Just five minutes walk from us is a hidden National Trust gem. Bourne Mill is, according to the NT ‘a verdant oasis in suburban Colchester’. Heading south out of Colchester on Mersea Road, just on the outskirts of New Town, is Bourne Pond, a haven for birds, and sited on the eastern side is the mill.
A busy Heritage Open Day for us!
Paycocke’s House and Garden is a gem. Built around 1500 for Thomas Paycocke, a wealth cloth merchant, and is now a National Trust property, open from Wednesdays to Sundays 11:00am to 5pm in the high season. It’s definitely worth planning your holiday itinerary to spend a couple of hours there.
One of Europe’s oldest timber-framed buildings, rescued from dereliction in the 1980s, Grange Barn is a highlight of a visit to Coggeshall.
We made our first visit to Copped Hall today – and it’s going to be the first of many!
It’s always interesting to see the new uses to which old and sometimes quirky buildings are put. One such example is the Jaywick Martello Tower.
Only £3 a head to get in, so I reckon for a couple of hours with kids, an event to be recommended, especially as you’ve got the rest of Old Harwich to visit – including The Alma Inn!
The weather was perfect this afternoon for a trip to the Fine Art & Antiques Fair at Cressing Temple Barns. It was a setting to match the collections.
Audley End House came up trumps again this afternoon, with a special event whose highlight was eight mounted cavalry charging up and down beside the river.
Before we went for our Sunday roast we visited Hylands House in Chelmsford. It was the first time we had visited and we hadn’t realised…