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Barn | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This lovingly restored property, which was originally stables dating back to 1700s, has been converted to provide a spacious, well furnished holiday home sleeping 6+2 people. The property is all on ground level and well equipped with 3 large double/ twin bedrooms (all en-suite), a huge sitting room with double sofa bed and separate kitchen/ diner. Set on a 20 acre small holding with well maintained, landscaped gardens, Vinces Barn provides luxury accommodation for both families and couples to cater for your home away from home.
Located on the edge of Suffolk and Essex, it provides an ideal base to explore the Dedham Vale and surrounding Constable Country side, as well as visit the many historic towns and villages (such as Colchester and Lavenham) in this part of the UK. With easy access to road and rail links to London, Vinces Barn also offers an ideal base for visiting the capital and exploring other areas of East Anglia (such as Cambridge).
The spacious sitting room with feature wood burning stove provides an ideal environment to unwind after a long days sight seeing. For the long summer evenings the outside patio is an ideal spot for reliving the days adventures while watching the setting sun with a cool drink.
The property is well equipped to cater for groups dining in and the many local pubs and restaurants nearby provide ample opportunity for those wishing to dine out.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Frinton on Sea 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: London Stansted 60 km, Nearest railway: Manningtree 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
* Vinces Barn is a very spacious property throughout and furnished/ equipped to a very high standard.
* The property is all on one level, with 3 spacious double/ twin bedrooms and bathrooms allowing ample space for both able and less able visitors.
* A double sofa-bed in the sitting room provides additional sleeping for up to 2 people.
* The huge central sitting room with wood burning stove makes an ideal hub for relaxing and entertaining after a days sightseeing.
* Reclaimed beams have been retained during the recent refurbishment, giving the property a unique feel and warm feel throughout.
* Large (modern) kitchen and dining room provide all the facilities needed to cater for large groups up to 8 people.
|Further details outdoors|
* Vinces Barn benefits from a large, enclosed, beautifully landscaped and mature garden, which is looked after by the owners.
* The large york stone paved patio with outdoor seating/ table makes an ideal setting for barbecues, 'Alfresco' dining and relaxing summer nights. In addition there are a small patio outside the main bedroom with stone bench and clematis enclosed garden swing.
* The property has ample on-site parking for 3 (or more) cars.
* Welcome pack with fresh eggs from our hens and initial supply of fire wood is provided upon arrival
* The property is fully cleaned prior to arrival
* Bedlinen and Egyptian cotton towels are provided for all guests
* Property is strictly no smoking
* No pets allowed, to avoid upsetting our animals
* WIFI is available
About this location
The Essex region
Constable Country: Situated on the banks of the river Stour, Dedham and the Dedham Vale offer people the opportunity to personally experience the landscape made famous by artists like John Constable and Sir Alfred Munnings. Traversing down the multitude of walks and rides through this area it is easy to understand why this area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visiting the many historic sites, like Flatford Mill and Willy Lot’s Cottage allow you to experience at first hand the many picturesque scenes made famous by John Constable and other artists.
The many historic villages and towns in East Anglia, such as Lavenham, Colchester and Sudbury, make for excellent places to sight-see, as well as provide shopping facilities and many excellent local restaurants for eating out.
For families with younger children, the beaches at Frinton and Clacton on Sea are only 30 minutes away and the award winning Colchester Zoo, as well as Jimmy’s Farm make for fun, educational day’s out.
With Manningtree station less than 10 minutes down the road, Vinces Barn provides an ideal location for accessing direct rail links to London. The 60 minute journey via the main 2012 Olympics site at Stratford makes for a great and relaxing way to get to the heart of the capital for a days sight seeing.
With easy access to the A12 and main motorways, Vinces Barn also offers an excellent base for day trips to some of the historic towns and places of interest further afield in East Anglia. Cambridge, Newmarket, Norwich, Bury St. Edmunds and others all provide excellent destinations within an hour’s drive from the property.
The village of Ardleigh provides easy access to the Roman town of Colchester, the oldest recorded town in English history. The many local museums and attractions provide a great insight into the many aspects of the history of this town.
Colchester Castle is the most important historic building in town (and one of the most important in the country). Built in the 11th century on top of the ruins of the Roman temple of Claudius, the castle has always been a focal point of the town and nowadays serves as a museum, providing visitors a unique insight into the history of the area.
Ardleigh lies on the edge of the Dedham Vale, with the neighbouring villages of Dedham and Flatford providing a multitude of ways to explore the sights of the river Stour. Local attractions include the Sir Alfred Mannings Art Museum at Castle House and NT Flatford Bridge Cottage, where you can take in the works of the famous artists from this area.
Hiring a rowing boat offers a unique way of viewing the natural beauty of the river valley and/ or visitors can take to the many walking trials to take in the views. Dedham also boasts a multitude of tea-rooms and restaurants for those all-important refreshments.
