Useful information for your stay at The Coop
Food and Drink
We provide complimentary milk, coffee and tea, as well as cooking staples (salt, pepper, cooking oil) and bottled water. Each hideaway comes equipped with a small fridge and cooking facilities. The Coop also has BBQ utensils, an outdoor grill, and wood provided.
For buying food to take back to your hide-away, or for eating out, The Green Man country pub is within walking distance and there are plenty of options for pubs, restaurants and food shops just a five minute drive away in the nearby town of Ongar. We particularly like The Cock Pub And Kitchen and, for a wide variety of cheeses and antipasti, The Cheesemonger.
Our sites are set in 200 acres of farmland and woodland. We provide a remote check-in/check-out service, so that other than sheep, you should not need to be in contact with anyone. We remain on hand if you need any practical help, although we ask that you respect social distancing.
The cleanliness of each site is important to us. During this pandemic we have adopted a deep cleaning protocol following each stay.
Colemans Farm is only a 10-minute drive from the M11 and 15-minutes from the M25. Follow the satnav to CM5 9QN (do not go down Mutton Row), stay on Toot Hill Road till you see the road “Colemans Lane”, the farmhouse is at the bottom of the lane.
By public transport
The nearest London Underground station is Epping on the Central Line in Zone 6. Epping Tube station is a 10 minute drive away.
Brentwood and Shenfield are the nearest train stations, both are 10 miles from Colemans Farm and a 20 minute taxi journey. Direct services from central London depart from Liverpool Street Station and take 40-minutes to Brentwood and 22 minutes to Shenfield (by the fast train).
The nearest bus stop is located by The Green Man Pub, a 20 minute walk from Colemans Farm.
Check in / Check out
The key to The Coop will be in the door upon arrival. When checking out please leave the key in the door. The Coop is available from 3.00pm and should be vacated prior to 11.00am on your departure day.
Where a guest is staying for one night only we allow check out at 11:30am.
Should you need any flexibility around these times please contact us and we will try our best to accommodate you.
If you are arriving by car, please follow the signs on Coleman’s Lane and then the farm track to The Coop and park at the end of the track in the communal car park, as sign posted. Please remember to close the carpark gate behind you, as we often have sheep in the field.
Please keep your car on the farm track road, to preserve our fields. Both The Coop and the carpark are sign-posted but do contact us if you have any difficulties finding either.
There is a double bed at The Coop. We provide bed linen.
The Coop has a small fridge, a single gas hob and stove top kettle. Usual kitchen utensils, including pots, pans, cutlery, plates, tea pot and cafetiere are also provided.
The bathroom includes a shower, WC and sink. We provide towels and handwash.
Decking, chairs, table and firepit with BBQ: coals and cooking utensils are available.
Mains electric for power and lighting.
The hot tub by the decking is fired by a wood burner. See instructions below on how to get the wood burner going. Note that upon first lighting it may take between 2 to 2.5hrs to heat the tub. Following days will be quicker, so take care not to overheat the water!
Please note that for the hot tub wood burner you will need to build a big/roaring fire and keep this going strong before the water in the hot tub will get warm. It is important to stir the water in the hot tub with the wooden ore on the top of the tub to mix the warm water at the top with the colder water at the bottom.
There are two wood burners at The Coop, one for heating the cabin and the other to heat the hot tub. There is a wood store next to The Coop, or you are welcome to bring firewood with you. Where you use wood from the store we charge a flat fee of £10 per night of your stay – we supply firelighters at no extra charge. Payment should be made prior to your departure by Paypal (Bookings@colemans-farm.co.uk), bank transfer (Colemans Farm Ltd; 04-00-04; 11375703), or by debit card (we have a card device – all the mod cons!). If you have any trouble getting wood from the store, or making payment, please give Tim a call on 07983 966 178.
The following YouTube video provides useful instructions on how to get the wood burner going: https://youtu.be/62VGn3fsEek. Please let us know if you are struggling to light any of the wood burners as we will be happy to help.
Local walks and things to do
Most of our guests come to escape the noise and bustle of City life, and so typically while away their time enjoying the nature in perfect seclusion. For those feeling more active, we have left at The Coop details of local walks, trails and cycle rides, for you to experience during your time with us. Please click here to view suggested walks.
We are near to Epping Forest which has some lovely spots and National Trust and other attractions, including the Gibberd Garden. Old fashioned Epping High Street is also worth an amble if you need to shop.
There is also a steam railway running on the old Ongar to Epping central line branch https://www.eorailway.co.uk and the former Government secret nuclear bunker at nearby Kelvedon Hatch https://secretnuclearbunker.com
We also invite you explore our farm set over 200 acres of ancient farmland including traditional hedgerows and notable trees and even a babbling brook. We ask that you do not walk across the fields though – we are still a working farm. There are details of tracks across the farm in The Coop.