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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
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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.

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
  • 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: Lake and two ponds in garden (no fishing), 11 yards

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What do our customers say?

  • 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

    Mcc

    Posted by anonymous

    This was the second time we had booked a stay at Eldred House, & again the quiet & rural location and extensive views all contributed to a most peaceful and refreshing time. The on-site mangers (and any gardeners encountered) were unobtrusive yet friendly &helpful when needed.

    Confirmed guest, 15/09/2017 18/09/2017
  • 10

    J

    Posted by anonymous

    The whole family, ages 7 to 77, had a great week here. The adults enjoyed relaxing in wonderfully comfortable and tasteful surroundings, while the children were out making dens in the wood or swinging on the tyres. Plenty to do and see in the area too. We shall definitely be back!

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017 10/09/2017
  • 10

    Debbie

    Posted by anonymous

    Beautifully stunning house in wonderful surroundings

    Confirmed guest, 08/05/2017 11/08/2017
  • 10

    Philippa

    Posted by anonymous

    We had a brilliant three night stay for a four generation family get together. The house and grounds were even better than in the photos. The younger generation had a wonderful day out at Colchester Zoo which is only a short drive from the house. There were many animals to see and interaction activities, much better than London Zoo. There were many stunning walks to take in the grounds of the house or longer ones available without the need of a car. Attention to detail not only meant that everything looked beautiful and was so comfortable it also meant that there were picnic blankets and touches on hand so the kids were able to go out into the garden at night and lay on the lawn to star gaze. So many happy memories were made for us all to treasure. We would love to return!

    Confirmed guest, 20/04/2017 23/04/2017
  • 10

    Andrew

    Posted by anonymous

    Great house and wonderful garden. Presented and equipped as a family home on the grand scale. Facilities and equipment are first class.... gym has professional level equipment. One minor challenge is the AGA for a large group dinner.... but the kitchen is always warm. Traditional beach resorts are close by and you can walk to the pub.... where the food is also good.

    Confirmed guest, 14/04/2017 22/04/2017
9.9 out of 10 – based on 13 reviews collected by ReeVoo