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The Carriage at High Barn Heritage

(Ref. 1075120)

Greenstead Green near Halstead, Essex Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Quiet and peaceful rural retreat - very well equipped."

    An enjoyable experience to stay in such a quirky place, with many home comforts.

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Nov 2023

  • "The property and its location surpassed our expectations."

    The owner is to be applauded for his vision and the manner in which he has carried it out. The carriage was extremely well fitted out and had all the comforts you required. The welcome gift box was an added bonus and surprise. The location was just as good and the positioning of the outside seating and balcony areas around the carriage to catch the sun was an excellent idea. Cannot fault it we highly recommended this holiday.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Oct 2023

  • "For anyone seeking accommodation a little bit different then High Barn fits the bill."

    We had a thoroughly enjoyable time in a beautiful area.So much thought has gone into fitting out the carriages and the end result is commendable.

    Reviewed by Garry5.0Sep 2023

  • "Probably one of the best properties we have stayed in for some time!"

    It was quite unique, well equipped and very comfortable.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "It was an absolutely fabulous place."

    Above our expectations, the location and accommodation just blew myself and my wife away. The carriage was well equipped to a very high standard. With everything you could want in a holiday. There is no negatives with this location or our stay. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing location away from town and people this is the place to stay. But you are in easy reach of towns in either direction.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a fantastic week at The Carriage - everything we needed was included in the carriage and the welcome hamper was lovely."

    We enjoyed many days out while there as well as spending time enjoying the sun in the outdoor seating areas - chilling and reading our books which is what was needed! All essesntials were included in the holiday price as well as items to fire up the BBQ which we did a couple of times. We loved being here so much we are thinking of coming back again later in the year! Thank you so much for sharing you carriages with us!

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Aug 2023

  • "We can thoroughly recommend The Carriage for an extremely quiet, restful holiday with no internet distraction."

    Everything you need is supplied, the only thing we suggest is a mattress topper as the mattress was a little on the firm side. James, our host, was informative and available but not intrusive. Handy for Halstead and many places of interest. Lots of wildlife on view, marvellous!

    Dear Lynne. Thank you for your stay and glad everything was there for you. I'm happy you had a quiet restful holiday, and that you enjoyed the lack of internet in this day and age. Sorry to hear the mattress was too firm for you, we have just changed the bed for a more sprung version and a topper is fitted. We'll review this agin to try and improve comfort. Thank you once again. Kind regards, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynne4.4Jun 2023

  • "Very relaxing stay, enjoyed the surrounding countryside and wildlife."

    Property had everything we required and owner was welcoming and helpful. We found picturesque villages and interesting places to visit.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a very restful and peaceful stay at the Carriage."

    Although the bathroom is a little cramped, it was fine for our needs. The living and kitchen area was more spacious than we expected and the light from all the windows is glorious. Being raised on wheels, the views are great and we were treated to wonderful sightings of deer and other wildlife as well as the changing sky. The steps to the door do need negotiating carefully but there are good handrails. They would not be suitable for anyone with poor mobility however. We certainly hope to visit again.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0May 2023

  • "Absolutely lovely!"

    Spotlessly clean, comfortable, and well equipped. Saw deer

    Dear Janice. Thank you for your stay and feedback. Glad you found it clean, will let our cleaners know that you gave such positive feedback. Kind regards, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Apr 2023

  • "Exelent stay here at high barn carrage, james was great with the handover on local info."

    And history of the resoration and purpose of the site... the welcome pack was great, wine nibbles jam and buns.. carrages were clean tidy and fresh. Bed was really comfy as was the sofa... no wi fi but a decent 4g signal on most networks. Shower very hot, althou a bit small. And bring your slippers as the floors are wooden and cold on bare feet... the local wildlife also pay a visit. Monkjack and fallow deer, which was great to see. All in all restoration and conversion are to a very high standard, and i recomend a stay here. If just for the novelty of being a railway carage....

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a fabulous stay in the train carriage."

    It is very well equipped with some lovely touches such as a welcome basket and games. It was spotlessly clean and we had a much needed relaxing break away from the madness of life in general. James came to welcome us and was friendly and helpful. The only downside we found was the bed was very hard and uncomfortable (we know personal taste) but we used the sofa bed and managed to sleep well. I would recommend a stay in this quirkey accomodation

    Dear Claire. Thank you for your stay and glad you enjoyed a relaxing break with us. Since your feedback we have changed the bed for a more sprung version to try and improve comfort, we will keep an eye on this. Thank you once again. Kind regards, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Mar 2023

  • "A superb place to stay and certainly different from usual B&B."

