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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 welcome 3
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Working farm
Pub nearby
Romantic
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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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

A spacious open-plan barn conversion with character, set in a rural location, perfect for unwinding and relaxing while exploring the local area.

Surrounded by peaceful countryside, this charming Essex barn conversion is the perfect romantic retreat for couples wanting to unwind, along with the four-legged loves of their lives. The one-bedroom property is located on a 20-acre farm which offers endless opportunities to explore and sniff out new walks and adventures. Whether you’re looking to simply soak up your tranquil surroundings, or visit the many pretty nearby towns and villages, this cottage is the ideal base.

A mix of exposed brickwork, vaulted ceilings and quirky windows give this property a unique character, while the open-plan design gives a real sense of space. Muddy paws and boots can be swiftly dealt with in the useful porch area before you head inside to chill out. The living area gives everyone plenty of space to relax, whether you’re rustling up a snack in the kitchen or snuggling up on the comfortable sofas while the weary-pawed doze in front of the wood burner-effect gas fire. Enjoy a peaceful night’s rest in the inviting bedroom, while your holidaying hounds recharge in readiness for another day of exploring. Heading outside into your enclosed garden and patio area, get the BBQ fired up, while those on four paws find a sunny spot to enjoy a snooze.

There are many scenic footpaths and cycle tracks surrounding the cottage, for those on two or four legs. For guests who like to feel the sand beneath their paws, cross the causeway to the scenic Mersea Island (12.5 miles) where dogs are welcome on its beach throughout the year. Just make sure you check the tide times first! Visit the National Trust’s Bourne Mill property (11 miles) or take a wander around the historic town of Colchester (8 miles) with its cobbled streets and independent shops.

  • 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

Liz Johnson

This property is personally managed by Liz.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 36 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Susan 8th July 2022

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Reviewed by Irene 5th April 2022

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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

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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.

Reviewed by Stella 11th March 2022

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Roomy and comfortable cottage. Excellent bedroom with ensuite. Small kitchen area with plenty of storage but no dishwasher. Hosts very friendly and helpful. Lovely views from the cottage and a very interesting area of Essex to explore.

Reviewed by Kayleigh 11th February 2022

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The Herdman was a lovely place to stay. Our hosts made us and our three large dogs feel welcome and could not have done more to make sure everything went smoothly - one of our dogs is mildly reactive to others and they were even happy to liaise over text/calls re staggering walks. The farm is very peaceful and just perfect for us to escape our hectRead moreic lives! Thoroughly recommend! Hide

Reviewed by Tess 10th January 2022

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The Herdsman was a lovely place in the middle of acres of farm land which you could walk through. Very comfortable and cosy.

Reviewed by Angela 19th November 2021

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Beautiful and peaceful place to stay. The owners and animals are lovely. Didn't want to leave! Well placed for the local town and other attractions and great for dog walks both on the place and in the nearby area.

Reviewed by Jane 12th November 2021

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Beautiful well equipped property in a lovely farm. Warm, cosy and comfortable. Owners very friendly and on hand, gave us a couple of great tips for places to visit. Very dog friendly, our dog loved walking round the farm and chasing pheasants. Tiptree a very short drive away with all the amenities you could need.

Reviewed by Patrick 29th October 2021

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Love this place so peaceful

Reviewed by Clive 22nd October 2021

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Very spacious and well equipped accommodation, ideal for two plus our three dogs.

Reviewed by Rona 8th October 2021

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Our second stay at 'The Herdsman'. Very enjoyable, suited our needs entirely for visiting relatives in the area. Spacious and comfortable accommodation in lovely setting. Great for two and four legged visitors! Owners welcoming and friendly as before.

Reviewed by Steven 1st October 2021

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Wonderful cottage and loved every minute of our holiday. Looking to rebook as soon as we can get some more time off work. Brilliant.

Reviewed by David 17th September 2021

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Lovely barn, great location peaceful great walks for us and the dog See again soon.

Reviewed by Gillian 10th September 2021

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We had a very comfortable stay at the Herdsman, in a beautiful setting. The owners were very welcoming. And there were lots of places to visit locally, especially for walking.

Reviewed by Kate 3rd September 2021

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An idyllic, peaceful setting for a holiday with dogs with quick access to walks with our two dogs. We enjoyed the comfort of the extra space and being on the one level. The walk in wardrobe was a real treat! Generally, very well placed to have day trips out and not far from good amenities. Brilliant holiday, enjoyed by us and the dogs.

