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House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The Kitchen Garden is an impressive Victorian period property set in a most private and tranquil setting, providing a unique and spacious home stay of over 4000sq.ft ! Hidden away in around 2 acres and incorporating a beautiful walled kitchen garden in the sought after village of Dedham with stunning views over the Vale.

The property offers generous accommodation with a pleasing layout and has recently been fully refurbished to a high class standard. Stunning internal features include a wonderful cooks kitchen with bespoke hand crafted units focused around a quintessential classic white 4 oven Aga with additional electric hob. French and stable doors from the kitchen and dining areas open directly out onto the walled kitchen garden. There is an impressive drawing room featuring full height double glazed glass windows and doors to two aspects overlooking the gardens with high ceilings and a large log burner. Additionally there is a further large and comfortable sitting room with open fire which has a lovely adjoining children's playroom filled with toys to keep the little ones happy ! A separate utility room houses the recently installed gas boiler, washing machine and tumble dryer with an additional sink. There is a comfortable WC on the ground floor.

On the first floor there are five bedrooms, two of which are principle suites featuring dressing areas, ensuites and huge superking / emperor sized beds ! There are a further two bedrooms with double beds and another with twin beds which are served by a well appointed family bathroom with roll top bath.


The Kitchen Garden is approached along a private gravelled drive that leads to an enclosed parking courtyard fronting the house.

The grounds amount to about 2 acres incorporating an area of woodland, an orchard as well as the delightful walled kitchen garden which offers lovely organic home grown produce during the warmer months which you are free to use, although we do ask that you're respectful in what you harvest and give a little back by watering on those warm days !

There is an expanse of lawn which is bordered by a variety of trees and shrubs and adjoining the rear of the property there is a large herringbone brickwork terrace area with an impressive fig tree to the side. Beyond the walled garden the neighbouring pastureland rises up into the distance and provides amazing views over the Dedham Vale.

A gothic-arched opening from the walled kitchen garden leads through a high old red brick wall into the orchard area which is fully enclosed and bordered by mature oak trees and is laid to lawn and interspersed with impressive walnut, apple and pear trees. This area includes a large wooden climbing frame with slide and swing and a trampoline all of which are used at the discretion and liability of guests.

An external loggia to the rear of the property offers firewood for the log burner to be used on those cold winter evenings.

Further information can be found on our website -

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Will consider House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Stansted Airport 60 km, Nearest railway: Manningtree 7 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 15
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline
Access Parking

The East Anglia region

Located right on the Suffolk / Essex border your senses will be brought to life. From the wetland Broads in the north to the beautiful Wool Towns in the south; the shimmering greenery of the west to the stunning Suffolk Coast in the east - Suffolk offers some incredible sights. And then we have the county town of Ipswich, with its 800 years of history and its so cool Waterfront, restaurants and heritage. When you make Suffolk your choice for your UK holiday or break, it is all about sheer indulgence in wide open countryside and beautiful coastline, savouring incredible local food and drink and a wonderful range of luxury accommodation.

Enjoy a family break in Suffolk and explore a UK county that has so much happening, from hidden walking and cycle routes to festivals, events and farmers' markets. In Suffolk, tourism is all about fun, indulgence and creating experiences to remember. You've probably seen countless pictures and paintings of Suffolk. But we want you to go one step further - to experience our beautiful, vibrant county. To smell the flowers that line the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Taste the finest fish and chips as the tide creeps in at Aldeburgh. Or hear the thunderous last furlong at Newmarket.


Located at the heart of Constable Country and situated on the River Stour, you will find the former wealthy wool and market town of Dedham. Just a short drive down the A12 from Colchester and perched on the Essex/Suffolk border, you will find yourself amongst some of the most beautiful and picturesque landscape in the country.

The River Stour forms the boundary between Essex and Suffolk and provides the many tourists visiting the Dedham Vale area with some stunning scenery. This remarkable landscape also features in many of John Constable's paintings.

A visit to the Boathouse Restaurant will not only provide a friendly and relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a drink or even a meal, but as the name suggests you could also hire a rowing boat and take a leisurely trip down the Stour. If you have the energy, approximately a mile and a half down the river from Dedham is Flatford Mill, made famous by John Constable.

The Water Meadows of the River Stour make for interesting and relaxing walks, with cattle and horses grazing nearby, sheep visible on Grove Hill and a varied wildlife.

At the centre of the village is the Parish Church with its 131 foot tower clearly visible. Dating back to the late 15th century with a permanent display of John Constable's The Ascension, courtesy of The Constable Trust.

With plenty of places to eat and drink, attractions such as the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum and the Dedham Art & Craft Centre, stunning views of the Vale and a warm welcome from the local townsfolk, why wait to visit.

Although at it's best in the summer months, the scenery during the winter months is also not to be missed.

If you plan on visiting this beautiful area, please give yourself enough time to explore the many more interesting towns and villages Essex has to offer. You won't be disappointed.

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