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Stunning Lakeside Shepherd's Hut - Hot Tub & SaunaStunning shepherd's hut in a beautiful lakeside location. Set at the back of a working farm & equestrian centre the hut is well-appointed with modern decor. Visitors will have the use of the hut, stunning firepit & BBQ. A beautiful wood-fired hot tub is attached & available for a small fee (£25 per stay, exclusive use). There is also a sauna a few steps away. The lake is well fenced, secure & very private. Visitors are welcome to fish the lake & there are facilities to bring a horse along too.
"Landscape" New Eco Lodge Flatford MillTranquil, Stylish and Luxurious. "Landscape" is a brand new 2 bedroom Eco Lodge in Flatford in the heart of Constable Country . With views over Dedham Vale an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sleeps 4 in 1 king double room and 1 twin/double room . Open plan kitchen lounge with log burner and bi-fold doors opening on to a beautiful patio with superb pond and countryside views . Separate utility/boot room and luxury bathroom. Newly built to the highest standards and luxury finish.
Quiet cabin overlooking open fieldsPeaceful cabin at the bottom of our garden complete with rear terrace overlooking fields and private patio for alfresco eating. Parking on drive access through coded gate to cabin. Open plan, with double bed and ensuite with shower, kitchen complete with full crockery, coffee machine, kettle, toaster and halogen hob.
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The misconception of Essex as a sort of eastern suburb of London — encouraged by its commuter towns and a much popularised nightlife scene — belies both its ancient history and its natural beauty. Its coastline of broad estuaries backed by thousands of acres of wildlife-rich saltmarsh measures a whopping 350 miles. The former royal hunting enclosure of Epping Forest contains more than 50,000 ancient trees.
Its gentle, green countryside is dotted with olde worlde villages, market towns, and country estates, including the imposing Audley End at Saffron Walden, and the 18th-century Hylands House near Chelmsford. Stour Valley and Dedham Vale are so picturesque they inspired some of Britain’s most beloved painters, while Colchester, once the Roman capital of Britain, can celebrate two thousand years of architecture, including a Norman castle. But yes, Essex locals are also known for their friendliness and their love of a good time. Famous seaside towns like Clacton-on-Sea and Southend, home to the world’s longest pleasure pier, offer plenty of entertainment.
Being so close to London makes getting to Essex especially easy. London Stansted (STN) is only 15 miles away by road, while London itself is quick to reach by rail. Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), and Luton (LTN) airports are all easily accessible. The county is well connected by train, even the coast. You can get around Essex’s towns and villages by local bus, and there are many walking trails to enjoy around the countryside and along the coast. Its largely flat geography makes the county great for cycling, while e-scooters are available to rent in a number of towns including Colchester, Chelmsford, and Clacton.
Summer is when the weather is at its most reliable in Essex, and a popular time to head to Essex’s coast. The seaside towns can be quiet out of season, although they rarely shut down entirely. Facing the North Sea means that it can get chilly any time of year, however, so make sure to pack accordingly and bring a waterproof jacket in case it rains. Spring and autumn are both mild and offer different but delightful experiences of the countryside, with many of the towns and stately homes in their best bloom between March and May, and Epping forest clothed in autumn colours in September and October. The event season peaks in summer with county fairs, the Estuary arts festival in May/June, and the Clacton Airshow in August, not to mention the Dunmow Flitch Trials in July, a curious 900-year-old tradition celebrating marriage with bacon.
Located on a peninsula at the mouth of the rivers Stour and Orwell, this harbour is best known for its ferries to Holland. But its old town, dating back to the 13th century, is a charming destination itself, with maritime heritage, the wooden Ha’penny Pier, and a pretty beach on Dovercourt Bay. You can also go seal spotting at the nearby Hamford water nature reserve.
With the River Colne running prettily through its centre, this market town, full of independent shops and merchants, is a floral delight year round, from its Victorian gardens to its blooming churchyards. Drive 15 minutes in any direction and you’ll come to more attractive villages — Coggeshall, Finchingfield, Earls Colne — while the Norman keep of Hedingham Castle lies just to the north.
From the Dengie peninsula south of the river to Mersea Island to its north, the vast flat horizons of the Blackwater salt marshes are a place to lose yourself in nature. The estuary’s banks, lakes, and meadows are breeding grounds for wildlife while the surrounding villages, like Maldon, Burnham-on-Crouch, and Bradwell-on-Sea, retain their fishing and boat-building traditions.