NEW! Luxury barn with rustic style set in a picturesque Essex village
Why Mel chose Saffron Walden
The Dovecote is a barn on the family farm. Until this renovation it was falling into disrepair so by creating a 1bed outhouse we're trying to give it a new life! This is the first renovation our family has ever done so we may have got a little carried away, a lot of attention to detail and personal ideals have gone into creating a cosy, fun and inviting space for guests to enjoy.
What makes this Barn unique
Such a unique property, the Dovecote has a barrel load of one-off characteristics; * Original oak beams throughout * Kitchen custom made from old potato boxes from the farm * All internal doors are made from reclaimed barn doors/wood from the farm * Wine glasses hang from a rake in the kitchen * Bathroom walls are partially made of glass to maintain the stunning view of the original oak beamed ceiling * Bathroom cabinet is made from a huge slice of elm tree and old farm tools * Peaceful remote location
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
What we hoped for
Comfortable and well furnished with thoughtful additions, such as flowers and cake when we arrived and food in the fridge. We had a couple of teething problems, which were quickly dealt with. Unfortunately no phone signal at the property hampered communication, but WiFi was fine. Following satnav got us nearly there, but it would have been helpful to have more directions in the village. The property was well supplied with tourist information, apart from places to eat. Overall it was everything we wanted.
Lovely little place. Mel is an excellent host.
Great classically themed, modern house! Home away from home.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay this weekend at The Dovecote. From the beginning Mel was both accomodating and welcoming, helping us by being flexible in terms of timings when possible and also welcoming us with some homely treats left in the accomodation. My partner and I wanted a long weekend (Friday to Sunday) away to relax and unwind and The Dovecote provided just that. There were plenty of things to do around the area, but when we got there the weather was dreadful so we were just as content staying in and relaxing by the woodburner with a glass of wine, some home cooked meals and telly. The bed is extremely comfortable (didn't want to leave it) and such a lovely rain shower. The house was surprisingly very warm, with only needing to put the fire on when we first arrived, and turn up the floor heating. For the days after we did not need to light the fire again as the floor heating was enough for a very toasty environment. I would recommend stocking up on supplies before arriving to allow for full enjoyment if not wanting to leave the house, as the supermarkets are a little bit of a drive out.
All in all we really enjoyed our trip, and will definitely be making a return. Thanks Mel!
An excellent place to unwind
We had a lovely stay at the Dovecote. Mel was a great host- there was some lovely fruit cake, milk and eggs on arrival which was much appreciated. We enjoyed some lovely walks in the snow and found some nice local pubs. The log burner made it lovely and snug whilst it was chilly outside.
Thank you Mel :)
A wonderful renovation which has created a cosy comfortable hideaway.
Our first stay using homeaway. Could not have been better in any way. A lot of work and clever imagination has gone into the sympathetic renovation of this dovecote and the interior decoration and ambience is creative and very much in character. The owner is generous and thoughtful, in our case putting up a fairly large and beautifully decorated Christmas tree and leaving the lights on for our arrival. There were fairy lights strung across the beam above the bed. The lighting throughout is atmospheric. The heated floors are a real treat and keep all areas warm and cosy. If it is really cold there is a wood burner which is perfect, the flue going through the bedroom keeping that toasty warm too. The kitchen area is perfectly adequate and well equipped...we ate in two out of three nights. The owner left for us a cake, bottle of bubbly and a few fridge items, and many other little touches, so thoughtful and generous. We've sat for several hours in the living room chatting with our friend who lives nearby and who we haven't seen for over a year...it just couldn't have been a better place to catch up. Even though it took us almost five hours to get there, we will most certainly stay at the Dovecote again when we go to see our friend.
Lovely remote getaway surrounded by beautiful countryside
Highly recommended, the weekend stay was exactly what we had in mind. The cottage is self-contained with all the basic facilities you would need for a comfortable stay, plus some nice touches and luxuries provided by the hosts. The cottage itself feels recently refurbished, to a high standard and with careful attention to detail. The surrounding area is stunning and we easily found our way around the many public footpaths through rolling fields thanks to the recommended walking routes and OS maps helpfully provided in the cottage. The owner was highly responsive to all communications.