Lovejoys, Belchamp Walter | A luxury cottage for couples near romantic Sudbury

When city living gets too much we know where we would love to escape. Lovejoys is a romantic wood-beamed home-away-from-home and is only 90 minutes from London. Leave the office at closing time and you could make it in time for tea. This Essex hideaway offers a spacious setting with famous connections. Remember the 1990’s BBC series Lovejoy? Well, its charming village scenes were filmed a only few metres from the front door.

Lovejoys is part of a stable block dating from the 18th century. It still has the romantic beams and rustic feel, and added to this are all the modern luxuries you could want, to help treat your partner to a peaceful week away.

Head up the stairs, above the old stable workshop, to find a relaxing and airy retreat which is an ideal size for two. There is a lounge with two comfy sofas, a large coffee table and TV – including a boxed DVD set of the Lovejoy TV series – in case you want to catch up on Belchamp Walter’s connection.

An arched double door leads to the spacious bedroom, with a timbered ceiling. Nestled in here is a luxurious, king size bed with fluffy duvets and soft pillows. There is also a large sofa in the bedroom, for a good book before a peaceful night’s sleep. Across the landing is a modern bathroom, with a bath, handheld shower and, next door, a separate toilet.

Lovejoy’s kitchen has every modern convenience and there is a dining area with a large pine table and chairs. Owners will treat you to your own welcome pack, full of fresh ingredients for a proper English breakfast, with eggs, bacon, butter, some tomatoes, fruit, a lemon, a litre of milk and a loaf of fresh local bread.

Outside, there is a small garden area for sitting out to enjoy your breakfast or to catch a few rays over lunch or dinner. For the sporty, there is a tennis court, as well as a large pond and a walled garden, where a couple of peacocks roam and show off their splendid plumes. Tennis racquets and balls are provided for you to enjoy a game, as are bikes and a barbecue.

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 mediaeval wall paintings, just across the road.

The country lanes are quiet and ideal for a cycling trip and the cottage is just a few miles from Sudbury, Long Melford, Lavenham, Finchingfield and Castle Hedingham.

If you are a fan of the Lovejoy TV show, you can explore the locations it was filmed. Belchamp Walter church, just across the road, was featured in the last episode called ‘Last Tango in Lavenham’. The Half Moon pub in Belchamp St Paul was featured in quite a few episodes. The Fox Inn, in Finchingfield, was featured in the 1992 Christmas special. Hedingham castle was featured in the 1992 Christmas special as a castle in Prague, and you can spot Coggesshall clock tower in series four.

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Lovejoys, Belchamp Walter near Sudbury
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