• 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 Lodgefrom £420.00 to £476.00 per unit per week
Pond Viewfrom £420.00 to £476.00 per unit per week
The Courtyardfrom £560.00 to £679.00 per unit per week
The Granaryfrom £490.00 to £574.00 per unit per week

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



  • Accessibility Guide
  • Accessible Rooms - Cartlodge, Pondview and Courtyard all have accessible rooms
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Assisted wheelchair users - Cartlodge has a wheelchair access and accessible shower wet room.
  • Disabled facilities
  • Elderly and less mobile - Pondview is ground floor. It has a shower with a step up into it. Cartlodge is ground floor, has wheelchair access with a wet room shower. Courtyard has a ramp and a downstairs bedroom. There is a shower with a step up into it.
  • Part-time wheelchair users - Cartlodge, Pondview and Courtyard are accessible by wheelchair and have downstairs bedrooms.
  • Wet rooms

Booking & Payment Details

  • Online Booking Possible


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


  • Children welcome
  • Cots available - Travel cot. Please bring your own bedding
  • High chairs available - Ikea high chair available on request when booking

Cooking Facilities

  • Cooker
  • Dishwasher - In Courtyard only.
  • Freezer
  • Microwave cooker
  • Oven

COVID-19 Response

  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Online booking possible

Heating Facilities

  • Central heating - Included in price

Laundry Facilities

  • Drying facilities - Tumble dryer. Use of airers.
  • Ironing facilities - Each unit has its own iron and ironing board
  • Laundry facilities - Washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared by Cartlodge/Pondview/Granary. Included in price. Courtyard has its own individual laundry room. Included in price
  • Washing machine

Leisure Facilities

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

Linen & Bedding

  • Linen provided
  • Towels Provided - No beach towels provided


  • Sleeps up to 10 - Can sleep up to 11, if all 4 units are booked.


  • Free Parking on Site
  • Private parking

Property Facilities

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

Room/Unit Facilities

  • Bath - In Granary and Courtyard
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Ground floor bedroom - In Cartlodge, Pondview and Courtyard
  • Hairdryer
  • King-sized bed - In Cart Lodge and Granary. Courtyard and Pond View can be made up into a superking on request at booking
  • Radio
  • Scenic view
  • Television

Site Features

  • Building of historical interest - Converted 17th.Century farm buildings. Moat around farmhouse
  • Garden
  • Working farm

Target Markets

  • Couples
  • Dark Skies / Stargazing
  • Families
  • Off the Beaten Track

Room/Unit Facilities: Cart Lodge

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

Room/Unit Facilities: Pond View

  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Scenic view
  • Shower

Room/Unit Facilities: The Courtyard

  • Bath
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Shower

Room/Unit Facilities: The Granary

  • Bath
  • King-sized bed
  • Scenic view
  • Shower

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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Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
All units (28 Dec 2022 - 31 Dec 2023)

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