Wherry Cottage

Manningtree, Essex

Sleeps 2
1 Bedroom
1 Bathroom
No Pets

Wherry Cottage is a charming, sympathetically renovated, one-bedroom detached cottage, with stunning views overlooking the Stour Estuary, in the lovely town of Manningtree on the Essex/Suffolk border. The cottage is ideal for a couple looking to escape to the country for a few days but with the convenience of pubs, restaurants, shops and a mainline rail station on your doorstep.

Entering from the back door of this lovely cottage, is a newly fitted and well-equipped kitchen, overlooking the delightful courtyard garden, door leading into a large split level, sitting room and dining room with beautiful, ever changing views over the River Stour.

Upstairs, a spacious landing provides a lovely sitting area overlooking the estuary. The master bedroom, which overlooks the estuary, boasts a king-size bed and adjoining dressing room. The luxurious bathroom has a walk in shower and a large sumptuous freestanding bath where you can relax with a glass of fizz whilst overlooking the estuary.

Outside, the enclosed courtyard garden provides the perfect space for a glass of wine or two and a table to enjoy al fresco dining in the warmer months.

Opposite Wherry Cottage is the stunning Stour Estuary where you can enjoy a relaxing walk along the river up to Mistley Towers or just sit and watch the boats or the stunning sunsets with an ice cream or a fish and chips supper. There is also a small sandy beach and launching for small boats, canoes and paddleboards.

Just a couple of minutes’ walk in the opposite direction and you are in the heart of Manningtree’s High Street with an eclectic mix of shops, cafes, tea rooms and pubs.

A short distance away are Dedham and East Bergholt, in the heart of Constable Country and a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you can walk to Flatford Mill where John Constable painted many of his most famous works including The Hay Wain. Other local gems a little further away include the famous wool towns of Lavenham, Long Melford, Hadleigh, Clare and Sudbury with their stunning Tudor building and wealth of history.

Wherry Cottage is perfectly situated to explore the surrounding countryside in this beautiful part of the world.

Property Summary

  • Large sitting/dining room with wood burning stove and views over the estuary
  • Well-equipped kitchen with microwave, nespresso coffee machine, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/drier, electric oven and gas hob
  • Bedroom with a king-size bed and adjoining dressing room
  • Bathroom with free standing bath and walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Landing/sitting area with views over the estuary
  • Private courtyard garden with table and sitting area
  • Gas central heating
  • Smart TV, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available upon request
  • Unrestricted free parking nearby and alongside the estuary. There is also a small free car park 2 minutes walk away
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops, restaurants and pubs less than two minutes’ walk away
  • Stunning views of the River Stour Estuary
  • Manningtree railway station provides regular, direct services to London, Norwich and Harwich.
  • Minimum 3-night stay

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About Manningtree

Manningtree is a small picturesque town on the River Stour and it’s name is believed to derive from ‘many trees’. Like many towns in the area, Manningtree was a bustling town during the time of the wool trade between the 15th and 18th centuries. The town also had a flourishing corn, timber and coal shipping trade until the arrival of the railways led to its decline.

Manningtree is notable for its links to Matthew Hopkins, the self-proclaimed Witchfinder General, who moved to the town in the early 1640s. He claimed to have heard women in the town talk about their meetings with the devil, which eventually led to their trials and execution as witches.

Many of the buildings in the centre of the town have Georgian facades which obscure their earlier origins. Notable buildings include the town’s library, which was originally built as ‘a public hall for the purposes of corn exchange, and was later used around 1900 for public entertainment, and the oldest Methodist church in Essex, located on South Street.

The Ascension by John Constable, which now hangs in Dedham church, was commissioned in 1821 for the altarpiece of the early seventeenth century church on the High Street, demolished in 1967.

Manningtree railway station is a five minute drive from Wherry Cottage and provides regular, direct services to London, Norwich and Harwich.

