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Vine Cottage

Castle Hedingham, Essex (Ref. 15314)


Very good

Sykes rating


  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was ok and had all we needed."

    The bed was very comfy but the sofa and chairs were really uncomfortable. We never even met the owners. We had to cut our holiday short, leaving on Thursday due to our son having an horrific accident and being in hospital. I tried to contact the owners but had to leave a voicemail. I was really surprised not to get a call back. They didn't even check with us if everything was ok in general. I found this a bit rude. They could have called us. I also found it a bit much asking us to strip the bed before we left. Things like that are why you pay so much to stay in these places. A hotel would have been cheaper

    Reviewed by LyndaAug 2021

  • "Really helpful hosts, nothing too much trouble."

    They go out of their way to ensure all is well for you. Parking is just outside on the street but you can always find a place and it was quite safe. There is a hairdryer in the cottage by the way which is always good. The cottage is in a pretty village with a volunteer-run shop which sells everything on your doorstep. A lovely church is around the corner and you can just hear the bells. The village also hosts the Colne Valley Steam Railway which is worth a visit.

    Reviewed by PamAug 2021

  • "Vine cottage is lovely the only thing I would say is the furniture needs some updating ."

    The lavender was too much full of bees and very close to the front door so the kids were a bit scared. Other than that would definitely stay again .

    Reviewed by MichelleAug 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage in a lovely little village."

    Comfortable and with good facilities. Hosts are welcoming and let you get on with your holiday. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by RobJul 2021

  • "Nice welcome from the owners; cottage well situated for exploring some delightful villages and walks."

    Suited us as a retired couple.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2021

  • "A very quiet and peaceful village."

    Good location for visiting Essex

    Reviewed by KeithOct 2020

  • "We found the cottage to be very clean and found everything we needed."

    It was as quiet as could be, just the occasional quiet aeroplane passed overhead. Very comfortable bed and the cottage was centrally heated and kept us nice and warm. I was concerned about the on street parking, but there was no problem. Just the path leading to the cottage was a bit rough, but really no problem. Plenty of local places to visit. The only thing that marred our visit was the weather, but we made the most of it. Overall we would certainly recommend this cottage for a comfortable place to stay.

    Reviewed by RonaldOct 2020

  • "Perfect location in a quaint little village."

    Access to everything we needed and close to Braintree Free Port Shopping

    Reviewed by CraigAug 2020

  • "Lovely location"

    Reviewed by JoanneJan 2020

  • "Thermostatic valve on bedroom radiator does not turn off radiator,resulting in overheated bedroom."

    Apart from that,everything as be recommended.

    Reviewed by MichaelDec 2019

  • "Great for exploring the area."

    .. great walks...

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2019

  • "Although place was very clean and linen/crockery and utensils were spotless there were some negatives."

    1. The electrical appliances test was out of date. The sofa was very well worn and uncomfortable. We were woke at nights by scurrying of things either in the downstairs ceiling and in the attic.

    Reviewed by SueSep 2019

  • "The cottage was Fab."

    LocationFab. Hosts were Fab. Food in all the Pubs was Fab. Sykes are Fab. Thanks. The Dunphy family!!!!!!!

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2019

  • "Very nice cottage and very helpful owners who live next door."

    Only slight problem was that we could not work out how to operate the shower and had to ask for help from the owners. It seems that the shower controls had been fitted upside down which explains why we could not make head nor tail of it without some assistance. Would be useful to have had some instructions..

    Reviewed by PhilipJun 2019

  • "Had everything we needed for our stay."

    The kids loved the board games and playing cards. Felt they really made the effort to make you feel at home.

    Reviewed by AnnMar 2019

  • "Everything about the holiday was great very relaxing just what I was looking for will come back again,a good base for exploring the area everybody made you feel welcome."

    Reviewed by ArthurMar 2019

  • "Very relaxing break in a beautiful village very friendly people would recommend ..."

    Very relaxing break in a beautiful village very friendly people would recommend this for couples looking for a romantic break

    Reviewed by TonyDec 2018

  • "We Just wanted a quiet few days away and the Vine Cottage definitely provided this."

    There were lots of little extra things if we had needed them. First aid kit, sewing kit, books, DVD's etc. The owners had tried to provide for all needs. They even left a jug of milk, some tea bags and a packet of chocolate biscuits for our arrival. I was impressed with the quality of the sheets too and the bed was comfortable. We enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by MaureenNov 2018

  • "The clock was not working-it needed a new battery (done by me)."

    Several lights needed bulbs replacing (not done by me) Washing up Liquid not obvious (bought by us) Above indicated to us that more care could be taken by the owners/cleaners when checking the property between tenancies.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2018

  • "The cottage was as advertised and we had a very enjoyable stay."

    Dan - the owner - met us on arrival and was very nice and friendly: on leaving, he was not there, so we could not say goodbye. Vine Cottage is a purpose-built holiday venue (that is comfortable and immaculate) in a lovely village with a great, ancient local pub (The Bell Inn) and a handy volunteer-run shop, both within 70 yards. Two (very small) minuses are that the tiny bathroom sink is situated opposite the mirror rather than below it, and the TV could be larger. I would wholeheartedly reccommend Vine Cottage

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2018

  • "An excellent cottage which was very comfortable and warm."

