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The Gate House

(Ref. 1121166)

Colne Engaine, Essex Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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8 Customer Reviews

  • "A really charming house, we loved the cosy fireplace and comfortable beds."

    Communication with the hosts was quick and effective.

    Thank you for your kind words and a happy new year Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alastair5.0Dec 2023

  • "Fiona and George were both charming and welcoming and very helpful."

    We all enjoyed our stay in this rural cottage and the ripe figs just outside the door were an extra bonus.

    Thanks Ann - hope u are all settled in your home s Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, tucked away in the Essex countryside."

    Only saw about 10 cars come down the lane during the whole week! Very friendly hosts, they left us alone (which is what we like), but got the feeling they would be as attentive as needed. We didn't use the lounge much, as there wasn't enough comfortable seating for all of us, and found the kitchen much more light and airy. In any case we were so tired from busy days out, that we made good use of the peace and quiet and went to bed early!

    Reviewed by Daniel4.7Jul 2023

  • "Sehr schönes, geräumiges und liebevoll eingerichtetes Landhaus."

    Idealer Standort, um Ausflüge in die Umgebung zu erkunden !

    Reviewed by Klaus5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a very pleasant stay in the Gate House."

    It is very well decorated and full of interesting art. It is very suitable for walks in the surrounding area and excursions to Cambridge, London or the North Sea coast. Last but not least, we had very nice hosts.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7May 2023

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay in The Gate House - the soft furnishings and artwork, in particular, make it feel like a cosy home."

    Fiona and George were very welcoming, and keen to assist if needed. There is no garden to the property but they have created an attractive seating area at the edge of the field just opposite. The Gate House sits on a quiet country lane with several public footpaths nearby to access the lovely countryside, whilst the village pub and shop are about 25mins walk from the house. We were pleasantly surprised at just how pretty the local area was and would definitely stay here again if we were in Essex.

    Reviewed by Carol4.4May 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Gate House over Easter."

    George and Fiona provided a very warm welcome and a generous package of supplies, including an Easter egg for the boys which they enjoyed. Nothing was too much trouble for George and Fiona, and the unending supply of logs for the fireplace was much appreciated, making for a warm and cozy stay. The beds were comfortable, the shower always warm and strong, and there was plenty of room for family meals in the kitchen. The location was quiet, being out in the countryside, and some nice walks directly from the house were possible. We would highly recommend a stay at The Gate House, as we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage is situated in an attractive and peaceful location in the Essex countryside."

    It has a friendly atmosphere and had all the facilities we needed. We were grateful for the generous welcome pack. The hosts were welcoming and attentive and took care to ensure that everything met our requirements and that we had a good experience. An initial problem with the dishwasher was quickly resolved. The WiFi which was particularly important to us worked very well We strongly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Prynne5.0Mar 2023

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Central heating
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking available
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.1 miles, pub 1 mile

The property

Tucked away on the outskirts of Colne Engaine, Colchester, is this delightful three-bedroom cottage, The Gate House.

A former wellness centre settled on a working farm, The Gate House enjoys a superb location within easy reach of Colchester, Dedham Vale, Suffolk Coast, Heaths AONB, Lavenham, Sudbury, Clare and Hadleigh, making it a fabulous pet-friendly choice for a group or family of six wanting to explore the area.

Be welcomed in the spacious and well-equipped kitchen, where you can rustle up family favourites, ready to enjoy around the dining table for six as the conversation flows and the wine is poured.

After dinner, retreat to the sitting room, where you can relax on the plush seating in front of the Smart TV, whilst your pooch takes up their favourite spot in front of the open fire.

The ground floor is completed by a handy cloakroom.

Head upstairs, where you can wash away the day in the gorgeous shower room, before retiring to one of three beautifully presented bedrooms, two king-size and a twin.

Explore the village, where you can treat your loved ones to a meal at the welcoming Five Bells pub, or stock up on essentials at the village shop.

For a wider variety of dining options, head to Halstead, where you can indulge in a sweet treat at The Little Book Café, Turkish cuisine at The Shiish, Japanese at Yoshi Haru and American delights at Pheonix Arizona.

Continue on to Earls Colne, where you can enjoy wildlife walks through the Colne Valley Local Nature Reserve, test out your swing at the Colne Valley Golf Club, or dine at the award-winning Lion Brasserie.

Further afield, you can explore the bustling city of Colchester, where you can spend a fun-filled day at Colchester Zoo, visit the historic sites of Colchester Castle and St Boltoph’s Priory, picnic in Castle Park, or indulge in fine dining at one of two Michelin Star restaurants, Kintsu and Church Street Tavern.

For a luxury escape to Essex, choose The Gate House.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Earls Colne 1.2 miles; Halstead 2.5 miles; Colchester 11 miles.

Colne Engaine is a lovely village resting between Halstead and Wakes Colne in Colchester. The charming village offers a good selection of local amenities, including the Five Bells pub, a well-stocked village shop, a village green and a recreation ground. For a wider selection of attractions and amenities, visit Earls Colne, home to the Colne Valley Golf Club, Colne Valley Local Nature Reserve, The Lion, and Malda. Continue on to Halstead, where you will find plenty of places to dine, including The Shiish, The Curry Cottage, Yoshi Haru, Pheonix Arizona and The Locomotive, along with the Empire Theatre, Greenwood Park and Halstead Public Gardens. Further afield, you can discover the delights of Colchester, where you can visit the historic sites of St Boltoph’s Priory and Colchester Castle, Lexden Springs Nature Reserve, National Trust – Bourne Mill, Colchester Zoo, Highwoods Country Park and Colchester Golf Club.