The Shire Stables is a beautifully appointed, self-contained, spacious, interior designed barn . Newly renovated in January 2015 to the highest standards, to make your stay luxurious yet homely.
This barn is one of four holiday homes that we rent out and can be viewed on Holiday Lettings.
Special features of the Shire Stables include a hot tub, balcony overlooking fields, Jacuzzi bath, central fireplace with front and rear view wood burning stove. There is also a 'pick your own' fruit and vegetable garden.
The ground floor is open plan with an extremely well equipped kitchen, dining area and living area. The dining table extends to comfortably seat eight to ten guests. The kitchen has a range style electric cooker with hob, two fan ovens and a separate grill.
The central fireplace is built out of the bricks that formed the original stable floor. There is central heating and a wood burning stove adds the final touch in the cold winter days or chilly summer evenings. The lounge area is spacious and has a comfortable, sprung sofa bed to accommodate two additional guests if required, making the capacity ten in total. There is wi-fi.
There are four bedrooms, three en-suites and a separate ground floor shower room and WC.
Upstairs, one bedroom has a balcony with table and chairs, fully fitted wardrobes, full length mirror, spacious storage area and seating area. The other bedroom is very spacious and has a beautiful French style bed. A door leads to the 'Jack and Jenny' bedroom with two full sized cabin style, single beds, making this an ideal room for a family or group of friends.
The downstairs bedroom has an unusual wall feature, retained from the original stable. There are two antique French single beds that can be joined to make a king sized bed. The en-suite is beautiful. There is a small step up to a large, marble, fully fitted bathroom with antique cupboard, hand basin, toilet, shower cubicle and Jacuzzi bath.
There is an additional separate, ground floor bathroom with walk in shower, hand basin and toilet. All bathrooms have shaver points.
A cleaning service can be organised.
Outside, the barn sits well back from the road. There is off street parking and a turning point. The rear garden has a patio area with garden furniture and coal BBQ. A path leads to the hot tub which overlooks farmer’s fields. (Available from April 2015).
The village of Great Totham is a 10 minute walk away around the farmer's fields. In the village you will find a village shop and post office, two pubs and a restaurant. The Bull (gastro) Pub is opposite the village green, ideal for watching local cricket. The Willow Room is a fine dining restaurant. You will also find The Prince of Wales Pub which serves good pub grub. In the opposite direction from the barn, in the village of Little Totham, you will find The Swan pub which is very quaint.
In nearby historic town of Maldon, you will find numerous restaurants, pubs, cafe's, bistros, boutiques and shops. The most popular image of Maldon is one that captures the scene at The Hythe with it's collection of barges and other craft tied up at the quay and the old church of St Mary the Virgin dominating the skyline. There are regular trips available on some of the barges including bird watching and sight seeing trips, see the boards by the barges for details. The Viking Saga also departs for trips along the river Blackwater towards Osea Island and back from the sea wall between the Hythe and Promenade Park.
Take time to visit Promenade Park, originally created on the sloping bank of the River Blackwater over one hundred years ago. Popular with visitors and residents alike, this park is the centre of summer fun with playgrounds and various children’s activity areas including the very popular splash park, roller skating, bowling and swimming pool with slides. It hosts the Maldon Annual Mud Race on Sunday 26th April 2015 and Maldon Motor Show 'Classics on the Prom' on Sunday 5th July 2015.
Heybridge Basin is a great place to spend an afternoon. It was dug out of the marsh to enable sea going vessels to enter the canal and unload their cargoes onto the barges for transportation inland to Chelmsford. The navigation was completed in 1796 and commercial traffic to Chelmsford canal ceased in 1972. The canal is now used by leisure craft and is a favourite location for walking along the estuary wall, crabbing, fishing and bird watchers. If you prefer the less active option, there are two pubs at the Basin where you can sit and relax with a drink and a meal and watch the activity of this popular marine centre. At high tide, boats leave the safety of the Basin through the huge lock gates and enter the estuary. There is also a tea room run by the famous Tiptree Preserve company where you can get a cup of tea or coffee and a cake, sandwich or meal. Ice cream is also available from the kiosk.
The Shire Stables is close to Layer Marney, Braxted Park Cookery School and Colchester Zoo. A little further out, but with easy access is Colchester Castle, Cressing Temple, Dedham Vale and the beaches at Frinton-on-Sea and Suffolk.
The area surrounding the barn is a Mecca for road cyclists, walkers and horse riding. There are golf clubs, fly and coarse fishing and historical sights close by.
Colchester Zoo, Colchester Castle, Layer Marney Tower and Cressing Temple are about a 15 to 20 minutes drive. Constable Country (Dedham) is about a 30 to 40 minute drive.
London is easily accessible. Witham station is about a 12 minute drive and has ample parking. The train to London Liverpool Street takes about 45 minutes and trains are frequent.
The property lends itself for use for a family holiday, as a weekend or weekday retreat or for executives seeking fast access to London, Stansted, Southend and Gatwick airports.
For larger groups, we can accommodate additional guests in our other barns, The Hay Barn, Barley Barn and Cart Lodge.
The Shire Stables has been renovated to provide a stunning holiday home. Internally there is a log burning stove, beams and antique furniture. The garden has a hot tub and large patio area. Standing imposingly within its large garden, the barn has views across fields.
Quirky features such as huge central fireplace, balcony, antique furniture and 'Jack and Jenny' bedroom.