4.0★ Sykes rating 5 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Pets Yes Features Garden / Patio Washing machine Dishwasher Broadband / WiFi Reviews & Ratings Accuracy of the listing Cleanliness Comfort Facilities and Maintenance Search All reviews es (5) all (4) grounds (3) great (3) evening (2) one (2) 5 Customer Reviews "1. Street signage so faint we had to turn around twice to find it." 2. Welcome - nonexistent. 3. Owners' promised door code not sent before arrival. Lock unfamiliar. 4. Stair treads so narrow only half of my foot would fit. Completely unacceptable to anyone disabled. 5. We stayed one night because it was late in the evening, but went to a hotel for the other two nights. Request a refund for two nights. 6. All our other dealings with sykescottages were great. This one was so disappointing that we won't use you again. I am sorry to hear that you had difficulties, and I do wish that you had contacted us at the time so we could have helped. The street signage is something that we don't have control over, but the welcome guide I sent you in advance did say that you should use our post code on your sat nav as that is a reliable way to find your way to us. Our welcome guide was sent to you in advance, and it did include the door code. I am sorry that the lock was unfamiliar to you, but the welcome guide is very clear as to how to use it. Our cottage is a historic property and the stairs from the ground floor to the first aren't particularly narrow for a cottage of its time, but I am sorry they were not to your liking. Again, I apologise that you had an unsatisfactory stay, but I do wish you had let us know you were having problems at the time. Property Owner Reviewed by Jeanette1.9★Sep 2023 "Beautiful property and grounds." The hosts were friendly and approachable. The property itself was spotless and contained all the equipment needed for self catering services and very comfortable. Great location to local villages. All in all a very enjoyable long weekend. Thanks so much for your feedback. It was lovely to have you stay with us, and we would be happy to welcome you back any time. Property Owner Reviewed by Chris5.0★Sep 2023 "We had a lovely break at the Writers’s cottage." The children and dog loved being able to explore the extensive and beautiful grounds. It was so peaceful and relaxing but we were able to run to the local village, Finchingfield, every day and one evening enjoyed pizza in the local pub. There is plenty to explore in the area but we did less than we had hoped because the children were keen to make the most of the weather in the swimming pool and play tennis. The owner sent all the information we needed and was really welcoming and accommodating. Thank you so much for staying with us, and for your lovely feedback. We enjoyed having you with us and hope you return again soon! Property Owner Reviewed by Hannah4.7★Aug 2023 "We all loved it here." The cottage is super clean, well equipped, comfy beds with superb quality bedding made for relaxing sleeps.Great parking space, WiFi, welcome pack(tea, coffee, coffee pods for coffee machine, biscuits). The accommodation is pet friendly, great walks on the doorstep. For leisure there is an outdoor swimming pool ( heated)- we enjoyed in every weather. There is also a tennis court on the grounds (tennis rackets and balls available from summer house-you will have the key to this). We had extremely relaxing time here, the only sound we could hear was the birds (we spotted all sort of species)singing. Overall we had an amazing time and would definitely come back. Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back as soon as possible. Best regards, Lara Property Owner Reviewed by Lubomira5.0★Jul 2023 "Needs more facilities and comfort." but whole place wonderful. Hello Anne, Lovely to have you stay with us! I would be so appreciative if you could let me know what further facilities might have been helpful to you. I do hope you enjoyed our swimming pool, tennis court, and our 22 acres of gardens while you were with us! Comfort is our goal, and. we have taken great care to choose some of the finest luxury linens for our bedrooms and bathrooms, along with lovely furnishings to make it a cozy and comfortable experience. Cheers, Lara Property Owner Reviewed by Anne3.4★Jul 2023 There are no reviews featuring this term Show all reviews Show more Hide all Summary Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite roll-top bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x single Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC Kitchen/diner Utility Sitting room Central heating Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher WiFi Fuel and power inc. in rent Bed linen and towels inc. in rent Parking available Surrounding large, lawned gardens Sorry, no smoking Shop 3.5 miles, pub 1 mile One well behaved Dog welcome. The property Finchingfield 3.4 miles, Steeple Bumpstead 4.1 miles. Tucked away on the idyllic grounds of the Shore Hall Estate, a fantastic setting nestled in Cornish Hall End, near Steeple Bumpstead in Essex, lies this wonderful, three-bedroom holiday stay, The Writers Cottage. Formerly used by notable novelists, this amazing property boasts parking, an exquisite rural setting, and superb views of the countryside and farmland, making it a perfect choice for a family of five or a group of sharing friends seeking a relaxing escape to one of England's most sought-after Home Counties. Step into your lovely new home-from-home, where you'll find an array of tastefully-presented living spaces finished to the highest of standards. A fully-equipped kitchen awaits the chosen chef, whilst a dining area serves as a great spot to savour your meals as you plan the rest of your trip. A sitting room invites you and your loved ones to while the night away, before you head on upstairs to catch a well-earned rest in one of the three sumptuous bedrooms. Make memories in Essex by booking a stay at The Writers Cottage. Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1124756 and 1132687, together sleeping up to 21 guests. Shore Hall Collection Resting within a historical, pristine garden featuring an orchard and a sunken rose garden on the outskirts of Cornish Hall End, near Steeple Bumpstead, lies the magnificent Shore Hall Collection, a group of three outstanding holiday properties that include a 16th-century hall, a cottage formerly occupied by notable novelists, and a superb annexe which shares access to a ballroom with the main residence. Boasting ample parking, stunning views of the surrounding countryside, shared access to tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool and an outhouse, as well as a great position in-between two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the east and west, these exquisite homes also offer well-presented interiors that preserve original features, and tastefully-laid out living spaces, making for an idyllic base for large families or a group of sharing friends who are looking for a decadent destination for their next visit to Essex. The surroundings of the collection offer a range of noteworthy attractions, with Clare Castle Country Park, Moyns Park, Noakes Grove, and the Ashdon Village Museum all within driving distance of the properties. Dining options during your stay are also aplenty, with The Plough Bar & Grill, the Horse & Groom, The Three Tuns, and De Maravilla Tapas all just a brief drive from your front door. whilst you can stock up on homely supplies at the nearby Costcutter or Toppesfield Stores. For a day out, head north west to the city of Cambridge, where you can spend time roaming the historic grounds of Castle Mound and the Bridge of Sighs, or even enjoy a peaceful stroll within the tranquil settings of Alexandra Gardens and Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Whatever you get up to during your next visit to Essex, be sure to do it from the wonderful base of the Shore Hall Collection. Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350. View on map About the location FINCHINGFIELD Braintree 9.3 miles; Cambridge 24.2 miles; Colchester 25.6 miles. Finchingfield is a textbook example of a traditional English village, settled in the county of Essex in the Braintree district. Winning awards for its picturesque setting, Finchingfield appears on many calendars, chocolate boxes and jigsaws thanks to being home to colour-washed cottages, thatched roofs, a windmill and a medieval church. There are three pubs in the village, along with two tearooms and two restaurants, as well as two antiques shops and a local Post Office and store combined. Visit the 18th century Finchingfield Post Mill and climb up the first two floors to see the inner workings of this classic landmark. Nearby attractions include the Colne Valley Railway offering a journey on a vintage locomotive through picturesque countryside, the Ridgewell Airfield Commemorative Museum, and the delights of Braintree such at Great Notley Country Park and Braintree District Museum. Finchingfield offers a picture-perfect setting for a rural break full of walks and scenery. Please note: Bedroom on the first floor accessible by staircase.