The Lovejoy Studio | A luxury retreat for two in the tranquil Essex countryside

If you have a creative streak then the large bright rooms in The Lovejoy Studio make this an inspiring place to be. The country landscapes around Belchamp Walter have attracted artists who live there, like Alice Scrutton, as well as the popular TV series Lovejoy. Within an hour and a half from London, The Lovejoy Studio is a place to escape the hustle and bustle and find your feet again.

The Lovejoy Studio is an airy cottage which sleeps up to four people. It is filled with original artwork, and set in the grounds of Belchamp Hall, in the perfect location for walks and cycling around Suffolk and Essex. Step inside this luxury coverted stable block, dating from the 18th century, and into an artist’s haven – a large, airy room that has the brightness of a studio. You can sit back on contemporary furniture, in this former coach house, and relax under its wooden beams.

You can whip up a culinary masterpiece in the Studio’s kitchen area, with everything you need to cook up a feast. And while the pots bubble away, you can admire Lovejoy’s walled garden and tennis courts outside. On the other side of the Studio, you look out onto trees and a glimpse of Belchamp Hall. The dining table seats six and, next to the dining area, there are two, huge sofas where you can put your feet up and watch the fire in the woodburning stove, or relax with a glass of wine. There is a bookcase full of interesting books on art and travel and a TV with a selection of DVDs, including a boxset of the entire Lovejoy TV series.

Upstairs, there is a large double room with a luxurious, kingsize bed, a cosy sofa and plenty of storage space. A further, smaller double room has got a standard-sized, antique sleigh bed, with a nook for hanging your clothing, a chest of drawers and bedside table. The third room is a very spacious bathroom with a bath, two basins, toilet and separate walk-in shower.

Outside, there is a tennis court for guests, as well as a large pond and walled garden, where a couple of peacocks can be seen showing off. Tennis racquets and balls are provided for you to enjoy a game, as are bikes and a barbecue. You can sit in private, in Lovejoy’s small, enclosed garden and enjoy your breakfast in the sunshine.

There are plenty of footpaths round and about the estate and beyond, with woodlands, Belchamp Brook and a lovely mill pond nearby. There’s also a pretty, 14th century brick and flint church, with some fascinating medieval wall paintings, just across the road.

The country lanes are quiet and ideal for a cycling trip and The Lovejoy Studio is just a few miles from Sudbury, Long Melford, Lavenham, Finchingfield and Castle Hedingham. There are plenty of farm shops and good quality pubs and restaurants nearby too.

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The Lovejoy Studio
Belchamp Walter

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