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Essex Suffolk border-period coastal/country cottage

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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.

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Rachael Peck
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017


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 4.59375 based on 32 reviews

A beautiful ( but small) cottage. All beautifully clean and well presented.

  • 5 of 5

Not a property for larger or tall people. My partner and I loved it.We loved the position the garden the chickens roaming around the views of surrounding countryside. We laughed about the occasional bump on the head on the low beam on the kitchen doorway (not serious! ) I call it the Enchanted Cottage. I hope it is for you.

Thanks Rachael Nick and Don

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind comments. We are very pleased you enjoyed our cottage.
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Lovely holiday cottage

  • 4 of 5

The area was beautiful, the cottage had a nice homely feel and we appreciated the eggs/flowers. We only stayed for 2 nights but went home feeling rested and revived even though we had done lots of walking in the sunny weather. We will definitely return in the future

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your stay and thank you for your kind comments. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Quaint and lovely. Very relaxing

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely weekend. A warm welcome with garden flowers and freshly laid eggs. Recommend this lovely cottage.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased you had a lovely stay. Thank you for your kind comments and review.
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Comfortable & tranquil

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed four times in this delightful cottage and the recent improvements have made it even more comfortable. We will definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments Katie. We look forward to welcoming you back. Rachael
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Beautiful cosy cottage ideal getaway

  • 5 of 5

Cottage is stunning very cosy and homely.

Lovely garden which myself and our dogs loved.

Very peaceful splendidly isolated with lovely walks very close to the coast.

My partner slept like a log in the cosy bed the best he has slept in a long time

Would definitely recommend firs cottage as a lovely getaway and we will be booking another stay with our dogs in September

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind comments. We look forward to welcoming you back in September. Rachael and Nick
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pretty character cottage with garden, but very tired and outdated interior requiring a makeover

  • 1 of 5

The cottage is in a good area to explore the Stour estuary and surrounding area. the cottage is attractive and has many original features, inglenook fireplace and heavily beamed, those over 6 foot will have some head height issues through doorways and in kitchen and bathroom. The interior décor is tired and in need of a makeover.

Bedroom, mattress worn and springs felt through thin cover. Duvet and pillows flat and need replacing. Heating is not working properly and bedroom radiator cold.

Kitchen, crockery/cookware worn and need replacing. Hot water system needs updating as insufficient hot water to wash up in. Fridge rusted and stained, cooker very old and inefficient.

Bathroom is OK but tiles around bath need properly cleaning.

Living room, wood burner is lovely and logs provided, floor carpeted but floor boards beneath rotting & collapsed so trip hazards. This also makes the cottage smell badly of damp. Insufficient electric sockets and extension cables a potential hazard. Furniture dated and tired.

Overall the cottage does not meet todays standards of what you would expect as a paying guest and is in serious need of a complete overhaul. It could be lovely if it was properly sorted out.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have to say we are really disappointed you felt this way and hope anyone reading this will also read the 26 complimentary reviews before this one (20 of which are 5 star). We also have three visitor books all full of praise for the cottage and of course the location. We work very hard to ensure the property is clean, comfortable and somewhere we would be happy to holiday ourselves. We do not use agents or sub-contracted clearers and manage the property ourselves. But we ask guests to remember the Firs Annexe dates back to the 1670’s. Since your review we have written to several recent guests and requested their critical, honest and constructive feedback on how we can improve The Firs Annexe. We have been really touched with the complimentary responses received and the exception of the fridge and mattress everyone found the cottage to be lovely. In May this year (2017) we have purchased a new fridge, mattress, pillows, duvet & saucepans. The kitchen crockery, cutlery were placed less than a year ago. The bathroom tiles are always cleaned (along with the rest of the bathroom) and the bathroom was completely renewed back in 2012. However we have booked a local tradesperson to touch up the silicon & grout around the bath. Some of the floor boards in the living room are uneven and our trades person is going to lift the carpet to check and remedy anything that needs doing but we do ask our guests to keep in mind The Firs Annexe is a listed property that dates back to the 1600’s, where uneven floor boards and low ceilings were common place. As with any property sometimes things can go wrong and in this rare circumstance we ask guests to let us know. We only live 10 minutes away. We do feel your review was a little negative and we are sorry you were not able to enjoy the Firs Annexe as previous guests have done so. We do also wish you had contacted us during your stay informing us of your concerns rather than waiting until you had returned home as we may have been able to rectify some of your concerns at the time. We do agree on some of the issues raised and have rectified these for future guests. Kind regards Nick & Rachael Peck.
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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.


Rates & Availability

Wrabness Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 4 2017 - Aug 17 2017
1 night minimum stay
Aug 18 2017 - Aug 24 2017
1 night minimum stay
Aug 25 2017 - Sep 21 2017
1 night minimum stay
Sep 22 2017 - Oct 19 2017
1 night minimum stay
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 26 2017
1 night minimum stay
Oct 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
1 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 4 2018
1 night minimum stay
Jan 5 2018 - Feb 8 2018
1 night minimum stay
Feb 9 2018 - Feb 15 2018
1 night minimum stay
Feb 16 2018 - Mar 22 2018
1 night minimum stay
Mar 23 2018 - Apr 5 2018
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover day is flexible. Please contact the owner to discuss your requirements.
A deposit of 30% of the total rent is required to secure your booking with the full balance of your rent being due 4 weeks before your holiday starts.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.