GAP ACCOMMODATION

Gap Accommodation for People Moving House

Rent for a few weeks to a few months

Reasons to consider Gap Accommodation

Cheaper than a hotel
Save on restaurant costs by cooking for yourself
Have space to keep your own things around you
Flexible rental periods
Good Wifi to allow you to keep on working
Moving out of your home for whatever reason can be very stressful. 
Between houses or simply need a place to retreat to during building work in your own home. 
Our cottages are quiet and private, with lots of parking, good wifi connections and excellent self-catering facilities. 
This means you can stay with us more cheaply and more comfortably than in a hotel.
It also means that you save on extra costs by providing everything you need to cook your own meals, do your own laundry and live like you would at home.  
We can offer complete flexibility to see you through your house move or renovation with rental periods from a few days to a few months. 
So take a look at our cottages below and be reassured that you won't have to compromise on comfort or location. 

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements. 

North Lodge

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

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

Sleeps 4+2 | 2+1 Bedrooms | 2 Bathroom | 
Enclosed private Garden | 
Off-street parking for 2 cars
HomeAway Property
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Awarded Four Star Gold Award (North Lodge) and Four Star (South Lodge) status by Visit England we offer self-catering accommodation in our two picture perfect whitewashed former farmers cottages in the heart of our Estate. Renovated and maintained to the highest of standards our Lodges are comfortable and tranquil places to stay. 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.

News and Blog

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 16 Aug, 2017
Latest Wildlife Hide sightings
The list below is what we have seen, or what we have been told about. Clearly these are wild animals and birds so there's no guarentee they will stick around. Treat it as a guide as to what's active rather than a menu of potential shots! Our hides do have trail cams monitoring activity, but they can't always pick up the smallest birds, so chances are there's lots more in and around the hides that we know about. 

August is a time for holidays and so it's been a little while since our last post! Harvest is in full swing and the number of hares around the farm has been incredible. 

The hides are all in great condition so  check out our availability and book now .

Woodland Hide
Pheastant
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Pidgeon
Brown Hare
Rabbits
Squrrels
Fallow deer (bucks, does and fawns)
Muntjac
Fox

Riverside Hide
Fallow deer (Bucks, does and fawns)
Buzzard (pair in the area)
Jays (family group though a couple of the fledglings appear to have moved on)
Magpie (still a frequent visitor, clearly knows where the easy food is!)
Great Spotted woodpecker
Pigeon (frequent visitor)

Barn Owl Hide
THis hide is now out of commission until next year. 

by Archie Ruggles-Brise 31 Jul, 2017
Latest Wildlife Hide sightings
The list below is what we have seen, or what we have been told about. Clearly these are wild animals and birds so there's no guarentee they will stick around. Treat it as a guide as to what's active rather than a menu of potential shots! Our hides do have trail cams monitoring activity, but they can't always pick up the smallest birds, so chances are there's lots more in and around the hides that we know about. 

As you alreday know the weather over the last 10 days has been terrible, so we haven't seen as much as we would expect. That said some hardly souls managed some wonderful shots despite the difficult conditions. Check out our Facebook page for the images.

We have sessions vaailble from 14th August so check out our availability and book now .

Woodland Hide
Buzzard
Pheastant
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Pidgeon
Brown Hare
Rabbits
Squrrels
Black Cap
Fallow deer (does and fawns)
Muntjac
Fox

Riverside Hide
Fallow deer (Bucks)
Buzzard
Jays (family group)
Magpie (frequent visitor)
Great Spotted woodpecker
Pigeon (frequent visitor)
Blue tits
Great Tits
Heron
Fox

Barn Owl Hide
Barn Owl & Young (glimpse as they haven't fledged yet)
Goldfinch
Pied Wagtail
House sparrow
Pigeon
Brown Hare

by Archie Ruggles-Brise 31 Jul, 2017
Check out this short video of a Red Kite at our Woodland Hide.

