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.

Exterior of the Courtyard Exterior of converted former cart lodge

Virginia and Peter Bunting offer a warm personal welcome to guests staying in their self-catering apartments at Rye Farm.

The 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.

Self-Catering Holiday Apartments: We have four self-catering apartments. Each offers a high standard of comfortable accommodation and is comprehensively equipped. The Courtyard sleeps up to 4 people. The other three apartments are in a building tastefully converted from the farm's former 17th century cart lodge. 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: There is ample parking available for guests, close to the self-catering apartments.

Accreditations: We have made the decision not to be accredited by VisitEngland. However, we pride ourselves on still providing the same four star accommodation and service to our guests, as we have done for many years.

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 comprehensive 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.

Access Statement: Use the following link to view the Access Statement for our Self-Catering Units.

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