    Carriage so well kitted out we lacked nothing *. Even with a 2 hour power cut we stayed cosy and warm. Can thoroughly recommend it to others. Hilary *A couple of hooks for tea towel etc would be useful!

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Mar 2023

  • "Simply put James was a gentleman- the train Carage was warm cosy and in the perfect place to allow us to rest up sit back and relax … kitchen well equipped and very easy to use."

    The decor inside is just perfect- it makes you want to smile even before you get inside the train looks Amazing - the bed is a dream bed. So relaxing and the shower hot and refreshing- Telly and sofa perfect to snuggle up on and a dinner table area nice to sit at …. We could not have chosen a better stay Laurence and Helen

    Reviewed by Laurence5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely 3 night stay, it was very clean and was exactly what we was expecting."

    Even though we went in late November once the heaters were turned on it got nice and cosy and wasn’t too cold. Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Nov 2022

  • "An unusual holiday property of railway carriages which have been superbly and comfortably refurbished into holiday accommodation."

    The setting is lovely and very tranquil as well as being central for a number of National Trust, English Heritage properties as well as the coast. We also had a theatre trip into London by motoring to Stratford and catching the Tube. Overall we had a really lovely week and will return.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2022

  • "Had a wonderful break in the lovely old railway carriages, everything was so clean, and the carriages so well laid out."

    Would recommend this holiday to anyone who loves railways old and new. The welcome pack was a lovely touch. Looking forward to booking again if possible.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a fantastic time."

    The carriage has been converted in to a smart stylish holiday home. You are very aware you are staying in a train carriage which is what you want, but it was spacious, stylish and the quality of the fixtures and fittings was high.The shower was great, plenty of power and lovely and hot. A very generous hamper was left for us with local products. There are plenty of areas to sit and enjoy the view. We watched deer every day and red kites. A lovely peaceful area. We have stayed in a few train carriages and this is the best.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2022

  • "Overall a very enjoyable stay in a unique rental."

    Everything needed was at hand. No Wi-Fi so you will have to rely on mobile phone signal. Which was just about ok. Very peaceful - within one hour of arriving we were visited by pheasants, wild deer and hares. Very friendly welcome from the owner and the welcome pack was gratefully received. We have also been provided with milk bread, tea and coffee - which would have been a massive bonus if we had arrived late for any reason. The only minus point would be the size of the bathroom - you try fitting a larger one into a railway carriage!! But it was clean and adequate. No real complaint. Bearing in mind what the property is, the owners have done a great job turning it into a very comfortable rental. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2022

  • "A wonderfully peaceful, comfortable, well-equipped property."

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic holiday, so peaceful and relaxing."

    Helpful owners, lovely welcome pack and no expence spared on the carriage. Loved it. Short drive to Halstead and Braintree. Then back.....to silence. Will return.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2022

  • "A truly wonderful week."

    The Carriage was unusual but spacious and extremely comfortable set in a peaceful location. You definitely need a car to get out and about. The owners made use feel very welcome. A definite property to return to.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2022

  • "Really good holiday."

    James was an excellent host, meeting and greeting us on arrival and explaining everything. For this type of holiday, you must enjoy your own company and remoteness. For us it was the perfect place to relax. You need transport to visit surrounding villages and towns though. We would recommend this carriage to anyone who was looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jul 2022

  • "A stunning conversion which is well thought out and perfect for those who want a break from the rush of life."

    Thank you for the welcome pack, it was really appreciated! Regards Steve & Carolyn

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is a lovely quirky accommodation in a quiet farmland area."

    It has been renovated and refurbished to a high standard. Really enjoyed our stay. We will be going back.

    Reviewed by Laurence4.7Jun 2022

  • "Absolutely superb - we would have no hesitation in recommending this property to others."

    It has been so thoughtfully converted to a lovely accommodation with everything you need. It is situated in such a peaceful location, beautiful views and we saw hares and deer pass by the carriage. James was very helpful and a lovely 'goody' box was waiting or us on arrival - very much appreciated. This is a 5* property and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. We have stayed in many Sykes properties and this is certainly one of the best.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jun 2022

  • "This amazing, very quirky property has been extremely well converted into accommodation with everything one would need for a short stay."

    James has put a lot of thought into converting this old carriage and he should be very proud of the result. It's definitely one for rail enthusiasts with plenty of books and DVDs on the old steam locos available for those wet days indoors.

