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
About J Carr
We are a family of 7 and have owned our family home in Higham for over 26 years (8170937) and our apartment in Nice, Palais Yolande, for over 14 years -I advertise this on Ownersdirect but also have my own site for this property which can be found by searching the name of the property, Palais Yolande. 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 1992
Why J Carr chose Higham
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 (and not so 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
Most of our 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 is a great base from which to explore coast, city, country and an area which is quintessentially English.
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Top quality venue with a personal touch
Fantastic break at Pear Tree Cottage. The property is spacious and extremely well equipped. We had a minor problem with heating in one of the six bedrooms (user error) and someone attended the property to fix it almost immediately. I have already recommended this property to friends and family. 5 stars. Thanks Janette for your hospitality!
The house that has everything!
We were a group ranging from a 4 month old baby to a 70 year old granddad (me!) and we had the most wonderful week staying at Pear Tree House! The owner, Janette, could not have been more helpful and the house had everything we could have asked for and more! The weather was perfect for the whole week, so we were able to make good use of the nice sized swimming pool, the pizza oven and the barbecue as well as the table tennis table! The kitchen was superbly equipped, the bedrooms were most comfortable and the bathrooms provided with high class toiletries. Our stay could not have been better!
A home from home with extra plus!
We felt at home the moment we arrived in this well-equipped, spacious, fabulous place. Everything we could possibly think of was supplied (and helpfully labelled!), and everything we could possibly want to know was included in the most comprehensive welcome pack we have ever come across. The suggestions for places to visit were equally detailed, as well as personalised with Janette’s own helpful comments.
On top of that were the thoughtful, extra touches, like the treats on arrival, notebooks and pens by the beds, blankets for outside, the chalkboard for messages - we made full use of that, writing various funny messages to each other on it every day!
There are lots of things to do in the area, but we also had more house days than we would normally on these holidays as so much was provided. We watched films, played games, read some of the countless books, played table tennis, swam in the pool, had a number of piano recitals and enjoyed several barbeques. We ran out of time for toasting marshmallows round the fire pit – next time perhaps.
We had planned a joint birthday/GCSE results celebration during our stay and the spacious grounds provided the perfect place for this family event - an 80s fancy dress (Ghostbusters, ET, Mr Spoon and Homer Simpson among them!), followed by a party by the pool and then a lovely meal at a Vietnamese restaurant in Colchester (via a local party bus!).
We've had these large family holidays for a few years now, mostly abroad, and we all agreed that this was one of the best largely due to this super house. We rarely go back to the same place twice as we like to try new places, but we have all talked about a return to Pear Tree House.
A delightful spacious family home with warm pool
We revisited this year, as we enjoyed last year so much. Super condition, lovely and clean and well cared for. Janette is very thoughtful, even tuning the piano the week before we arrived (as she knows we play every day).
We enjoyed a couple of visits from the local fishmonger, rowing on the local river and improved on our outdoor pizza oven skills. Even more organised this time to have marshmallows and baked potatoes cooked on the fire pit whilst the children sang Scout songs. A lovely relaxing time had by all.
Beautiful House and Pool
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.
Even better than the pictures!
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!
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
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, Aldi, Lidl 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 Co-o), 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.
Cinemas and theatres 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).