What it’s all about

My family have been farming at Wakes Hall for 100 years in the beautiful Colne Valley of North Essex. We have seen over the last 100 years tremendous changes in farming operations. During these dramatic changes farmers have looked at diversification projects, this is where the story begins with our Luxury Holiday Lodges.

We have a secret ancient meadow set within the heart of the farm surrounded by woodland and undulating countryside where heavy horses, cattle and sheep would have grazed. The five purpose built Holiday Lodges are situated in the tranquil location which is approached by a private driveway through meadow land and woodland. Each of the Lodges is in the New England style offering high standard of sustainability and energy saving features.

As part of our landscaping and infrastructure we have planted over 3,000 trees, created a lake, installed solar panels to assist in the supply of electricity and reinstated a hydraulic ram built in 1886 to help supply fresh water to the lake. Guests can enjoy private walks to take in the abundant wildlife.

At the end of the day our objective is simple, to create a place to stay as comfortable if not more comfortable than being at home, all in a peaceful and tranquil environment.

I owe thanks to many, in particular, I must thank my wife Clare whose patience, support, continual calming influence and her idea of New England style together with her impeccable design of layout, interior furnishings and attention to detail I could not have been without.


N J Percival