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5 Hidden Gems in Rural Essex Travel 

5 Hidden Gems in Rural Essex

A House for Essex

House for Essex
A House for Essex was designed by artist Grayson Perry and the FAT architecture firm in 2015 in a small village near Manningtree. It has been nicknamed ‘The Taj Mahal on the river Stour’ and tells a fictional story of a local woman, called Julie, whose husband had the house built as a shrine on her death. The house is full of art work, depicting the fictional story of Julie.

Back in 2015, the house was open for people to stay in, but in a ballot format. Those people who were successful in securing a place to stay overnight were given dates to stay, with prices ranging from £850 for two nights’ midweek, to £1,800 for a three-night weekend.

Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney

Layer Marney Tower is a Tudor palace in Colchester, built by Lord Marney in the 1520’s. The palace is composed of buildings, gardens and parkland and was designated Grade I listed in 1952. The tallest Tudor Gatehouse in the country is here too, with 99 steps to the top and what appears to be eight floors – double windows were built into the Tower to make it seem that there were more floors than it really has.

It is the perfect destination for weddings, parties and corporate events. With over 500 years of history, the Layer Marney Tower would make a great day out in Essex for everyone.

Beth Chatto Garden

Beth Chatto Garden

Beth Chatto Garden was transformed in 1960 in Colchester, from an overgrown wasteland of brambles, gravel and boggy ditches, to a beautiful 6-acre array of award winning plants and flowers, all displayed so eloquently and peacefully. There’s a tea room on site now too, treating visitors to homemade cakes and drinks.

As well as a beautiful space to walk around, the garden is also available for special private events, such as wedding receptions, christenings and wakes.

Panfield House

Panfield House
If you are looking for hotels in Braintree, then look no further than Panfield House; a peaceful and cosy alternative to other hotels in Braintree. The stunning, fully-furnished accommodation is luxurious and comforting, located in Braintree town centre with excellent public transport and travel links.

Panfield House was lovingly constructed and furnished in 2006, and offers the perfect solution for those looking for a serviced apartment or short-term let. This homely house offers a personalised and relaxing experience for everyone, an experience that rivals any local hotel.

Greensted Church

Greensted Church
Greensted Church is a historic franken-chapel in Ongar, with the middle wooden section of the church dating back to the 9th century, making it the oldest wooden building in Europe, and the oldest wooden church in the world.

It was built in the 9th century during a push to convert the area’s Saxon population to Christianity. The building has miraculously survived through the centuries, even though unsurprisingly, it is not completely intact.

The site now includes influences from Saxon, Tudor and Victorian as it progressed through the centuries. The ancient church has been constantly updated and repaired, but always maintaining as much of its original body as possible.

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