Spacious barn conversion for two guests
Situated on a working farm
A good size lounge
Comfortable sofas in front of the gas flame effect fire
Cosy with the gas flame effect fire
A warm welcome awaits
Open plan kitchen
Exposed brick chimney and beams add character
A well equipped kitchen
Spacious open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area
Welcoming entrance
Comfortable sofa bed
Cloakroom
En-suite shower room
King size bedroom
Enjoy a spot to eat outside
An ideal rural location
The path to the fields
Fantastic walks around the farm for two legs and four
Enjoy a country walk on a frosty morning
The farm on a winters day
Oak tree view
Pony & Chicken
The pond
Horses in the field
The well-being centre on site
1 / 26  Spacious barn conversion for two guests
2 / 26  Situated on a working farm
3 / 26  A good size lounge
4 / 26  Comfortable sofas in front of the gas flame effect fire
5 / 26  Cosy with the gas flame effect fire
6 / 26  A warm welcome awaits
7 / 26  Open plan kitchen
8 / 26  Exposed brick chimney and beams add character
9 / 26  A well equipped kitchen
10 / 26  Spacious open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area
11 / 26  Welcoming entrance
12 / 26  Comfortable sofa bed
13 / 26  Cloakroom
14 / 26  En-suite shower room
15 / 26  King size bedroom
16 / 26  Enjoy a spot to eat outside
17 / 26  An ideal rural location
18 / 26  The path to the fields
19 / 26  Fantastic walks around the farm for two legs and four
20 / 26  Enjoy a country walk on a frosty morning
21 / 26  The farm on a winters day
22 / 26  Oak tree view
23 / 26  Pony & Chicken
24 / 26  The pond
25 / 26  Horses in the field
26 / 26  The well-being centre on site

The Herdsman

Colchester (8mls SW), Essex
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs allowed 3
4
star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Working farm
Pub nearby
Romantic
Parking on site / nearby
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
12 more

At a glance

  • Characterful one-bedroom barn conversion, the Perfect base for exploring the local area or simply relaxing
  • Lovely walks for two legs or four, through the scenic countryside, enjoy coastal sights and activities at nearby Mersea Island, Maldon or Goldhanger
  • Explore the wool towns and villages of Constable Country
Property code: 58576

Set amongst acres of rolling countryside, the farm on which the barn is situated, offers additional activities such as complimentary therapies and classes on the doorstep. Those wishing to find scenic footpaths or cycle tracks need not venture far with local woods and for day trips, why not take a short drive to Mersea Island with locally caught seafood, sailing and beaches or a boat charter from Maldon. Alternatively, Colchester is widely regarded as Britain’s oldest town, with a history extending back to Roman times evident when wandering the quaint cobbled streets with independent shops. Other popular sightseeing destinations in the area include National Trust properties, Flatford and Bourne Mill and the highly renowned Colchester Zoo. The train station at Kelvedon gives you direct access into London for a days sightseeing.

Upon entering this charming cottage, guests will find a useful porch area for dropping off shoes or wiping muddy paws before stepping into the spacious open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner. With a mixture of exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings and quirky windows the character of this barn has not been lost and the open-plan nature provides a real sense of space. The two lounge areas provide a great place to relax and unwind with comfortable seating and TV/DVD to catch up on any must see programmes. The wood burner effect gas fire provides a focal point for the room as well as taking the chill off any evening. The kitchen is well-equipped and provides everything required to rustle up anything from an evening meal to a light snack, with electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge/freezer, there is also a dining table and chairs. Also, for the guest’s convenience a washing machine is located in the kitchen. The generously sized bedroom features a king-size bed to ensure a peaceful night’s rest with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite shower room with shower and WC, tastefully tiled from floor to ceiling. Finishing the accommodation is a separate WC.

For those that wish to enjoy a spot of al fresco dining, the garden offers a fine place to enjoy both the charcoal BBQ and garden furniture, offering an enclosed garden area and a patio area. There is off-road parking for two cars. Guests are also welcome to explore the rest of the farm which undulates over 20 acres and has some fantastic views to enjoy.

  • 1 bedroom - king-size
  • 1 en-suite shower room and 1 separate WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3 dogs welcome (Please advise the owner if large breed dogs)
  • Dog sitting maybe available by prior arrangement with the owner
  • Shop 2 miles and pub within walking distance
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 3 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £150 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £20. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Carol Thompson

This property joined our collection in 2018 and is managed by Carol.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 23 guest ratings

Overall cleanliness
Overall cleanliness 4.3 starsOverall cleanliness 4.3 starsOverall cleanliness 4.3 starsOverall cleanliness 4.3 starsOverall cleanliness 4.3 stars4.3
Overall equipment
Overall equipment 4.5 starsOverall equipment 4.5 starsOverall equipment 4.5 starsOverall equipment 4.5 starsOverall equipment 4.5 stars4.5
Overall comfort
Overall comfort 4.8 starsOverall comfort 4.8 starsOverall comfort 4.8 starsOverall comfort 4.8 starsOverall comfort 4.8 stars4.8
Overall location
Overall location 4.9 starsOverall location 4.9 starsOverall location 4.9 starsOverall location 4.9 starsOverall location 4.9 stars4.9

Reviewed by Gill, 15th September 2023

Guest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 stars

Well equipped and spacious property, The beds and chairs were very comfortable and the bathroom was very good.

Reviewed by Natasha, 9th September 2023

Guest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 stars

Very peaceful,and secure for dogs off the lead. Lovely walks around the farm.

