The Coach House at Rafe Hall


Pebmarsh is a small village and has a large village hall. There is a childrens park as well as a skate park with three ramps just a two minute walk from The Coach House.

Pebmarsh provides ample opportunity for walking through the beautiful countryside, there are many public footpaths.

The village pub is called The King’s Head and is just a short walk from the house.  It serves good home cooked food and real ales, the pub is a community 'Buy-Out' so is a real local with a great atmosphere.

A river runs straight through the centre of the village, called the River Peb and is where the name of the village ‘Pebmarsh’ comes from.

In view of the Coach House is St John The Baptist Church, a pretty church dated C14 and even mentioned in the Domesday records.

Pebmarsh has two very picturesque reservoirs.  One lake is situated in the centre of Pebmarsh Village.  A beautiful lake with plenty of fish for fishing.

There is also Prestons Lake a 19 acre lake with large stocks of fish and is open all year.

The Coach House is surrounded by farmland and a real farm which sells its own beef and lamb.  We also have the famous Bill Hadley’s ice cream just down the road.




The Swan – Chappel

The Street, Chappel, CO6 2DD. 01787 222 353.  Great gastro pub with pizza oven.  Situated under the Chappel Viaduct and has a park/playground behind.

Turn left out of drive and left again past Rafe Hall onto Lawshalls Hall and Park Rd.  Take left onto Colchester Road/A1124 follow this road and then turn right onto the street just before the Viaduct.  About 11 minute drive from Coach House.



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Shillingfords – Sudbury

Exceptional food – bookings a must!

Shillingfords is a UNIQUE pop up wildfood restaurant on the top floor at The Quay Theatre in Sudbury.
Shillingfords is open on Fridays and Saturdays in the evenings from 6pm to 11pm, the restaurant offers beautiful "wild food" dishes devised by Michelin trained chef, Carl Shillingford.
In a relaxed and unusual environment you can expect large starter sized dishes such as Wild Boar, Venison and classic Highland Steak as well as inventive vegetarian fayre like "White Cloud" salad and Seagrass Sushi.
All of the seasonal dishes are prepared with foraged foods collected by the chef along with locally sourced ingredients, turned into wondrous dishes, sauces and accompaniments.
At £5.00 - £8.00 a dish, you are free to try as many courses as you wish without spending a fortune…
Board menus have 3 meat, 3 fish, 3 vegetarian and 3 dessert options and wine by the bottle is specially picked to compliment each course. Bar drinks are also available. The menu changes to accomodate seasonal ingredients and coastal catches for the fish courses to keep everything as fresh as possible. The menu changes every third week.
Check out their website for all details and booking or call: 01787 211 328 


The Swan Henny


The Henny Swan – Henny Road Sudbury

Family friendly home cooked French influenced food served amid stylish interiors or in the beer garden on the river bank. Turn right out of drive and follow road turn left when signposted to Lamarsh.  Follow road until you can’t go any further, turn left here and drive straight until you see pub on your left.  About 11 minutes from house.



The Lion – Earls Colne

Wood fired oven, does nice pizza.


5 Bells Colne E

Five Bells – Colne Engaine

Ales plus modern and classic pub food in exposed timber and brickwork interiors and patio garden.  Head south-west on Pebmarsh Road take Green Farm Road to Mill Lane.








There is a Thursday and Saturday market at Market Hill in The Centre of Sudbury.  8am-4pm.  Wide range of stalls available, including very good quality fruit and vegetables, fish, local butcher meat, worth a look and shop for a bargain.

For Sudbury turn left out of drive, drive through village of Pebmarsh, turn right onto Sudbury Rd/A131, once you go straight through the first set of traffic lights you are in Sudbury and can take a right turn where you see the Old Bull Pub on your right and Appliance shop on your left, carry on.  Parking is free at “Roys” a shop that has everything you could imagine in one shop and cheap! About a 10 minute drive in total.



