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A small and idyllic escape, secluded on a 300-acre family-run farm in North Essex, with a luxurious combination of treehouse, cabin, and bell tent retreats with private hot tubs, that offer a little something for everyone.

Friendly and family-run, Malting Farm offers a range of individually designed and lovingly furnished holiday retreats, all beautifully positioned in a secluded North Essex meadow.

Surrounded by soothing nature walks, a sweeping coastline, and serene, picnic-worthy riversides, you'll find it hard to believe that you're a mere 90 minutes away from the bustle of London!

Perfect for couples and families alike, accommodation includes luxury treehouses (available from summer 2022), stylish, rustic cabins, and an enchanting glamping glade that's home to four family-sized bell tents... so there's something to suit everyone.

No matter which you choose, you'll find a scrumptious home-baked cake to help your stay get off to a delicious start!

You'll discover the treehouses nestled amongst whispering oaks that soar over the meadow. Created from natural materials, huge windows showcase those gorgeous green views to perfection... though you may prefer savouring them from your al fresco hot tub, instead.

Inside awaits a leafy living space, stargazing windows, and a downy superking bed - these are treehouses that represent the ultimate childhood fantasy, all grown up!

Named after Essex's native wildlife, the three cabins each boast their own unique style, sleeping 4-6 guests in rural comfort, with private hot tubs plus indoor kitchen and dining facilities.

The Scandi-inspired Stoats Burrow features a kingsize bed and double-sized bunks, with natural tones and plenty of cosy throws for that unmistakable sense of hygge, while Hare's Hideaway boasts an indulgent feature bath in the master bedroom.

Ideal for slightly larger families, Otters Lodge includes a kingsize bedroom, separate kitchen and dining facilities, and two sets of bunks in the second bedroom for the ultimate in flexibility.

Prefer relaxing under canvas? Complete with generous communal facilities, the magical Glamping Glade is ideal for groups of up to 16. Each of the four bell tents come gloriously equipped with a double bed, two singles, and a twinkling tea-light chandelier that's ideal for dreamy evenings of conversation and storytelling.

What to do once you've settled in? You'll have access to the farm's fun communal areas, which include a zip wire, nature trail and Brook Meadow menagerie.

There's also a small honesty shop to help you stock up on essentials, and even the option to order a mouth-watering, locally sourced breakfast hamper, or a selection of tasty suppers, if cooking isn't your thing.

With every last holiday comfort covered, you're free to hire some bikes and whizz through the country lanes, or try your hand at paddleboarding on the reservoir. Just make sure you're back in time to catch another mesmerising sunset sinking over the trees... it's a sight you won't want to miss.

Things to note

Treehouses will be available to book from summer 2022. Travel cots and highchairs are available at a small extra cost. The Glamping Glade is available for group bookings only throughout July/August/September 2021. The whole site can be booked for larger groups on request.

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The basics

The basics

Region: Little Bentley, Essex
Cost (from): £110 per night (bell tent)
Sleeps: 4-6 per unit
Bedrooms: Varies
Bathrooms: Varies
Minimum stay: 3/4 nights
Property ref: 1872



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Luxury treehouse, cabin, and bell tent accommodation, sleeping 4-6 guests each.

Treehouses: large windows with meadow views, living space, superking beds, extensive outdoor decking with private hot tubs.

3 x Cabins (4-6) guests: 2 bedrooms, 1 kingsize, 1 with 2 or 4 bunks, TV, bathroom facilities, outdoor decking with private hot tub, barbecue. All cabins have indoor kitchen and dining facilities (including underfloor heating, dishwashers and boiling hot water taps...)

Glamping Glade with 4 bell tents (4 guests each / 16 as a group): 1 double bed and 2 single airbeds per tent, with tea-light chandelier.  Communal firepit/dining area, kitchen facilities, purpose-built shower and toilet block.

On site: nature trail, zip wire, brook meadow menagerie, honesty shop. Paddleboarding, fishing and cycling also on site.

Local Activities

Nature trails, cycling, paddleboarding, fishing, historic towns, coastal walks, pubs, restaurants, Dedham vale AONB, Walton beach fossil collecting, Colchester Zoo

At a glance

At a glance

  • A stylish and luxurious collection of retreats, secluded in a meadow on a 300-acre family-run farm in North Essex, just 90 minutes from London.
  • Individually designed accommodation comprises:
    • 2 luxury treehouses, each with private hot tub (coming soon)
    • 3 stylish cabins (4-6 guests) each with private hot tub
    • Exclusive ‘glamping glade' with communal facilities and 4 furnished bell tents (4 guests) to sleep 16 guests in total
  • On-site facilities include a zip wire, nature trail and farm menagerie. There is also a small honesty shop, and the option to order breakfast hampers and/or tasty suppers.
  • Bike hire is available to help you explore the local area, or why not try paddleboarding on the reservoir?

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