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4* Gold Rated Immaculate Cottages Within Stately Home Grounds - Crest Lodge Self-catering detached cottage with garden

Braintree District, Essex, UK
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights

Estate Lodges Finchingfield, Nr. Braintree, Essex, England - Rural Location, Easy Reach Of Village Amenities, Luxury

4* Gold Rated by Visit England (north Lodge & South Lodge). Picture perfect whitewashed former farmers cottages in the heart of our rural Estate. Renovated to the highest standard our Lodges are comfortable and easy places to stay. Surrounded by private gardens they are both spacious and private offering top-quality accommodation in the heart of stunning rural North Essex. Fully fitted kitchens and living areas means you can relax in a home from home with Freeview TV and 10GB download of free Wifi (all cottages). Luxurious bedrooms and top-of-the range bathrooms give that luxury feel to make your holiday extra-special. Situated on the Estate off a quiet rural road only 1 mile from the centre of the picturesque village of Finchingfield. All Lodges give you easy access to footpath walking on the Estate and delightful pubs, tea rooms and local deli within Finchingfield (10 mins walk). Further afield you are within easy reach of historic Thaxted and the thriving market town of Saffron Walden with the full range of amenities. Sorry, no pets.

Property Manager

Spains Hall

Member Since 2013
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 08, 2018
About Spains Hall

Spains Hall Estate is a family run business and our holiday cottages have been lovingly renovated to give them a new lease of life.

Spains Hall purchased this Cottage in 1949

Why Spains Hall chose Braintree District

The Lodges have been part of the Estate since they were built - their heritage is our heritage! The Ruggles-Brise family have lived at Spains Hall since 1768, only the 3rd family to live here since 1086.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 3
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Double Sofabed (in own room)
      • Bedrooms
        1x double ensuite inc. claw foot bath and shower, 1x twin with separate shower room & toilet, 1x downstairs bedroom with optional double sofa bed (additional cost applies).


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, shower
      • Shower room 1
      • Toilet 1
      • 1x ensuite inc. claw foot bath and shower, 1x separate shower room & toilet, 1x Toilet and handwash basin.

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village


            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Farm Holidays
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Lounge with sofa and armchair, 10GB download free Wifi allowance (top up available), Sunroom, patio, private garden overlooking the fields. Free Parking on site.
                    • Fireplace
                      Electric fire (looks like a woodburner!)
                    • Heating
                      Oil central heating with programmable timer and room thermostat
                    • Internet
                      10GB download allowance (10Mbps broadband). Extra top up available to buy (£1 per GB)
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      All bed and bath linens provided.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Parking
                      2 reserved spaces.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Towels provided.
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      Dryer provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Washing machine provided.
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Sufficient crockery for 6-8 guests and utensils.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Full sized dishwasher included.
                        • Kitchen
                          Full kitchen inc. fan oven, grill, fridge, dishwasher, crockery, cutlery, washing machine & dryer.
                        • Microwave
                          Microwave included
                        • Oven
                          Fan oven with grill.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Stock of coffee (cafetiere/french press coffee grounds provided) and tea, sugar.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Under-counter Fridge with freezer compartment.
                        • Stove
                          Electric hob.
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • DVD Player
                                  Freeview TV & DVD player
                                • Television
                                  Freeview TV & DVD player


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Outside terrace with furniture overlooking fields.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Enclosed private garden.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible
                                          Due to step up into all external doors. Once inside the ground floor is level but does not offer bathroom facilities (there is a downstairs toilet but it is not large enough for a wheelchair).


                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • churches

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • cycling
                                                    • golf


                                                        • Notes on accommodation: We do not permit smoking inside Crest, South or North Lodge. We regret that we cannot accept guests under the age of 21, except as part of a family group accompanied by parents/guardians. The cost of all heating and hot water is included in the price, as is 10GB free Wifi download (top ups available). Sorry but due to the immaculate condition of the Lodges we are unable to accept any pets. Crest Lodge maximum persons permitted at any time 12 (6 residents and 6 visitors), North Lodge maximum persons permitted at any time 10 (4 residents and 6 visitors), South Lodge maximum persons permitted at any time 10 (4 residents and 6 visitors) (includes both lodges, gardens and grounds). Outside: All Lodges have private gardens. Crest Lodge has an enclosed garden with mature shrubs and trees overlooking grassland fields. The bricked patio area is immediately outside the sun room which contains wicker furniture. North Lodge offers a fenced garden with decked area and wooden garden furniture and gas patio heater. South Lodge has a fenced garden over-looking open fields and a south-west facing conservatory. We regret that due to the private nature of the grounds and surrounding farmland we are unable to allow renters access to either. Crest Lodge maximum persons permitted at any time 12 (6 residents and 6 visitors), North or South Lodge maximum persons permitted at any time 10 (4 residents and 6 visitors) (includes both lodges, gardens and grounds)

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          18 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Fantastic cottage, very comfortable and a wonderful location.

