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19th Century Farmhouse With Private Courtyard & Walled Garden In South Essex



Updated: 19-May-2015
Farmhouse in South Ockendon, Nr. Brentwood, Essex, England - Peaceful Rural Location, Half An Hour From London

One half of a large farmhouse steeped in history with many original features still in place. This is the old servants half of the house but don't worry, the owners who live in the other half, won't be ringing through on the many bells hanging in the hallway, they'll leave you in peace! Whilst the decor looks a bit tired in places, the house is very comfortable and there is so much room and space to explore or sit back and relax in. This half of the house has its own courtyard, outbuilding, walled garden and a shared games room, perfect to enjoy your break.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

Gold Coast

Great Family Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Hill Farm provided us with the space for our family to relax and enjoy our UK holiday. Quiet rural setting great views and friendly owners. Close to Lakeside shopping Centre and for transport into London. We made good use of the games room and gardens. The Farm house has good clean reliable amenities and is a real home from home. The description of the property in the ad is accurate so don't expect modern décor. The house is full of history and charm and I would recommend it highly. Cant wait for our next visit would certainly stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Saint John

Old World Charm

  • 5 of 5

This house is wonderful. It has a quiet charm about it. What it lacks in decor, it gains so much more in it comfort and space and homey feel. We were here for the Christmas period, and the house was warm and cosy. There was 8 in our group and also a baby and we never felt clostraphobic. The games room was a delight for the 17 year olds, there they could play their music loud and play pool and ping pong. The kitchen is slighly small and may benefit from a larger cooker, but with a little imagination it worked for us :-). If I have one bad thing to say it would be that there just needs to be more pots, pans, and crockery, especially with larger groups, but then again, paper plates are just as handy and dont need washing up :-). I would recommend this to anyone who wants a quiet location within easy access to London, Lakeside Shopping etc. There a lovely pub about 3 miles east called the White Horse, and if all you want after a long day is a quiet drink and a hearty meal, then thats the best place we found to eat and there Sunday roast are excellent. There is a pub at the end of the road too, but not as "homely". Overall, an excellent accomodation which we will certainly look at booking again with out a doubt. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic place

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing house, with lots of character, I had a family gathering and everyone was so impressed with it, the owners are very help full.the children big and small all loved the games room, it was a great place for hide and seek as lots of space. Can not wait to visit again . A big Thankyou to both the owners and hope to see you very soon.x

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Exactly What We Wanted

  • 5 of 5

We usually stay in hotels when we visit friends and family in England, this was becoming more uncomfortable as the kids are getting older. We were absolutely delighted, and couldn't believe our luck, to have found this beautiful house for our last trip to Essex. It was perfect for us. Close to family and friends, only minutes away from the M25 (which is hard to believe when you are at the house) and it suited us for accessing public transport to London etc. I have rated the house 5 stars, which might imply to someone that it should be new and luxurious. This is not the reason I gave the house 5 stars (and I would have rated higher if I could). If you have read the description of the house, it is a perfect description. When we arrived there it was EXACTLY what we were expecting, we were not disappointed at all. While it might lack a new and opulent feel for some people it absolutely makes up for in abundance with the beautiful location, fantastic views out of the windows, extremely comfortable beds and sofa, incredible space, the feeling of home away from home and the pleasure of staying in an old house that you just know is steeped with history. Hence the highest rating of 5 stars. The games room was an added bonus. A lot of time was spent in there. We will most definitely be returning there next year, and we can't wait. We all felt our trip to England this year was our favourite by far, and all agreed it was because we got to stay in this lovely house.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests


Southend on Sea is half an hour by car.


City (18 miles), Gatwick (43 miles), Stansted (34 miles) & Southend (23 miles) airports are all under an hour away. Heathrow airport (43 miles) is just over an hour away.


1 mile to Ockendon village, 4 miles to Lakeside shopping center, 12 miles to Bluewater shopping center, 25 miles to center of London, 23 miles to Southend on Sea, 8 miles to Brentwood, 8 miles to the Dartford crossing over to Kent.

Further Details:

Tesco Express & Co-Op 10 minute walk, Royal Oak pub serving food 5 minute walk, most High Street shops and restaurants at Lakeside 4 miles away, higher end High street shops at Bluewater or in London, takeaways 10 minutes walk, award winning pub 10 miles away. Owners can provide details on local activities, including horse riding lessons, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, bird watching, water sports, outdoor activity center, high ropes plus many, many more.


Rental rates


  • Booking Notes:
    A 25% deposit is requested to secure the booking with the balance due 6 weeks prior to the rental. Prices for weekend breaks or single night stays available on request

    Changeover Day:
    Friday preferred.

    Notes on prices:
    Prices for weekend breaks or single night stays available on request
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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Television


  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Bathroom with his and hers sinks, bath and shower on the first floor. Separate WC on the first floor and another WC on the ground floor.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Double bed in each room. There is an additional pull-out sofabed (small double size) in the Master Bedroom. The small bedroom on the ground floor has a pull-out sofabed (small double size).


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Notes on accommodation: The farmhouse is split into two, with interconnecting doors between the two sides locked at all times. The owners live on one side with the other side being available to stay. The decor is a bit tired in places but nothing worse than a bit of wear and old fashion. What it lacks in decor it makes up for in abundance in space, character, comfort and prime rural location yet so close to all the action in London and urban south Essex. Outside: There is a large walled garden & courtyard, with several outbuildings. Outdoor furniture is available to use. Utility Room: Washing machine and freezer. Tumble drier available to use in one of the outbuildings, shared with the owners. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included.

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