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Sleeps 16 adults Bedrooms 8 Bathrooms 6 Pets Not accepted Region Essex Town/village Layer-de-la-Haye
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Large Country House, Layer-de-la-Haye (BWPWH)

Nestled in glorious grounds with a games room is this large, Grade II* listed elegant property. Ideal for celebrations and get-togethers. This stunning house is a glorious, Grade II* listed Georgian property located on the edge of Colchester.

The oldest part of this beautiful property is believed to date from the 15th century. Surrounded by 52 acres of private woodland and landscaped gardens, the grounds host an abundance of wildlife along with two ponds and a large lake.

Featured in the magazine Country Life and Gardeners Illustrated in 2012, the grounds are a big feature to this property, and are maintained by several gardeners throughout the year. The approach to the house is through a secluded woodland road leading to a stunning view of the property, onto a sweeping gravelled drive, accommodating plenty of parking.

Decorated and furnished to an excellent standard throughout, guests have a choice of 8 spacious bedrooms including a top floor apartment-style room with a kitchenette and seating area. It boasts a delightful entrance hall which leads to the elegant drawing room with shuttered sash windows and views over the grounds and landscaped gardens and with the benefit of a gym.

There are several open fireplaces within the property for that warm cosy feel in the winter. Although the kitchen is spacious and well-equipped with an Aga, microwave and contemporary fixtures it does not have a conventional oven for cooking. This is the perfect hub for any large family or groups of friends who wish to celebrate and enjoy a country getaway.

Renovations to this property mean that the quality is to a fantastic standard, however still in keeping with the character and charm that guests desire. The combination of outstanding beauty, fantastic location and quality accommodation makes Eldred House the perfect location that guests will never forget. 

Local attractions include Colchester Castle and Colchester Zoo, with its fantastic range of animals including leopards, elephants, tigers and much more. The local town of Colchester is just a short drive away and is the oldest recorded town in Britain, with an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants.  Shop and restaurant 4½ miles, pub 2 miles.

Ground Floor:

Entrance hall with seating area and open fire.  Large, spacious drawing room with open fire, French doors and wooden floor.
TV room with Sky TV, table football, table tennis, games console and open fire.
Spacious dining room.
Large kitchen with wooden floor and Aga (for cooking).
Large boot room.
Laundry room.
Separate toilet.

First floor:

Two double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.
Further two double bedrooms; one with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin), one with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.
Two twin bedrooms.
Shower room with toilet.
Separate toilet.

Second floor:

Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin) and en-suite bathroom with toilet.
Twin bedroom.
Shower room with toilet.
Attic with seating area, kitchenette and low ceiling.

  • Open fires - fuel included
  • Electricity, biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Three smart TVs (one Satellite)
  • Blu-ray
  • X-box One
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • 52-acre grounds
  • Gas barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Games room with table football, table tennis and games console
  • Gym with cross trainer and rowing machine
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • NB: Maximum occupancy is 16 guests.
    Lake and two ponds in garden (no fishing), 11 yards.
    Fireworks are not allowed.
    This property has a security deposit of £500.


Beautiful holiday homeWoodland walksIdyllic landscaped gardensDrawing roomMain hallDining table with seating for 16Well-equipped kitchen with informal dining areaTV and games roomDouble room with en-suite showerDouble or twin roomDouble bedroom with en-suite showerEN-suite bath and shower roomDouble bedroom with en-suite bath and shower roomSpacious twin bedroomLight and airy twin bedroomUnspoilt viewsFirst floor shared shower roomAttic double or twin bedroom with en-suiteAttic twin bedroomAttic shower roomAttic sitting roomUnspoilt views over patio and gardenLuxurious patio seatingOutdoor dining area for 16 personsMature landscaped gardensImpressive property in extensive gardensAmple parking
  • BBQ
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Open Fire
  • TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Luxury


Check in / Check out

Standard check-in is 4pm and standard check-out is normally 10am on your day of departure. In some cases these times vary. Always check your booking confirmation paperwork for correct timings.

LocationEast of England

This region includes the ceremonial counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. With a rich heritage there is much to see and do to suit all ages. The royal residency of Sandringham Estate is a must see and other historical points of interest include Castle Rising, Sutton Hoo and Somerleyton Hall. The medieval cities of Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich are not to be missed and there are lots of pretty market towns and idyllic seaside resorts to choose from for a day trip. Alternatively for a slower paced holiday you may wish to visit The Broads or Thetford Forest, these areas are particularly popular for boating and spotting birdlife.

Area Essex Type of location Countryside


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