COTTAGES

Self-catering holiday accommodation in Essex

North Lodge

Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 
Enclosed private Garden
Off-street parking for 2 cars
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South Lodge

Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | 
Enclosed private Garden | 
Off-street parking for 2 cars
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Crest Lodge

Sleeps 4+2 | 2+1 Bedrooms | 2 Bathroom | 
Enclosed private Garden | 
Off-street parking for 2 cars
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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 13 Nov, 2017
A recent visitor form Canada used South Lodge as a base to explore. 

"The house we stayed in was the South Lodge which is well equipped and suitable for 2 couples or a family of 4. London is a 20 minute drive to the station in Braintree and then an hour by train to Liverpool Street Station. Also Cambridge is nearby as well as any number of quaint villages and places of interest."

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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 13 Nov, 2017
Gareth was once again in the area for work with some collegues and instead of opting for a characterless hotel he stayed in North Lodge. This is their second time staying with us and clearly the cottages provide exactly the sort of relaxing, comfortable and well-equipped base he is looking for. 

"Excellent house in amazing surroundings. The house is clean, warm and very comfortable. Also fitted with a high end oven & showers are prefect. Cheers Archie and thanks again."

Why not stay with us for your business trip - home from home, private and confortable. 
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 03 Nov, 2017
5 star review for Crest Lodge!
Fantastic cottage, very comfortable and a wonderful location.
"We had a fantastic revisit to this beautiful cottage on the edge of Finchingfield. We were fortunate enough to get married at the church in the village then have our reception at Spain's Hall, this cottage was ours for our first night as a married couple, so it brought back many happy memories.  Arranging this short stay was made very easy by the owners and they were very friendly and welcoming. The village itself is very picturesque with many lovely tea rooms, particularly the Greedy Duck. The pubs are good and there is a lovely little Italian restaurant in the heart of the village.  A stay here is very worthwhile, we will certainly be returning next year."

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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 12 Oct, 2017
It is awalys wonderful to be recognised for the hard work you put in so we are over the moon to have been awarded a Certifcate of Excellence by TripAvisor for 2017.

We do our very best to make sure that everyone who comes to stay with us in our hidden corner of rural Essex has a comfortable, and relaxing time. Our guests always tell us it is the little things that make the difference, like the starter pack of breakfast ingredients, or having crisp white sheets to fall into at the end of a long day.

This is a huge boost to the whole team, but rest assured we will continue to strive for better in the years to come!
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 05 Sep, 2017
A recent guest in Crest Lodge left this review

"We stayed at Crest Lodge for 10 days and absolutely loved it. It was clean, spacious and very comfortable. Perfect for our family of four. Lots of very beautiful country walks and close to the picturesque village of Finchingfield."

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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 25 Aug, 2017
A recent guest on Crest Lodge left this reviewon TripAdvisor complementing the cottage and saying how well equipped it is! Thank you!

"Crest Lodge is a very nice cottage in a wonderful landscape between lovely villages. The equipment of the cottage is good, we've missed nothing. We definitely recommend Crest Lodge to everyone who is looking for a relaxed time on countryside. Archie, many thanks also to the Spains Hall team, very nice area."

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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 25 Aug, 2017
A recent guest in North Lodge left this wonderful review on the AirBnB website:
"Beautiful cottage, beautiful surroundings, I had such a lovely few days and felt well rested. My 3 year old also loved the house, the garden and the horses in the field opposite. Very easy to deal with host and quick responses. I would definitely recommend."

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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 31 Jul, 2017
Armin said this about North Lodge...
"I stayed there with my disabled friend and both of us had the most amazing time. Not only was the cottage very comfortable, beautifully kitted out but also located in the middle of nowhere near Spains Hall but only 1.5 h drive from London. I was able to wheel my friend through some of the country lanes nearby, sit in the garden and all that because the North Cottage has a ground floor room with en suite. Not specifically kitted out for wheelchair users but we managed fine. Definitely will be back. Thank you Archie"

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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 31 Jul, 2017
Louise R on TripAdvisor...

"A wonderful location and the cottage was beautifully furnished. Everything we could have needed was thoughtfully already provided which made our stay even more comfortable. I would definitely recommend Crest Lodge and now just need to think of an excuse to go back again!"

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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 17 Jul, 2017
A wonderful 5 star review from a guest via Owners Direct:
"Very well catered cottage with lovely furnishings, comfortable beds and peaceful location - I didn't want to leave!"

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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 17 Jul, 2017
We had three wonderful nights in this spacious cottage just a short walk from Finchingfield. The owners gave great attention to the traveller's needs with lovely welcome necessities. The house was bright and cheery during the day and cool during the nights. The excellent washer and dryer were a great bonus for this family travelling on a two plus week holiday. We loved our country walks and easy walk to town. In addition, just up the road there were two excellent CAMRA pubs. The cottage is in close proximity to Saffron Walden and an easy drive to Cambridge. I would highly recommend this cottage for the travelling family.

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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 07 Jul, 2017
"The house is situated on a quiet road, on its own. It's surrounded by countryside, but within easy walking distance of thre pretty village of Finchingfield for places to eat and drink. The house is very well appointed - the owners have thought of everything you're likely to need on a short break."

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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 06 Jul, 2017
This is a beautiful little cottage in the Essex country side. Everything was perfect and we loved every minute of our time at the place. It is set on a massive estate with plenty of nature around it. Thank you for a great stay.

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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 28 Jun, 2017

Perfect celebratory weekend.

