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Large Country Home With Pool And Far Reaching Views Across Dedham Vale

Overview

Property

Updated: 18-May-2017
  • Sleeps 14
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the property

House in Higham, Nr Stratford St Mary, Suffolk, England - In An Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Close To Suffolk Heritage Coast And Hour From London

The house is a large south facing family home with plenty of light and a spacious feel. It is set within the Dedham Vale made famous by John Constable and is situated on the edge of the picturesque village of Higham from which Constable painted the picture entitled 'The Stour Valley from Higham'. It is within a designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. The house is well maintained with modern facilities throughout and provides everything needed for a relaxing break in the countryside. It easily accommodates 12-14 people in comfort and has many areas both inside and outside to relax and enjoy the company of others. It is a house for all seasons; in the summer the large heated swimming pool, summer house and terrace with brick pizza oven/BBQ provides a great outside experience whilst in the colder months the house not only has the benefit of standard central heating but an Aga warmed kitchen and open log fire in the sitting room. There are many books and games on offer including the more traditional shove ha'penny which provides a great family evening as well as the games consoles such as Nintendo Wii and PS3. There is a large 42' TV and a vast selection of DVD's. The property has WiFi. As a family we love entertaining and cooking and so the kitchen is well equipped and includes a 4 door Aga and a separate gas oven as well as a Japanese Teppanyaki plate. The house has a large dining room and table which seats 14 people as well as a large breakfast room with a big pine table and a breakfast bar in the kitchen. There is a good sized study/second sitting room in addition to the main sitting room which has lovely views over the garden and vale. Four out of the six bedrooms are south facing and all are of a good size with ample storage and comfortable beds with quality bedding. Two of the bedrooms are en suite and can be self contained as they lead off the main landing to their own small hallway. Two of the remaining bedrooms have showers and another bedroom has a wash basin. All bathrooms and showering facilities are modern and either recently refurbished or installed and all have underfloor heating. In the garden there is a large swimming pool of 40'x20' with an electric safety cover. A large terrace surrounds the pool and has stunning views over the Stour Valley. There are sun-beds and there is a dining area next to a brick pizza oven and BBQ as well as an outside shower fed by hot water. The pool house has a kitchen area, fridge and a wash basin and toilet. There is table football in the pool house. The house is surrounded by wonderful walks and is close to the famous Stour Valley Pathway and St Edmunds Way. The historic village of Dedham provides local shopping along with the nearby farm shop and the oldest recorded town in Britain of Colchester and the port town of Ipswich are within 6-8 miles. Flatford Mill is close by and it is possible to take a canoe there from nearby Dedham. The house has two canoes and access to the local river can be gained at Stratford St Mary. There are many local pubs and bistro pubs including The Swan at Stratford St Mary which is only a short drive or 20 mins walk away. There are also plenty of great restaurants in the area with the famous Maison Talbooth and its sister bistro also situated in the nearby Stratford St Mary. The River Orwell and Alton Water provide local sailing facilities and the beaches of Felixstowe, Frinton and Walton on the Naze are within 30mins-45mins drive away. London is an easy commute with the local train stations of Manningtree, Colchester and Ipswich running regular services to London (49mins), Cambridge (1h 19m), Norwich (42mins) and Harwich (17 mins). The nearest international airport is London Stansted (45min drive) and the nearest International port is Harwich (25mins drive).

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Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

J Carr
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2017

About J Carr

We are a family of 7 and have owned our family home in Higham for over 23 years (8170937) and our apartment in Nice, Palais Yolande, for over 10 years. Both provide space for us all to enjoy our time together and offer a great base from which to explore the English countryside and the French riviera.

J Carr purchased this house in 1994

Why J Carr chose Essex

Our house in Higham has provided us with a wonderful space to bring up our 5 children and gave them the freedom of the countryside literally on the doorstep. As children they spent summers on the beaches of Walton, Thorpeness and Frinton and sailed, rowed and canoed on the local rivers and waters of Alton. All five children are now young adults and really enjoy the fact that London is easily accessed from our local train stations and that we are equidistance between the major towns of Colchester and Ipswich. My husband has commuted daily to London for over 20 years from Manningtree, a small country station with one of the few remaining independent platform bars left in the UK.

