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  • Sole lodge surrounded by the spectacular scenery of Constable Country
  • Dry skiing at Ipswich, plus fishing and sailing at Ardleigh Reservoir
  • Six minutes' drive to handsome Dedham village for pubs and tearooms

A splendiferous site setting awaits guests here at Acorn Cottage in Ardleigh, Essex, a cosy one-off lodge that’s been converted to accommodate four and lies just under two miles from the superly handsome old village of Dedham in properly paintworthy Constable Country. Fishing and sailing at Ardleigh Reservoir, seaside days at Clacton and Southend and town-based trips to Ipswich and Colchester are all within easy reach from here – as are walks, horse rides and pedal-based adventures among some pretty spectacular scenery.

At the front of the lodge is a roomy decked terrace with a little table and chairs for when you want to dine or sip drinks on clement days as you survey your smashing countryside surrounds, and as the accommodation here stands proudly alone among the owner’s land, you’ll be able to secure your deserving self some proper peace and quiet around here.

The lodge is splendidly light and airy and decked with comfy modern furniture; it’s all open plan, with a kitchen area kitted out with fridge, oven, hob, kettle and toaster in a main living area that’s well set up for soirées around the dinner table or relaxed evenings in front of the tele. The sofa bed here accommodates two extra guests, and a plush double awaits your sleepy head in the lodge’s sole bedroom, with a chest of drawers and wardrobe space for you to can sow away all your holiday garb; also splendidly, right off the bedroom is an en-suite shower room.

Those of a horsey persuasion can trot up to the site with their four-legged companion should they fancy having a highly scenic hack along the local bridle paths – just let the site know when you book and they’ll make sure to prime the paddocks and stables ready for your arrival (for an additional charge) – or otherwise there are plenty of walking paths around, so be sure to bring some comfy treads to tramp around in.

Well-behaved dogs are more than welcome and – to keep things nice and serene for all the other animalfolk on site (dogs, horses, chickens and two cats) – should be kept on a lead a all times.

Foodwise, barbecues are allowed, but for when you fancy a tasty treat or pub garden pint off site, tea rooms, pubs, village stores and several fine restaurants are around Ardleigh, Dedham and Manningtree, and the site lies right near some excellent transport links too: you’re a mere five minutes from the A12 at Lawford, and a bus stop lies almost adjacent to the house on the A137. Also within easy reach is Manningtree with a mainline route to London Stratford, as well as to Colchester, Ipswich and beyond.

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Hikers’ paradise


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Canoeing/kayaking nearby

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Horseback riding nearby

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Groups welcome

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  • 26 Harwich Road, Colchester, Essex, England, CO7 7LS
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.9339°N 0.9993°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Colchester: University of Essex Bus Stop — 7.4 kilometres
Colchester Bus Station — 8.2 kilometres
Alresford (Essex): Main Rd Coach Stop — 8.5 kilometres
Train stations
Manningtree Rail Station — 3.6 kilometres
Mistley Rail Station — 5.7 kilometres
Hythe (Essex) Rail Station — 7.3 kilometres
Ferry ports
Brightlingsea Ferry Landing — 14.4 kilometres
Point Clear Ferry Landing — 14.7 kilometres
Harwich International Ferry Terminal — 17.6 kilometres
London Southend Airport — 45.5 kilometres


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Have a hike, a hack or a pedal around Dedham and Dedham Vale – aka Constable Country – and you’ll very soon see why he was inspired to paint so many pictures of it. National Trust-owned Flatford Mill is also well worth a trip out to: take a look around the 18th-century mill and its adjoining cottage, and if you’re feeling energetic, you can also follow it up with the four-mile guided ramble that runs from here.

Fishing fans can head over to the 120-acre Ardleigh Reservoir to haul themselves good-sized common and mirror carp weighing up to 40lb, pike to over 25lb and a mix of other fishy specimens. Also at the reservoir is Ardleigh Sailing Club if you fancy hopping aboard a water-worthy vessel and taking to the waves. For a stint at the seaside, Clacton-on-Sea is about half an hour's drive away, or the cliff railway and lengthy pier of Southend-on-Sea are an hour down the road.

Urban explorers can head over to Colchester, six miles from base, to wander around Castle Park and castle, or half an hour away in Ipswich you can hang out by the marina. For something active there instead, a swoosh down the town’s dry ski slope is highly recommended.

Must see

  • firstsite (8.2 kilometres)
  • Colchester Castle Museum (8.3 kilometres)
  • Colchester Zoo (13.7 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Flatford: Bridge Cottage (3.1 kilometres)
  • Thorington Hall (7.0 kilometres)

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Bookings must not be for more than 6 consecutive nights.

Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

Firearms are not permitted.

Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £250,00 (R4 116,48) damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Open fires are prohibited.

Quiet hours must be respected between midnight and 7 a.m..
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Hired accommodation
Your unit must be left clean and tidy, a fine of £50,00 (R823,30) will be charged for unclean units upon departure.