Ideal for a relaxing break. Watch the bird life and enjoy a walk in the countryside. A rural location but close enough to Colchester to explore Britain's oldest recorded town. 15 minutes from Mersea Island and 30 minutes from the coast. Abberton wildfowl centre is just 2 miles away.

Pondview on the ground floor is a twin bedded apartment with a shower. The lounge, dining room and kitchen are open plan and it does have a view over the pond!

Cartlodge also on the ground floor has a king size bed and is suitable for wheelchair access, with a wet room. It has a view towards the moat.

It also has an open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen.

The Granary is upstairs and has a double and a single bedroom. The bathroom has a bath with an overhead shower. The view from the Granary is over the fields toward the reservoir.

The Courtyard stands on its own and has an open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen. There are two twin bedrooms, both en suite. One upstairs has a bath with overhead shower and the one downstairs has a shower. There is dishwasher and laundry room.

All bedding and towels are provided. Electricity, heating and washing/drying facilities are included.

There is ample parking. Rye Farm is open all year.

Short breaks minimum of 3 nights, subject to availability. We have guests who make many return visits - that says it all!

Cycle storage available.

Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Cartlodgefrom £360.00 to £420.00 per unit per week
Pondviewfrom £360.00 to £420.00 per unit per week
The Courtyardfrom £460.00 to £590.00 per unit per week
The Granaryfrom £420.00 to £490.00 per unit per week

*Low season is January to March and November to December excluding Christmas to New Year. Mid season is April to June and October.
High Season is July to September and the Christmas to New Year week. 3 day breaks are available. Prices shown are for mid season



  • Assisted wheelchair users - Cartlodge and Pondview are both wheelchair accessible. Cartlodge has a wet room. Pondview has a step in shower cubicle. Courtyard is wheelchair accessible. There is a ramp and a downstairs bedroom. The shower is a step in shower.
  • Disabled facilities - Cartlodge is wheelchair accessible and has a wet room
  • Elderly and less mobile - Cartlodge and Pondview are both on the ground floor. Courtyard has a downstairs bedroom.
  • Part-time wheelchair users
  • Wet rooms


  • Barbecue
  • Foodshop/mobile foodshop - There is a general store and a farm shop butcher in the village
  • Restaurant - There are two pubs in the village.


  • Children welcome - Children welcome from age 2

Cooking Facilities

  • Cooker - Full size cooker
  • Dishwasher - Available in Courtyard only
  • Freezer
  • Microwave cooker
  • Oven - Full size cooker

COVID-19 Response

  • Advance booking essential
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place - If cancellation is due to COVID rebooking or refunding available
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Open now - Self catering from the 4th.July 2020

Heating Facilities

  • Central heating

Laundry Facilities

  • Drying facilities
  • Ironing facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Washing machine - Shared facility for Granary/Cartlodge/Pondview. Courtyard has it's own laundry.

Leisure Facilities

  • Cycles for hire - Available from a Cycle Hire firm in Colchester
  • Free WIFI
  • Golf available (onsite or nearby)
  • Leisure club (onsite or nearby)
  • Secure cycle storage

Linen & Bedding

  • Linen provided


  • Free Parking on Site
  • Private parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs/pets NOT accepted
  • Non-smoking property
  • WiFi or internet access

Room/Unit Facilities

  • Bath - Bath with overhead shower in the Granary and Courtyard. Courtyard also has a bedroom with an ensuite shower
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Hairdryer
  • King-sized bed - Available in Granary & Cartlodge. If requested twin beds can be made into doubles in Courtyard.
  • Radio
  • Scenic view
  • Shower - Showers available in all units. Granary has an over bath shower.
  • Television

Site Features

  • Garden
  • Working farm

Room/Unit Facilities: Cartlodge

  • Ground floor bedroom
  • King-sized bed
  • Scenic view
  • Shower

Room/Unit Facilities: Pondview

  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Scenic view
  • Shower

Room/Unit Facilities: The Courtyard

  • Bath
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Shower

Property Facilities: The Granary

  • WiFi or internet access
  • Bath
  • King-sized bed
  • Scenic view
  • Shower

Map & Directions


Road Directions

By Road:A12 to Colchester. Leave at junction 26. Follow signs to Zoo (picture of elephant). Pass the zoo on the right. Next roundabout follow signs to Layer B1026. Once in village turn left at Fox Tavern, then 300yds on right. Sign to Rye Farm, turn right and follow lane all the way to the end (pass cottages on left).

Public Transport Directions

A car will be required to stay at Rye Farm. There is a very limited bus service from the village into Colchester.  The lane from the main road to the farm is half a mile.  We are 5 miles from the train station and this would mean a taxi ride from there.

Rye Farm


Rye Lane, Layer-de-la-Haye, COLCHESTER, Essex, CO2 0JL

Tel: 01206 734350

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Cartldoge/Pondview/Granary/Courtyard (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)


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