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4 Upmarket, character Barns in the Maldon, Essex Countryside, one with hot tub - The Hay Barn, 3 bedroom barn with wood burner and vaulted ceiling.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,088 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights



The Hay Barn, 3 bedroom barn with wood burner and vaulted ceiling.

A spacious barn that is fully equipped to a very high standard. The open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen are light and airy. The living area has a huge brick fireplace with a wood burning stove. There are comfortable leather sofas, with seating for 8 people.

A long wooden dining table and seating for 8 (plus a high chair if needed) make this an idea place for a special dining experience. The kitchen is equipped to a high standard and the breakfast bar makes it the hub of the barn.

Upstairs the master bedroom is spacious and has generous wardrobe space and a full length mirror. The en - suite has a bath with shower above. There are two bedrooms on the ground floor have en-suites with showers. One bedroom is a double, the other can be set up as a twin or king size. Sofa bed in lounge.

The back barn doors open out onto a garden, patio and BBQ area overlooking arable farmland. Outdoor seating for 8 and additional sun chairs. There is a coal BBQ and utensils.

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About the property

Jepcrack's - 4 unique barns

Each property has its own unique character with beams, log burning stoves and very comfortable beds.

Rental available from 3 nights. Special rates available for 6 night stays during peak season. Please enquire.

We provide fluffy towels and quality cotton bedding.

The barns can be rented separately, or jointly to accommodate a family get-together.

The Hay Barn and Barley Barn both sleep 6 people in bedrooms, plus 2 extra guests on sofa beds, making a total of 8 in each barn. In the Hay Barn all bedrooms are en-suite. In the Barley Barn two bedrooms are en-suite and the third bedroom has a bathroom opposite. The Cart Lodge sleeps 4, with one bedroom (en-suite) and a sofa bed. In total between the three properties, 14 guests in bedrooms and 6 guests on sofa beds.

Advertised prices in all barns do not include additional guests sleeping on the sofa beds. Please enquire for rental rates for 3 or 4 people in the Cart Lodge, 7 or 8 people for the Hay and Barley Barn and for 9 or 10 guests in the Shire Stables.

The Shire Stables was completed in January 2015. For those wanting something extra special, this barn is for you.

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

Welcome basket

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 usual 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.

We welcome up to two well behaved, medium sized dogs (or cats!) for a small additional charge of £5 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.

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Carmel Tate
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

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. our children into the the lovely homes that they now are. After spending many happy holidays on farms and beautiful houses in France, Ireland and Wales, we wanted to

Carmel Tate purchased this barn in 2006

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 October 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 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for an amazing stay. Everything was perfect we couldn't have asked for anything more. Definately be back soon.
Dec 2011
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Bank holiday Mondays are weekend rates.
8 to 13 nights are calculated at a week plus day rate.
PRICES ARE BASED ON 6 GUESTS.. 2 additional guests can use a sofa bed. For additional guests we supply bedding, linen, bath and hand towels, flannels, toiletries and bath mat. Please enquire.
Heating is electric central heating and wood burning stove. Electric is payable by meter cards.


Great Totham Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2088 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Only guests included in booking allowed on the premises without prior consent. No shoes on carpeted area. Dogs not allowed in bedrooms.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En-suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , En-sutie Ground floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , En-suite, Ground floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Ground floor
  • All bathrooms are en-suite with vanity units, mirrors, shaver points and shaving mirrors. There is a separate WC on the ground floor. Bath and hand towels and bath mats are supplied.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Downstairs room. Can be set up as a twin or king size.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Downstairs bedroom.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , King size bed. We can provide a single guest bed or cot.
  • Bedroom 1 has a king size bed and generous hanging and storage space for clothes. There are two dorma windows with blackout blinds. There is a full length mirror and hairdryer. It has a spacious en-suite with full size bath and shower above. Vanity unit with mirrors. Hairdryer and electric fan. Bedrooms 2 and 3 are double beds with bedside tables and lamps. They have shower en suites and vanity units. There is a sofa bed in the lounge for 2 people. Please enquire for rental rates for extra guests.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 5 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Two medium sized well behaved dogs welcome at a small cost of £5 per day to cover additional cleaning. Electricity payable by meter. Check in is flexible from Monday to Friday. Please enquire for late availablity Saturday check in. A range of bikes in different sizes available for use during your stay. Please enquire for details. We have a climbing frame with a slide, swings, monkey bars and den. Guests are welcome to collect fresh eggs from the chickens and pick our home grown fruit and vegetables when available, free of charge. REFUND POLICY To book we require a deposit of 25% of the total rental. The balance is due seven weeks prior to your stay. Should you book less than seven 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. More than 10 weeks prior to stay – 100% refund less admin fee of 5% 8 - 10 before stay - Loss of deposit 6 - 8 weeks - 50% charge 5 - 6 weeks - 65% char


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The Hay Barn, 3 bedroom barn with wood burner and vaulted ceiling.
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Absolutely Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We stayed there before our wedding day with friends and family. It was fantastic; the Haybarn is amazing, and created the perfect pre wedding setting.

We loved it so much, we have booked again to go back next year for our first wedding anniversary.

Carmel and Jason are both lovely, they were wonderful hosts and we are very grateful to them for everything.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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Fantastic barn in quiet and pretty location

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic two week stay in the Hay Barn. The barn is very clean and the location is fantastic - the barn backs onto open fields and the English countryside. The location is very quiet and we slept very well. We are planning on staying here again on our next trip to the UK.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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Jepcracks Barn was SUPERB, simply the best hol

  • 5 of 5

We had such a relaxing holiday, the barn was immaculate with everything we could ask for in terms of kitchen facilities, bed linen, antique furniture and rustic decor. The owners, Carmel and Jason were so friendly and welcoming, they work so hard at maintaining their barns, and did everything possible to make our stay a memorable one, lovely, genuine people. We have stayed in many holiday homes all over the world, Jepcracks could not be beaten, we would rate 10 stars if we could and would have no hesitation to recommending the barns to friends and family. The local pub the Prince of Wales, has quaint, warm and friendly, served delicious food.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your lovely comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you next time you visit Essex.
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a quietness holidays

  • 5 of 5

it's a lovely place ,calm,on quietness,where the proprietor are son pretty .we have all we need to sleep ,and recover afte"r hard works.if we return in holiday at Maldon we 'llreturn at this countryside place.thank you to Carmen and her husband.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
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Simply fantastic

  • 5 of 5

This was our 5th/6th stay at this fabulous 'holiday home'. The accommodation is superb with everything that you will need during your stay. The location is perfect with numerous things to do/see (including beaches/the coast) within a short drive. It is incredibly quiet and peaceful. The owners, Carmal and Jason, are unbelievably helpful and always available if required. Can't wait till we stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
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Perfect family holiday house.

  • 5 of 5

The Hay barn was a perfect holiday house for us. We had young children with us and they loved having the swing set and slide to play on, and they really enjoyed checking if the chickens had layed any eggs. The barn was very clean and tidy, and we had everything we needed. The owners, and the neighbours across the road were always on hand if we needed anything. I would highly recommend this property, and we will hopefully be back in the future.

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  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Nearest Airport
27 Miles
London Stansted
Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
The Swan or The Bull
Nearest Ferry
37 Miles
Harwich International
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Forresters Golf and Country Club
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
The Willow Room
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Car: recommended

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.