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



Updated: 24-Nov-2016
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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  • Sleeps 14
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer

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About the Owner

We are a family of 7 and have owned our family home in Higham for over 23 years (E19874) and our apartment in Nice (FR2514) 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.

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based on 14 holidaymaker reviews


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
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Brilliant place to stay for a relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

We as a family of 13, spanning three generations, had a brilliant holiday at Pear Tree House. Janettte makes you feel very special. A lot of extra touches within this beautiful family home. We all felt very comfortable and much fun was had by all. We didn’t feel the need to leave the house all week. It was so relaxing and everyone enjoyed their week’s holiday. The swimming pool was in constant use and it was comforting to know that it was looked after so well with Janette’s Dad coming along a couple of times to check the levels. We didn’t find this intrusive at all. We were grateful to know it was being monitored as it should be. We had family visit while we were staying to help us celebrate our Ruby Wedding Anniversary. Everyone commented that although the property and the grounds are extensive, it felt very homely, and what a great place for entertaining. Definitely gave us an anniversary to remember and cherish. The property is equipped with everything you need, and more, which makes a stay at Pear Tree House a joy and a pleasure. Once we got to grips with the Arga, loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well maintained, homely feel though spacious.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this super property. We had everything on site so only left for the occasional day to visit things like Colchester Zoo with the children. The pool was a lovely warm temperature and it was great to have a warm shower right next to it with a summer house for changing too. The table tennis was in good condition and we used it every day. There was something for everyone - my father enjoyed playing the piano daily. My husband tried out using the pizza oven following Janette's good instructions for making dough and tomato base. We also had a campfire between the tree stumps in the dedicated area set aside to do this.

We were made to feel very welcome by Janette and family, her details of the local area were accurate. I can definitely recommend the fishmonger who came to the house on Thur with lovely fresh crabs, tuna and lots of other things to tempt.

Three generations all had a very relaxing time and our Labrador loved having the freedom to roam the grounds which were safe for her to do so being fully fenced. We would definitely return in a future year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect family holiday in the countryside.

  • 5 of 5

The information provided about the property, it's facilities and the area is accurate but in reality provides only half the story. We visited as a three-generation family of nine and Pear Tree House met all our needs and expectations for a perfect country holiday. The owner and her family set the gold standard for customer service being attentive, but non-intrusive, and they went that extra mile to ensure a truly memorable stay. The house itself is beautiful, well-laid out, tastefully furnished, cleaned and maintained to the highest standard and fully equipped with all the modern conveniences and facilities that holidaying visitors of all age groups may wish for. The pool truly exceeded expectations; it really is well-heated with an adequate number of comfortable loungers and, from the pool-side, a view over the valley that we will remember for ever. The garden is large and well-cared for and the outdoor terrace, with it's sunny aspect, quality outdoor furniture, and access to the kitchen proved to be the preferred meal-time and evening location. We all loved the summer house. It is fully equipped with its own toilet and kitchen facilities and the pool towels provided, like those in the house, are wonderfully soft and luxurious. The ladies in our party particularly enjoyed all the lovely toiletries provided. A holiday in Pear Tree House really is like having a 5 star hotel all to yourself! The local countryside is stunning and the information provided with regard to local attractions and restaurants is comprehensive and reliable. We have recommended Pear Tree House unreservedly to family and friends and it is difficult to imagine anyone being disappointed with a holiday there. Nearly forgot; there is a pear tree in the garden!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fantastic house and pool

  • 5 of 5

Excellent information on the house, local amenities and surrounding countryside. An attentive and helpful owner. A well-equipped and comfortable house for a big family celebration. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Luxury Accommodation in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this house. It was spotless, well situated and with very well maintained grounds. The aura here is of a warm comfortable welcoming family home with touches of luxury everywhere.

First off, Janette was fantastic, from recommendations of where to eat (Hall farm was brilliant for kids with tractors to play on and lambs to feed and lovely food in a warm restaurant as well as a great farm shop) to the warm welcome of cake and prosecco and decorations for my mother's 70th birthday and even a leisure centre to take the younger kids for some water activities. Nothing was too much trouble for her.

The house itself is stunning. What can we say - although we were not there in the summer months and did not use the pool we did not feel the lack of activity. The rooms were wonderful and clean with luxurious bedding and the beautiful wooden cot for the smallest member of our family was delightful with accompanying soft toy (which we had to remove from our little guy before we left!) and baby duvet. What a nice surprise from the usual travel cot. The bathrooms with the underfloor heating and fluffy towels and luxury toiletries were also a delight. Great power jets in the master bathroom too - everyone had to have a go!

We had a mix of sunshine and rain; during the sunshine we tramped around the garden and took a couple of the recommended walks - beautiful - and visited Dedham and stratford st mary which we highly recommend; during the rain we cosied up on the sofas and beanbags, lit the fire, played board games, picked from the extensive list of dvds and books for all ages and gathered around the piano. There was even a large box of small and large lego! To be honest, you don't have to leave the house to be amused because there are so many things to do inside!

The kitchen is fully equipped with all manner of implements, utensils, crockery, etc and an aga which turned out stupendous meals and didn't prove tricky for first time aga users (helpful instructions provided).

I really cant say enough good things about this wonderful place and only hope we can come back in good weather to take advantage of the pool and lounging around outside!

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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From the Owner

Our house in Higham has provided us with a wonderful space to bring up our 5 children and has given 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 22 years from Manningtree, a small local 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.


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.


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


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).


Rental rates

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1 Oct 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
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21 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
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5 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
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1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
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3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
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1 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,000

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: 24-Nov-2016
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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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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.


  • 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 bed 1 - 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 bed 6 - bath, shower, wc and wash basin. U/floor heating 2 further showers


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed, With en suite
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, With Shower
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed, With Shower
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Superking bed can be divided into 2 singles. With en suite
  • Bedroom 2 - 4 Single Bed, 2 bunk beds. With wash basin.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12-14 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - super king or 2 singles Bedroom 2 - 2 bunk beds i.e. 4 single sized beds. Bedroom has vanity sink unit Bedroom 3 - queen sized bed. Bedroom has a shower Bedroom 4 - double bed. Bedroom has a shower Bedroom 5 - double bed Bedroom 6 - double bed


  • Self-catering


  • 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

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