Steeple Bumpstead, in rural north west Essex, on the southern edge of East Anglia.
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Here are some reviews from this year (2021):

Barbara is an accomplished hostess who is charming and very helpful. We had complex requirements with two couples checking in after midnight on both nights. Barbara was very flexible in meeting our needs. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the bathroom and shower was spacious and clean. There are tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms and extra blankets and pillows if needed. Breakfast is served in the large dining room and was freshly cooked to order, the food was delicious and set us up for the day. Overall excellent value for money and great quality. We will stay again if we are in the area.

Andrew - August 2021


Wonderful place to stay in the picturesque village of Steeple Bumpstead. The house was picture perfect with a clean, spacious room. Barbara is a very accomodating host and looked after us very well. Highly recommended

Jo - August 2021

We were given a lovely welcome by Barbara (who was also very understanding about a potential change to our arrival time), and the house was everything we needed; clean, comfortable and close to Audley End House. Breakfast was lovely and we all had a lovely chat with our host! If we are back in the area we would love to come back. Thanks again Barbara.

Philip - August 2021

Barbara kindly hosted us for the perfect short break. Her house is deceptively large, with comfortable bedrooms, a lovely lounge and a sun-trap patio looking out on a gorgeous garden. We were warmly welcomed and looked after throughout. Barbara baked a cake, booked us an evening meal and gave us the inside track! She went the extra mile with breakfast, too. All in all, a splendid B and B.

Dorota - July 2021

Barbara is a lovely and welcoming hostess. We felt there almost like home. I really enjoyed a comfortable bed, and peaceful environment. Delicious breakfasts were motivation to get out of bed. I will be coming back.

Darren - July 2021

A great stay at Orchard House. Barbara was very welcoming and allowed us to arrive early to enable us all to get ready for a wedding. She had arranged cabs for us to and from the wedding as well. A nice comfortable bed followed by a great breakfast was just what we needed. Would definitely recommend and if ever we’re in the area again we would definitely return. Thank you

Lewis - June 2021

Barbara was very responsive on messages both before and after booking, and was very accommodating with the arrival time and just all around great throughout

Chris - June 2021

We enjoyed our stay with Barbara and were made to feel welcome and spoilt with the breakfast. Barbara's home is lovely and the garden is beautiful. We would recommend a stay here.

Simon - May 2021