The Paddock

Catley Cross House, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2PE

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  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays
  • Waterside stays

Why stay here ...

Catley Cross House is perfect for all your touring needs. Set in a tranquil lakeside location, it caters for art, history and golf lovers, or those who simply want to enjoy the stunning Essex-Suffolk sea and riverside walks or bike rides.

The CL owner's breed and train show-jumpers but their land is also the home to fallow deer, foxes, barn owls and rabbits. The lake supports a variety of resident and visiting birds, plus Koi and Ghost carp. Their small shop offers to visitors a variety of essential supplies, freshly laid eggs plus fresh home-grown vegetables. The village pub and farm shop, with cafe, are both within easy walking distance.

Four miles from Sudbury, through which the River Stour meanders via water meadows. Hire a rowing boat, or take a steamboat trip from the theatre or cinema to gain another perspective upon this beautiful town, which was the birthplace of Gainsborough. The Sudbury Flyer is the train to take to get to see more of this beautiful countryside as it takes a scenic 20-minute trip including crossing one of England's largest viaducts to Marls Tey where you can connect to Colchester (15 minutes), Walton on the Naze (45 minutes) or maybe London (55 minutes).

Steam fans have another treat in store nearby with two rail preservation societies, both offering insights into on-going projects and rides. Golfers are spoilt for choice, the nearest course being 6 miles away.

The small medieval towns of Castle Hedingham, Clare, Lavenham and Long Melford are all less than half an hour’s drive. The ancient wool and weaving trades funded their castle, timbered houses and the stately homes of Kentwell and Melford Halls.

Settled on the River Colne, Colchester, the walled Roman capital of Britain is 14 miles away and offers a Norman castle, museums, fine dining and shopping. Another seven miles on is the Essex coast with its sailing heritage, boasting the breeding ground of many of our Olympic gold sailors. Call in to Mersea Island and sample the famous Colchester oysters, fresh from the water in front of the beachside shack. A day could disappear at Colchester Zoo, which boasts an international reputation for its environment and conservation work.

‘Constable Country’ is 20 miles away and features, virtually unchanged, the landscapes depicted in the artist’s Hay Wain and Flatford Mill. You can explore the Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its own Michelin Starred restaurant, either on foot or rowing boat.

We are pleased to announce that a local fishing club has leased the lake adjoining the CL and so those who stay can benefit from fishing it on a day ticket basis. The lake has been stocked with roach, rudd, perch, bream,common (5 x 20 lb), mirror and crucian carp.We believe we may have a record breaking crucian already in there!  

The only regret you will have from your visit to Catley Cross House is that you didn’t have more time!

Facilities on site ...

  • Battery charging
  • Information room
  • Recycling facilities
  • Shop
  • TV reception: fair
  • Unfenced water

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Latest arrival time: 12:00 AM

Latest departure time: 11:00 AM

2 acres

Electric amperage: 16

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Postcode:
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Lat 51.985385 / Lon 0.685437
OS field ref:
TL846356
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Transport links

  • Buses go to: Sudbury; Halstead
  • Nearest port: Harwich (33 miles)

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Great site

We stayed at this site with our 2 dogs over the August bank holiday weekend. Lots to do in the local area. Just search online for things to do. Halstead is a short drive away. Site is secure. Highly recommended. Many thanks for a lovely stay.
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What a Gem

Just returned home from a four day visit to The Paddocks. What a wonderful experience it has been. As previous reviews have stated it is a us a gem of a site. Great views on an emacalate kept grass pitch's with EHU yet set informally with plenty of space. Jason is the most welcoming host you could meet and nothing was to much trouble and always contactable if needed. Together with Sophie they run a great stable and showjumping establishment. One highlight of the day is to see their talanted son collect one of the horses from the Paddock and ride it bareback to the stable. Set on the Suffolk and Essex border there are to many attractions locally to mention here but you will find sufficient to do whatever your taste. Liked it so much I will return with other Caravanning friends but with all the excellent reviews the Paddocks are getting I guess we will have to book early to find a spare pitches. Well done Jason and Sophie in only your 2nd year of cl ownership. You have got it spot on

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Both Sophie and Jason, the owners, are very welcoming and friendly, as for the site, its peaceful, plenty of space, lovely walks and lots of great places to visit, a real gem, a definite "we WILL return site," Thankyou both so much, see you soon... Bob and Gill J .
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Stunning CL - Highly Recommend

We decided to stay a few extra days after attending North Essex Centres Pre Season Dinner at nearby Chelmsford, scanning the sites handbook we came across ‘The Paddock’ a quick telephone call revealed that spaces were available and we arrived an hour or so later at this beautiful location with a stunning lake in direct view of our pitch. The site owners were very welcoming and friendly, we felt very secure with coded entry into the site. Jason’s recommendations on local eateries were spot on, we can highly recommend‘The Cod Father’ in nearby Sudbury, Suffolk’s best fish and chip shop. We opted to eat in, the service was second to none and prices very reasonable. We walked our dogs daily around the lake and enjoyed chats with locals fishing. We can highly recommended this CL and will be returning next time we are in the area. Darren & Cheryll Caravaners, Kent
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Beautiful CL

Don’t miss an opportunity to stay here, such an idyllic setting. Really friendly owners who couldn’t do enough to make our stay relaxing and enjoyable. Great views looking over the lake and fields of horses. If you do fancy a ride, there’s a horse riding school just up the road. This isn’t our first stay here and it definitely won’t be the last!
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