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Baldwin’s Hill Cottage

(Ref. 984338)

Loughton, Essex Show on map


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  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "Baldwins cottage was Brilliant."

    Perfect family break. Lovely and clean with super comfortable bedding and lovely towels. The house was very well decorated and The garden was gorgeous and beautifully landscaped. I did slip over on the wet decking so be very carefull. The Dogs were very happy chasing foxes and cats so keep an eye on them!! Brilliant lovely cottage in every way.

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Jun 2024

  • "The cottage is in a magical, peaceful setting with birdsong all day long and some absolutely stunning trees."

    The cottage itself is a beautiful, spacious and comfortable property with high quality sheets and beds. Two things to note, which didn't spoil our stay, but would be an improvement 1) the toaster doesn't work, but we toasted bread under the oven grill and 2) the outside windows were very dirty and the drain by the yellow door is full of leaves which could be a problem in heavy rain. Highly recommended.

    Hello, thank you for your feedback. We will address the issues you have raised. Glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie4.4May 2024

  • "Very calm and comfy."

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Mar 2024

  • "A lovely house, really nice location."

    Very cozy and comfortable and plenty of space for the children. Loughton was a nice little town to explore and we went for lunch at the Foresters Arms which was tasty. It was straightforward getting the tube from Loughton into the centre of London and being a bit further out worked well for us, as we could mix relaxing days walking in the forest with sightseeing places like the Tower of London. There was an issue with the fire alarm and the team was really helpful and came to the house quickly to sort it out.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Nov 2023

  • "The most idyllic location, Epping forest literally through the garden gate."

    Well equipped and comfortable cottage, loved staying there

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Nov 2023

  • "Our family loved staying at Baldwins Cottage so much we booked it again in a month!"

    We live in North Wales and It’s ideal for us to visit our new baby granddaughter in Loughton. Being dog friendly was a big bonus.Walking straight out onto the forest path with the dog to see our daughter was perfect for us. We used The property to the max and it was beautifully decorated and comfortable,Well equipped and very clean and tidy. We were very lucky with the sunny weather in October so had a BBQ as well! For us as a 5 adult family it was the perfect place to stay.

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Oct 2023

  • "Would highly recommend this holiday property."

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely stay, perfect location with garden gate directly onto Epping forest 248km of walks!"

    Very secluded. Ideal for dogs, fantastic local pub food within a couple of hundred yards. Loved the arts and crafts styling. Hope to be back, we both have family connections in the area going back several generations, hence reason for wanting to be near Epping Forrest. Only recommendations for improvements 1) Anti-slip shower tray (currently quite dangerous) 2) extension of, or additional rope style bannister at the top of steep stairs as it turns the corner 3) replacing current sofa with an L shape one to allow two to lie down in front of a movie. Kind regards Kevin & Julia

    Reviewed by Julia4.4Sep 2023

  • "Liked the place very much since it is so close to the forest and still within a short drive from the Central line to London."

    Only drawback was that it was a bit chilly in the mornings and maybe the heating could be set a little higher.

    Reviewed by Niklas4.7Jul 2023

  • "A characterful property in an excellent location - lively decor and all the necessities provided."

    Perfect access to Epping Forest with so many walks on your doorstep, but also plenty of local amenities. We wrote our wildlife spottings in the book provided and found some of the other reading material really interesting. We will be back and will probably pop into London in the underground next time.

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Feb 2023

  • "It's lovely cottage in a wonderful location in the heart of the forest."

    Attractively decorated with high quality furnishings and a very well equipped kitchen. The only let-down is the rather chilly shower-room on the ground floor only accessible down steep and narrow staircase.

    We're glad you enjoyed your stay. With regard to the downstairs bathroom, we do make this clear in our description to give prospective guests the opportunity to decide if this will be a problem for them ahead of booking. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert3.8Feb 2023

  • "This was our second stay at Baldwin’s Cottage."

    A great spacious property, fully equipped with everything you need and very clean. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Carole4.7Jan 2023

  • "A lovely comfortable property, well maintained and well equipped."

    The property was spotless on arrival and communication with both Sykes and the property owner was excellent. I highly recommend this property which is of a higher quality than most holiday lets.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Oct 2022

  • "A lovely spot, right on natures doorstep, a train away from the bright lights."

    . The cottage is spacious enough, with a large dining room and kitchen, then into the cozy loud to take the weight off after a busy day exploring. The beds are nice and cozy to get a lovely nights sleep in the quiet surroundings.. enjoyed staying at Baldwins Hill Cottage.

    Reviewed by Rob4.4Oct 2022

  • "A very comfortable cottage, well equipped and perfectly located."

    Some of the trees both oak and beech are magnificent. Extremely convenient for access to inner London with the Underground system. We would welcome the opportunity to return next Spring.

    Reviewed by James4.7Sep 2022

  • "This is the second time we have stayed in the cottage at Baldwins Hill."

