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Essex Suffolk border-period coastal/country cottage

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Property type cottage


About the property

Charming 1 bedroom self-catering cottage

This charming country cottage is situated in the grounds of the owner's home in Wrabness on the Essex/Suffolk border. The cottage is warm and cosy with a wood burning stove in the lounge area. The Annexe was refurbished in April 2011 and has a new bathroom suite, flooring, tiling, new towels, bedding, crockery, cutlery, curtains and furniture. The property benefits from a comfy double bedroom, kitchen equipped with microwave, toaster, kettle, washing machine, oven/hob, fridge with freezer compartment, etc., bathroom (bath with over bath shower), lounge furnished with 2 x 2 seater, breakfast/dining table, television, DVD player, selection of DVD's, books and games, wood burning stove, entrance porch, garden (gated) with table and chairs and car parking.

The main property has a small wood and an orchard and these can be explored.

The Firs annexe dates back to the 1600's. The property is grade 2 listed and benefits from a wealth of period features.

Children are welcome but please keep in mind the stairs are steep. Children's toys (including beach/outdoor) are available on request. Chickens are kept at the adjoining property and some free-range eggs will happily be provided on arrival. The property has many period features and as a result some of the ceilings/doorways are low adding to it's charm and character. The village railway station gives very easy access to London (1 hour by train).

The Firs Annexe is located in Wrabness (CO11) and benefits from the following local attractions:

Wrabness beach - approximately 20 minute walk/5 minute drive.

Village shop - 15 minute walk/5 minute drive.

Train station - 15 minute walk/5 minute drive. (Approximately 1 hour from London Liverpool Street.)

Essex Way (along the beach).

Wrabness Woods (RSPB).

2 x nature reserves.

Manningtree - historic market town ( 5 miles).

Harwich - historic port ( 15 minute drive).

Harwich International Port (15 minute drive).

Constable Country/Dedham Vale - 20 minute drive.

Colchester - Englands oldest recorded town (30 minute drive).

The Firs Annexe is on the main bus route between Harwich and Colchester (bus stop approximately 200 yards).

Guests benefit from a pretty enclosed garden area, ideal for relaxing and enjoying a well earned rest. The amenities in the village include a well equipped village shop, train station and bus route with the beach and woods to explore all within walking distance. Many historic properties, tourist attractions, national trust attractions, Suffolk/Essex coastlines and scenic countryside are very close by. This is a beautiful area to visit and a perfect way to enjoy the English Countryside at it's best.

More Details

Rachael Peck
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
London Stansted
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Strangers Home - Bradfield
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Harwich International
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
M11 Junction 8.
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Selection in Manningtree
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Ipswich - dry ski slope.
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: recommended

Wrabness is a traditional English village situated on the Essex/Suffolk border, which is located on the Stour River Estuary which forms part of of Constable Country.

Wrabness benefits from its own beach, a RSPB nature reserve, Wrabness woods, a village shop, rail (70 minutes from London) and bus links to local towns.

The location is perfect for exploring:

The historic international port of Harwich.

The historic market town of Manningtree (England's smallest recorded town).

Colchester ( England's oldest recorded town).

Flatford Mill / Dedham Vale.


Wrabness Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom was refurbished in April 2011 providing a new bath (with over bath shower), toilet and wash basin. New flooring was also provided and the room freshly decorated. New towels/bathmats have also been provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Cot = travel cot available on request.
  • The bedroom has been newly refurbished in April 2011 with new bed linen, carpets, curtains and rug. There is a double bed and plenty of space for a travel cot that is available on request.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The kitchen has been refurbished (April 2011) and has been fitted with an oven/4 ring hob, fridge (with freezer box), microwave, toaster, kettle, washing machine and all cutlery/cooking utensils that could be required. A high chair is available on request.


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Essex Suffolk border-period coastal/country cottage
average rating of 4.4473686 based on 38 reviews

It is a pretty cottage with a lovely outlook

  • 2 of 5

I asked the owner if it was quiet and she said yes ,when I get there i find it sits right on the edge of a bend in the main road where drivers slow up a bit entering the bend and speed up a bit on the way out so it's all relative to what your used to I.e if you now live with traffic noise you would find it acceptable ,I don't so found it noisy ,I could not stand up in the bath to have a shower as the bathroom ceiling is low so I found kneeling down in the bath to have a shower wasn't ideal but again if you don't like a shower and prefer a nice soak in the bath then you wouldn't see this as a problem,I read the guest book and there are a lot of very positive comments but unfortunately this accommodation wasn't for me ( or my wife )

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice cottage

  • 3 of 5

Very nice but watch your head.avoid harwich a dump.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. A couple of doorways are a little low but unfortunately due to the age of the property and the fact it is grade 2 listed we are unable to change these but it does help to add to the character of the cottage. Old Harwich is nice but I do agree that the newer parts of Harwich could do with a little updating.
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful and relaxing. We use it when I am working in Suffolk. Great for the dog, lovely wood burner and meets all of our needs. Recommend totally.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments Katie. We look forward to welcoming you back for your next stay. Rachael
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Wonderful Wonderland in Wrabness

  • 4 of 5

Had a wonderful 3 night stay in this charming cottage. Yes it's compact but there was more packed into this magical property than many larger ones we've stayed at. Our 4 year old was expecting Snow White to peep round the corner at any moment! The upstairs bedroom is comfortable and spacious...even with a travel cot and child's air bed. We were welcomed with fresh eggs from the chickens who wander across the front lawn and the location makes it ideal for exploring the lovely little villages and coastline of this beautiful area. We will certainly be back if visiting this area again!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Saikat, Thank you so much for your review and kind comments. We are very pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Best Wishes, Rachael and Nick
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Gorgeous little country cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 3 nights and had a fabulous time at Rachel and Nicks cottage. It has everything you need to get away from the business of life. Very relaxing. Beautiful location. Thank you very much!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Antoinette, Thank you for your very kind comments. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay in our cottage. Best Wishes, Rachael and Nick
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Ok for the money

  • 3 of 5

Tbh i left a day early. Noisy road, really dangerous to walk along with the dogs, old tv, badly stained carpet in the kitchen, skirting board in bathroom by the radiator was filthy. Plus side pretty garden. And the bed was really comfy.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Angela, We are sorry you felt your holiday could have been a little better. We wish you had informed us at the time as some of these things we could have rectified and certainly have cleaned any areas you felt required further attention. Most of our reviews on here compliment the standard of cleaning, but I apologise we missed the skirting board near the radiator. The cottage is situated on a B road but is set back off the road and has never been described as noisy before. We have many guests stay with their dogs. There is a path alongside the road if you chose to walk your dogs along the road and within 100 yards you are at the quiet lane (station road) to the beach and village. If walking in the other direction from the cottage you are immediately walking down a quiet lane (butlers lane) with access to footpaths. The tv isn't a flat screen tv but works very well with a clear picture and sky tv. We hope this addresses any concerns you had. Kind Regards, Rachael and Nick
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