Halstead has a smaller market on the high street on Wednesday and Friday and again has fresh fruit and veg, fish etc.  For Halstead drive through the village past church etc keep going until you hit the A131 turn left for Halstead and follow this road and it takes you directly into the High Street.  About a 6 minute drive.


River Trips

It is possible to have a boat trip from the Quay in Sudbury or outside the Henny Swan pub in Henny. www.rivertourtrust.orgRiverside. The tea rooms at the Granary on the Quay in Sudbury would be a perfect accompaniment to a river trip or a spot of lunch or a drink by the river in the lovely Henny Swan.


St Peters Church in Sudbury

Free Entry. Performances throughout the summer every Tuesday lunchtime.


For more of what to do in Sudbury, please visit:


Colne Valley Railway

Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, C09 3DZ. 01787 461174

Vintage Steam/diesel train rides on restored Victorian line.Have lots on for children also.


Chappel Station

Located in the lovely rural chapel station, the museum brings to life railways in the Eastern countries since their beginnings in the 19th century.

East Anglian Railway Museum is situated here, you can also go on a train journey here to other destinations.

Chappel Station, CO6 2DS 01206 242524




Small Park with swings, slides, climbing equipment and skate board park behind the Village Hall in Pebmarsh, just two minute walk.


Notley Park

Great Notley Country Park is 100 acres of open space.  Home to sky ropes and essex longest play trail. 

Braintree, CM77 7FS 01376 347134

About 25 minutes.  Left out of drive through Pebmarsh village, turn left onto A131 then A120 to A131.

A lovey day out.


Belle Vue Park

Belle Vue Park is an award winning park which everyone can enjoy with its small pet trail, manicured gardens, skate park,tennis courts and large open space for picnics.

Cornard Road, Sudbury, CO10 2RG


Gainsborough Trail

Gainsborough Trail is an ongoing project to link all wildlife sites around Sudbury to be a continuous circular walkable path.  The Meadow Walk (great with dogs) is the first to be opened from the Kingfisher Leisure centre. Follow the blue way markers along the old railway track and then onto the Water Meadows.  You can park at the Kingfisher Car Park (post code CO10 2SU) which is next to Waitrose (you do have to pay for this carpark but can stay longterm or next to it is the shop ‘Roys’ which has free parking for a couple of hours.


The common lands are where Sudbury’s Freeman have grazed their cattle in the summer for over 900 years.  There is an excellent network of paths across where visitors can appreciate the habitats managed for wild birds, animals and flowers and is designated as a local Nature Reserve and County Wildlife Site.


Marks Hall

Landscaped woodland walks and footpaths, with vistas across the lakes to Millennium walk and the 17th century walled garden, recently remodelled to provide a stunning combination of contemporary and traditional landscaping and planting.  The visitor centre offers a tea room, gift shop, plant centre and picnic area.

Coggelshall, C06 1TG


Dawes Hall

8 acres of rare, unusual trees, shrubs and a huge collection of old-fashioned roses, all labeled.  20 acres of nature reserve. Dawes Hall centre is an Environmental Centre and a nature reserve, it has open garden days and also runs day courses.



Gosfield Lake

Lakeside country park offering water-skiing, a kids play area, swimming, fishing, picnic spots.  A lovely spot for  a walk, Dog friendly.

You can also hire the lake and they do open water swims.


If you want some fun, you can hire a banana boat ride here, experience the thrill of being pulled around the lake by a speedboat and have a great laugh.


Gosfield lake is about 18 minutes away.  Take the A131 to chapel Hill in Halstead (10 mins), take Sloe Hill and halstead Rd to the Street/A1017 in Gosfield, turn left onto the Street/A1017, follow Church Road to Porkhall Rd




Alternate Friday nights at 7pm and Saturday mornings at 10am there is canoeing along the river in Sudbury down by the Quay theatre.  You can take your own things or hire them.  Informal, friendly and relaxed for complete beginners to the experienced paddler. Just a bit of fun whilst enjoying the scenery. 


