PUBLISHED: 10:09 19 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:06 20 February 2013
Luxurious getaways with easy reach
Essex Life highlights ten idyllic locations that will help you get away from it all this winter, without having to travel very far at all
Winter at Wivenhoe House is everything youd expect from a splendid country house hotel open fires, soft comfortable sofas, superb king-size beds and delicious locally-sourced food. With teams of butlers anticipating your every need, Wivenhoe House is ideal for a luxurious winter break. Choose one of the 16 traditional and elegant bedrooms, including nine suites and fine dining in Signatures restaurant, or contemporary style from 24 rooms and the Brasserie in the Garden Wing. Wivenhoe House is ideally located for exploring the Essex and Suffolk coast and countryside. All this means you will experience an unforgettable stay at an idyllic hotel bursting with period detail.
Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa
There is an exciting array of festive events on offer this year at the family-owned Stoke by Nayland Hotel, with something to suit everyone this winter. If you are looking to party, the resorts ever popular Christmas Party Nights run from Saturday, December 1 and you can make it into a short break, with party-goers able to take advantage of amazing hotel rates. To get away from it all, without having to travel too far, try the hotels exquisite new luxury self-catered Country Lodges which offer elegant five-star accommodation in beautiful surroundings. Ideal for a short break or longer stay, these lodges provide the perfect escape together with all the superb leisure and dining facilities of the Stoke by Nayland Hotel.
Gun Hill, Dedham
Who could resist a break this winter in a Milsom hotel? Milsom Hotels and Restaurants group has plenty of delicious offers to tempt you to one of its superb hotels in either Dedham, Harwich or Kesgrave. From a simple overnight dinner, bed and breakfast at The Pier or milsoms in Dedham to a luxurious two-night spa break at Maison Talbooth, there is sure to a special deal to suit you. And with the outdoor pool at the Maison Talbooth in Dedham heated all year round to a sizzling 85ËšC, dont forget to pack your costume whatever the time of year.
Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester Five Lakes
Essex CM9 8HX
01621 868 888
Crowne Plaza Colchester Five Lakes, near the coastal town of Maldon, is set within more than 300 acres of unspoiled Essex countryside, perfect for exploring at any time of year. The newly-refurbished resort offers some of the finest sports and leisure facilities in the south east of England, making it perfect for family leisure breaks. For golfers there are two magnificent 18-hole golf courses or guests may just prefer to relax in the spa and enjoy superb food at either of the hotels two new restaurants.
Although The Starr in Great Dunmow has been welcoming overnight guests since the 15th century, originally as a coaching inn on the route from Suffolk to London, it has more recently been famed as a fabulous restaurant serving fine cuisine. Now, after a recent refurbishment, high quality accommodation is also available for those looking for a short break to get away from it all.
Down Hall Country House
Located in Hatfield Heath, near Bishops Stortford, Down Hall Country House Hotel is one of Englands most charming and elegant country house hotels. Dating back to 1322, this impressive Italianate mansion provides an historic setting with the hotels luxury interiors, ornate ceilings and abundance of natural daylight a joy to experience at any time of year. For dining, the Grill Room has a seasonally changing menu or why not indulge in a traditional English afternoon tea in some of the most appropriate surroundings in the area.
The Pheasant at Gestingthorpe
Renown as a top dining destination, The Pheasant pub in Gestingthorpe is also home to a boutique hotel. Each of the stylish rooms are named after local notable people from East Anglias history, such as Gainsborough and Constable. Comfort and quality are served as standard, whether in the pub, restaurant or hotel. And with the pub nominated as a finalist in four categories at the Essex Life Fine Food and Drink Awards, excellent dining is assured.
The Roslin Beach Hotel
10-12 Thorpe Esplanade
The Roslin Beach Hotel is a seaside retreat, but this does not mean its off limits in the winter. With 62 rooms, including thee luxurious suites and 18 executive rooms, The Roslins quiet location makes it a peaceful getaway. At the heart of the hotel is its AA rosette restaurant, renowned locally for fantastic food, excellent service and stunning panoramic views of the Thames estuary. Led by executive head chef Wayne Hawkins, the kitchen brigade is passionate about the delivery of first class fare and seasonal menus, perfect for a warming dish on a cold winters day.
The Ickworth Hotel
Bury St Edmunds
Why not enjoy a wintry escape to the Ickworth Hotel on the National Trust Ickworth estate near Bury St Edmunds? Once owned by the Earls of Bristol, this grand property is now a Luxury Family Hotel. With 1,800 acres of grounds to explore, there are plenty of choices for a crisp winter walk. The emphasis is on a home from home welcome for all the family. While children enjoy the Den (a great kids club that is complimentary for guests), parents can indulge in a spa treatment or just relax and enjoy the fabulous surroundings.
Prince Charles Avenue
01375 891 402
Orsett Hall is a stunning, luxury hotel set within 12 acres of fabulous landscaped gardens. With 35 stylish bedrooms, including three bridal suites, plus elegant function and conference rooms, a spa, a gym and a hair and beauty salon, there is plenty to enjoy here. But perhaps the highlight is the dining available within the Garden Restaurant, which offers an innovative menu of the best local produce.