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Garden Cottage - Pound Farm

Gestingthorpe near Great Yeldham, Essex (Ref. 963620)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "We were met with a lovely hamper on arrival thank you."

    The cottage was beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Unfortunately we didn't sleep too well as woken early everyday by the owner who had a building yard next door and his van with trailer was rather noisy leaving each day. Some days he made several trips very early in the morning. If we went back I would definitely take ear plugs. We used the wifi to call home as our mobile signals were poor and it was quite variable in strength however we didn't think to ask the owners to reset it so it may be better than we found it. The only other little niggles was not having a key to the kitchen window to let cooking smells out and not having a blind in the bathroom which I'm sure is easily rectified to give more privacy. We had a lovely week and went to lots of lovely places and this cottage was a lovely base. Our dogs also loved it.

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    The property has been redecorated since the pictures on the website were taken and was actually much nicer than the photos, so better than we even expected. There is parking for at least 2 cars right outside the property and we never had any issues with parking at all. There is a good sized garden which was lovely and peaceful to sit out with a morning coffee on warmer days listening to the wind through the beautiful trees. The fence isn't completely secure for smaller dogs but the owners kindly provided an extra piece of wood which helped keep our dog from escaping. The owners Karen and her husband were lovely, always at the end of the phone and happy to help if we needed anything during our stay or had any issues. They live next door however they respected our privacy during our stay. The living room/dining room was very cosy, nicely decorated and with an amazing log burner perfect for cosy times. The wifi wasn't always brilliant for streaming netflix etc however this might have been resolvable had we contacted the owners but we were out exploring so it didn't bother us too much but worth being aware of. The kitchen is small but had all the required appliances. However no way of allowing cooking smells out of the kitchen and got quite hot at time as we couldn't open a window etc. The rooms were all nicely decorated but the main bedroom with the double bed was definitely a higher spec of furnishings. It was beautiful with lovely decor. Bear in mind as it's an old building there will be creaking floorboards but this didn't bother us too much. It was very peaceful here, lovely and quiet. The bathroom was beautiful, it had a lovely powerful hot shower over bath and with a separate toilet next door to it which was handy when you have a few people sharing. We had a lovely stay here, the owners were a pleasure to deal with and left a lovely hamper for our arrival which was really appreciated and such a lovely touch. The surrounding areas are beautiful, lots to see and do but you do really need a car to stay here. Thank you for a lovely stay and a memorable holiday. I would happily stay here again and can definitely recommend this country farm cottage.

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2021

  • "Very nice and very contfebille cottage friendly and nice people around"

    Reviewed by JJul 2021

  • "Extremely lovely cottage would stay there again."

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2021

  • "- Lovely cottage in the countryside of east England, great value for money."

    Strengths: - We loved the village (especially the large cricket/football field with playground), nearby villages (e.g. Hedingham), the cottage (especially the beds) and welcoming owners. - Cottage layout is very convenient, it is not extremely luxurious but has everything you need - Owners live around the corner (but you have normal privacy), are welcoming and friendly and helped immediately with a technical issue with the furnace - The east England climate is great, drier than other parts of the UK. - Lots of options in the area: a Norman castle, the beach, nice villages and the occasional horse racing event (Newmarket) Suggestions: - Some additional tips for activities in the area would be helpful to guests such as us, e.g. the Newmarket horse races were great but we didn't know them beforehand. The beaches we saw varied a lot in atmosphere: Clacton (town) was low-quality, the beach on the northern side of Clacton almost felt like a private beach and was terrific, and historical Brightlingsea seems a great place for crabbing but the beaches are small and swimming works better in the pool near them. - The place was hard to find for us, as a road but not a house number was provided together with three villages/towns in the address (Gestingthorpe, Great Yeldham, Halstead). When you know that Gestingthorpe is the cottage location it's a breeze, but the directions should be a little more detailed for visitors who don't know the area.

    Reviewed by EdAug 2019

  • "We had a lovely weekend at Garden cottage."

    Loved the log burner and the spacious house. Good walks from the door and an easy drive into nearby Sudbury with all its charm and amenities.

    Reviewed by GaryJan 2019

  • "As others have said, hard hats need to be worn due to woodwork that can catch out the unwary."