    It was a nice feeling returning after a day out.

    Reviewed by LionelApr 2016

  • "We loved the location of this cottage."

    It was warm and cosy and in a great spot for visiting the surrounding areas.

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2015

  • "A very nice cottage; fully stocked and very comfortable, a lovely experience."

    Reviewed by CliffordApr 2015

  • "Very peaceful location and cottage has been decorated to an excellent standard."

    Friendly owner but not intrusive. Cottage warm and cosy.

    Reviewed by DApr 2015

  • "For us it was well placed, had everything we needed, was very warm and comfortable and - biggest bonus of all - had excellent Broadband."

    This is something that is extremely important to us when travelling and needs to be emphasised more by all such properties.

    Reviewed by AnnaJan 2015

  • "A nice quiet cottage and village with plenty to do within 30 miles."

    Our two week stay was excellent.

    Reviewed by AlanMay 2014

  • "This wonderful cottage is situated in a beautiful village, ideal for a quiet get away."

    A wonderful welcome. So well equipped that we wanted for nothing. So many things to see and do in the surrounding area. The cottage is a fantastic base to explore or just to stay in and relax pottering round the village. Can't wait to go back hopefully for longer.

    Reviewed by SheriApr 2014

  • "Vine Cottage is a welcoming and cosy cottage in a lovely village."

    It is an excellent base for exploring the area. There are plenty of wonderful villages in Essex and south Suffolk. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by AngeloJan 2014

  • "The cottage was so cute and cosy and was quite warm."

    Close enough to shops and village is very quiet and peaceful.

    Reviewed by NicoleOct 2013

  • "Very nice, cosy cottage."

    Had everything you needed. Very nice to have flowers and bottle of wine on arrival.

    Reviewed by JenniferJul 2012

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The property

This well-presented cottage is situated in the pretty village of Castle Hedingham in North Essex.

Stylishly appointed, this whitewashed cottage is accessed via a farm gate to the side of the owners' house which leads up to the small patio garden enclosed by willow hurdles which is just the place to enjoy a glass or two as the sun goes down.

Inside this Castle Hedingham cottage, the open plan sitting room has comfortable seating where you are able to relax and unwind, whilst the fitted kitchen offers views over the courtyard garden through a large picture window.

The bedroom has soft carpeting, subtle decor and a super king-size bed along with an en-suite shower room.

Wander along the winding streets of this medieval village, enjoy a cream tea at the local tea shop or play tennis at the courts located next door to the cottage, before having lunch at one of the local pubs or the restaurant.

Just up the hill is the famous Hedingham Castle after which the village was named.

The castle is the alleged birthplace of the 17th Earl of Oxford, subject of the film 'Anonymous' and is well worth a visit.

Nearby Sudbury offers a weekly market and a riverside setting.

If you feel like some retail therapy, the Freeport outlet centre is only a short distance away, where you can shop for bargains or take in a film at the cinema.

A visit to Cambridge, Lavenham or even London, including the Olympic venue at Stratford, are all easily enjoyed from this cottage in Castle Hedingham.

This Castle Hedingham cottage is the perfect place to return to after a day exploring this part of North Essex.


  • One super king-size double bedroom (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area with double sofa bed.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot on request
  • Roadside parking available
  • Small enclosed patio garden with furniture and BBQ divided from owner's garden by willow hurdles
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: This property is for a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children
  • Note: One low ceiling beam
  • Note: Owner speaks French.

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About the location


Sudbury 7 miles; Thaxted 15 miles; Colchester 18 miles; Newmarket 24 miles.

A picturesque village dating back to medieval times with narrow, winding streets and lots of timber framed cottages; many of which date back to the 15th century. The Norman castle, after which the village is named, is open to visitors and has within it a keep which is believed to be the best preserved in England. The castle holds regular events including jousting tournaments, archery contests, battle re-enactments and is a popular wedding venue. Every little boy wants to drive a steam train when he grows up, well now is your chance! With the Colne Valley Railway you can book a Driver Experience Course and experience what it is like for real. There is a fine choice of eating establishments in the village from a cream tea or light snack at the local tea shop up to a full meal at one of the village pubs or the restaurant. There is also a post office, an excellent children's playground and plenty of walks and pathways to explore by foot or cycle. Sudbury offers a weekly market, plenty of choice for shopping and supermarkets, Gainsborough’s house and a setting beside the River Stour. Braintree is a bustling market town just a short distance away where you can enjoy multiplex cinema and Freeport Designer Outlet. Dedham and Flatford in Constable Country and are well worth a visit, whilst Thaxted gives everyone the chance to slow down and enjoy this beautiful countryside before you get ready for the excitement of horse racing at Newmarket! Colchester, the oldest city in England, is less than 30 minutes away where you can visit the zoo, Colchester Castle or sample the oysters. Cambridge, with its river and academic links, and Lavenham, home to the Guildhall and excellent restaurants, are easily reached, as is London, with the Olympic site at Stratford around an hour away by train, and central London only an hour and fifteen minutes by train from the station at Witham.

Region Information

Note: This property is for a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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