What makes this house unique

Some of our older children have now ‘flown the nest’ but they all enjoy meeting up at home for rest and relaxation; time round the pool or in the colder months donning their welly boots and walking the fields to the local pub.

We think everyone will enjoy their time at our house as not only does it provide all creature comforts and a holiday in itself it also provides a great base from which to explore coast, city, country and an area which is quintessentially English.

19 Reviews

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(19 traveller reviews)

5

Beautiful House and Pool

  • 5 of 5

We had 3 generations of adults staying at Pear Tree House for the week and everyone had a great time. The house is beautiful, has everything you need and is set in a lovely location. Janette (and her dad) could not have been more helpful, from the comprehensive information pack before we arrived to sorting out power cuts due to lightning striking a tree in the garden. Although we always bring plenty of things to do when we rent houses, there was more than enough to keep us amused with lots of books, games, a ping pong table and of course the amazing swimming pool!

Although there is much to see in the area, due to the glorious weather we had during our stay we didn’t feel the need to leave the house and spent our time relaxing by the pool, swimming, playing games, making use of the BBQ and just enjoying each other’s company in a beautiful setting.

I highly recommend Pear Tree House and we hope to return again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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5

Even better than the pictures!

  • 5 of 5

The whole booking process was easy and Janette was a great host. We were all blown away by the house! So much light and so many nice touches. The perfect family home. It had everything and more than we could have ever needed! The location is just lovely. I can't begin to explain the view, particularly from the bedroom I was staying in. Waking up to sunshine and rolling countryside. We would love to move in/stay again! And hope to do so in the future!

I must also recommend Zenith Kiting if you want to try local paddleboarding. Was great wet fun!

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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5

Beautiful house and views

  • 5 of 5

The lovely house was large enough for 3 generations of family, 13 people and 2 dogs in total, to enjoy a long birthday weekend for my father in law. The views from the garden and walks that were close to the house were also very enjoyable. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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5

A lovely property in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 13 (aged 9 months to 70!) had a fabulous break at Pear Tree. We really couldn't have asked for more from a holiday let. The children loved the space and the toys; the adults loved the many extra little touches such as the champagne and card thoughtfully provided by Janette and beautiful smelling toiletries in the bathrooms. We even had glorious weather and enjoyed our first barbecue of the year.

The property is very well equipped, From the kitchen where we enjoyed using the Japanese teppanyaki and aga, through to the garden where the table tennis and fire pit were great hits. We didn't use the swimming pool as it was still a little chilly, but we were impressed with the well stocked pool house and number of loungers.

We would recommend this property without reservation; it is exactly as described and we will certainly go back if we can.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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5

Fantastic family home in beautiful Suffolk

  • 5 of 5

We had eight adults and seven kids staying for a long weekend and the house felt very spacious. Janette met us at the property and showed us around - she was extremely welcoming and no detail was left to chance. We spent most of the weekend out in the garden playing football and table-tennis - we all had really relaxing, enjoyable time. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
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5

Fantastic holiday home

  • 5 of 5

All 11 of us ranging in age from 11 to 77 had a fantastic week at Pear Tree House. The accommodation is very clean, comfortable, spacious and well equipped. The view from the house and garden is lovely and the swimming pool was very clean and well maintained. The pool was very well used in what was probably one of the hottest weeks of the year. Janette and her family were very welcoming yet not intrusive. We hope to return at some point in the future. We would highly recommend this 5* property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Location

From the Owner

Our house in Higham has provided us with a wonderful space to bring up our 5 children and gave them the freedom of the countryside literally on the doorstep. As children they spent summers on the beaches of Walton, Thorpeness and Frinton and sailed, rowed and canoed on the local rivers and waters of Alton. All five children are now young adults and really enjoy the fact that London is easily accessed from our local train stations and that we are equidistance between the major towns of Colchester and Ipswich. My husband has commuted daily to London for over 20 years from Manningtree, a small country station with one of the few remaining independent platform bars left in the UK.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Stansted at 39 Miles Nearest Barpub : Stratford St Mary at 1.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Harwich at 21 Miles Nearest Train : Colchester/Manningtree/Ipswich at 8 Miles Nearest Motorway : M25/M11 at 46 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Stratford St Mary - a choice of eating places at 1.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Frinton at 20 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

There are plenty of courses run locally which can be arranged prior to your stay including painting, cookery and sailing. Local guided tours/walks are also available by prior arrangement.