    Reviewed by PeterDec 2018

  • "The cottage was as described."

    It had the basic essentials but some 'niggles' This was reflected in the price for the time of year. It was a late booking and it wouldn't have been our first choice. The toilet seat was loose and would slide when in use . Granddaughter nipped her leg in this leaving a bruise. For a three bedroomed cottage there was only one mirror on the stair landing. No dressing tables in any of the bedrooms and one of the bedrooms without a wardrobe, just half a dozen coat hangers on a coat hook. The electricity went off and we were informed that this was because we were 'on a meter' and had used the weekly quota up quicker than expected! I suppose most people tend to eat out when holidaying and very seldom use the cooking facilities to the extent we did, however, due to dietary requirements, this was much needed. So, needless to say halfway though preparation of meal we had to wait until the owners could top up the meter. I have never experienced this ever before and was taken aback at this. On a slightly more positive note: due to asthma and allergies too, I am unable to tolerate fabric and laundry liquids, scented candles and all fragranced items. The owners did ensure that everything was scent free, especially the bedding. This was a huge help.

    Reviewed by WilliamAug 2018

  • "I had a misshap while staying at the Garden Cottage, The owner could not do any more to help."

    So I would like to say a big thank you and say we will be back.

    Reviewed by SueJun 2018

  • "The Pound Farm Annexe is a great little home and suited us down to the ground working in the area."

    It is spotlessly clean and has most of the facilities you would expect from a self-catering home. If I were being critical I would have liked some extra facilities, such as iron/ironing board, oven dish/pyrex dish, scissors and similar, but as I say this is me being over-critical - the kitchen is well equipped with pots and pans, cutlery, sharp knives, and a nice touch of some bottles of beer and a pint of milk in the fridge on arrival. The place is lovely, warm, well-decorated and is set at a good price. The location is rural so any visitors would need a car to get to local restaurants and shops.

    Reviewed by ChristopherNov 2017

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking for 3 cars
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.5 miles, pub 1 mile.

The property

Great Yeldham 3.5 miles.

This is a stylish annexe cottage located in the small village of Gestingthorpe and near the pretty village of Great Yeldham in north Essex.

This cottage has a comforting feel to it and comes in a peaceful location, it's a great spot for friends or couples to come and have a break.

Garden Cottage comes attached to the owners' property, with the entrance at the back of the cottage, you are welcomed into the fresh living dining room.

The sitting area is well-presented and boasts a comfortable corner sofa with a wall-mounted TV and a warming woodburning stove to create a great spot for letting your hair down in the evening.

This leads onto the kitchen, a stylish room with high quality furnishings.

The first floor of this property hosts three delightful bedrooms with pleasant bed linen and plenty of clothing storage.

The interior of Garden Cottage is topped off with a stunning family bathroom.

Make the most of your enclosed garden when the sun comes out, with plenty of seating on an excellent patio with the added benefit of a well-kept lawn, perfect for bringing your dog to run and play.

The village of Great Yeldham is a short drive away, it offers the essential amenities with a choice of pubs and eateries, it is a lovely spot to base your holiday.

The surrounding area offers plenty of must-visit destinations, from the incredible architecture in Cambridge to the great seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea also within driving distance.

Garden Cottage is an attractive cottage in a great location.

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About the location


Sudbury 9 miles; Cambridge 27 miles; Clacton-on-Sea 37 miles

A pretty, traditional village based in northern Essex. Great Yeldham is the prime spot for a peaceful break, it has delightful buildings as well as a choice of pubs, an Indian restaurant, a village shop, café and an award-winning distillery selling some well-known toffee flavoured vodka. The village is home to 'the Great Oak', an ancient tree which was mentioned in William the Conqueror's Domesday Book published in the 11th century. The River Cohen runs through this pleasant village. This is a really special area of England, with plenty of beautiful cities and town waiting to be discovered. Sudbury and Cambridge both offer wonderful buildings and so much to do. If you fancy a trip to the beach, head to one of England's more popular seaside resorts in Clacton-on-Sea.

Region Information

Please note: For short break bookings, the changeover day is Friday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas