Special Offers: Enjoy the beautiful Suffolk/Essex countyside with a 25% discount on any booking at Wash Cottage taken before the 31st March. Call to redeem.
DescriptionSurrounded by pasture and open fields, Wash Cottage is delightfully situated amidst low rolling hills just a couple of miles from the Stour Estuary and the Essex Way. A large garden with hammock, tree swing, barbecue area, free range hens (guests are welcome to fresh eggs) and a charming rose garden make a wonderful setting for this superbly and tastefully refurbished cottage. Just a couple of miles from Harwich this makes an ideal English holiday retreat for visitors from Germany and the Netherlands. A grade II listed thatched property built in the early 1600s, Wash Cottage retains its original ship beams, fireplaces, broad oak flooring and fascinating oak staircase. Period furniture is complimented by a state of the art kitchen with all the accoutrements to ensure a perfect holiday for the most discerning guests.
The ferry from the Hook of Holland docks at Harwich International Port, just a couple of miles from this delightful rural self catering cottage, a great opportunity to holiday and explore the Essex coast if you are travelling from the Netherlands. To search for ferry times and prices, please click here. For taxi connections from Harwich International Port to Wash Cottage, please click here. The train journey from nearby Wrabness Station to London Liverpool Street Station takes just over an hour, and yet Wash Cottage is charmingly situated with lovely rural views in every direction.
About this Suffolk Cottage Holiday Property: Open the studded oak door and you enter this charming thatched cottage to a large sitting room. Traditionally and comfortably furnished, it features a wealth of 19th century paintings in the style of Gainsborough and Constable and a selection of old books. Inspiration will come easily here; you can admire the countryside from your desk or simply relax on one of the comfortable sofas in the company of family or friends.
The spacious open plan dining room is divided from the kitchen by a kitchen island. The kitchen itself is very well equipped with a 6 burner range gas cooker and an oven large enough to take even the biggest of turkeys. The bathroom has underfloor heating, a roll top bath and separate shower; again, delightfully spacious.
An old pine staircase twists upwards from the hall to three bedrooms and a cloakroom with wash basin and w.c. From the lovely super king in the master bedroom you can enjoy wonderful countryside views. There are double beds in the two further bedrooms to allow single guests the luxury of space. Beautifully furnished throughout and with lovely views from every window, each room is a delight.
Sleeps: 4 in one super king and two double bedrooms.
Grounds: The pedestrian path winds through the cottage garden to the front door, whilst a traditional 5 bar gate separates the drive from the lane. The large garden is divided into discrete areas, including a sheltered and sunny barbecue area with large barbecue, table and chairs. A lawn beyond features a romantic swing and a hammock, hanging from the branch of a tree looking out over the narrow stream. A rose garden also features, with box hedging, shrub and a herbaceous border.
Free range hens peck at the gravel or sun bathe on the back door step and overnight in their raised hen house on the far side of the stream, from where you are welcome to collect eggs as required. The grass leads to a wild flower area and beyond is open pasture, cut twice a year.
Parking: There is off street parking for 2 to 3 cars with a gate to shut it off from the road.
This property is ideal for: a family of four or two couples, but please note the staircase is quite steep and turns, so please do take a look at the photographs if you have young children or mobility problems. Walkers, cyclists, bird watchers, beach lovers, historians and environmentalists will all love the cottage and its surroundings, with so much to offer the discerning guest.
Packing tips: Wellingtons and walking boots will be very useful - you can have a good old stomp along the coast without ruining your best shoes! A perfect spot for cyclists. Don't forget beach towels, fishing nets, crabbing lines and fuel for the BBQ.
Exploring: Places to visit include Wrabness RSPB nature reserve and wood, Wrabness beach (Grayson Perry House is nearby), Bradfield beach, Flatford Mill, East Bergholt (Place for Plants Arboretum), Dedham (Munnings Museum), Colchester Castle, Layer Marney Tower, Coggeshall's Grange Barn and Paycockes, Marks Hall Arborteum, Sudbury (Gainsborough House), Lavenham, Long Melford, Holbrook, Pin Mill, etc, etc. You will certainly not be bored!