Reviewed by Frank 30th August 2021

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Lovely cottage with all amenities. Very dog friendly albeit we don't have one. Great location for enjoying all the area has to offer with lots of restaurants within easy distance.

Reviewed by Geoff 27th August 2021

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We loved the Herdsman, spacious and comfortable accommodation. Brilliant walks around the farm and perfect if you have a dog. We loved the peace and quiet. Excellent dog friendly pub a short drive away. We will certainly return.

Reviewed by Lorraine 30th July 2021

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What an absolutely stunning holiday Kerr accommodation. Spotless, clean, super comfortable and very very well equipped. You could not want anything more. Inside and outside space was fantastic. First class in every way and would not hesitate to recommend or to re book in the future. We had the BEST holiday here!

Reviewed by Iain 23rd July 2021

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Reviewed by Alison 25th June 2021

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This is a perfect quiet location. The accommodation is spacious , and well equipped . The bed was comfortable , and nice linen. The bathroom was spacious with plenty of hot water. .Jane and Steve were welcoming and helpful. Some lovely places to visit . We will go back for sure.

Reviewed by Stephen 11th June 2021

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As stated, the cottage was ideal, the little al fresco garden was a sun trap and a lovely area to sit out in for lunch and to watch the comings and goings of the farm animals, and the two big softies, Jack and Barley, the Golden Retrievers.

Reviewed by Jayne 7th June 2021

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Lovely location. Quiet and peaceful but still close to local attractions.

Reviewed by Catherine 4th June 2021

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Beautiful location on the farm with some fabulous land to walk the dogs. Peaceful, quiet and not far from the local village. The cottage was lovely abs clean abs very well appointed with everything you could need. A little peace of heaven in a mad world!

Reviewed by Sue 28th May 2021

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We have just had the most perfect week at The Herdsman. It has everything you could wish for and is in such a beautiful location. Jane makes you feel welcome right from the start - nothing seems to be too much trouble. We chose The Herdsman because of previous comments about its dog-friendliness and it didnt disappoint! Our Springer can be a bit fuRead morell on, but he made a life-long friend with one of Janes retrievers. Were going back just as soon as we can arrange it. Didnt want to come home. Hide

Reviewed by Judith 21st May 2021

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Lovely large barn conversion especially for two people. Comfortable and host couldn't have been more helpful. Ideal location great for dogs rural yet not far from amenities.

Reviewed by Michael 7th May 2021

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Great stay, great hospitality from the owner, plenty of places to visit. Appreciate the freedom to roam with the dog within the grounds which is mainly arranged for equestrian use.

Reviewed by Janet 12th April 2021

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Lovely walks right from the door. Clean, comfy and quiet, but take slippers as the floors are cold! Good for Constable country and a selection of coastal resorts. We didnt have a dog, but it looks like a dogs paradise!

Reviewed by Derren 16th October 2020

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Lovely place to go and relax with the dogs.

Reviewed by Stephen 12th October 2020

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Reviewed by Diane 25th September 2020

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Chris and I and our dog had a lovely holiday at "The Herdsman Barn" The property was comfortable, well equipped and our host, Jane, made us very welcome. There were many walks around the farm and adjoining countryside. Our dog Molly had her first introduction to horses, sheep, chickens and the owners dogs and she loved every minute of her holiday, Read moreand so did we. Hide

Reviewed by Robert 4th September 2020

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the Huntsman cottage is easy to find, and a delight to stay at, the owner is on site and helpful and welcoming. If you are holidaying with dogs the location is great with walks aplenty from the door, so no need to drive. Tiptree is 5 minutes away in the car with a blend of individual shops and national chains, restaurants, takeaways. The nearest puRead moreb is 1/2 mile away. Hide

Reviewed by ADRIAN 28th August 2020

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Property is lovely, quiet, on a farm with horses and sheep so if you love animals then this is for you, as well as the 2 beautiful dogs Barley & Jack. The owners were lovely, time to have a chat or leave you to your own devices whatever suits you. Set in a nice central location for exploring the lovely surroundings and only 5 minutes from Tiptree vRead moreillage and the Jam shop & Tea Room. This property is ideal for a quiet break for a couple with or without dogs. All the equipment you need. Loved it. Hide

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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
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Location

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