Pubs and Restaurants

Lucca, High Street, Manningtree, CO11 1AH, 01206 390044 (Italian Pizza & Pasta Restaurant)

The Mistley Thorn, High Street, Mistley, CO11 1HE, 01206 392821 (Restaurant)
The Crown, High Street, Manningtree, CO11 1AH, 01206 396333 (Traditional British Pub)

Estuary Wine Bar, High Street, Manningtree, CO11 1AG (Wine and Cold Tapas)
Nirala Tandoori, Brook Street, Manningtree, CO11 1DR, 01206 396704 (Indian Restaurant and Takeaway)

The Mogal, South Street, Manningtree, CO11 1BA, 01206 396 (Indian Restaurant and Takeaway)

The Brantham Bull, The Street, Brantham, Manningtree, CO11 1PN, 01473 328248 (Traditional British Pub)

The Lion Brasserie, The Street, East Bergholt, CO7 6TB, 01206 803406

The Boathouse Restaurant, Mill Lane, Dedham, CO7 6DH, 01206 323153

The Malborough Head, Mill Lane, Dedham, CO7 6DH, 01206 323250

Cafes

Hobson’s Deli & Cafe, High Street, Manningtree, CO11 1AG, 01206 395071

Cafe Rio, High Street, Manningtree, CO11 1AG, 01206 393100

Winyl, South Street, Manningtree CO11 1BB, 01206 234089 (Record Shop by day, wine bar by night)!

Takeaways:

Simply Thai, Station Road, Manningtree, CO11 1AA, 01206 396060

Manningtree Grill & Pizza, Station Road, Manningtree CO11 1AA, 01206 394556

Riverside Fish & Chips, Riverside Avenue West, Lawford, CO11 1UN, 01206 393939

The Wholefood Store: Family-run store stocking wholefoods, organic produce, natural remedies, supplements, body care as well as eco-friendly household products.

Frippery: Lifestyle and women’s fashion boutique

Tesco Express

Co-op supermarket

Boots the chemist

Winyl: vinyl record shop and wine bar

Barclays Bank

The Station Hair and Beauty

Hair at No 10

The Cutting Lounge

Manningtree Barbers

Constable Park

A new outdoor watersports centre less than a 10 minute drive from Wherry Cottage, offering kayak, paddleboard and Canadian canoe hire with direct access to the River Stour. No booking required; just turn up! There is also a cafe.

https://www.constablepark.co.uk/watersport-centre/

Mistley Towers

Mistley Towers are the remaining towers which stood at each end of the now demolished Church of St Mary the Virgin. The original church was built in the early 18th century classical style. Later that century, the politician Richard Rigby had big plans to transform Mistley into a spa town and commissioned the architect Robert Adam to enhance the church. He did so in the neoclassical design with a tower at each end. Today, the towers are a scheduled monument and you can visit the interior, or simply view them from the outside.

North House Gallery

People who visit Manningtree are often surprised when they visit North House Gallery, as they’re not expecting a small town to have an art gallery with such a large collection. There are frequent exhibitions which mostly focus on one artist at a time, changing every five weeks or so. They showcase paintings, drawings, sculptures, original prints and books by East Anglian, national and international artists. The gallery is known for its carefree way of presenting the artwork – one minute it can feature a serious show of a deceased artist, and the next it can showcase the work of a recent art graduate.

Wrabness Nature Reserve

Spread over 27 hectares, Wrabness Nature Reserve is a lovely place to visit all year round. There are many walking paths around and through the reserve, with beautiful views over the Stour Estuary. There is also a hard surfaced path around the reserve for pushchairs and disabled access. Grassland, marsh, scrub and woodland provide a variety of habitats for birds and you’ll be able to spot yellowhammer, whitethroat, turtle dove, songthrush, nightingale and owls.

The Red Lion

For something to drink, visit the Red Lion, the oldest freehouse in town. It’s a cosy, traditional pub that has a focus on East Anglian ales and ciders. The Red Lion doesn’t serve food, however, customers are welcome to bring their own food with them. You can also choose from a selection of menus and local takeaways will deliver directly to the pub. If you’re visiting in the summer, there is a courtyard garden to relax and enjoy a drink or two. During the colder months, the pub has an open fire where you can cosy up after exploring the outdoors.

Others

Mistley Kitchen Cookery School:  http://www.mistleykitchen.com/

Frankie Ceramics Pottery Classes: https://www.frankieceramics.com/products

Why stay with Wool Town Cottages?

We pride ourselves on comfort, style and service
Delightful accommodation in perfect locations
All service costs included
Flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi
High-quality bed linen and towels
Welcome hamper with local produce
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