Eating and Drinking out: There is no shortage of good pubs and restaurants within a short drive from Wash Cottage: The Pier and The Alma in Harwich are both excellent with very different menus. The Radio Caroline boat is moored opposite The Pier, and there's a lovely little independent cinema called the Electric Palace. The nearby Mistley Thorn, The Mistley Kitchen and Lucca Enoteca are all excellent and owned by the same people. A little further afield is the excellent Sun at Dedham, Milsom's and Le Talbooth.
Self Catering: There are plenty of local farm shops in the surrounding area including Ragmarsh Farm Shop, Manningtree and Fryers Farm Shop, Lawford. Most big name supermarkets will deliver to Wash Cottage, but there is also a selection of supermarket stores in nearby Harwich.
For more information on what to do in the area and where to eat, head to our sister site Visit Constable Country.
- Sleeps 4
- 3 Bedrooms
- 1 Bathroom
- Sorry, no pets
- WiFi available
- Friday changeover
- Bed linen provided
- Towels provided
- No smoking
- Nearest shop 3.1 miles
- Nearest pub 3.1 miles
- 2.1 miles from the coast
- Ground floor bathroom
- The old oak front door leads into the hall with coat hooks and space for boots and shoes. From here step into the inner hall and left into the sitting room
- The sitting room includes two large sofas and several easy chairs so plenty of room for everyone to spread out. Occasional tables and lamps, a writing desk, antique chests and corner cupboards are spaced around the room where there is a large original fire place (not currently available for lighting), a flat screen TV with DVD and Sonos music system.
- Dining room with old oak dining table and six chairs, spacious fire place with two bucket chairs, occasional tables and corner cupboard.
- The spacious kitchen is very well equipped with integral dishwasher, fridge and icebox, a butler sink, Nespresso machine (some pods provided), 4 slice toaster and 6 burner gas range with large oven beneath, lots of storage and an ample selection of kitchen equipment, perfect for creating a delightful meal.
- The bathroom has underfloor heating and a heated towel rail, roll top bath, shower unit, wash basin and w.c.
- The rear hall has further coat hooks
- The stairs are steep and there is NO stair gate making the property unsuitable for young children and some people with mobility difficulties.
- The master bedroom has a super king bed, bedside tables and lamps, large wardrobe with drawers beneath, chest of drawers, writing desk and mirror, chair
- There is a first floor cloakroom with w.c. and wash basin.
- Bedroom 2 has a double bed, chest of drawers with lamp, bedside table and lamp, full length mirror, wardrobe with drawers beneath
- Bedroom 3 has a double bed and chest of drawers
- There are free range chickens in the garden. They do NOT need to be fed during your stay but they will never say no to the odd grape. Please help yourself to fresh eggs.
- There is a large charcoal barbecue making al fresco eating a delight. Table and chairs on the terrace. There is a further table and chairs in the herb garden, a hammock and a garden swing. Please use with care
- There is central heating throughout with underfloor heating in the bathroom
- Please note that the two fire places are currently out of action so please do not light fires in the grates
- Iron and ironing board provided
- No smoking permitted. Pets are not permitted at the property as there are free range chickens in the garden. N.B. The owners dogs (chicken friendly) do visit the cottage so the cottage is not suitable for those with dog allergies.
|Band||Date Range||7 night price *|
|A||1st January 2017 - 30th March 2017||£612.00|
|B||31st March 2017 - 20th April 2017||£795.00|
|A||21st April 2017 - 25th May 2017||£612.00|
|C||26th May 2017 - 1st June 2017||£960.00|
|B||2nd June 2017 - 20th July 2017||£795.00|
|C||21st July 2017 - 31st August 2017||£960.00|
|B||1st September 2017 - 28th September 2017||£795.00|
|A||29th September 2017 - 19th October 2017||£612.00|
|B||20th October 2017 - 26th October 2017||£795.00|
|A||27th October 2017 - 21st December 2017||£612.00|
|C||22nd December 2017 - 24th December 2017||£960.00|
* Please note: guide prices are based on the current year's prices and do not include optional items such as pet fees.