    Reviewed by Roy4.7May 2022

  • "Exceptionally good."

    Really enjoyed our stay. James and his Dad were very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Graham4.4May 2022

  • "Warm welcome from owner James on our arrival."

    Beautifully presented accommodation in a lovely rural setting. We enjoyed our relaxing stay here.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2022

  • "James was very welcoming and helpful."

    lovely unique accommodation in a rural setting. Would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at The Carriage."

    James was very friendly on arrival happily answering any questions and very informative. The carriage itself was beautiful, clean and the attention detail was very thought out including a very generous welcome basket. Lovely local villages to explore on days out and local pubs for food. We throughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Apr 2022

  • "An excellent and unusual accommodation."

    Clean, well equipped , lovely and quiet. The owners certainly have put time and effort into this. We highly recommend this property if you want peace and quiet Alan and Jackie

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a very pleasant stay in the carriage, which has been very thoughtfully restored."

    Plenty of room for us and everything we could possibly want had been provided. Really enjoyed watching the wildlife passing by and the lovely views from both sides of the carriage.

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great place and great owners."

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2022

  • "It's a great stacation for a peaceful rest and what a great host James was, we will go back soon everything you need."

    a triumph to James and his dad

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely property, a true labour of love by James and his family."

    They have done an amazing job converting these old carriages into a fantastic place to stay. We would highly recommend for a peaceful break within driving distance of some lovely towns and villages

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jan 2022

  • "Fantastic, quirky property in an ideal, relaxed and rural setting, definitely worthy of its recent award."

    Great getaway for couples.

    Reviewed by Larry5.0Nov 2021

  • "A really unique and lovely holiday let."

    Very well done and made for a very peaceful, quirky break!

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Nov 2021

  • "The carriage was everything we had hoped for."

    We were looking for quiet, away from people and we definitely got that! Nearby there were a lot of places to visit and eateries too. Coming back to the carriage at night was a very dark experience, had to use the light on my phone. A security light would be very beneficial especially with 7 steps up to the door. Will definitely book again for next year as it’s our kind of holiday.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Nov 2021

  • "This is an amazing place to stay."

    A quirky but extremely comfortable railway carriage conversion in the heart of peaceful countryside. We were made to feel extremely welcome with a delicious welcome box full of treats. The outside seating is great for enjoying and unwinding each evening after a day out and we would love to visit again. Thank you for a wonderful stay and cracking directions!

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2021

  • "A superb, quirky accommodation designed, fitted and equipped to a very high standard."

    A beautiful location, very peaceful and with abundant wildlife. Online description was extremely accurate, pictures were recent and true to life and great care was taken in the online description to highlight the nature of the accommodation e.g. specifying the number of steps to get in. Cleanliness was excellent, owners very friendly and helpful without being intrusive. The slight reservation in ratings is that the bed was rather too firm for our personal taste.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Oct 2021

  • "Just totally fantastic."

    A beautiful conversion of an old railway carriage. Enough of the original features to remind us of the age of steam, but enough modern conveniences to make it more comfortable. So peaceful and lovely view. Lots of domestic wildlife. The squirrels are fun. No spiders in the carriage!! A lovely dog and residents in the nearest house...which isn't too near. The owner, James, is friendly and helpful, as well as being a very clever lad for making such a good job of the conversion. The area is superb, so many lovely villages, tea shops and individual shops. Ate twice at The Bell in Sible Hedingham..recommended. Also the Moot House Bistro. There is a great barn in Greenstead Green with cafe and 'stuff'. The two railway experiences are extremely good. Have to say that everyone we met was friendly and helpful. (The only irritant was so many drivers who like to pip their horns if you hesitate for a minute at a junction. What is it with Essex and car horns? ) We had a super holiday and really recommend it.

    Reviewed by Fraser5.0Oct 2021

  • "Great location, very quiet with lanes ideal for cycling and running that pass lovely houses and tiny villages."

    Close to retail and designer outlets in Braintree if you need that and the small town of Halstead with independent eateries, supermarkets and an excellent bakery. The coast is an hour away with a variety of resort types from the brassy Clacton to the beautiful West Mersea.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2021

  • "The railway carriage was superb, lovely welcome box, very friendly welcome from owners."

    A quirky but excellent, totally peaceful place to stay.. Would go back there and recommend to anybody.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2021

  • "The carriage is situated in a really peaceful location."