    Unlike the first visit when we stayed to help move our daughter into a property nearby we had more time to explore the forest and surrounding area. The house is comfortable and well equipped and staying over on my husbands birthday gave us the opportunity to engage Curious Kitchen a local private dining company to cater for a birthday meal with the house being an ideal setting. Communication was excellent before and during our stay and a third visit is not out of the question to explore more walking opportunities with our dog.

    Reviewed by Beverly5.0Aug 2022

  • "We enjoyed a great week at this lovely cottage."

    The property was true to its description and very well presented. The location was perfect for us with walks in the forest literally from the gate of the property. There is a good range of shops and a tube station in Loughton which is a short walk away (although quite steep on the way back!). We would love to visit the cottage again.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a great break at Keepers Cottage."

    The cottage is lovely inside, very clean and kitchen is well stocked with equipment. The garden and visiting wildlife very interesting to observe, immediate area was good to explore on foot and a bit further afield by car, also perfectly placed for day trips into London. We stayed during the heatwave this summer and would definitely like to come back at another time of year. Simone was very quick to respond and assist with a query. Look forward to visiting again.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jul 2022

  • "A sun shade in the garden would be good and a few chairs with backs on, very uncomfortable to sit out if you have back problems."

    Folding ones would do. A non slip bath mat for the shower. A chair in the shower room or hooks for ones clothes. Bedrooms lovely. Garden perfect for the dog and butterflies.

    Reviewed by Helen4.1Jun 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay in this delightful house."

    It was beyond perfect for our circumstances as we were helping with our daughters house move and had not anticipated finding somewhere so idyllic to relax at the end of each day and to take evening walks with our dog. Would definitely return to spend more time exploring the forest and local area.

    Reviewed by Beverly5.0Apr 2022

  • "This property is a total delight."

    A beautiful cottage set in idyllic surroundings and decorated so very tastefully throughout. Everything you could wish for is provided and I have seldom stayed in such a wonderful holiday home. Right on the edge of the forest , waking up to birdsong every day is a real treat. I will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Patrica5.0Apr 2022

  • "We absolutely loved this house — it was beautiful, comfortable and in a fabulous location."

    We would love to come back!

    Thank you for your feedback. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and being great occupants. Kind regards, Simone Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shannon5.0Apr 2022

  • "Just perfect."

    The cottage setting is idyllic and you feel so far from the madding crowd. Baldwin Hill Cottage, is tastefully furnished, extremely clean and well equipped. You couldn't ask for more. Of note was the quality bed linen and bathroom towels. Would highly recommend and would love to return. We slept like possums here. Our dog loved walks in Epping Forest

    Thank you for your feedback. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and being great occupants. Kind regards, Simone Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Apr 2022

  • "Perfect getaway location from busy life, feels like you’re actually staying deep in the forrest."

    The house is decorated like a modern cottage and feels peaceful and calm. We had a lazy long weekend and the dog just loved roaming around the gated grounds. Check in and check was easy and the house has all the facilities you could need. Great communication with the co-ordinator who was on hand if needed.

    Reviewed by Sangita5.0Jan 2022

  • "Fantastic property beautifully done up, really well kitted out and in a perfect location."

    Thanks Simone for your great help and support.

    Reviewed by Sarah-jayne5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a very enjoyable time at the cottage."

    It was a lovely touch to arrive and find a beautiful foliage Christmas wreath on the door and on entering a Christmas tree in the property it set the scene for our early Christmas holiday. The property was cosy and clean the surroundings and garden lovely. The security lights in the garden were welcome as being in the forest as expected it was dark outside.We had torches with us however it might be useful if one was provided in the property to use when unlocking the exit gate.

    Thank you for your review. A torch is always available in the Cottage and sits on the bookcase in the dining room. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Kind regards, Simone Property Owner

    Reviewed by B5.0Dec 2021

  • "One of the cleanest holiday cottages we have stayed in."

    Beautiful position in the forest. Everything we needed. Had not realised there would be provisions, which were very welcome.

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Nov 2021

  • "We though the cottage was awesome, really lovely, we had such a great holiday, it was just how we had imagined, so close to London, Epping forest itself was brilliant, we saw so much wildlife in the garden Our only issue was with the broadband / wifi, this is because our youngest son is disabled so we use a lot of wireless devices, a camera for his bedroom, his Ipad and Firepad which he really needs for his comfort zones, so our oldest boy didnt get to use his Ipad or Xbox, which in itself was a good thing :) We were out every day so it wasn't a major issue, that said, if you want to make the cottage just perfect then sort the wifi out."

    Other than that, I would highly recommend Baldwins cottage to everyone. We will come back again as it was amazing.

    Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our cottage. We are sorry about the intermittent Wi-Fi. We are aware that Wi-Fi service could be improved, which is in part due to the location, but we are working with our provider to improve the incoming service. We are pleased to say that a new line with up-to 50mb/s was installed before Christmas 2021 Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith4.7May 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, combined washing machine and tumble dryer, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Wildlife gardens and decking with furniture, barbecue and fire pit
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.4 miles, pub 1/4 mile
  • Note: Narrow staircase, please take care
  • Note: This property has a minimum 3 nights stay
  • Note: There is no cot or high chair at the property
  • Note: The ground-floor shower room is only accessible via a steep and narrow staircase, not suitable for those limited mobility; please take care

The property

Resting in an idyllic position in the Epping Forest District of Essex, situated deep in ancient forest, in a Special Area of Conservation is this remarkable holiday base, Baldwin's Hill Cottage.

Owned by the City of London, this historic building was once home to Epping Forest Keepers, but has been transformed into a contemporary-styled holiday home which offers everything couples, groups of friends and families could need to enjoy an escape to Epping Forest.

Park up in your private space and admire the beauty of the grounds; boasting a wildlife garden, specially managed to attract local fauna, with regular visitors including birds, butterflies, fallow and muntjac deer, stag beetles and all manner of other creatures, Seating areas are provided amongst the grass, which in early to mid-summer is waist high and bursting with wild flowers, it's an extremely scenic spot to base your escape.

Enter into the porch with its characterful stained glass windows before making your way in to discover the beautiful sitting room, with a luxurious seating arrangement placed in front of the Smart TV and woodburning stove, it makes a fantastic social spot, with its beautiful botanical wallpaper tying with the theme of the property throughout.

The well-equipped kitchen offers every essential for a self-catered stay, from its designer retro fridge/freezer to its dishwasher and even a washer-dryer, you can find all you could need here.

Enjoy quality time with loved ones within the dining room, a bright and airy spot also sporting tasteful forest-themed wallpaper, this room is of equal delight as a social spot where you can toast to a truly terrific holiday.

Relax each evening in the contemporary shower room, with a spacious walk-in shower room offering a taste of luxury, there's no better way to unwind before heading upstairs via the winding staircase to find the three bedrooms; made up of two double rooms and a single, with 300 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and each room with ample storage space, you can ensure each guest has a wonderful resting spot.

Outside the wonder continues amongst the wildlife gardens, where you will find a decking with a spectacular bespoke fire pit commissioned by the owner, as well as a barbecue for all your alfresco dining needs; there's no better place to enjoy the birdsong and sounds of the Forest around you.

Take the gate from the property into the beautiful Epping Forest, with scenic walking and cycling routes all around alongside a plethora of outdoor activities including horse riding, orienteering, rambling and golf, it's well-worth exploring.

A secure cycle store is fitted in the garage for visitors bringing their own bikes.

The Lee Valley white water rafting centre is only a little over 5 miles away, easy by cycle or car.

The local town of Loughton is just a walk or short drive away and hosts plenty of pubs and restaurants to enjoy following an afternoon stroll as well as a selection of shops to while away the hours in.

Nearby towns such as Epping, Buckhurst Hill, Wanstead and Woodford are worth visiting too and also host some very high class restaurants with pre-booking recommended!

Take the tube from Loughton station into London for world-classmuseums, galleries, shows, nightlife shopping experiences, tourist attractions of all kinds and spectacular architecture, all 30 mins to an hour away by tube.

Baldwin's Hill Cottage is a truly spectacular cottage to base your escape to the South of England.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


London 17 miles; Watford 27 miles; Southend-on-Sea 33.8 miles

A town and civil parish in the Epping Forest district of Essex, Loughton can be found in close reach of the capital city of London, as well as boasting easy access to the surrounding areas of Chingford, Waltham Abbey, Theydon Bois, Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill. Within the town you can find three conservation areas, alongside 56 listed buildings, with an additional 50 that are locally listed, making Loughton a remarkable base from which to explore Essex and beyond. Alongside the natural and architectural wonders of the town, you will find a good selection of pubs where you can enjoy a refreshing pint after a day of exploring, as well as a variety of shops, perfect for a self-catered stay. The town also benefits from a vibrant cultural scene, with drama, music, theatre, literature and many more links being apparent, it's a real wonder for those seeking rich culture encompassed by stunning settings. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure in the local area too, with its own 9-hole golf course as well as the Woolston Manor Golf Course & Country Club in easy reach, horse riding, mountain biking, orienteering and rambling all available within the Epping Forest, there's plenty here for the outdoor adventurer. Spend a day in the capital of London with its brilliant shopping experiences, plethora of museums, eateries galore and historical landmarks, or enjoy a traditional day at the coast at Southend-on-Sea, home to an aquarium, Adventure Island theme park, even more shopping and a beautiful beach, there's no better place to enjoy a fish and chips in the company of your loved ones.

Note: This property has a minimum 3 nights stay

Note: There is no cot or high chair at the property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas