“Well-equipped cottages with in a semi-rural location with an outdoor pool” - VisitEngland Assessor
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
We have adopted a policy of leaving gaps between bookings to enable safer cleaning. Owners wear disposable gloves when dealing with refuse. We plan to add our Coronavirus policy to our website ASAP.
Our Inspector's View
Birds Farm is in a semi rural location, four miles to the east of Colchester and two miles from the university. The five cottages have either one, two or three bedrooms. Four cottages are on ground floor level, surrounding a central courtyard; the remaining cottage is in the main barn and set over two levels. All cottages are well equipped and have thermostatically controlled electric heating. Other facilities include an open-air seasonal pool, games room and complimentary Wi-fi.
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About The area
Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.
Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore:
- the great Waltham Abbey
- Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
- the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
- Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.
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