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Water Lily Lodge - Pricing & Availability

Book Your Secret Escape

Looking for quirky accommodation in the UK? Our secret escapes are some of Browning Bros. most popular events. Whether you want to stay in a comfy tent, beautiful Mongolian yurt, a converted American school bus, shepherds hut, grain silo or a cosy log cabin, if you’re planning a night or two in the wilds of Essex, we provide you with unique accommodation, stunning scenery, unforgettable experiences and a whole lot of fun.

We have seven different options on this page, so have a look through and choose your preferred accommodation: Water Lily Lodge (Log Cabin), Kingfishers Nest, American School Bus, Tey Brook Orchard Bell Tents, Tey Brook Orchard Yurts, Tey Brook Orchard Grain Silo and Tey Brook Orchard Shepherd Hut.

Browse the dates using the calendars below, and book your stay in minutes. Whether you choose glamping, luxury camping or a stay in the log house, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay complete with all the amenities you need.

Let Us Help You

Not sure what to book? Then please email us today and tell us what you’ve got in mind. Provide us with a few details such as the number of people in your group and what you are planning to do, and we’ll suggest one of our options for quirky accommodation in the UK. Please email:

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Water Lily Lodge

Water Lily Lodge, completed in 2016 is approached down a country track and offers epic accommodation, sleeping up to 6, right on the edge of one of our hidden lakes in the Colne Valley, surrounded by woodland offering wonderful views in a peaceful location.

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Kingfishers Nest

Kingfishers Nest, completed in 2020 is the sister cabin the Water Lily Lodge, and similarly approached down a country track. Offering luxury accommodation, perfect for a couples retreat overlooking one of our hidden lakes in the Colne Valley, surrounded by woodland offering wonderful views in a peaceful location.

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American School Bus

The American School Bus is also approached down a country track. Offering luxury accommodation, perfect for a couples retreat or a small group of up to four, overlooking one of our hidden lakes in the Colne Valley, surrounded by woodland offering wonderful views in a peaceful location.


Luxury Camping

The Browning Brothers have been building dens since they could escape the grasp of their mum Lucy and set off about the farm exploring and experimenting building dens of all shapes and sizes, in bushes and dead grass, to the tops of Poplar trees. The glamping site is specially chosen as their favourite spot on Tey Brook Farm and is purely a continuation of their passion of building cosy little hideaways in the countryside.

The Log House Cabin - Pricing & Availability

What's Nearby?

Situated close to Colchester with thriving high street and a stunning castle, the property is in the heart of the Essex countryside. Take a trip on the Colne Valley Stream Railway, or visit Colchester Zoo, Layer Marney Tower, and the gate house to what would have been Henry VIII royal residence. No trip to Essex would be complete without a trip to the coast, Frinton on Sea, Clacton or cross the strood to Mersea Island famous for Rock Oysters, great seafood restaurants and sailing. For shopping head to Colchester and Freeport at Braintree. Leisure facilities: fishing is available by arrangement with the owner.

Why Choose Browning Bros.?

Based at Tey Brook Farm, just 6 miles South-West of Colchester, Essex in the village of Great Tey, Browning Bros. provide luxury glamping accommodation, alternative wild weddings, corporate & team building events, and much more. Looking or something out of the ordinary? You've come to the right place.



"Literally there is everything you could possibly need here. It’s so well equipped and in a stunning location. The worst part is that you have to leave. We hired out the whole venue for the weekend to have a family get together and it was absolutely perfect! Can not recommend the place and the owners highly enough. If you want a chilled out space to relax and enjoy yourselves then this is THE place to be. Only regret is that we didn’t stay longer. Awesome. Created some wonderful memories."

Debbie Burtenshaw

"Absolutely loved our time at a Teybrook Orchard. Facilities were perfect. The marquee and awning is a fantastic space for a large group to be together and still feel spacious and not on top of each other. Every member of our party was so thrilled with the accommodation, it was a fantastic weekend. Thank you so much, will definitely recommend you and will certainly be coming back!"

Gemma Logan

"Chalkney Water Meadows was such a fantastic venue for our festival-style corporate event! It’s such a beautiful spot in the countryside but with all the amenities for a really great party, regardless of the weather. Helen was really helpful, putting us in contact with suppliers and discreetly being on hand for the big event. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue for what turned out to be a fabulous day."

Mansfield Monk

"Just wanted to say thank you once more! Everything was absolutely perfect and we couldn't have wished for a more beautiful place for our wedding to take place! You have been really helpful, responsive and flexible around our (many!) questions and queries so we really appreciate it :)"

Elodie Domenge & Anthony Guidici

"We just wanted to email to say the biggest thankyou from us both for yesterday. We had an absolutely amazing day and we are so so happy that we were able to celebrate at your venue with all our family and friends. They all loved the site. Your help from the beginning has been fantastic and a real pleasure to work with you guys."

Eleanor Knight

"I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you on behalf of Tom and I for a truly magical day. We had an absolutely amazing time, I honestly don't think that it could have gone better. Thank you for all your hard work and efforts. The log cabin was amazing, we were so sad to leave there yesterday, but alas all good things have to come to an end."

Karen Foot & Tom Pratt

“What heroes Nat and Arch were. Thank you so much for giving our party such snazzy boogie shoes- you handled all the drunken 50 year olds brilliantly with the increasingly slurred requests. The sound system was fab and the lights really made the party glow and twinkle. Everybody loved it! Thank you so much guys.”

Tristan Davies

“Walked in, shown around the most beautiful place ever! Then followed by Dan proposing. Best start to a holiday. Such a beautiful setting. Well laid out and very well equipped, brilliant service. Archie is lovely, very polite and accommodating. Thank you!”


“Archie and Nat were amazing. We have had the best weekend. Wow what a beautiful place. We will back again and would highly recommend. The showers were fab and hot. The toilet facilities were super too. Kitchen is amazing with everything you need. Thanks to you both.”

Michelle and Anthony. Nottingham

“Still keep thinking about our amazing day. I know we’re biased but it was seriously the best wedding we’ve ever been to. This is the thoughts of all our guests too. Cant thank you enough for making it such a success!”

Steve Vandenberg

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