Reviewed by Donna, 4th August 2023

Guest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 stars

Third visit, had a lovely time, cottage is very spacious and lovely to wander in too. Kitchen is well equipped, everything you could need. I do move a chair to the window rather than sit in the lounge area, so that I can enjoy the garden even when there's a spate of August weather . My cat comes with me and thinks it's brilliant too.

Reviewed by Sharon, 28th July 2023

Guest rating 3.6 starsGuest rating 3.6 starsGuest rating 3.6 starsGuest rating 3.6 starsGuest rating 3.6 stars

a wonderful place to stay with so much natural beauty all around. The property is very well appointed and spacious.

Reviewed by David, 15th July 2023

Guest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 stars

Perfect for a relaxing break such a homely lodge. Beautiful surroundings and perfect for the furr babies. Hearing the owls snore, watching the rabbits and a horse or two to pet. Beaches nearby, take aways if you don't want to cook. We loved it so much we have booked to go back.

Reviewed by Ron, 10th July 2023

Guest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 stars

Very Spacious, ideal for dog owners

Reviewed by John, 30th June 2023

Guest rating 3.2 starsGuest rating 3.2 starsGuest rating 3.2 starsGuest rating 3.2 starsGuest rating 3.2 stars

We had a good break. Lovely location. Needs a bit more care and attention before people arrive but we managed. We would still recommend this place to others.

Reviewed by Andy, 23rd June 2023

Guest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 stars

Cottage is ideally situated in the country side, but is within easy reach of everything. It was lovely and quiet with the enclosed garden which was the perfect place to sit and relax with a bottle of wine. Jane & Steve were the perfect hosts and could not do enough for you. We were were introduced to all the horses and all the other animals. The twRead moreo dogs would visit us every day. The cottage is spotless throughout and we would not hesitate to return. Hide

Reviewed by jane, 9th June 2023

Guest rating 4 starsGuest rating 4 starsGuest rating 4 starsGuest rating 4 starsGuest rating 4 stars

Reviewed by Sue, 2nd June 2023

Guest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 stars

Our third visit to The Herdsman and weve already planned visit number 4. If youre looking for The Best dog friendly break, this is it! The converted barn is gorgeous, as well as being as eco friendly as the owners, Jane and Steve, can manage. We use our stay to visit family, but they all want to come at visit us at The Herdsman because it is SO beaRead moreutiful and peaceful. The barn comes complete with additional doggy companions, Barley and Jack, who make your stay even more delightful. Hide

Reviewed by MERLE, 10th May 2023

Guest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 stars

Very comfortable cottage and just to place to go and unwind, so peaceful, watching the swallows and talking to the horses.

Reviewed by Angela, 14th April 2023

Guest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 stars

If you want peace and quiet come here. Fantastic grounds for walking, dogs loved it. Very comfy bed.

Reviewed by Jill, 3rd March 2023

Guest rating 4.4 starsGuest rating 4.4 starsGuest rating 4.4 starsGuest rating 4.4 starsGuest rating 4.4 stars

Really enjoyed our stay in the Herdsman. Beautifully renovated in a superb location.

Reviewed by Ben, 14th October 2022

Guest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 starsGuest rating 4.6 stars

Amazing week away in this beautiful cottage in a beautiful place. Will definitely be back.

Reviewed by Roger, 16th September 2022

Guest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 stars

Reviewed by Alan, 2nd September 2022

Guest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 stars

Good comfortable & spacious cottage for 2 in quiet location. Very dog friendly with walks around the farm.

Reviewed by Susan, 8th July 2022

Guest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 starsGuest rating 4.8 stars

Such a tranquil place to stay. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, and felt very relaxed after our visit. The cottage was very spacious and there was everything in the property that we could have wanted to make our stay comfortable. It is especially dog friendly, with a small enclosed area at the front of the property. The owners were lovely to spRead moreeak to. Hide

Reviewed by Nigel, 24th June 2022

Guest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 stars

Absolutely loved our time here and will definitely be planning a return visit, a week just did not seem long enough

Reviewed by Sue, 13th May 2022

Guest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 stars

Disappointed we can only award 5 stars in each category when The Herdsman is at least a 10 star property and experience. Jane and her menagerie are the absolute perfect hosts. We never want to leave every time we stay.

Reviewed by Amanda, 6th May 2022

Guest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 stars

Lovely. So comfortable, nothing lacking. Outside area secure for our cocker spaniel and the walks are brilliant. Good pub about 1/2 mile away. Hosts (and dogs) really nice.

Reviewed by Elaine, 29th April 2022

Guest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 stars

Reviewed by Irene, 5th April 2022

Guest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 stars

Great location for us. Lovely walks for the dog. Very helpful and friendly. Very relaxing break. Make sure you book if you want to eat at the Old Crown, dogs welcome in bar area.

Reviewed by Emma, 25th March 2022

Guest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 starsGuest rating 5 stars

What a beautiful, comfortable holiday cottage. Just perfect for a couple looking for a place to escape. Private situation with the feel of being in the countryside but with shops a short drive away. Lovely hosts who give you all the privacy you need. Would certainly recommend.

21 more
Spacious barn conversion for two guests
Situated on a working farm
A good size lounge
Comfortable sofas in front of the gas flame effect fire
Cosy with the gas flame effect fire
A warm welcome awaits
Open plan kitchen
Exposed brick chimney and beams add character
A well equipped kitchen
Spacious open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area
Welcoming entrance
Show 14 moreComfortable sofa bed

Location

Static Map
Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

1/3 Deposit

Take advantage of our deposit scheme when booking 9 weeks or more in advance.