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Jayne - verified booking
"I booked this cottage for a week with my elderly mother as we both need a single storey property. The Annexe has easy parking at the front of the property, right outside the front door, so it was very easy to unload luggage and holiday shopping. My mother uses a rollator so the ramp into the property was very useful. The property is absolutely spotlessly clean. Usually I can find at least one spider on holiday but I didn’t find any insects at all (or dirt). Both bedrooms have firm and good mattresses. Sometimes the second bedroom of a property has mattresses that are only really deep enough for children but not the Annexe. The white bed linen and the towels were of high quality and all the bedding was spotlessly clean. The owner told us that if we ran out of towels we should ask for more. In the second bedroom there is a blocked-off, locked connecting door with the owner’s property next door. The owner was very nice, and very approachable, and once we were in the annexe we were left to enjoy ourselves and relax, but it was nice to know that she was on hand to answer any questions if we had any.The Annexe has a reasonable size kitchen for a holiday week, with plenty of pans, mugs, glasses, crockery and utensils. You do not need to take a veg peeler, potato masher or sharp knife. There are also things like an airer, vacuum cleaner, first aid box and fire extinguisher, etc. There are smoke alarms throughout the property. Instructions for the dishwasher are on the inside top of the door. Just choose the programme you want. We only choose the basic No 1 programme. The plates are dishwasher proof, although they don’t have it written on them.On arrival we found a loaf of granary bread, box of chocolates, bottle of red wine, pint of milk and packet of biscuits as a welcome. There were also tea bags, coffee, condiments, washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets, and bottled water in the bedrooms.There were two wet rooms, (one as an en suite to the master bedroom). These were kitted out with freebie soaps, shower liquids, shower caps, body lotion, cotton wool and tissues, as well as hand wash on the basins. There were clean toilet mats and bath mats. When I used the shower I discovered that I needed to fold the bathmat out of the way of the accumulating water, but the floor soon dried, as the wet rooms were warm.There is central heating, with a control box on the wall opposite the bedrooms. There was a selection of DVDs but we didn’t use any of these, as there is Sky. There are two remotes, both working with each other, to turn the TV and the Sky on. The main one is the Sky remote.There are sun loungers at the front of the property if you want to sit outside but we went out, visiting the area, and didn’t use these. This is a holiday with a quiet pace of life. The seafront and beach is straight across the road from the Annexe, and across the grass area. It was fun sitting in the lounge in the bay window watching the locals jogging or walking their dogs daily, as well as visitors on their bicycles and families on their way to the beach. Watching the windfarm (which doesn’t make any noise) out to sea was fascinating, as they seem to change colour and size when the sun hits them. There is a local sailing club and the little yachts were out from early.The people in the area are very polite and friendly, especially Frinton, which has a lively high street of half chain and half independent shops, and a great selection of restaurants. There is free parking for three hours. You can find all the supermarkets, Costas and Boots, etc.If you get time, visit the as yet unopen and being restored Priory. You can park on the grass outside and the outside is worth a look. The site stosythpriory.com tells you about this building.There is a Toby Carvey at the Martello Bay area of Clacton (lovely food). This is the wilder coast line of Clacton and it’s worth a look.On Point Clear Road, through St Osyth, you can park at Mill Dam Lake. Children can go on water obstacle courses or learn how to use curve boards (water skiing) at the Curve Board Wakeboarding Centre (maybe adults too). St Osyth Boatyard is opposite.You will need a satnav to negotiate some of the country roads.This is a lovely holiday property and we would be happy to go there again."
Diane - verified booking
"Without a doubt, the first impression of Tatters barn is breathtaking. A lot of thought went into the design, original beams everywhere, well laid out, good furnishings and definitely has the wow factor. Really lovely bathroom, but the overhead shower very weak pressure.However for a property described as a “luxury cottage” there was a lack of attention to basic detail. Out of four bedside lamps, only one worked. On requesting replacements bulbs (which were provided immediately,) one lamp still did not work. Should have been checked before we arrived.As other visitors have also commented, I was amazed that there was an additional charge for the internet. The price stated is per device not a one off payment for connection which would have been bad enough. We had to top again as the vouchers only lasted two days. I have never come across this before, found it a bit penny pinching, a way to extract extra revenue at an inflated cost and unnecessarily annoying visitors.The property description says there is a bathroom/ toilet on the first floor with the bedrooms. This is not the case as it is four steps down from one of the bedrooms. When you open the bathroom door a blinding light comes on automatically as there are more steep steps down to the bathroom. The other bedroom, you have to go down the entire winding staircase to the ground floor to get to the other toilet. Very misleading and very annoying when you are half asleep. Not ideal in the middle of the night! The four poster was incredibly comfortable, but the other bed had a poor quality mattress which made you feel sea sick and had little support. Opposite the barn, there were three terriers that seemed to be enclosed in an outside pen most of the time, which at times barked for long periods.The area itself had very little places of interest and the local villages disappointing. Saving grace was Braintree shopping outlet which was 10 minutes away, where huge discounts were available and places to eat. If you like to shop, this is an amazing place to visit which we did several times and picked up some amazingly cheap bargains. Also a large Tesco about a mile away.On a positive note, in the Summer months, it would be lovely to use the private space available outside, ie bbq and garden. Also acres of land to go for walks and beautiful horses on the farm. Having enjoyed Holidaying in Country cottages all over the Country for over 30 years, Tatters barn was a welcome break but not somewhere we would wish to revisit."
AMY - verified booking
"Lovely wee cottage, just right for a few nights' stop-over for me to work (shooting a wedding locally) and taking the opportunity to catch up with family nearby.It is very cosy, beautifully kept and well equipped.It is also quite weeny, so I would suggest that whilst it's good for 2 adults and 1 or 2 younger children, the sofa bed downstairs is not ideal for 2 adults. The roll-together was hilarious and my husband ended up sleeping better on the floor. In fact, if there are four of you, just bring an airbed instead. To be fair though it's only because our children are a little older and needed the twin bed arrangement upstairs, so we drew the short straw with the sofa bed.Having said all that, it was just what we needed as we were only staying for a few nights. Quiet and pretty location with private off-street parking and easy access to both Tiptree and Colchester.I would definitely recommend it!"
Peggy - verified booking
"Rosemary Cottage is set in an idyllic, beautiful area. I have been here before, unfortunately, the cottage which joins on one side now has someone living there long-term and they are very noisy, having the TV much too loud (it adjoins the wall of Rosemary Cottage) and there was also a lot of banging and drilling going on. They also have washing hanging out alongside the cottages, which really does lower the tone of the cottages and the overall standard of the area. It's a shame, as usually the people renting the cottages are on holiday breaks and are, obviously, in holiday mood so it is usually very quiet, with people out enjoying the surrounding area rather than being in making alterations to the property."
Kerry-ann - verified booking
"We had a lovely stay at theCoach house. It is very comfortable and well equipped. It is well situated for exploring the area. Although it was mid September we were lucky to have beautiful weather and would have liked to have the opportunity for a morning swim in the pool but were advised by the owner that the pool was not part of the coach house. Although we were not told we could not use it we were not shown how to access it and it was clear it was not really an option fot us. I only mention this as the pool seems to feature prominently in the advertising of the property currently. Despite this I would recommend the property as an excellent place to explore this beautiful part of the UK."