely at your own risk!
- We have a swimming pond, or a natural pool. If you’re brave enough to want a dip - it isn’t heated - let us know,
The kitchen comes with coffee and a selection of teas and your breakfast items are, typically; granola, Weetabix, bread, butter, jam, and eggs etc.
If you have food allergies or dietary limitations of any kind, please let us know in advance.
On-demand shows and movies
Private garden area
Linens and towels are included
Dishes, pots, pans, + oil, spices, etc are in the cupboards.
In fact, all you really need do is turn up.
An all-weather jumbo bean bag lives under the bed and rugs for picnics live in the hanging cupboard.
The Annex comfortably sleeps 2. If your party is larger (i.e. a 3rd person, or a child), the sofa is a sofa-bed and will comfortably accommodate one adult or 2 small children.
We have a travel cot available-if you need it. Please contact us in advance to discuss arrangements. We can also leave a twin air mattress and extra linen in the cupboard prior to your arrival.
A few more things...
1. We live in the main house full-time and have two ridiculously friendly dogs and a cat. Though we don’t allow pets in the guest wing, if you suffer from pet allergies you should know that our animals potter about the place. (Most of our guests adore them!) Be aware though, allergens might lurk, for those unfortunate enough to suffer from such things.
2. Approximately once a week during the warmer months the lawn needs a trim. It’s a big lawn and we try to keep the noise to a minimum. Mostly, the garden work is reasonably quiet (raking, trimming, etc.) but sometimes it’s a little noisy (leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, fence repair, and such stuff). Most guests don’t even bat an eye, but someone mentioned it and we thought going forward, our Airbnb guests should know what to expect.
3. We’re in the heart of the big-skied, glorious North Essex countryside. Even though we’re only an hour from London you’ll probably run across tractors and pot-holes in the roads. Also, birds, the occasional badger and very often deer deviate into the lanes. Drive with caution! Knowing how to reverse is a useful skill.
If you get lost, it’s best to ask for directions or call us - you’ll be amazed at our rural position. Don’t panic - we’ll work out where you are to get you back.
Sat-nav brings you to our gate. Our neighbours are lovely and you may meet a few at the community pub the village saved - The Lamarsh Lion - which is a mile down the road. It boasts fine ales and decent pub grub. Booking at weekends here is advisable.
And please stick to local footpaths when walking. Nettles sting, brambles rake; so wear suitable shoes and clothing on country rambles.
Situated on the Essex / Suffolk border, Holdens Barn is perfectly positioned for trips in and around Constable country - named after the world-renown artist John Constable.
Enjoy the subtle gently valleys of the Dedham Vale, with the pretty timbered 'chocolate box,' villages of Stoke by Nayland, Kersey, Boxford, Dedham and Hadleigh.
If you like the rustic charm of medieval, wonky oak-framed buildings, the famous Suffolk wool towns of Lavenham, Long Melford, (which are less than half an hour away) Clare and Cavendish are unmissable. This is Gainsborough Country (after the artist, Thomas Gainsborough).
Historic, Roman-walled Colchester is a short drive (20-30 mins) and we're forty minutes from the seaside at Frinton with its sandy beach and charming Victorian town.
Colchester has a large Norman castle (built on top of the remains of the Temple of Claudius, razed by Boudicca in AD61) with a recently refurbished museum. Castle Park next to the, eh, castle, is lovely, and has events on throughout the year. 'First Site' is a modern gallery worth checking out not least for its contemporary curved architecture, and of course Colchester Zoo is world-famous. It really is excellent!
Heading inland, Bury St Edmunds (with famous abbey), is forty minutes away and Chelmsford is about the same distance south, towards London.
Central London is about one hour and a half by car. Cambridge one hour. Ipswich and Saffron Walden about forty-five minutes.
Sudbury, our local town and celebrated as the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough, has a pile of supermarkets, (Waitrose, Aldi, Sainsbury, Tesco etc.) restaurants for all tastes - and wallets - banks, boots, hairdressers, as well as an excellent market in the main square on Thursdays and Saturday mornings. Excellent butcher here as well as groceries.
Halstead, (fifteen-mins), has a range of shops on its steep high street.
Bures, just down the road has a deli and a small confectionery/paper shop. There's a cracking farmers market on the second Saturday of every month.
From our door, many walks trace through the acclaimed Dedham Vale, Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) countryside.
A keen eye will spot deer, badgers, hares, and a variety of birdlife too. In May, we often have nightingales singing nearby.
Following the network of footpaths you can explore the pleasant, gently undulating valley of the river Stour. One couple made Nayland and back! in a few hours.
The ancient Norman churches are well worth exploring (Lamarsh is c.1100) and are generally free to enter. If you're a keen cyclist, biking is a great way to explore the windy roads and the surprising nooks and crannies dotted about our ancient landscape.
(A pile of information sits within the desk in the main room - including ordinance survey maps).
If you're car-less we can collect you from Bures train station which is only a mile or so away. (About 15-20 mins walk). The train is on the Sudbury line (aka - The Gainsborough Line) and connects to mainline trains at Marks Tey. From here you can reach London Liverpool Street about an hour in one direction, and Sudbury, which is a brisk seven minutes through the valley in the other.
In our experience, you really are much better off with a car.
There's a wonderful railway museum at Chapel - the next stop from Bures towards Marks Tey.
Pubs and Restaurants:
The Lamarsh Lion, nicknamed 'The Painter's Pub' is about a mile away. The pub re-opened in May 2018 after it was bought by the local community. It is a classic country pub with fine ales and excellent value pub-grub. It's a friendly dog-friendly establishment with dining area, pool table and lovely outside views. Please, come and support it!
Why the Painter's Pub? Gainsborough, along with John Constable, painted in the village (Constable's grandfather was the miller in Bures) and, since the pub has been in operation for over 700 years, it is likely that these two would have enjoyed refreshments here.
Further away, right on the river is the Henny Swan, and the Eight Bells down in Bures and the Thatchers arms in Mount Bures. Also worth noting another local community pub is the excellent Kings Head in Pebmarsh.
A wide range of dining options are available in the local villages from Indian (Little India in Maplestead - 10 mins - is the pick of the bunch but also, Riverside Spice - Earls Colne (10 mins) and Ballingdon Valley - Ballingdon (Sudbury), to Chinese, Thai and fast-food (McDonalds, KFC) also in Sudbury.
We're more than happy to point them out - just come and ask.
Tipus de propietat
Lamarsh, Regne Unit