The Paddock

Catley Cross House, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2PE

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  • Dogs
  • Families
  • 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:
CO9 2PE
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GPS:
Lat 51.985385 / Lon 0.685437
OS field ref:
TL846356
OS map ref:
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Transport links

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

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Beautiful Quiet Cl

We have just returned home after staying at Catley Cross for nine nights & had a wonderful relaxing time.There is plenty of space for 5 caravans & it is set in a very good location between Sudbury & Halstead. The lake setting is lovely & we went out in the rowing boat when there was no one fishing. There are lovely walks along the river near Sudbury & surrounding countryside. We were surprised how quiet the site was for the end of May; we were the only caravan there for most of our stay.
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Lovely CL

A great CL! Loved every bit of our weekend stay here. The owners are lovely and are indeed as welcoming as the previous reviews suggest. It’s lovely to walk around the lake and see the fish and other wildlife. We were pitched with views of the horses, which my daughter loved too. A short distance from Halstead and Sudbury town if you need shopping, also a great farm shop a mile down the road where you can pick your own fruit if you wish. Booked to return already!
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Brilliant CL site

We had a mini weekend break. Jason was extremely helpful and friendly. We pitched so that we had views of the lake and the horses. Our dog loved walking round the lake. The CL site is very spacious, it was easy to find the water, bins and Elsan point. There was no hurry for us to leave, we were told to take our time which was blissful as the weather was so good. I am reluctant to leave a review for fear that when we want to go again, and we will, it will be full !!! This is one of the best sites by far that we have been to. The site was about 4 miles from the town centre, and 4 miles in the opposite direction to Sudbury where I can highly recommend a visit to the Mill Hotel right by the river.

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Arrived early 2018 after a very long wet spell and the field was very wet. This was not a problem for the owners. They setup me and my friends vans up on a hard standing area. Had a great couple of days fishing. Also went out and about taking in the local area. Owner Jason could not be more helpful and informative. Can't wait to get back in the better weather.
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Extremely welcoming owners who treated us like friends rather than customers. Our children enjoyed feeding the fish down by the lake and a very exciting ride on a quad bike with Jason. Our daughter was able to help out at the stable yard looking after the horses which totally made her day! Beautiful scenery and CL site. Our dog Max had a great time dipping his toes in the lake and meeting the owners dog Cookie. We will definitely return!
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