Great quiet location, in nice village. Perfect for horse lovers as you're in the stable yard! Nice to watch them watching us! VERY warm, didn't need to use the log burner. Comfy bed, good shower, well equipped, nice host and friendly neighbour! Thank you to Cathryn for providing milk,tea,coffee,sugar,bread and lots of chocolates. Lovely walking from the door, pretty villages nearby (Finchingfield is gorgeous), great countryside etc... Would stay again. Only negatives would be the shower in the wet room which needs a mop / squeegee to clear the floor otherwise you can't get to the toilet without walking through a puddle and the tumble drier was dirty inside, looked as if it had been previously used to dry horse blankets??!
Had a great stay for over a month with great views across horse pastures surrounded by woods. A really charming introduction to the thatched cottage villages of Essex if all you know is city Essex.
My husband and I stayed at Stabes Retreat midweek for 3 nights. THe cottage is both welcoming and charming with a wood burner in the lounge for those chilly nights. The bed was very comfy and the kitchen was well equipped.
The views from the cottage, over the paddocks, are stunning and uninterrupted with plenty of walking available from the doorstep.
The village has two very good pubs both serving food at lunch and in the evening with the bonus that they are within walking distance to the Retreat.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, thank you for making us so welcome.
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