Firmins Bakehouse

Colchester, Essex
+44 (0)1376566930

Renovated bakehouse behind one of the main streets of a historic village in Essex, with pubs, restaurants and shops a short stroll away


2 beds


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This small cottage is tucked in the garden behind Alex and Toby’s house in Coggeshall, a village packed to the brim with historic buildings. Alex will greet you with a breakfast hamper of butcher’s sausages, bacon, bread, jam and eggs from her hens but will otherwise leave you in peace.

There’s plenty of room for two, with a table seating six, a shelf of books and a secret record player in a suitcase – find records ranging from Mozart to musicals. Alex’s lovingly-tended garden is behind the house and there’s a small area to sit out in on warm days.

You’re in the centre of town, with a deli across the road, The Chapel pub a two-minute walk and a fancy brasserie, Ranfield’s, just around the corner. Paycocke’s House and Garden, a phenomenal Tudor merchant house belonging to the National Trust, is a ten-minute walk.

Firmins Bakehouse - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Exploring all the historic buildings nearby
  • Having the owners close at hand but still feeling private
  • Not needing your car
Firmins Bakehouse - Gallery

You should know

  • If you don’t want meat in the welcome hamper you need to give notice
  • The stairs aren’t good for toddlers or those with dodgy knees


  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • 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
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £84
Weekly price
from £590
Damage deposit
Sofabed available, £50.
1 House for 2
From £842 beds1 bedroom


Fantastic stay excellent hosts loved the chickens and the beautiful garden. The town was quaint with fabulous walking paths to every thing you would possibly need. Charming gourmet market across the street with tasty treats for snacking on.

Arlene, Ontonagon

Coggeshall is a charming and historic place to visit, and Firmins is the ideal place to stay if you like having your own space. Alex and Toby are friendly and efficient hosts, leaving a breakfast hamper ready for your first morning. I'd love to enjoy a G&T with the hens at the end of the garden on a summer's evening, before venturing out to the nearest historic pub for dinner.

Rebecca, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Fans of historic buildings will love Coggeshall, which is widely known as being full of historic interest and has a real community feel. The winding lanes lined with higgledy-piggledy medieval timber-framed houses are fun to explore and there are lots of independent shops and busy pubs, cafes and restaurants. Just outside the centre is a vineyard, West Street Vineyard, which has a restaurant and is a popular wedding venue.

Local points of interest from Alex Stevenson

  • Coggeshall has one of the oldest markets in the country, so for fantastic fish and meat, cheese and veg, save your shopping until Thursday morning.
  • In the summer months one of the nicest places to have a cup of tea is Paycocke's, a National Trust property in the village. The garden is so delightful to sit in and if you just want a cuppa there is no need to pay an entrance fee, just walk in.
  • We really love going to Marks Hall for a walk in the arboretum and the walled garden, which has been laid out in a contemporary design.
  • Don't forget that should you wish, London is 50 minutes by train from a station 2 miles away. We have a community bus which runs in the morning and evening to and from the station. So you can explore London for a day without having to stay there!
  • The Bakehouse is a brilliant base for Colchester and its amazing history and villages north of Coggeshall. Cambridge is an hour away by road and eminently 'doable' in a day.
  • We have some great restaurants and coffee shops. Lone Wolf is our delightful vegan-friendly eatery and the Clock House makes the best scones and chocolate tart.... I highly recommend Ranfields, the Chapel Pub and our Vineyard, All in staggering distance!


Alex Stevenson

Toby and Alex live in the main house with their two daughters, two dogs and an assortment of chickens. They set up Firmins when they needed more room to host extended overseas family and now rent it out as a self-catering cottage. Alex is a landscape architect by training and is originally from Northumberland and Toby is from Australia and works in the City. They met in Scotland and moved to Australia for a few years before coming back to the UK and moving to Coggeshall.