Baye House

Colchester, Essex
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7737 533879

Peace and quiet with lots of architectural history, right in the middle of town. You’ll feel very much at home on your own or with others


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 3

Babies welcome

The Experience

You’re in the old Dutch Quarter – calm and secluded but right in the middle of town. This is a very interesting house, some parts of it Tudor with original beams. Anne, delightfully easy-going, will welcome you with a refreshing drink.

Breakfasts are fabulous: often home baked granola and breads, Welsh scones and pancakes, unusual options for vegetarians. All is served at a convivial table either in Anne’s kitchen or the dining room. There’s a guest kitchen too and a chef can be summoned for big groups at weekends who want supper.

Wander out to the walled garden which is wild enough to get lost in and hides hammocks and benches in quiet corners. You can walk to the High Street for shops, restaurants and much more history. A lovely, relaxing place to stay.

Walled garden with outdoor sofa and shelter at the back of Baye House in Colchester

We think you'll love

  • Staying in a group and occupying the whole house
  • Feeling completely at home thanks to Anne
  • Discovering the fascinating architectural history of Colchester
One of the bedrooms in the Baye House in Colchester, Essex

You should know

  • The bathrooms aren’t en suite


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights in high season. Whole house available to let from £2,688 per week.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £88
Singles £59.
1 Triple
From £108
1 Family room for 3
From £108
4 Doubles
From £88



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The neighbourhood

Reliable Pevsner deemed this the most attractive street in this busy market town. The peace and quiet are impressive considering you’re just a quick stroll from the High Street with all its restaurants, bars and shops. 11th century Colchester Castle, complete with museum and park is close too. Explorers can wander nearby Dedham Vale AONB or look for inspiration in Constable Country. London is a commutable 50 miles away.

Local points of interest from Anne Minns

  • A warm welcome awaits at this historic house in West Stockwell Street, "perhaps the most attractive street in Colchester" (Nikolas Pevsner, 1954). The building dates back to 1600 with later additions in the Georgian period.
  • Baye House was originally built in the early 1600's in the Dutch Quarter. The house took its name from one type of fine quality cloth made during this period, the bay.
  • We are just steps away from the High Street shops, restaurants and Colchester Castle and its beautiful landscaped park grounds. Also close by are the museums and First Site Gallery, the Mercury Theatre and Arts Centre.
  • Colchester has many beautiful surrounding historic places such as Constable's Dedham, the medieval houses of Lavenham and Long Melford, for its antique centres, restaurants and small shops.
  • A 15 minute drive from Colchester takes you to West Mersea famous for seafood cafes, harbour sunsets and crabbing for the kids then there is the beautiful sandy and craggy beach of East Mersea.
  • You are welcome to use the fully equipped guest kitchen. and garden play area


Anne Minns

Kind and friendly Anne used to work as a counsellor in London. She started a similar service and healing centre in Colchester, and clients began to stay with her overnight as a retreat. She enjoyed the experience so much it made sense to start a B&B, and when she wanted to expand the business, Baye House seemed ideal. Take over the whole house and Anne has a whole list of contacts, from beauticians to chefs, to make your stay more special.