Upmarket Frinton and its famous greensward and huts.
Lively Clacton with the pier and the amusement arcades and seafront walks.
Dovercourt with its Blue Flag beach and High and Low Lights and summer foot ferry to Felixstowe.
Walton with the wonderful walks along the Naze and the Titchmarsh Marina.
Brightlingsea – Cinque port and seafaring history.
Colchester – the oldest recorded town in England with The Castle built by the Normans around 1100. 1000 years previously the site was the Roman temple of Claudius.
Ipswich – with its park and ride an excellent day out for shopping and visiting the Natural History Museum and Christchurch Mansion and Park. Park and Ride available.
Woodbridge has everything – walks along the river, quirky shops, lovely restaurants and pubs and even a superb golf course.
We are just 4 miles from Suffolk and a day trip around the beautiful villages of Suffolk, from Hadleigh to Lavenham and Kersey, is one of the best ways to spend a day taking in the unique atmosphere of these historic wool towns with their wonderful architecture. We have suggested routes and maps for you to borrow to make this a special day.
Made so famous by the landscape artist John Constable this area needs no introduction – and we are lucky enough to be within 15 minutes of Dedham. It is also possible to spend the day walking along the River Stour from Manningtree (the smallest town in England) to Dedham and Flatford Mill admiring and enjoying the scenery that has not changed much since Constable painted there. (There is a good National Trust café at Flatford Mill). Dedham also has excellent pubs and interesting shops and a craft centre and rowing boats for hire to while away a summer's afternoon.
Beth started to create her garden from wild neglected land in the 1960s. It is now open to the public every day (check opening times). Beth Chatto has undertaken numerous world lecture tours and is highly respected in the gardening world. A visit to her gardens in Elmstead Market, just 15 minutes from us, will often see her pottering about keeping an eye on her plants and new creations – perhaps in the Water Garden, Woodland or Gravel Garden.
The RSPB Reserve at Wrabness (with car park) is just a few minutes drive from us and following the path in the wood takes you to the hide at the water's edge where many ducks and waders are waiting for you at low tide. Bird watching trips from Ipswich are popular in the winter months.
The Walls at Manningtree are a haven for the famous Manningtree swans but thousands of ducks, geese and small wading birds, including the bar-tailed godwit, can be seen at low tide - follow this with a walk from behind the Co-op in Manningtree along the River Stour towards Flatford and Dedham and you will have a wonderful time; beautiful views, peace and quiet and possibly a kingfisher or two to admire.
Fingeringhoe and Abberton Reserves are about 30 minutes drive from here and these Reserves are well known and loved by many.
We can highly recommend a trip to the Naze at Walton. Drive straight through the town and keep driving until you can go no further and you will be at the Tower (plenty of parking there) and you can then wander away from the picnic site along the sea shore and cliffs as far as you like (it's a bit reminiscent of Swallows and Amazons) and when you return a cup of tea and a piece of cake at the Tower is a lovely way to end the excursion. (Or you could come back here for tea and cakes in our sitting room!)
Our farm is lucky enough to be host to little owls, barn owls and tawny owls most years.
Golfers bringing their own clubs will be pleased to know that there are some excellent courses nearby (most of which we have played). There are also opportunities for fishing in local reservoirs for those who want to bring their rods!
We have a lot of “tourist information” for our guests to browse through and we are very happy for our guests to borrow (and return!) Ordnance Survey Maps and walking maps while they are staying with us. As Dairy House is actually on the OS map it should be impossible to get lost…..
Colchester Castle and Zoo, Christchurch Mansion at Ipswich, RHS Hyde Hall, Green Island Gardens. Alton Water, Abberton Reservoir, RSPB wood at Wrabness, Manningtree Walls, Sutton Hoo, Tendring Villages and churches and much more, as well as all of the above.