• Cartlodge/Pondview/Granary
  • Cart Lodge Bedroom
  • Cart Lodge Living Area with view of the moat
  • Courtyard
  • Courtyard. Lounge/dining/kitchen


Ideal for a quiet, 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 35 minutes from other coastal towns. Abberton Reservoir and Wildfowl centre is just 2 miles away.

Pond View on the ground floor is a twin bedded apartment with a shower.  On request, when booking it can be made into a super kingsize. The lounge, dining room and kitchen are open plan and it does have a view over the pond and the moat.

Cart Lodge also on the ground floor has a king size bed and a wet room, which  is suitable for wheelchair access,  It has a view towards the moat. It also has an open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen.

The Granary is upstairs and is suitable for a couple or a small family. It has a bath with an overhead shower. A single fold down bed can be added to the single room for a child.The wonderful view from here 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.  On request, at booking, they can be nade up as a superkingsize. 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.  Wi Fi , electricity, heating, washing/drying facilities are included. There is ample parking. Cycle storage is available..

Rye Farm is open all year.  Flexible changeover days. Short breaks minimum of 2 nights, subject to availability. We have guests who make many return visits - that says it all!

Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Cart Lodge£420.00 per unit per week
Pond View£420.00 per unit per week
The Courtyard£560.00 per unit per week
The Granary£490.00 per unit per week

*Prices are from, dependent on season. Short breaks of 2 nights, dependent on availability.



  • Accessible Rooms - Cartlodge, Pondview and Courtyard all have accessible rooms
  • Disabled facilities


  • Barbecue - Cartlodge/Pondview/Granary have use of a shared barbecue. Courtyard has its own barbecue


  • Children welcome

Leisure Facilities

  • Free WIFI
  • Golf available (onsite or nearby)
  • Kit storage area
  • Leisure club (onsite or nearby)
  • Secure cycle storage


  • Free Parking on Site
  • Private parking

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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, into Malting Green Road. 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

It is preferable to have a car, to reach Rye Farm.  There is a limited bus service to the village. The train station is 5 miles away and it would mean using taxis.

Rye Farm Self Catering


Rye Farm, Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0JL

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Open Christmas
Open New Year

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