Rural countryside retreat

A warm welcome awaits you at your rural countryside retreat, The Cart Lodge, whether you come as a family, with friends or as a couple. This beautiful rural countryside retreat offers comfortable self-catering accommodation. It’s an experience you’ll want to repeat and come back again and again. See what some of our guests had to say…

A wonderful time had as a family with our 1 year old. Love the local area, great to spend time enjoying it rather than driving through it. The Cart Lodge is very cosy, Home from Home. Thank you 🙂

The Weatherleys – North Essex
Nov, 2017

Thank you for a lovely stay during our Easter break. We had lots fun building sandcastles at Frinton-on-Sea and rowing on the river Flatford Mill. All the best

The Jump Family – Berkhampstead
Apr, 2017

Had the most amazing time in this beautiful lodge. Wish we could stay longer! We’ll be back! 🙂 xxx

The Masters Family – Lincolnshire
Feb, 2017

What a fabulous Cottage. Beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Wish we had booked for longer! Lovely x

The Ashtoom Family – East West Yorks
Jan, 2017

Had a wonderful time. Beautiful Cottage! Everything we needed. Had a great time exploring the area. Highly recommended Thank you 🙂

The Franklin Family – North Essex
Jan, 2017

A wonderful relaxing break a ‘Home from Home’! Beautifully decorated we would definitely return. Highly recommended x

Mr & Mrs Davies – Bedford
Oct, 2016

Wow! What an amazing place, real hidden gem. Beautiful accommodation and surroundings. Fantastic owners who cant’t do enough for you. Thank you very much

Lisa & Liam – Liverpool & Karen & Nathan – Chester
Sep, 2016

We had an amazing week staying at your beautifil lodge, very homely had everything we needed. We had a fantastic time seeing beautiful places and the gorgeous countryside. Thanks for being so friendly & helpful x

The Robery Family
Aug, 2016

Arguably the best family holiday we have ever had! Fantastic accommodation, beautiful countryside & welcoming hosts. Hope to return again soon

The Place Family – Abbeystead Lancs
Aug, 2016

An absolute find!! Beautiful cottage with everything you could wish for. Thank you for letting us share your home, views and surroundings. We will definitely be back again! x

The Garland- Smith Family – Devon
Jun, 2016

Lovely Cottage to stay for our Wedding weekend. Would love to stay again in the future. Thank you x

Mr & Mrs Hill – South Essex

Had a lovely and relaxing time in this gorgeous home from home Cottage. Could not fault it at all, definitely 5* and we will be recommending it to friends and family

Faye & Adam – Brentwood
May, 2016

A big thank you to you both for a wonderful few days. The Cart Lodge is even more beautiful than the pictures suggest on line. A real Home from Home, you have given it real magic! x

Stephen, Kelly & the Girls – Somerset
Apr, 2016

Beautiful Cart Lodge with everything we needed and a great location too. We’ve had a wonderful few days and are sad to be going home…we’ll be back!

Pauline, Henry & Izzy – South Essex
Mar, 2016

Best Time Ever! Very luxurious, loved every minute of it. Many Thanks

Wendy & Steve – Manchester
Feb, 2016

Fabulous! Lovely place to stay, very relaxing…Many thanks. We’ll be back

Peter & Heather – Milton Keynes
Feb, 2016

We spent a wonderful weekend and recreation time at The Cart Lodge whilst visiting friends…what wonderful landscape. Thank you

The Fuchs & Pelikan Famliy – Germany
Jan, 2016

We had a great time here at the Cart Lodge, loved the Christmas Tree and all the decorations. Very cosy it just felt like Home! Great views across the fields and countryside, wish we could stay longer 5 STARS

Morrison Family – Perthshire
Dec, 2015

A wonderful lodge, every detail has been thought about. There is nothing that could be improved upon. A great base, quiet, luxury lodge for my sister and I to have a glass of wine together of an evening. Fantastic, we cant wait to return. Thank you so much x

Mrs A Buckee – Enfield
Oct, 2015

From the moment we walked in we fell in love with the cute lodge. Thank you so much for having us and thank you Ian for being so kind in the process x

Sherrie & David – South Essex
Oct, 2015

We chose to stay at the Cart Lodge as it stood out from all the others on line and we were not disappointed. It was all we hoped for and more. We will definitely recommend to family and friends…a wonderful week thank you

The Dark Family – Lincolnshire
Oct, 2015

The past two weeks here in this lovely barn have been so peaceful and relaxing it is perfect escape from all the stresses and strains of life! The surrounding countryside views from all the windows are great for watching the hare, rabbits and quails in the field and walks cross the fields and around the lake are really enjoyable. Afterwards relaxing in the evening by the cosy log burner has will be so memorable.

Our stay here has been so relaxing and we were made to feel at home straight away by Ian and Angela. We will take home special memories of watching muntjac deer in the fields opposite and barn owls flying over at dusk, we have really enjoyed out holiday here and are sad to be leaving this lovely holiday home.

