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Rye Farm

Property Address: Rye Farm, Rye Lane, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, CO2 0JL

Property Type: B&B

Price Range: £30 - £45

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Owner: Virginia Bunting

Tel: +44 (0)7976 524276

Ideal for a relaxing break, Rye Farm lies on the edge of the village of Layer de la Haye in north east Essex. It is situated in attractive, unspoiled rural surroundings, about 4 miles south of Colchester.

The 17th century moated farmhouse is the home of Virginia and Peter Bunting who offer a warm personal welcome to their guests. Rye Farm enjoys a quiet location, adjacent to Abberton Reservoir, a Wetland of International Importance and one of the most important wildfowl havens in Europe. The entrance to Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre is just over a mile away by road. Nearby Colchester is Britain's oldest recorded town with plenty to see and do.

If you have not been to this area before, you should not be put off by some of the commonly held perceptions of Essex. North east Essex is an attractive rural area with an interesting coastline which accounts for the several nature reserves in this part of the county. There are also historic towns and villages to visit. We are not far from the Suffolk border and Dedham Vale, better known as Constable country. Rye Farm provides an excellent base for exploring. For details of just a few of the local places of interest see our Local Attractions page.

Bed and Breakfast: In the farmhouse itself we have three double rooms, each with a double bed. For details of facilities and prices see the Bed and Breakfast Accommodation page.

Self-Catering Holiday Apartments: During 2009 we completed the conversion of our old 17th century cart lodge into three attractive self-catering apartments. Each offers a high standard of comfortable accommodation and is comprehensively equipped. For information on facilities and prices go to the Self-Catering Accommodation page. From there you will find links to pages describing each individual apartment, its facilities, furnishings and equipment together with pictures of the interiors.

Car Parking: Ample parking is available, close to the farmhouse for bed and breakfast guests, close to the apartments for self-catering guests.

Accreditations: Rye Farm has been inspected by VisitBritain (Tourist Board) and awarded four star gradings for both its bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation. We also hold VisitBritain 'Walkers Welcome' and Cyclists Welcome' approvals.

Local Amenities: The village of Layer de la Haye is about ten minutes walk from the farm. The village has a shop selling newspapers, bread, milk, alcohol and a limited range of groceries. Also in the village are two pubs which serve food. The Layer Fox is near the shop and so within walking distance. The Donkey & Buskins is further away and going by car is recommended. An excellent choice of eating and shopping options can be found in Colchester, less than 4 miles away.

Bookings and Further Information: To make a booking or request further information please see the Contact Details page.

Directions to Rye Farm: On the Contact page you will detailed Directions on how to find us.

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