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  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 0 Pets
  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Open Fire
  • Rural Location
  • Satellite TV
  • Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
  • Gym
  • Shower Cubicle
  • Celebration Houses
  • Waterside Breaks
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2 nights - mostly start on Fri or Sat
3 nights - must start on Fri

4 nights - must start on Mon
5 nights - 22nd or 29th Dec 2012 only.

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Nestled in glorious grounds with a games room is this large, Grade II* listed elegant property. Ideal for celebrations and get-togethers.

Nestled in glorious grounds with a games room is this large, Grade II* listed elegant property. Ideal for celebrations and get-togethers.

Eldred House is a glorious, Grade II* listed Georgian property located on the edge of Colchester. The oldest part of this beautiful property is believed to date from the 15th century. Surrounded by 52 acres of private woodland and landscaped gardens, the grounds host an abundance of wildlife along with two ponds and a large lake. Featured in the magazine Country Life and Gardeners Illustrated in 2012, the grounds are a big feature to this property, and are maintained by several gardeners throughout the year. The approach to Eldred House is through a secluded woodland road leading to a stunning view of the property, onto a sweeping gravelled drive, accommodating plenty of parking.
Decorated and furnished to an excellent standard throughout, guests have a choice of 8 spacious bedrooms including a top floor apartment-style room with a kitchenette and seating area. It boasts a delightful entrance hall which leads to the elegant drawing room with shuttered sash windows and views over the grounds and landscaped gardens and with the benefit of a gym. There are several open fireplaces within the property for that warm cosy feel in the winter. Although the kitchen is spacious and well-equipped with an Aga, microwave and contemporary fixtures it does not have a conventional oven for cooking. This is the perfect hub for any large family or groups of friends who wish to celebrate and enjoy a country getaway. Renovations to this property mean that the quality is to a fantastic standard, however still in keeping with the character and charm that guests desire. The combination of outstanding beauty, fantastic location and quality accommodation makes Eldred House the perfect location that guests will never forget.

Local attractions include Colchester Castle and Colchester Zoo, with its fantastic range of animals including leopards, elephants, tigers and much more. The local town of Colchester is just a short drive away and is the oldest recorded town in Britain, with an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants. Shop and restaurant 4½ miles, pub 2 miles.

Entrance hall with seating area and open fire. Large, spacious drawing room with open fire, French doors and wooden floor. TV room with Sky TV, table football, table tennis, games console and open fire. Spacious dining room. Large kitchen with wooden floor and Aga (for cooking). Large boot room. Laundry room. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Further two double bedrooms; one with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin), one with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin) and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Attic with seating area, kitchenette and low ceiling.

  • Open fires - fuel included
  • Electricity, biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Three smart TVs (one Satellite)
  • Blu-ray
  • X-box One
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • 52-acre grounds
  • Gas barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Games room with table football, table tennis and games console
  • Gym with cross trainer and rowing machine
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • NB: Maximum occupancy is 16 guests. Lake and two ponds in garden (no fishing), 11 yards. Fireworks are not allowed. This property has a security deposit of £500.

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What do our customers say?

  • 10

    colin

    Posted by anonymous

    Staying at Eldred House is an amazing experience that we will never, ever forget. A beautiful house with fantastic gardens and, beyond the gardens, grounds that one can literally lose oneself in. Every room in the house is a delight and the attention to detail applied by the owners is outstanding. Well equipped, comfortable and luxurious. We have been renting top of the range holiday cottages for almost 40 years and this one is the best by a country mile. Put simply it is perfect.

    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2018 06/06/2018
  • 10

    Amanda

    Posted by anonymous

    This was the best holiday we have ever had and we are just sad that it was only a weekend and that we had not booked for longer - next time maybe! Eldred House is breathtakingly beautiful and we have never felt more relaxed than we did in the house and extensive grounds. We were celebrating our Ruby Wedding anniversary and had our children and grandchildren with us, so three generations who were all equally delighted to be there. The children had so much freedom to run around, play games and build dens in the woods. We enjoyed watching them and spotting the deer at the lake and walking through the woods. We felt the brochure pictures in no way did this home justice and would highly recommend a visit.

    Confirmed guest, 09/04/2018 14/04/2018
  • 10

    Andrew

    Posted by anonymous

    Lovely house and setting with a developing and beautiful garden.Very well appointed and equipped. High quality throughout. Great base for a large family holiday (our second at this location) Would certainly rebook. Wonderful to see all the garden changes since last year which will make an even backdrop to the house as they establish.

    Confirmed guest, 06/04/2018 08/04/2018
  • 10

    Posted by anonymous

    We celebrated a 70th birthday with the entire family and it was the perfect setting for such a special event. Amazing house and grounds finished to an amazing standard

    Confirmed guest, 23/10/2017 15/12/2017
  • 10

    Clare

    Posted by anonymous

    Amazing home with huge space and rooms for a large group, with high quality fixtures & fittings. Beautiful grounds for walking and relaxing. Highly recommended.

    Confirmed guest, 02/10/2017 08/10/2017
10.0 out of 10 – based on 16 reviews collected by ReeVoo