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The Coloured Ryeland Retreat

Colchester (8mls SW), Essex
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Working farm
Pub nearby
Shepherd Hut
Log Cabin / Lodge
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Beautiful oak-clad shepherd’s hut set in 20 acres of idyllic rural farmland
  • A unique glamping experience with home comforts including a kitchen, a cosy wood burner, and a TV
  • Enjoy walks through the scenic countryside, or coastal sights and activities at nearby Mersea Island
Property code: 87423

Nestled within a meadow of grassland and wildflowers, this shepherd’s hut retreat is perfect for getting away from busy life and experiencing the tranquillity of nature.

Set amongst acres of glorious rolling countryside, the farm on which the shepherd’s hut is located offers activities such as complementary therapies and classes on the doorstep. Those wishing to explore scenic footpaths or cycle tracks can head to the local woods. A little further afield, take a short drive to Mersea Island (13 miles) with locally caught seafood, beaches and sailing, or take a boat charter from Maldon (9 miles). Colchester, widely regarded as Britain’s oldest town, is just 10 miles away, with quaint cobbled streets and a host of independent shops as well as the famous Colchester Zoo. The train station at Kelvedon (2.5 miles away) gives you direct access to London for a day's sightseeing.

As you arrive at the owner’s property, park up and you will then be guided to your shepherd’s hut, where can’t help but take in the tranquil and picturesque surroundings which you are free to explore. When you arrive at your hut, you will instantly see the amazing craftsmanship that has gone into constructing this modern-style, eco-friendly accommodation. Heading, inside you have a fully functioning kitchen with a gas oven and an integrated hob and microwave, along with a three-day cooling box; if you need further chilled storage space or indeed need a freezer, then the owner has provided one close to their property which guests are more than welcome to use. You have a slide-out double bed that has plenty of storage space underneath for any personal items, a wall-mounted TV and there is a shower along with a waterless WC.

Outside, you have garden furniture for you to relax on whilst you take in the fresh air, perhaps with a tea, coffee or maybe a glass of something chilled in hand. Of course, with the fully functioning kitchen, if you decide to prepare a hearty meal then you can even dine alfresco and be at one with nature. A BBQ is also provided. There is parking for two cars in the car park at the entrance and next to the owner’s property. Cars are not allowed beyond the farmyard gates and there are luggage trolleys provided for the short, scenic walk to the site.

  • 1 bedroom - 1 double
  • 1 shower room with WC Gas oven and hob, microwave, super-insulated cool box (with extra fridge and freezer facilities available via the owner)
  • Wood burner with cook plate for authentic one-pot, off-grid cooking (first basket of logs provided)
  • TV Outside space with garden furniture and BBQ
  • Private off-road parking for 2 cars in farmyard
  • 1 small dog welcome
  • Luggage trolleys are provided for the short scenic walk to the site.
  • Shop 2 miles and pub within walking distance
  • Please note this is an eco-friendly property powered by gas, electric battery and solar and has a waterless composting toilet with an extractor fan
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Liz Johnson

This property is personally managed by Liz.

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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.

Harrogate is a thriving, historic town at the heart of North Yorkshire and at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This fantastic town is a hit with culturists, historians and holidaymakers alike. Dubbed ‘The English Spa’ in 1596, the town boasts spa water high in iron, sulphur and salt. The Royal Pump Room is still open today as a museum, showcasing the original equipment that was used in its heyday. Two other major draws to the town are the Harrogate Convention Centre and the Great Yorkshire Showground. The former is a multi-purpose venue large enough to house huge conventions and business conferences. Many of the events are fan-based like the Lego-themed attractions and comic-cons. The latter is an outdoor venue that hosts even large events and shows, namely the agricultural Great Yorkshire Show.

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There is a host of places to visit and spend time at in and around Harrogate. We have a selection of holiday homes that include chic apartments, elegant townhouses and cosy cottages for romantic stays to inspire your break in Harrogate. Why not visit our collection to find your perfect property?

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