R Oberholzer & J Russell – Braintree
Aug, 2015

Stylish Barn – Loved it! Comfy sofa, soft carpet under your feet, even sweet smelling towels…I want one!

Hyslop Family – Norfolk
Jul, 2015

Delightful Barn conversion in a beautiful location. Comfortable and stylish we shall be back for a longer stay next time 🙂

Broadley – Flacks Family – Balham, London

We have had a wonderful time using the Cart Lodge as our base whilst visiting friends and family during our 3 week stay. It’s beautiful and provides all the comforts of a ‘home’. Thank you Ian & Angela! x

The Lennard Family – Sydney Australia
Apr, 2015

What a lovely property! Not a thing we would change, well equipped, easy to find and close to amenities and a great pub! Ian couldn’t do enough for us and provided wonderful welcome. We will be recommending the Cart Lodge and we hope to be back soon for a longer stay. Wonderful beds and Bedding!!!

The Birt Family – Ramsey Cambridgeshire
Mar, 2015

Wonderful cottage, could not have wanted for anything. Lovely welcome from Ian, walks around the lake and fantastic views. Can recommend lunch at The Pheasant in Gessingthorpe. We’ll be back!

T Lowe – London
Feb, 2015

2nd time round and still had an amazing time! Home from home and will certainly be back

Mrs & Mrs Andrews – Surrey
Jan, 2015

We all thoroughly enjoyed our time as a family and thank you for a great warm welcome. We will highly recommend The Cart Lodge as a great place to stay

The Hunter Family – Amsterdam

Had a lovely break, made all the better by staying in your very comfortable and well equipped Cottage. Visited several new places and will take back many happy memories

Mr & Mrs Hall – Suffolk
Nov, 2014

What a fantastic Lodge – can we move in? The decor and furnishings are first class, the views are amazing and so peaceful and a very friendly welcome from Ian too. We shall be back!

Mr & Mrs Dennis – Surrey
Nov, 2014

We wanted to stay in a country setting but in accommodation as good as our own home…this place was idyllic! We also had an activity filled few days exploring Constable Country, Colne Valley Railway and Sutton Hoo but there are still so many places we would like to see – so we are coming back!

The Yoon Family – London
Oct, 2014

The Lodge has been very sensitively converted into a comfortable holiday home with tasteful fittings and furnishings. We enjoyed a lovely week visiting several National Trust properties and Gardens and exploring the local towns and villages. Thanks for you warm welcome to this scenic area where we have found everyone friendly

Mr & Mrs Rolfe – Shropshire
Oct, 2014

We all had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. Beautiful location with wonderful views and walks. The Cart Lodge is outstanding, well equipped and homely. Thank you and Angela for making us so welcome, we would love to make a return visit.

The Light Family – New Forest 
Oct, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this pretty and well equipped cottage. Great location for visiting some of Essex pretty villages. Hopefully we shall return in the not to distant future. Thank you Ian and Angela for all your kindness

Kumar Family – Scotland
Sep, 2014

Thank you for a wonderful relaxing weekend in the country and congratulations on the cart lodge it’s perfect!

Mr & Mrs Taylor – London
Aug, 2014

Gorgeous cottage & location I loved all the surroundings wheat fields and the short walk to the Village shop was perfect

The Gannon Family – California
Aug, 2014

Thank you for a wonderful week in an amazing lodge and thanks to Ian & Angela for being so friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay again

The Burt Family – Nottinghamshire
Aug, 2014

Lovely location, quiet, peaceful relaxing views. Cottage equipped to a high standard, with good quality towels and bedding. 15 minutes walk to the village pub if you don’t fancy cooking. Beautiful area of north Essex. Helpful, friendly owners. 

Mr & Mrs Mellors – Lancashire
Jul, 2014

Perfect weekend in a very cosy and well thought-out Lodge. Even though it rained all weekend we still has a fabulous time!  5 Stars

We had a fantastic time and liked the Rabbits and the Hares. Thank you for having us x

The Talbot Family – London
May, 2014

We booked this lodge last min and fell on are feet, we absolutely loved every min of are stay at The Cart Lodge. The owners Ian and Angela greeted us with a lovely warm welcome and nothing felt like to much trouble. They was on hand if we needed anything but at the same time we didn’t feel we were being kept an eye on. The lodge really felt like a home from home and with two long daughters under 3 that was just what we wanted. We spent a lot of are stay out and about visiting local attractions. The owners have provided leaflets to show what was going on not just in the immediate area but also just a short drive away. This was a god send as we hadn’t had time to look into this ourselves. We wish we could of stayed longer just to relax in this beautiful lodge with its old character charm and romantic log burner. We would defiantly go back. Thank you

The Clark Family – Lincoln
May, 2014

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