Barn / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

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 8, 3 bedrooms
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 en suites and 1 toilet only
Nearest beach Frinton on Sea 20 km
Access Car advised
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
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (4), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available
Outdoors 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.

The England 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.