Mersea Island

Is well worth a visit, take a stroll down the beach and visit The Company Shed, 129 Coast Road, CO5 8PA.

01206 382700. Best fish and chips and also Mersea is known for its world famous oysters, always available to sample or purchase.

About 49 minute drive if no traffic.  Take left turn past house follow Lawshalls Hill and Colne Park Road and then left onto ColchesterRd A1124, continue on A1124 and take Berechurch Hall Rd and B1025 to City Rd and then drive to Coast Rd.


Farm Shops


Blackwells farm Shop (Essex fine food and drinks awards 2015)

01376 562500

Traditional farm produce from a real farm.  They also supply Harrods in London.


Spencers Farm Shop

Wickham St Paul, C09 2PX

Farm shop, pick your own, coffee shop.

Trip advisor says “well worth a visit”



Days out




Oldest recorded town and the first Roman capital in England.  It has lots to offer.



One of Europe’s finest zoos with over 260 rare species many part of breeding programmes.


Colchester Arts Centre

A performing Arts centre with a packed prgramme of music, comedy, theatre, folk, jazz, dance and more.

church St, Colchester, CO1 1NF.  About 29 minutes via the A1124.


Castle Park, green flag awards

Castle park provides a perfect setting for a huge range of events, such as food and drink festivals, music, children’s activities.  Great play area for children.




Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle is in the grounds of Castle Park.  The castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe.  The Castle has a museum inside and is set in beautiful grounds with lovely gardens and a wonderful park and activities for children.


Hedingham Castle


Hedingham Castle is in the village of Castle Hedingham. It has a vast country estate with a well preserved Norman fortress, picnic areas, a café and gift shop. The often have events here which are always a good day out.

Hedingham Castle, Bayley Street, C09 3DJ 01787 460261 about 14 minutes away.  Turn left out of drive go through Pebmarsh Village and cross over the Sudbury Rd/A131 to Little Maplestead, follow Oak Rd and then Sudbury Rd to Bayley street in Castle Hedingham.   




Leisure World

In Colchester situated at the bottom of Castle Park is Leisure World. A large indoor area with several pools, hot tubs, 3 metre iconic flumes, crazy river, fun slides and waves.  Will provide hours of water based fun for all the family.


Halstead Leisure Centre

2 pools, one a paddling pool, on Saturdays they usually have inflatables for the children to have fun on.

Situated in Halstead on Colne Road, C09 2HR. 0845 2601535


Kingfisher Leisure Centre

The pool has a shallow beach area, a wave machine and flumes.




Halstead Leisure Centre has Badmington, Squash courts and plenty more that are available if booked in advance.  About 6 minute drive from house. 0845 260 1535.

Colne Rd, Halstead, CO9 2HR



There are many cycle routes around Pebmarsh, a well cycled route with local cycling clubs.  Near by cycle shop (Lobbs Cycles) Nice easy routes available also.




The Essex

18 hole or 9 hole course. 01787 224466

This course is a must for any golfer.  Visitor golf available.  Located between Earls Colne and Coggelshall on the B1024. C06 2JU for Sat NAV.


Old Joes Driving Range

Joes Road, Great Cornard, Sudbury. 01787 374807  Very relaxed and informal  Also a 9 hole putting green, chipping green and practice bunker.




Braintree Freeport

Designer Factory outlet.  A Great mix of high Street designer shops and café’s.  Excellent bargains.  There are also plenty of restaurants, cinema, bowling, indoor pool etc

Charter Way, CM77 8YH  01376 348168  About 26 minute drive (12 miles)





You have your own drive and access for your own car.



There are two nearby bus stops, few minutes walk, or if you wait at the War memorial outside our house the bus will stop.  Bus timetable and routes available in the Coach House for you.



We also provide bikes, should you wish a cycle through the country side.



Dave 07981 901975

Halstead Taxi  01787 472 580

Pebmarsh taxi 07093302564

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