Doorstep destinations

PUBLISHED: 10:39 29 November 2010 | UPDATED: 15:20 20 February 2013

Doorstep destinations

Doorstep destinations

You don't need to travel miles to get away from it all. Essex Life introduces you to some inspirational ideas of places to escape to - and all of them are only a stone's throw away

The Crown Hotel
High Street, Bildeston, Suffolk IP7 7EB
01449 740510

IDEALLY located for a skip across the border into Suffolk, The Bildeston Crown offers the chance to relax in the luxurious surroundings of a Grade II* listed building. There are 12 stunning en suite double rooms, each uniquely designed to the highest quality. The Bildeston Crown boasts a three AA Rosette restaurant and is included in the Good Food Guide. Quality produce is sourced locally whenever possible, and used in season to get the best results.
Summer Special Book a room for Saturday and Sunday night in June or July and you can stay Sunday night free.

The Pier at Harwich
The Quay, Harwich, Essex CO12 3HH
01255 241212

The Pier at Harwich has two fabulous restaurants. The Harbourside specialises in fresh local seafood and has fine views over the twin estuaries of the Stour and Orwell. On the ground floor, the Ha'penny Bistro serves the full a la carte menu from noon until 9.30 pm. For those getting away for the weekend, The Pier also has 14 comfortable bedrooms to stay in, many of which enjoy spectacular views of the busy port.

Hotel Felix
White House Lane, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0LX
01223 277977

The Hotel Felix opened in 2002 as Cambridge's first contemporary boutique hotel and contains 52 bedrooms exemplifying opulent simplicity. It has the wonderful two AA Rosette award winning restaurant, Graffiti, the menu of which is inspired by the seasons and incorporates the finest local produce. Just over a mile from the historic city centre of Cambridge, the hotel is a slice of tranquility away from the bustle of town. It is an ideal base from which to explore Cambridge and great to escape back to in the evening for a cocktail on the terrace.

Down Hall Country House Hotel
Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Nr Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM22 7AS
01279 731 441

Down Hall Hotel is one of England's most established country house hotels. Dating back to 1322, this impressive Italianate mansion is an historic setting. The hotel's grand interiors, ornate ceilings and abundance of natural daylight combine to make Down Hall Country House Hotel an experience like no other.
Take time to wander the 110 acres of surrounding woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens or sample traditional English afternoon tea in front of the impressive fireplace. You can also enjoy the finest of cuisine in Ibbetson's Fine Dining Restaurant, or perhaps take a leisurely lunch in The Grill Room.

The Manor Hotel
Berwick Road, Rainham, Essex RM13 9EL
01708 555586

The Manor Hotel & Restaurant offers contemporary accommodation, together with a warm and friendly welcome. Located in the countryside by Rainham, on the site of the former Berwick Manor, it is ideally situated for neighbouring towns such as Upminster, Hornchurch and Romford. The restaurant serves fine modern international cuisine complemented by an excellent wine list. Why not enjoy one of the beautifully-appointed double or twin bedrooms?

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