Coast/Beach:

The house is close to the Suffolk coast. There are various beaches within easy driving distance including: Frinton a vast sandy beach with a lovely greensward and a very gentile English feel. (30mins/20miles)

Felixstowe both sand and stone beaches, a pier and a small fun fair (30mins/20 miles).

Clacton/Walton/Walton on Naze (30 mins), Aldeburgh (45mins), Orford (45 mins) and Southwold (1 hour) make good day trips. Orwell Estuary and the villages of Pin Mill and Woolverstone with their yacht clubs and marina within 20 minutes drive.

Travel:

Car is essential. There are plenty of car hire places at the listed airports or locally at Ipswich or Colchester.

City of London (transport hub) - 50 mins by train from Colchester.

London Stansted is the closest airport - (45 minutes drive/39 miles). Coach service to Colchester/Ipswich.

London Gatwick 1h 40mins drive (92miles)

London Heathrow 1h 45mins drive (99miles)

London City Airport - 1h 21mins drive (69 miles)

Norwich Airport 1h 27mins drive (55miles)

Harwich port - 25 mins drive

Distances:

Stratford St Mary - 1.4 miles

Dedham - 2.4 miles

Flatford - 5 miles

Colchester - 8 miles

Ipswich - 9 miles

Alton Waters - 9 miles

Sudbury - 12 miles

Long Melford - 15 miles

Lavenham - 19 miles

Felixstowe - 22 miles

Harwich - 23 miles

Aldeburgh - 38miles

Southwold - 48 miles

Norwich - 54 mile

London - 61 miles

Cambridge - 63 miles

Further Details:

Shop locally in Dedham Village (includes small Co-op) or the farm shop at Stratford St Mary. The local market town of Hadleigh provides an independent shopping experience. Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk, is 8 miles away and Colchester a major town of Essex is just 6 miles. Tesco, Sainsbury and Waitrose supermarkets are all within 15 min drive of the property The new shopping complex of Stratford (Westfield) is only 40 mins by train and both Bluewater and Lakeside are 1 hr drive by car. Cambridge and Norwich are also good for shopping. London is only 50mins by train from Colchester. Nearest bank is Hadleigh, Manningtree, Colchester or Ipswich. ATMs at Dedham (within Co-op), East Bergholt (within Budgens), and outside Co-op at Capel St Mary

There are many great eating places in the locality from fine dining at Le Talbooth in Stratford St Mary and Hintlesham Hall at Hintlesham to gastro pubs such as The Swan in Stratford St Mary (a few minutes drive from the house or a 20mins country walk), The Crown at Stoke by Nayland, The Sun at Dedham and Milsoms also in Stratford St Mary. There are the interesting niche restaurants such as The Fountain House at Dedham and The Thorn at Mistley. Infact there are really too many to mention. A file is available in the house and a list is sent out just prior to your stay so that bookings can be made if required.

There are plenty of places to visit in the area from Colchester Castle, Flatford Mill and Dedham Village, Colchester Zoo, Lavenham, Long Melford, Cavendish and Clare, Bury St Edmunds, Woodbridge, Orford, Framlingham Castle, Kentwell Hall, Ickworth House, Sutton Hoo, Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings, Thorpeness, Walberswick, Frinton, Walton on the Naze. Again a full list is provided in the house files.

Cinema's and theatre are available in Colchester and Ipswich and a day trip to London is easily done.

Walks and Cycle Routes

This is a great area to walk with both the Stour Valley Path and St Edmunds Way on our doorstep.

