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A House for Essex lies on the edge of the village of Wrabness in North Essex. It sits on the southern bank of the river Stour with views across the estuary to the neighbouring county of Suffolk. To the east, the river runs out into the North Sea between the ports of Harwich and Felixstowe. To the west it heads inland past Mistley and Manningtree.
The house is close to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a sense of remoteness despite its proximity to two major ports. It lies at the end of a single track road in the middle of Wrabness. After the site, the track becomes a footpath leading down to the foreshore.
The nearest train station Wrabness (with connections to Harwich, Colchester and London) provides an ideal way for guests to visit without using the car.
Seaside & nature
- The Essex Way ramblers’ route (which starts in Epping on the edge of London and finishes in Harwich) runs along the foreshore below the site. It includes an 8-mile walk from Harwich to Wrabness, and an 8-mile walk from Wrabness to Manningtree.
- Explore Stour Wood in Wrabness
- Walk in the Stour Estuary nature reserve
- Go seal watching in Arthur Ransome's "Secret Water" in Walton-on-the-Naze's Backwater
- Take a boat from Essex to Suffolk on the Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry
- Enjoy the beauty of Constable Country and visit some of the locations in which Constable painted around Flatford Mill
- Nearby beaches include Frinton-on-Sea, Brightlingsea, Clacton, Walton-on-the-Naze and Dovercourt Bay
Activites & things to do
- Visit The Beth Chatto Gardens or spend the day at Jimmy's Farm
- Visit Colchester Zoo
- Learn about the history of Essex by visiting Colchester Castle, Hedingham Castle and Gardens, Layer Marney Tower and Historic Harwich
- Local pubs include The Strangers Home in Bradfield, The Wagon at Wix and The Castle Inn in Ramsey
- The Alma Inn in Harwich
- The White Heart Inn in Manningtree
- The Butt and Oyster in Pin Mill
- The Mistley Thorn in Mistley
- Harbourside Restaurant and Ha'Penny Bistro in Harwich
- Le Talboth in Dedham
- The Wrabness Community Shop sells a range of products, and also has a cafe and licensed bar