Also within 3 miles are the internationally acclaimed Beth Chatto Gardens at Elmstead Market. The Beth Chatto Gardens comprises a varied range of planting sites totalling five acres. Including dry, sun baked gravel, water and marginal planting, woodland, shady, heavy clay and alpine planting and now include the Gravel Garden, Woodland Garden, Water Garden, Long Shady Walk, Reservoir Garden and Scree Garden. It was the development of these sites that prompted Beth Chatto to write books on gardening with what could be considered as "problem areas" using plants that nature has developed to survive in differing conditions.
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22 Apr 2014
"a bit disappointing!"
Needs a thorough clean, especially in the kitchen.We had to wash everything before use! And blaming previous guests for the problem, was not really a reason, the accommodation and equipment should su… More
Thank you for your feedback and our apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced. Following your feedback we have reviewed our cleaning procedures and taken steps (including hiring a new cleaner) to ensure this won't happen again.
Thank you again for staying with us and once again our sincere apologies.
John & Jenny Creswell
24 Nov 2012
"Large and Peaceful"
I have stayed in a few cottages over the years but this one was cavernous!! This much space I could do with at home!! What a great location tucked away in the country but less than 10 mins to centre of Colchester. So quiet and peaceful (and dark) at night. Three bedrooms all with own facilities made getting ready as a family for a wedding sooo much easier.Nice kitchen and diner all well located and what a great log fire!!
Would definately stay here again.
Thank you for your positive feedback and glad you enjoyed your stay. Our property definitely offers plenty of living space both indoors and outside. Our property is tucked away from the heart of Ardleigh village but only a short drive to the town centres of Colchester and Ipswich and easy access by train into London and close proximity to the A12 (north and south) and A120 to Harwich.
30 Aug 2012
"A relaxing and comfortable place to stay"
Vince's Barn is a well appointed 'home from home' property, a good base for exploring Constable country with Dedham and Flatford within easy reach. It is very spacious with a large lounge, separate dining room and three en-suite bedrooms as well as a good-sized enclosed and attractive garden. Our party ranged from a 4-month old baby to a 92-year old great grandmother, all accommodated with ease.
We particularly liked Manningtree (where there is a good Co-op supermarket) and Mistley. Frinton, Holland and Walton are within a 30-minute drive and Colchester is close at hand. East Bergholt in Suffolk is well worth a trip as well.
Thank you for your positive feedback, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay at our property and found plenty of places to explore including the beautiful Constable Countryside close by.
10 Oct 2011
"Peaceful , pretty, and Plenty of room!"
A lovely spot, very peaceful and pretty looking out on to the garden from all the rooms. Plenty of space in all the living areas, a real plus being the en suite to all the bedrooms. Furniture getting a little tired, but overall in reasonable condition. Certainly excellent value and a great location. The hosts were delightful and always willing to help when needed. Getting the internet up and running was bit of a mystery at first but soon sorted. Overall a very enjoyable stay, more like staying with friends than a holiday rental.
Thank you for your positive and honest feedback. We enjoyed having you to stay and hope to see you again in the future. We hope to welcome more Aussies like you and your family!!
15 Sep 2011
"Disappointed - maybe I am too fussy!"
Mouse droppings in kitchen cupboards, crockery and cutlery not too clean, lounge smelt of dogs, deodorised carpet twice, lightbulbs out, only lightly cleaned between visits, not thoroughly as dust and cobwebs were plentiful, old tea or coffee spills on bedside tables, "egyptian" towels were good for exfoliating, property attached to (by two internal doors) and patio overlooked by owners property - I could go on...Wrote to owners about problems and about the disappointment myself and my family felt but received no reply.
Thank you for your feedback and we regret to see you were disappointed. We do our utmost to ensure the accommodation lives up to our guests' expectations and are always available to sort out any issues that might arise and we personally clean the property to ensure high standards are maintained. As you can see from other guests' feedback both on the website and the guest book in the property we typically exceed their expectations and most would happily come again and many people don't even want to leave.
We are also surprised none of your concerns were raised during your stay and we did not receive any letter raising your dissatifaction. If things really were as bad as your description and feedback implies, we find it strange this was not raised at the time. If you had informed us, we would have taken steps to improve your stay, but unfortunately we cannot address concerns we are not aware of.
7 Aug 2011
"I wish I could live here"
7 people, 3 generations, ages from 5 to 92 - every one of us loved Vinces Barn and had the holiday of our lives there. The accommodation was beautiful, exactly as it appears in the website pictures. The hosts were wonderful and made sure that everything we could possibly have needed was to-hand. It's a great base from which to explore some of the very best Essex countryside (and the ajoining counties) and we were able to visit London very easily. We would not hesitate to recommend this holiday home to anyone wanting a peaceful getaway in a delightful setting.
Thank you for your valued feedback and we are happy you and your family enjoyed your stay at our property. We hope to welcome you again soon.
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