We have four converted barns available to rent individually or in any combination, depending on the number of guests you need to accommodate.
NEW FROM OCTOBER 2018 -
An evening of wine tasting and 3 course meal with produce from the Le Marche region of Italy.
Enjoy a relaxed evening in on one of your 3 nights. Imagine the log fire, candle lit meal then followed by a dip in the hot tub.
A selection of white, red and sparkling wines served before and during your meal, chosen to suit your tastes.
Introductory offer of £55 per person. Minimum 7 guests. Please enquire on booking.
Our converted barns are situated in glorious, rural isolation but with easy access directly off the A12 in Essex. Located on the edge of the village of Great Totham, the Shire Stables offers beautiful views over arable farmland and an abundance of animal and bird life.
Each barn is individually designed and has its own unique character with beams, log burning stoves and very comfortable beds.
THE SHIRE STABLES
This is a detached barn with 4 bedrooms. 3 are en-suite (one with a jacuzzi bath) plus a fourth bedroom with twin beds. There is a separate bathroom downstairs. Guests in this barn have a hot tub, large BBQ and outdoor furniture.
The kitchen/ diner has a large range style cooker Aga as well as a large dining table. The sitting room has a wood burning stove and leather sofa. Another sofa can be turned into a sofa bed for up to 2 additional guests.
There is a wonderful outside space to enjoy the views and watch the birds, rabbit and possibly deer, maybe with a glass of something nice in hand.
There is also provision to hire additional barns, ideal if you have a big group that and want to stay together.
THE CART LODGE
The Cart Lodge is a gorgeous one bedroom barn with en-suite. It has antique furniture, king size bed and bath with shower above. There is a high end fitted kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, and washing machine. There is an extendable dining table and 4 chairs.
The lounge has a sofa that converts to a sofa bed plus an arm chair. There is a tv, dvd player, dvd's and a large selection of books.
Outside is a patio area with BBQ, table and chairs.
High spec but retaining its rustic charm, the Shire Stables and Cart Lodge can be used for a wide variety of things and their location means Colchester, Suffolk, Chelmsford, Brentwood and London are all within easy reach.
Rental available from 3 nights. Special rates available for 6 night stays during peak season. Please enquire.
The HAY Barn and BARLEY Barn are opposite the Shire Stables. Each barn has a separate patio area with coal BBQ and there is a large shared front lawn. There is off road parking and additional hard standing parking available.
ROMANTIC BREAKS - spoil your loved ones with a special romantic stay.
If you are planning to propose, are celebrating an anniversary, Valentine surprise or showing someone how special they are -
Arrive to chilled Champagne
Special chocolates for your loved one
Rose petals on your pillows
Vase of seasonal flowers
Invite your loved one and be romanced away!!
Only £80 additional cost.
Check in is flexible from Monday to Friday. Please enquire for late availability and Saturday check in. Sorry it is not usually possible to accommodate bookings starting from Sunday.
The nearest railways station in Witham is approximately 6 miles away. Trains run regularly to London Liverpool Street with a journey of of 40 to 45 minutes. The shopping centre at Stratford is accessed on the same train journey.
Suffolk, Kent, Oxford and Cambridge are accessed easily by motorway.
Essex is a largely rural county dotted with pretty villages and beautiful farmland. Essex is steeped in history and there are a great variety of historical sites to visit in the county including Anglo Saxon, Medieval, Roman and Tudor architecture. Essex has one of the longest coastlines of any county in England. Its network of coastal footpaths, rivers and estuaries attract walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers every year.
Getting married at St.Peter's Church in Great Totham? Located just a few hundred yards away, this is an ideal location for guests to stay. Also ideal for guests attending weddings at Braxted Park, Layer Marney Tower, Vaulty Manor. and Prested Hall.
Babies under 1.5 years using a travel cot are not included in the guest numbers.
Bank holiday Mondays are weekend rates. Prices include linen, bedding and towels. Heating is electric central heating and wood burning stove. We provide an initial supply of logs, kindling and fire lighters. Additional large bags of logs and kindling can be bought at cost approx £7 per large bag.
We take a refundable deposit for Hay, Barley and Cart Lodge of £100 on arrival for stays of up to 2 weeks and £200 for stays over 2 weeks to cover breakages or excessive cleaning costs. Bedding, linen, towels, bath mats and tea towels are included in the cost. Damage deposit for The Shire Stables is £500.
We are flexible on check in days during the week, depending on existing bookings. For Saturday and Sunday check arrivals please enquire.
Please enquire for rentals for longer than two weeks and for what is included in the rental rate.
PLEASE NOTE: HAY BARN, BARLEY BARN AND CART LODGE - Electricity is payable by meter cards which can be purchased on arrival. Average summer cost - £1.00 to £1.50 per day. Average Winter £7 to £8 per day. There is free wi-fi for emails and internet browsing. No gaming or streaming..
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the remote location, there may be very occasional internet disruption.
In the Cart Lodge we welcome up to two well behaved, small sized dogs (or cats!) or 1 medium / large dog for a small additional charge of £6 each per day to cover cleaning costs.
RENTAL RATES: Should you book more than eight weeks prior to departure you will be asked to provide a deposit of 25% of the total rental. The remaining balance is due eight weeks prior to your stay. Should you book less than eight weeks prior to your stay, you will be required to pay the full payment. CANCELLATION If you wish to cancel you must inform us by e-mail. If cancellation is made the following charges will be levied:• More than 10 weeks prior to stay – 100% refund less administration fee of 5%• More than 8 weeks prior to stay - Loss of deposit• Between 8 weeks to 6 weeks - 50% charge• Between 6 weeks to 5 weeks - 65% charge• Between 5 weeks to 3 weeks - 85% charge• Between 3 weeks to stay date - 100% charge.
Arrival 3pm Departure 10.30am to allow us to clean for the next guests. We can be a little flexible on this times if there is no occupancy prior to, or after your stay. We kindly ask guests to keep the property and all furniture, fittings and effects, in or on the property, in the same state of repair and condition as the commencement of the period, and to leave the property in the same state of cleanliness and general order in which it was found. We will, where possible, accommodate any guest's requests regarding minor accommodation amendments but we cannot guarantee acceptance.