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“Well-equipped cottage with friendly neighbours”
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Comfy converted cottage holiday home. Large log burner.
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Comfy converted cottage holiday home. Large log burner.
Enter through wood porch into unique stable yard paved entrance. Stunning views over 7 acres that awe bordered by the river Pant.
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5 reviews
Comfy converted cottage holiday home. Large log burner.
Enter through wood porch into unique stable yard paved entrance.
Stunning views over 7 acres that awe bordered by the river Pant.
Wood Log burner keeps cottage cosy in cooler times.
Spacious wet room.
River Pant borders the property and runs through the village.
Stunning views across fields down to the river.
Fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. Also has large oven,hob and microwave
Famous Tiptree produce at Bosworts, Finchingfield. Also has fabulous parlour ice cream
Finchingfield less than a mile away.
Due to wooden structure and proximity of hay and straw there is no smoking anywhere on the premises
Incredibly comfortable  double bed in very pretty room with lots of storage
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Great Bardfield, Braintree, Essex, England

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Very good - based on 5 reviews
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Sara F
Rochester, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Well-equipped cottage with friendly neighbours”
Reviewed May 19, 2018 for a stay in May 2018

I stayed here with a friend because we're both keen on the work of artist Eric Ravilious and wanted to spend a few days exploring rural Essex, so the Great Bardfield location and the fact that the cottage is suitable for people with impaired mobility made it ideal. The cottage is smart and well-furnished, the beds comfy, and the (very tidy) stable yard was a pleasant place to sit out and watch our horse neighbours and chat to their owners.

My only caveats would be that my friend's wheelchair (wider than some) wouldn't quite fit past the heater in the passage to the living room, and the walk-in shower, though otherwise good, leaves the whole bathroom floor wet. Also, as others have said, it would be helpful if the description mentioned that the twin room has bunk beds: OK though not ideal for us, but could be more of a problem for others.

I'd happily stay here again and would recommend this property to friends, though if you rely on a wheelchair it would be worth checking with the owner to make sure it meets your needs.

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davewhadf...
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Braintree house”
Reviewed April 9, 2018 for a stay in April 2018

Disappointed that the "sleeps 4" moniker, refers to a double bed and 2 bunk beds. As we were 2 couples this was unexpected and resulted in a coin being tossed. A bunk bed does NOT comfortably house a 6ft man. The mattresses ended up being on the floor to allow sleep.
The house very warm to the point of being overheated. This helped dry out the bathroom floor as despite previous references, there is no squegee or shower curtain to prevent the entire floor being flooded. As the hot water doesn't permit 4 showers in the morning, the floor was permanently wet to accommodate 2 persons having to shower in the evening.
The toilet seat is missing a bolt so it moves when you sit on it.
Washer and dryer smell mouldy.
Horses lovely, very welcoming and thank you Cathryn for the milk, that was appreciated.

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LarryUk
UK
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“New Year stay”
Reviewed January 1, 2018 for a stay in December 2017

Great quiet location, in nice village. Perfect for horse lovers as you're in the stable yard! Nice to watch them watching us! VERY warm, didn't need to use the log burner. Comfy bed, good shower, well equipped, nice host and friendly neighbour! Thank you to Cathryn for providing milk,tea,coffee,sugar,bread and lots of chocolates. Lovely walking from the door, pretty villages nearby (Finchingfield is gorgeous), great countryside etc... Would stay again. Only negatives would be the shower in the wet room which needs a mop / squeegee to clear the floor otherwise you can't get to the toilet without walking through a puddle and the tumble drier was dirty inside, looked as if it had been previously used to dry horse blankets??!

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nikaspey2...
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great stay amidst grassy pastures with horses”
Reviewed August 3, 2017 for a stay in July 2017

Had a great stay for over a month with great views across horse pastures surrounded by woods. A really charming introduction to the thatched cottage villages of Essex if all you know is city Essex.

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Management Response
Aug 4, 2017
Thank you. Unfortunate that a storm / lightening took out the wifi for a few days ... all born with great patience. Hopefully see you again soon. Cathryn Smith
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Sue C
Finchingfield, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Cosy home from home”
Reviewed November 18, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

My husband and I stayed at Stabes Retreat midweek for 3 nights. THe cottage is both welcoming and charming with a wood burner in the lounge for those chilly nights. The bed was very comfy and the kitchen was well equipped.
The views from the cottage, over the paddocks, are stunning and uninterrupted with plenty of walking available from the doorstep.
The village has two very good pubs both serving food at lunch and in the evening with the bonus that they are within walking distance to the Retreat.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, thank you for making us so welcome.

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Management Response
Aug 4, 2017
Thank you. We look forward to welcoming you back. Cathryn Smith
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