Steeple Bumpstead, in rural north west Essex, on the southern edge of East Anglia.
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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 the perfect host. Our rooms were clean, bright and airy and the beds were really comfortable. The breakfast, in the words of my grandchildren, was scrumptious! It was a pity we didn't get time to spend in the beautiful garden, maybe next time.

Thank you Barbara.

Angela - June 2022


We had a very comfortable stay at Orchard House - the rooms were clean and our host was very easy to communicate with when arranging our arrival times. The deliciously cooked breakfast was an added bonus and set us up for the rest of the day. Would happily stay here again. Thank you!

Benjy - June 2022


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

My stay at Orchard House, 26 North Street, Steeple Bumpstead.

I had the opportunity to stay at the above Bed and Breakfast.

The location is very central to the town with good parking space. Well-arranged rooms and facilities. The back garden is absolutely gorgeous and must be lovely during the summer months. Barbara is a great hostess and ensures that all needs were promptly addressed. The breakfast is definitely worth looking forward to!

Though my stay was rather short, I will definitely be using Barbara's BnB once I am in the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire/Essex area.

Ken - February 2023


We thoroughly enjoyed our short family holiday at Orchards! Three under fives can be stressful - but Barbara had a smile and had all that we needed - zed-beds, and even wooden trains! The hospitality is the highlight - at a very close first to the delightful countryside (we enjoyed strolls along the stream at the rear of the house, to the village play park) Can't recommend it enough! We'll be coming back.

Rob - February, 2023


Barbara was a fantastic host, making us all feel at home and relaxed.

We were quite a challenge for her as we virtually took over Orchard House for three nights as we descended from all over the UK for a family wedding in the village at the weekend.

All rooms are comfortable, clean and well stocked with tea and coffee supplies, bathrooms clean, light and spacious and the use of the communal lounge much needed.

We would all recommend Orchard House to anyone.

Sheila - April 2023


Thank you so much for making our extended  family holiday so enjoyable. We particularly enjoyed spending time in your beautiful garden and were very grateful for the flexibility you showed us when catering for breakfast especially as a member of our party is disabled.

The bedrooms are big and tastefully decorated and Everything worked perfectly.

We’ll see you again we hope.

Lisa - August 2023


We stayed at Orchard House to attend a concert nearby. The location was perfect with an easy drive and also close to Saffron Walden which was fabulous for shopping the next day with a market and nice cafes. It was a very comfortable homely stay with the very welcoming host serving up an excellent breakfast around a dining table. We were able to enjoy some sunshine in her beautiful garden before leaving too. Great spot for a stay with friends and family.

Jackie - August 2023


We only stayed one night but it was so good - having met up with friends from 'oop north' for a concert - it was a great way to recover after a great evening at Audley End!Lovely rooms, with such comfy beds - we all pretty much took over Barbara's lovely home! She made us so welcome, cooked a scrummy breakfast too - catering well for our friends' various food allergies. We enjoyed a relax in the pretty green too.

Thank you so much

Helen, Danny & Lois - August 2023