The Hayloft

“An impressive barn conversion that suits couples, groups of friends, or families with children.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Colchester, Essex

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With a fully glazed frontage which maximises light and farm views, the Hayloft sits centrally in the farmyard, an impressive conversion of a traditional black boarded Essex barn, formally used for crop storage and threshing hay. The conversion retains many original and natural features including original beams upstairs. Accommodation-wise, the open plan downstairs living area looks out onto the enclosed courtyard patio and outside seating for six with a gas barbecue provided from May to September. There are three bedrooms upstairs; a master with King bed, ensuite shower room, TV and views of the farm. There's also a double bedroom with storage and original oak features, a twin bunk bedroom and a family bathroom, with heated towel rail and in tub shower. There is ample and secure vehicle parking alongside the private gated entrance. This quiet retreat suits couples, groups of friends, or families with children. For child-friendly holidays, there are toys, books, games and toddler equipment – including a highchair, travel cot, booster seat, stair gate and toddler step stool. Entertain the whole family with the Smart TV and there are also chargers for Android and Apple devices to keep everyone online via the free mobile broadband WiFi. All linens and towels are provided with beds made up on arrival, plus a welcome tea tray. The property is strictly no smoking and no pets (trained assistance dogs are welcomed). For guests with limited mobility, please note that you may not be able to access first floor bedrooms and bathrooms – please contact before booking to confirm the facilities are suitable.

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VisitEngland 4 Star Self Catering Accommodation

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The Hayloft
Carpenters Farm, St Marys Road, Great Bentley, COLCHESTER, ESSEX, CO7 8NJ


  • Total units: 1
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Cots provided
  • High chairs
  • Child gates
  • Onsite fishing
  • Private garden
  • Garden furniture
  • BBQ on site
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Microwave
  • Freezer
  • Sky or freeview
  • En suite
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Internet
Room Rates
  • Low season minimum price: £1180
  • High season minimum price: £1600
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Changeover day: Friday during high season, Mondays/Fridays September to May. can be flexible

About the area

Discover Essex

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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