    It's a quaint home from home. We were really sad to leave. Had a fabulous week there. Travelled to local places most days. we had frequent visits from deers pheasants wild hare and grouse . Saw buzzards, red kites. The owners are really friendly can't do enough for you. Provided us with a nice welcome pack. Can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2021

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  • Large single-storey Carriages (approx 400 sq ft)
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with shower, basin, WC, and heated towel rail
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining and sitting area
  • Air Conditioning
  • Electric Air Source Heating
  • Electric hob, Microwave combination oven, Fridge with ice-box/freezer compartment, Dishwasher, Toaster, Kettle TV with DVD player, A selection of games
  • Washing Machine, Iron and Ironing Board use provided in the Laundry Room on site
  • Softened Water
  • Hairdryer
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Balcony with seating
  • Decked Areas with seating front and back
  • Charcoal BBQ
  • Winner of the Best Quirky holiday let 2022
  • No pets and No smoking
  • Note: 7 steps up to the property, not suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: No infants or children under 5
  • Please note: Shared Amenities with The Brake Wagon (1117637)
  • Shops from 2.4 miles, Pubs from 2 miles

The property

Situated on the outskirts of Greenstead Green, close to the attractions of Halstead, lies this converted 1880’s Railway Carriage; The Carriage at High Barn Heritage.

This single storey accommodation, complete with Air Conditioning throughout, offers a unique escape for couples or families wanting to explore the surrounding countryside, bustling market towns and idyllic villages.

Seven steps lead into the delightful open plan living space, where you can delight in peaceful evenings spent on the sofa, with a wall-mounted TV and DVD player providing entertainment.

The kitchen is equipped with all the appliances you need; from the electric hob and microwave combination oven, to the handy dishwasher and fridge with ice-box; while a separate dining table is where you can host romantic meals night after night.

As you tire, find the double bedroom, complete with soft furnishings and crisp bed linen, along with a chest of drawers and hanging space for your clothing.

Patio doors lead out to the private balcony, ideal for an evening drink amidst the tranquil countryside setting.

As well as having Air Conditioning throughout, if the weather turns inclement, then the Electric Heating ensures a relaxing stay.

Steps to the front and back lead to charming outside spaces, with decked areas either side allowing for a breakfast cup of coffee through to an evening meal area if desired.

For a romantic luxury getaway to North Essex, look no further than The Carriage at High Barn Heritage.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref: 1117637, together sleeping up to 4 guests.

High Barn Heritage Carriages

High Barn Heritage Carriages consist of two lovingly converted passenger train carriages resting rurally in Greenstead Green, Essex. Enveloped by far-reaching countryside views, overlooking neighbouring farmland and fields, whilst offering a unique and charming base mixing both contemporary and traditional furnishings, the collection provides the ideal base for romantic getaways. A short journey away you will find warm, traditional pubs to dine out, whilst visiting the market town of Halstead will provide even greater options, home to several restaurants, including fine dining establishments, quaint cafés, and wine bars. Grab your walking shoes and start exploring the village; there are local walks available just outside your door, or you can head along the Stour Valley Way to continue your stroll while taking in the riverfront scenery, or stay indoors to watch the local pheasants, deer, and partridge, that periodically emerge from the adjacent calm woodland. Nearby attractions also include the two heritage railways (Colne Valley Railway and East Anglian Railway Museum), which will take you on a charming ride through picturesque countryside in their vintage steam and diesel trains. You can also visit the charming grounds of Ickworth House, Melford Hall, and the stunning Hedingham Castle, all of which are accessible by car. Colchester, a historic town, also has a renowned zoo and a Roman Castle that may be explored. Escape to the countryside with High Barn Heritage Carriages as your base.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Braintree 7.1 miles; Colchester 13.4 miles.

Halstead is a traditional market town resting in the Braintree District of Essex. The River Colne runs through the heart of the town and provides beautiful riverside walks. There are a number of amenities to satisfy visitors, including independent boutique shops, family butchers & bakers, cafés, restaurants; a wealth of floral attractions, buildings built by the Courtauld’s family and two beautiful Churches. The town is also popular with florists, with the Halstead in Bloom being formed in 2000 and from 2009 have been GOLD award Winners every year since; it was also named as Best Town in Anglia in Bloom, on 5 occasions by RHS Britain in Bloom. The nearby town of Braintree provides a popular shopping outlet, while a little further away lies Colchester, a historical Essex town, with a good choice of attractions including the family favourites Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle.

The property has a good housekeeping bond of £250