Spacious 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom detached barn set in arable farmland.
About Carmel Tate
We live locally and often went past the barns when walking our dog. We bought them when they were in a poor state and Jason spent five years working most weekends on them, renovating them and saving all of the materials and features that he could to keep the character of the barns. I was responsible for tea making, supply of lunch, cleaning, fetching and carrying....! In fact, it is a real family business with our children helping with the chickens, gardens and occasional cleaning duty.
Carmel Tate purchased this Barn in 2008
Why Carmel Tate chose Great Totham
After spending many happy holidays on farms and beautiful houses in France, Ireland and Wales, we wanted to offer high quality accommodation to people who wanted to get away from it all or bring their beloved pets with them to share their holiday, just as we wanted to. We renovated Jepcrack's over a number of years, working with each barn's unique character and adding luxurious touches to make our guests' stay special. We opened The Hay Barn to our first guests in 2011, closely followed by the adjoining Barley Barn in December 2011. The Cart Lodge followed shortly after. Our newest and largest property is The Shire Stables and we are looking forward to welcoming guests.
What makes this Barn unique
The barns can be rented separately, for 2 people upwards, or you can rent more for a group booking. Each property has its own character and as the buildings emerged we worked with each one to bring out their unique features and to add special touches to make them interesting, comfortable and homely. THE SHIRE STABLES is our detached barn. It is the largest and most most luxurious comprising of a hot tub, jacuzzi bath and antique furniture. It has a large open plan downstairs. One of the upstairs bedrooms has a balcony overlooking fields. The second bedroom is large and has a further bedroom off it with twin beds. Ideal for a family or group of friend. The downstairs bedroom can be set up as a twin or king size. 8 - 10 guests. THE HAY BARN has a great downstairs area with breakfast bar, ideal for a get together. With a king sized bedroom and two further double bedrooms, all en-suite, it is great for friends or families. 6 to 8 guests. The BARLEY BARN is very much a home from home, with an open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area. The master bedroom is downstairs and has a king sized bed and sofa bed, making it ideal as a family room. The antique French wardrobe and jacuzzi bath en-suite give that touch of luxury. There is another kind sized bedroom upstairs which is spacious and also has an en-suite with bath and shower above. The third bedroom offers flexibility of either a single, twin or king sized bed and also has a bathroom opposite. 6 to 8 guests. THE CART LODGE is a delight. With vaulted ceilings throughout and walnut and marble floors, it has a French, antique theme. There is an antique king sized bed and a sofa bed for two additional guests. Nothing shabby about this; just pure chic. The ideal romantic retreat. 2 to 4 guests.
Only guests booked into our property are permitted
Smoking outside only.
Pets welcome, Hay, Barley & Cart Lodge.
Bicycles available. Play area with slide, swings.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Only guests included in the booking are permitted on the premises without prior consent. No shoes on stairs and upstairs please. No gaming /streaming
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Fun weekend in beautiful house
I had a brilliant weekend in this wonderful property with my friends for my 50th birthday. The barn was perfect , comfortable and beautiful and the hot tub is great fun, even in the rain!
Very enjoyable stay
The property is beautiful and extremely well equipped. Great views over the surrounding fields, great hot-tub and all the facilities you could need. Great hosts, all very smooth and easy.
Beautiful location, great customer service
Fun weekend with friends, hot tub, cooking and relaxing.
Beautiful property in stunning and tranquil countryside, perfect for a weekend away with friends
We had an excellent experience staying at Shire Stables to celebrate my partner’s birthday with a group of friends. Carmel was great at responding and check in etc was easy. We spent time in the local area but didn’t have to go far or for long as the house was perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sun in the garden. We had a number of bbqs and enjoyed spending time in the hot tub looking over the nearby fields. Highly recommend the place - no complaints!
We loved it here! A few friends and I came for my birthday and it was a real treat to get out of the city. Not too far from London but you really are in the country side. The house is amazing and the amenities are great. There was nothing more we could have asked for
Thank you for taking the time to review The Shire Stables. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay.
un très agréable coin de tranquilité
un logement très agréable et convivial pour un séjour en famille en toute tranquilité. Les propriétaires sont très sympathiques , et prêts à vous aider en cas de besoin .
à plus que recommander si vous passez dans cette région où les visites peuvent être nombreuses ,et pas si loin de Londres .
Encore merci pour tout aux propriétaires ,Carmel et son mari .
There are two country pubs in the village, which you can walk to in about 10 or 15 minutes, or use a local taxi firm for the short journey. One of the pub's is a gastro pub and also has a fine dining restaurant. In nearby village there are numerous country pubs serving great home made style food. Many pubs serve real ales. Maldon has numerous cafes, bistros, restaurants and takeaways.
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.
There are course and fly fishing lakes close by.
Local riding stables provide riding lessons.
Heybridge Basin is very close and is a lovely place to vist. Take a walk along the estuary; admire the boats and barges along the river and have breakfast or lunch at Tiptree Jam Tea Rooms or one of the two pubs. For children there are hours of fun to be had crabbing and fishing.
The nearby historic town of Maldon has interesting shops, boutiques, cafe's and restaurants. The Promenade Park and marina are well worth a visit. For children the water park, play roller rink, bowling alley, swimming pool with slides and indoor play centre will provide hours of fun.
Further afield, other attractions include Colchester Zoo, Layer Marney Tower, Colchester Castle, Cressing Temple, Dedham Vale, Braintree outlet shopping centre, Adventure Island and the Sea Life Centre.
Beaches at Frinton-on Sea and Southwold are an easy journey.
London, Westfield Shopping Centre and the Excel Centre are an easy commute by train. Witham train station (approx 5 miles away) has regular trains to London Liverpool Street Station in a journey time of 40 to 45 minutes.