                                                          Steve D.

                                                          We had a fantastic revisit to this beautiful cottage on the edge of Finchingfield. We were fortunate enough to get married at the church in the village then have our reception at Spain's Hall, this cottage was ours for our first night as a married couple, so it brought back many happy memories.

                                                          Arranging this short stay was made very easy by the owners and they were very friendly and welcoming.

                                                          The village itself is very picturesque with many lovely tea rooms, particularly the Greedy Duck. The pubs are good and there is a lovely little Italian restaurant in the heart of the village.

                                                          A stay here is very worthwhile, we will certainly be returning next year.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you so much for your wonderful review! It was great to welcome you back to the estate for a trip down memory lane. Please do come again! Best wishes, Archie & Anna

                                                          Lovely comfortable cottage with gorgeous views.

                                                          Alison V.

                                                          We stayed at Crest Lodge for a long weekend and from the moment we arrived we felt at home. The cottage is very tastefully decorated and is very relaxing and comfortable. The attention to detail is what made the stay hassle free for us travelling with a young family. The welcome pack in the kitchen went down a treat.

                                                          We will definitely return to the estate and might even try one of the other cottages.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a great pleasure to welcome you to the cottage and wonderful that you enjoye dthe food! Please do come again, Archie & Anna

                                                          Second visit

                                                          Wendy Ivanoski

                                                          This is the second time we've stayed in a cottage at Spains Hall. The cottage is spacious, beautifully furnished, comfy and warm with everything you could want in a self catering property. We had a relaxing long weekend and enjoyed not doing much at all apart from walks and visiting the tea shop in the village. Our favourite is the Picture Pot cafe. We hope to return to Spain's Hall soon.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          It's always brilliant when peopl return to stay, thank you! The Picture Pot is delightedful isn't it? There are lots of lovely places ot eat in Finchingfiled, and our Post Office is just pefect for local produce. We shall look forward to seeing yo uagain soon. Archie & Anna

                                                          Just right!!

                                                          Karen L.East Hampton

                                                          Excellent property in perfect location for us. We will definitely stay here again!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you so much for your lovely review! It was our pleasure to have you to stay and we are delighted you enjoyed yourselves so much. Please do come again! Archie & Anna

                                                          Relaxing and cosy

                                                          Carol C.

                                                          Stayed just before Xmas for three nights. Comfy bed and sofa. Kitchen with everything provided. Peaceful hideaway.

                                                          Great quiet country home

                                                          Mary Ellen W.

                                                          We had three wonderful nights in this spacious cottage just a short walk from Finchingfield. The owners gave great attention to the traveller's needs with lovely welcome necessities. The house was bright and cheery during the day and cool during the nights. The excellent washer and dryer were a great bonus for this family travelling on a two plus week holiday. We loved our country walks and easy walk to town. In addition, just up the road there were two excellent CAMRA pubs. The cottage is in close proximity to Saffron Walden and an easy drive to Cambridge. I would highly recommend this cottage for the travelling family.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you so much for your wonderful rveiw, it was lovely to meet you all! It's great that you were able to make use o fteh facilities, and even found the excellent beer in the area. Please do visit again if you are in eth area! Archie & Anna


                                                          Braintree District, Essex, UK

                                                          Special interest holidays: We can offer day ticket Carp and Tench fishing on the Estate lake just 1/4 mile from the Lodges. Travel: Car essential as we are in a very rural location although taxis can be arranged for transfers. Stansted Airport (16 miles, 20 mins) Distances: Finchingfield (1 mile, 10 mins walk, 2 mins car) Thaxted (7 miles, 16 mins) Haverhill (9 miles, 20 mins) Saffron Walden (Audley End House & Miniature Railway) (11 miles, 26 mins) Newmarket Racecourses (25 miles, 45 mins) Further Details: Finchingfield Shops (2 mins drive): Post Office & Deli, Garage (with fuel x2), Tea Rooms, Italian Restaurant, 3 Pubs serving food, Craft Shop & Antiques. Saffron Walden (25 mins drive) - Market Town with market on Tuesdays & Saturdays, full amenities including supermarket, leisure centre, chemist, cash machines etc. Haverhill (20 mins drive) - Market Town with market on Fridays and Saturdays. Supermarkets, Cinema, Leisure Centre and restaurants.

                                                          Rates & Availability

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                                                          Booking Notes: Full payment on booking by credit or debit card. American Express not accepted. Refunds not available. Changeover Day: Changeover day can be flexible. Arrival after 3pm, departure by 10am please. If you require early entry or late departure please contact us prior to booking. Notes on prices: Minimum stays are non-negotiable. Wifi is free for the first 10GB, after additional top ups can be purchased from the office. Maximum resident and visitor numbers apply to both Lodges, please ask.

                                                          18 Reviews
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