 ***** 5 stars
What a find this was! Worth trawling the internet for! We stayed here for our Anniversary/husband's birthday, ...and as it turned out, our daughter's promotion! What a beautiful cottage to stay and relax in. The cottage is very well-equipped with everything you need for a short or even longer stay. It was spotlessly clean and well appointed, the lounge comfy and cosy, as was the bedroom we selected for ourselves, and the whole house is light and airy. A 'welcome pack' that was more than expected and the fresh flowers on the dining table added a lovely touch. We had a really relaxing and enjoyable weekend, only leaving the cottage to walk down to the village and frequent the tea rooms and shop. ( Our favourite was the Picture Pot tea room where the staff are very welcoming ). We hope to return for a longer stay some time.
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 12 Jun, 2017
Well appointed cottage with all the necessaries comforts. Walking distance to the village and nice views from the garden.
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 12 Jun, 2017
We booked North Lodge as a base for our daughter's wedding in Steeple Bumpstead and reception on their family farm in Cornish Hall End. From the seamless booking to excellent and helpful communication with Archie and then the home comforts and luxury of an exceptional stay we can only highly recommend. The bride and bridesmaids got ready at the lodge and everything was just perfect for them from the convenient high hook in the bedroom for the wedding gown to the post code that brought the florist straight to the door! Ample parking allowed for our cars and my daughter's Series 2A Landrover which she drove herself to the church in! Thank you for helping to make it a perfect stay and perfect wedding. My sister in law from Johannesburg, South Africa, who stayed with us, wished she could make it her permanent home! We will certainly be back and will highly recommend to others.
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 13 Feb, 2017
Check out yet another 5 star review on Trip Advisor for our lovely little South Lodge!
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 11 Jan, 2017
North Lodge is one of our 3 stunning holiday cottages and now, thanks to Adam at  www.vidaveo.com  you can see for yourself just how wonderful it is. Check out the video on our booking page  www.spainshallestate.co.uk/north-lodge
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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 31 Oct, 2016
North Lodge receives yet another 5 star review on Trip Advisor! Thank you!

"The house is set in beautiful grounds, totally stunning. The cottage itself has been done out beautifully, it's very spacious. But the thing that really struck us was the attention to detail. Bread, milk, jams, cereals...the list goes on. Those little things make a world of difference and add to the stay. I can honestly say this is one of the best cottages I have ever stayed in and I've been to a few!"
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 28 Sep, 2016
Perfect score for Crest Lodge on Trip Advisor, thank you!
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 28 Sep, 2016
A very happy week's holiday and a chance to celebrate two birthdays. Perfect Mediterranean weather climaxed by dramatic thunderstorms. We really enjoyed the beauty of the area. The property's facilities are excellent, we enjoyed very good customer service during the booking process and the owners are very friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend this to a friend or relative.
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 05 Sep, 2016
The new Mr and Mrs Hawkey completed their wedding day in style, retiring to North Lodge!
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 05 Sep, 2016
We are delighted to have received another 5 star review on Trip Advisor - thank you!

To book your stay click here:  https://www.spainshallestate.co.uk/essex-holiday-cottages
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 04 Aug, 2016
jowestlondon just left us the most amazing TripAdvisor review of their stay on South Lodge. Check it out and then come and see for yourself!

https://www.spainshallestate.co.uk/essex-holiday-cottages
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 13 Jul, 2016
TripAdvisor reviewer EAE45 described their stay in North Lodge as "A beautiful and comfortable cottage equipped to a very high standard set in wonderful countryside, very peaceful. We were fortunate to be given a most interesting tour of Spains Hall which is magnificent. Run by excellent very helpful and efficient people. A wonderful and memorable four day break."

We are very grateful for such kind words and would love to welcome you back. Book your stay now! 
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 07 Jul, 2016
Sorry, we can't always do anything about the weather but then again gardens do love a bit of rain!
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Highly rated self-catering accommodation in Essex

Awarded Four Star Gold Award (North Lodge) and Four Star (South Lodge) status by Visit England we offer self-catering holiday accommodation in our two picture perfect whitewashed former farmers cottages in the heart of our rural Essex Estate. Renovated and maintained to the highest of standards our Lodges are comfortable and tranquil places to stay. 
We are also proud holders of a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.  

Why not cook up a hearty steak dinner using our very own Wild Venison, washed down with some wonderful locally brewed Bishop Nick's ale? Treat yourself to a day on the lakeside with some of Essex's most picturesque Carp fishingYou can even enjoy our extensive Farm Rides routes for 6 or 12 months and make the most of our stunning surroundings.

Each Lodge is surrounded by private gardens and is a peaceful and secluded holiday cottage offering top-quality accommodation in the heart of stunning rural North Essex.

With fully fitted kitchens and comfortable living areas they truly are home from home with Freeview TV and free Wifi. The luxurious bedrooms and top-of-the range bathrooms give that luxury feel to make your holiday extra-special.

Situated just off a quiet rural road only 1 mile from the centre of the picturesque village of Finchingfield. All Lodges give you easy access to public footpaths on the Estate (there are some maps in the welcome pack to help you!) and delightful pubs, tea rooms and local deli within Finchingfield (10 mins walk). Further afield you are within easy reach of historic Thaxted and the thriving market town of Saffron Walden with the full range of amenities. Sorry, no pets (assistance dogs allowed) not suitable for wheelchairs due to the historic nature of the buildings.

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