If you want to try capturing your own photos then book a session now .
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 19 Jul, 2017
Latest Wildlife Hide sightings
The list below is what we have seen, or what we have been told about. Clearly these are wild animals and birds so there's no guarentee they will stick around. Treat it as a guide as to what's active rather than a menu of potential shots! Our hides do have trail cams monitoring activity, but they can't always pick up the smallest birds, so chances are there's lots more in and around the hides that we know about. 

Woodland Hide
Red Kite (feeding on the ground, within 5m of the hide)
Pheastant
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Pidgeon
Brown Hare
Rabbits
Squrrels

Riverside Hide
Fallow deer
Buzzard
Jays (family group)
Magpie (frequent visitor)
Great Spotted woodpecker
Pigeon (frequent visitor)
Blue tits
Great Tits

Barn Owl Hide
No Owl sightings in the last few days but we can hear them after dark so they are still around.
Goldfinch
Pied Wagtail
House sparrow
Pigeon
Brown Hare

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 14 Jul, 2017
Latest Wildlife Hide sightings
´╗┐The list below is what we have seen, or what we have been told about. Clearly these are wild animals and birds so there's no guarentee they will stick around. Treat it as a guide as to what's active rather than a menu of potential shots! Our hides do have trail cams monitoring activity, but they can't always pick up the smallest birds, so chances are there's lots more in and around the hides that we know about. 

Woodland Hide
Pheastant
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Pidgeon Brown Hare
Buzzard
Fallow deer
Muntjac deer

Riverside Hide
Fallow deer
Buzzard
Jays (famiily of 3), resident at the moment!
Magpie (frequent visitor)
Great Spotted woodpecker
Pigeon (frequent visitor)
Blue tits
Great Tits
Black cap

Barn Owl Hide - the owl has been activate after the rain, but mostly hunting on the wing rather than perching. 
Pheasant
Muntjac
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
We are delighted to have been awarded the perfect 5 star food hygiene rating once again for our Stables kitchen. Dine with confidence! 

http://ratings.food.gov.uk/business/en-GB/300079/Spains-Hall-Spains-Hall-Road
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 23 May, 2017
Everyone love the convenience and speed of buying online so we have upgraded our shop. Buy your fishing tickets, campsite pitches or horse riding passes in seconds at our new online shop
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 28 Apr, 2017
There are no day tickets available on Saturday 6th or Sunday 7th May due to an exclusive match booking. Day tickets are available as usual on Monday 9th may. Thank you!
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 08 Apr, 2017
It is with great sadness that we confirm that we have been unable to arrange any Mucky Races on the Estate at the moment. We always enjoyed welcoming bands of intrepid runners, and throwing you into the muddiest, wettest holes we could find. However, due to technical issues with the organisers we don't feel it is right to host an event in April. 

Watch this space as we may bring cross country running back to Spains Hall Estate in the future...

In the meantime if you want to speak to us about holding your event on the Estate please contact us
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 30 Mar, 2017
If you want to come and fish for carp and tench then we are delighted to announce that the fishery is open from today (1st April 2017). 
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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 20 Mar, 2017
It is with great sadness that we confirm that we have been unable to arrange any Mucky Races on the Estate at the moment. We always enjoyed welcoming bands of intrepid runners, and throwing you into the muddiest, wettest holes we could find. However, due to technical issues with the organisers we don't feel it is right to host an event in April. 

Watch this space as we may bring cross country running back to Spains Hall Estate in the future...

In the meantime if you want to speak to us about holding your event on the Estate please contact us
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 15 Jul, 2016
Essex Life this week has a great write up of Finchingfield as a fantastic place to visit and stay. Described as a 'secret gem' the village is a must see destination. 
Book your stay with us today:  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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by Archie Ruggles-Brise 07 Jul, 2016
Thank you for such a wonderful review, sorry we couldn't do anything about the Iceland match!
To find out more about South Lodge or book a stay for yourself click here
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 07 Jul, 2016
What a wonderful review of our holiday cottage North Lodge on Trip Advisor. Thank you!
If you would like to book a stay in North Lodge please click here to find out more , or contact us
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 07 Jul, 2016

Fields ranging from 4.5 – 9 acres

Some plots are fenced

Water and electrical connections available

Available immediately

Call 01371 811596 or   enquiries@spainshall.co.uk

by Archie Ruggles-Brise 15 Jun, 2016
We really want to welcome you to our wonderful holiday cottage sin the stunning part of north Essex where we live. So we have made it easier than ever.

