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Luxury self-catering accommodation in Colchester

From Roman capital to cultural crucible, this Essex town unfurls two millennia of history along its ancient walls and lively thoroughfares, a living chronicle etched in stone and spirit.

Astride the River Colne, Colchester's skyline marries the Norman might of its castle keep with the burnt-orange curves of Firstsite gallery. On the high street, Roman foundations support Tudor timbers, while modern boutiques nestle within Georgian façades. Colchester's flavours are as layered as its history. Native oysters, prized since the reign of Caesar, are celebrated at the annual Oyster Feast, while regular markets transform the town into a cornucopia of Essex's bounty, where the tang of artisanal cheese mingles with the hoppy notes of local beers, and emerging vintages hint at the county's viticultural renaissance. Dedham Vale Vineyard, with its 40 acres of vines, is perfect for a day of strolling and sampling.

Just beyond Colchester's ancient walls, plantswoman Beth Chatto's pioneering gardens flourish on once-barren land, embodying her visionary "right plant, right place" philosophy, with innovative designs showcasing nature's adaptability. Nearby, the soft hillocks of Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty immortalised by Constable, beckon to both wanderers and dreamers alike. Back in the city centre, Colchester's creative spirit thrives at the Mercury Theatre, which pulsates with contemporary energy. In Castle Park, a Victorian oasis, visitors can trace history along ancient stonework, drift on the boating lake, or simply bask in the legacy of Britain's oldest recorded settlement.

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Elberta Barn

Elberta Barn

Wakes Colne, Colchester, Essex, UK

The luxury country home of a curator turned landscape designer, who transformed what was a “glorious storeroom for bicycles” into a lived-in art exhibition, Elberta Barn is a voluminous space in Wakes Colne near the Suffolk border.

Sleeps: Up to 6 guests
Alternative Group Option: Up to 4 guests
From: £2,250 per week, £1,695 per short break
Pets: Sorry, no pets

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