About Your Hosts – self catering holidays

Ian Lock

Ian grew up in Colchester, Essex where he spent many happy years before moving to London to be with Angela (now Ian’s wife). After a period of time living in West London, Ian and Angela returned home to Essex where they spent several years renovating and building a portfolio of properties.

With a passion for nature and in search of a more simplistic way of life, Ian stumbled across Nightingales Farm, Colne Engaine, Essex in 2007, and has not looked back since. Ian knew the project was going to be a long term one, and with his keen eye for detail and excellent creative skills, he set about bringing a new lease of life to the 220 year old property.

In spring 2013, planning permission was granted to convert the original Cart Lodge at Nightingales Farm into stunning self-catering accommodation. With initial help at the beginning from fellow tradesmen, Ian worked tirelessly to complete this exciting project which guests can now enjoy. Not only does The Cart Lodge boast of a contemporary and comfortable interior, it also fully takes in the beautiful rural setting that Nightingales Farm is graced with and offers a tranquil countryside retreat for self-catering holidays in Essex.

Angela Lock

After studying fashion design at the Colchester Institute in Essex, Angela spent several years in the retail industry before stepping into the world of recruitment. Following a series of senior positions held in London, Angela eventually returned to Colchester in 1999 where she set up her own recruitment consultancy.

As with Ian, Angela’s passion for nature, culture and conservation grew after experiencing many vacations based around wildlife and eco-tourism. With the pull of the countryside and her new found rural retreat and tranquil settings, Angela sought to establish the perfect work/life balance. Following a change of direction, Angela took time out to put the finishing touches to her home and the Cart Lodge. She now divides her time between looking after the guests visiting the Cart Lodge and working together with the Federation of Small Business.

Self-catering holidays. The Cart Lodge at Nightingales Farm offers you self-catering accommodation in the beautiful Essex countryside and is close to the county of Suffolk. To find out more about how to book, please contact us


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