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7 Nights See prices

  • £2500  to  £3350

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Short Breaks

  • The property is only available for a minimum of 7 nights

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    5 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    7 (all year)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    No Dogs

  • Access

    Ground floor

  • Swimming Pool
  • Log Burner

About Curates Cottage

Curates Cottage is somewhere exceptional. With its spacious rooms, elegant proportions and three acres of gardens, the country house comfortably sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms (or ten with the use of the separate Studio in the grounds) and is perfect for groups of friends or families with adult children. Not only does it have five lovely reception rooms, but it also has an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court. Set in beautiful countryside six miles from Colchester, you could leave your desk in London and be luxuriating in the garden with a glass of wine in less than two hours.

Essex is a beautiful county with much to offer in terms of historic sites as well as gorgeous rural and coastal views. On the Essex / Suffolk border, the cottage is less than 15-minutes from Colchester which offers lots of fun for a day out. In addition to Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle, the ancient market town has remains dating back to when Colchester was the Roman capital of Britain.

Days out can include touring Dedham Vale, 20 minutes from the cottage, whose pretty landscape was immortalised on canvas by John Constable lending it the nickname of "Constable Country". Alternatively, walk or cycle around Abberton Reservoir, climb the 99 steps to the top of Layer Marney Tower, or stroll beside the Blackwater River at Maldon. Mersea Island is also within easy reach and an absolute must-see for anyone who enjoys delicious fresh seafood.

Curates Cottage is wonderfully welcoming. The house's layout is perfect for socialising but also has quiet spaces where guests can relax in peace and enjoy a little solitude. In addition to the main cottage, there is a separate studio apartment in the grounds which sleeps two more people, bringing the potential accommodation of Curates Cottage to 10 guests. Please see the owner's website for more information on both the cottage and studio.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

Claire van Helfteren joined Independent Cottages in July 2020


Enquire online:

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Log Burner
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Bike Storage
  • Tennis Onsite
  • Golf Nearby
  • Kingsize +
  • Piano
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • DVD Player
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Dish washer
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Family Activity

Location (Essex)

Accommodation Comprises:

Curates Cottage is a period house with a traditional layout and accommodation over two levels.


  • With time to spend, you'll love lazy breakfasts in the charming kitchen/diner, where the solid wood table easily seats up to 10 people and is also a great spot for a card game or a jigsaw puzzle. The kitchen is well equipped with cooking equipment, plates and glasses, with the AGA range cooker taking centre stage.
  • Long lunches and special meals are a joy in the conservatory where the dining table has uninterrupted views of the garden. Underfloor heating keeps the room at a comfortable temperature all year round, making it perfect for everything from a quiet cup of coffee on a summer morning to Christmas lunch with all of the trimmings. A walk-in pantry provides ample storage.
  • Light the wood burner and put your feet up with a good book or a film in the lovely sitting room. Double aspect windows make it light and welcoming even on a gloomy day and the owners have thoughtfully provided a selection of books for guests to enjoy during their stay.
  • Flex your musical muscles in the sunny music room where there is a mini-grand piano.
  • Burn off some calories in the home gym which has a treadmill, cross trainer and other fitness equipment.
  • Groups need more than one bathroom which is why the downstairs shower room with a shower, WC and handbasin is so handy.
  • Convenient utility room with laundry facilities and a door exiting to the side of the property.


  • Spacious master bedroom with a king-sized bed and proper storage. The ensuite has a shower, WC and a handbasin.
  • The remaining three bedrooms are all double rooms with big sash windows, ample storage and lovely views over the garden.
  • Family bathroom with a bath and walk-in shower.
  • Cloakroom with a WC and a handbasin.

Studio: The studio is rented separately and located across the drive from the cottage so perfect for grandparents who would like some quiet personal space. Offering self-contained holiday accommodation for two guests, studio style accommodation comprises: living / bedroom with comfy seating, TV, king-size bed and access out onto the patio; Shower room and Kitchenette with fridge, microwave and small table with 2 chairs.

Outside: Curates Cottage has superb outdoor leisure facilities that include a pool with sun loungers, a huge patio with both a dining area and a seating area, and an all-weather tennis court. There are plenty of places outside (and in) to find a quiet spot and relax with a good book or glass of wine. There is a house cat (who can be put outside if guests have allergies) and also chickens in a run which often lay fresh eggs which guests are welcome to enjoy (no feeding required but they will enjoy any vegetable scraps guests wish to feed them). Off-road parking for up to eight cars.

Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, sheets and bath towels are all provided. Babies and children over the age of five are welcome. Short breaks (minimum of three nights) are possible all year round depending on availability. Smoking is not permitted.

Curates Cottage Tariff & Supplementary Information

Season Weekly Rate Short Breaks

Sat, 8th Jan 2022 - Sat, 30th Apr 2022
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sun, 1st May 2022 - Thu, 1st Sep 2022
Changeover: Sunday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 8-10 in 5 bedrooms (1 King, 3 Doubles + Studio sleeping 2)
Enquire with owner
Sorry, the owner does not accept pets
Ground floor accommodation
No smoking
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Cheque, Bank Transfer
Group Booking Details:
All male groups - Please enquire with owner.
All female groups - Please enquire with owner.
Catering available - Yes (by arrangement).
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
Help combat online fraud. Speak to the owner on our officially verified number: +44(0)7557 563074 before paying by bank transfer.
Children must be supervised when around / using the swimming pool.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

Owner Area

Claire van Helfteren
Member Since July 2020

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Curates Cottage Noticeboard

Please note Pool is open May to End September
N.B. if booking Curates and the studio for 10 guests we offer discount - in 2020 low season = £1,500 - 3 nights £2,400 for 7 nights
High season £1,800 for 3 nights £3,500 for 7 nights
2021 low season £1,700 for 3 nights £2,600 for 7 nights .High season £2,000 for three nights £3,800 for 7 nights.
N.B. if Curates is booked alone there will not be guests in the studio. There are some times when only bookings for both will be accepted.

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Curates Cottage 18 Month Availability Calendar

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* Calendar last updated: 16th January 2022
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