You can now book through some of the worlds favourite travel websites including Trip Advisor, Airbnb , Owners Direct , TripAdvisor  and not forgetting our very good friends at Mulberry Cottages . So what's stopping you? Use your favourite booking site, pick your date to come and enjoy all we can offer!

Don't forget that if you want to come direct to us you can. Pick up the phone and call +44 1371 811596 or drop us a line at enquiries@spainshall.co.uk 
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 17 May, 2016

Camping and caravanning truly is the answer to getting away from it all. What can be better than driving off to a beautiful part of the English countryside and getting to know it literally at grassroots level? Pitching your tent so you make the most of the serene sunrise or delightful dusk, or choosing a peaceful spot in which to unhook your caravan to best enjoy your surroundings; nothing can quite equal that setting up of home from home.

If you’re looking for a new campsite to explore, why not visit Spains Hall Estate near Finchingfield in Essex. For the very first time you can take the opportunity to experience the stunning grounds of an Estate boasting almost ten centuries of history, in a location only a stone’s throw from one of the county’s most picturesque villages. The site truly deserves its classification of ‘Hideaway’; tucked away in the 11th century Estate, which is listed in the Domesday Book, you will enjoy a tranquil and leisurely break in this charming spot.

Dairyley Farm at Spains Hall is open from April to October to members of the Camping and Caravanning Club. If you’re not already a member, you can either sign up here and then book with us, or join when you arrive on site and then book your pitch and stay. Grass pitches and sheltered pitches are available for only £10 per night per pitch (up to two adults and two children). We have space for tents, caravans and motorhomes, and you are also welcome to bring your canine companion and enjoy the walking available on the many local footpaths –as long as you clean up after them, of course! Drinking water and a chemical disposal point are on hand, but be aware there are no electrical hookups on site.

Just a mile away is the quintessentially English village of Finchingfield. Stock up on supplies, visit one of the excellent pubs or pretty tearooms, and be sure to stop by the Church of St John the Baptist, parts of which date back to the 12th century. You can linger around the pond, enjoying the ducks and stream meandering through. The village also offers a restored windmill and a picture postcard arrangement of cottages and historic buildings. In all, one of the must-see delights Essex has to offer!

Whether you’re a seasoned camper/caravanner, or if you’re new to the hobby, you will find Spains Hall to be the perfect destination for that much needed rest and relaxation. Leave your everyday life behind and embrace the fresh air, enjoy the great outdoors and watch your pace of life change for the better – all excellent health and lifestyle benefits. You will be in the company of like-minded people or can keep to yourself if you would prefer – there’s enough room for everyone!

To experience a stay at this new site at Spains Hall, simply book a pitch or make an enquiry by calling 07811 454383 or emailing enquiries@spainshall.co.uk . Visit the Spains Hall website for more information and to discover more about the beautiful Estate. We look forward to welcoming you to Dairyley Farm at Spains Hall very soon.
by Archie Ruggles-Brise 30 Mar, 2016

With Winter turning to Spring (yes the daffodils are up!) why not try something a little different this April? Mud running is the latest, greatest, phenomenon to rock the fitness world and we are delighted to once again play hosts to the muddiest, most amusing, mud run with obstacles in Essex -   Mucky Madness . With a choice of distances to tempt both first-timers and experienced runners this countryside cross country boasts a great and varied course as well as about the best spectator viewing you will get.

Sign up now to secure your place and get Mucky this April and get 15% off with the Discount Code SPAINSFRIENDS15.

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