We are very popular with cyclists as there are plenty of cycle routes around the house. Alton Waters has a hire shop and a great circular off road cycle route.

There are plenty of golf courses closely including Stoke by Nayland (5 miles) and Raydon Brett Vale (2 miles) with a links golf course at Old Felixstowe (22 miles).

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 2
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,221
for 3 nights
From
£665
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£2,850
 
 
Rate 3
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,250
for 7 nights
£3,250
 
 
Rate 4
3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,221
for 3 nights
From
£665
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£2,850
 
 
Rate 1
1 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,071
for 3 nights
From
£583
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£2,500
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £1,000
Pet Fee £25

Booking Notes:
A 25% non-returnable deposit is payable on booking. The balance must be paid 6 weeks before the start of the letting period. A returnable deposit of £1000 is required. It is expected that there are no missing items from or damage to the property at the end of the letting period and that the house/gardens etc is left in good condition ready for cleaning.

Changeover Day:
During peak season changeover day is Saturday. At all other times the letting period is flexible including long weekends. Access to the property will be from 4pm. Departure time is 10am unless agreed otherwise.

Notes on prices:
Please note that 3 night weekend lets are charged at 70% of the weekly rate. This will include any let which involves a Saturday night. For any other lets of less than 7 nights please request rates.
Any bank charges payable as a result of receiving/returning payments/deposits will be the responsibility of the client.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 18-May-2017
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Facilities

From the Owner

Some of our older children have now ‘flown the nest’ but they all enjoy meeting up at home for rest and relaxation; time round the pool or in the colder months donning their welly boots and walking the fields to the local pub. We think everyone will enjoy their time at our house as not only does it provide all creature comforts and a holiday in itself it also provides a great base from which to explore coast, city, country and an area which is quintessentially English.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family

General

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 3540 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Ensuite to Jan & Phil's room - jacuzzi bath, shower with power jets, wc & double sink unit. U/floor heating Main bathroom - bath with shower, wc and wash basin. U/floor heating Ensuite to Ellie's Room - bath, shower, wc and wash basin. U/floor heating 2 further showers

Bedrooms

  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Ellie's Room - 1 Double Bed, With en suite
  • Jake's Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Superking bed can be divided into 2 singles
  • George's Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Superking bed can be divided into 2 singles. With Shower
  • Dan's Room - 4 Single Bed, 2 bunk beds. With wash basin.
  • Benjamin's Room - 1 Double Bed, With Shower
  • Jan & Phil's Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Superking bed can be divided into 2 singles. With en suite
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12-14 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Jan & Phil's Room- super king or 2 singles. Bedroom has an en suite. Dan's Room - 2 bunk beds i.e. 4 single sized beds. Bedroom has vanity sink unit George's Room - super king or 2 singles bed. Bedroom has a shower Jake's Room- super king or 2 singles . George's Room - super king or 2 singles Ellie's Room - double bed and en suite.

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: This is our family home and so hen/stag do's are not appropriate. Clean and well behaved dogs allowed (ground floor of property) by prior arrangement. Outside: The house is set in approximately 1 acre and includes a pool house and large swimming pool with terrace. There is also a terrace around the house which has various places to sit, relax and eat including a south facing terrace with a large table outside the rear of the property. The pool is approx 20'x40' and has an automatic safety cover and a diving board. There are steps into the pool at the shallow end. The pool has a shallow end of 3' and a deep end. The pool will be available for use from late May to late September. A large terrace surrounds the pool and has stunning views over the Stour Valley. There are sun-beds and there is a dining area next to a brick pizza oven, a brick BBQ as well as an outside shower fed by hot water. The pool house has a kitchen area, fridge and a wash basin and toilet. There is table football in the pool house. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer, iron. iron board and sink Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen and towels are included. Pool towels are provided at in the pool house. If housekeeping is required during your stay this can be arranged at extra cost as can a chef either for a special occasion or on a daily basis. Other: There is also a study/2nd sitting room with desk, sofa and coffee table. There is a huge bookcase with plenty of books. There is a large dining room seating 16, with large French doors/windows and a piano. There is a downstairs toilet