Anne Gray’s Five Favourite Essex Things

PUBLISHED: 08:44 07 August 2015 | UPDATED: 08:44 07 August 2015

Anne Gray

Anne Gray


Anne Gray, a beauty and skincare expert from Burnham on Crouch, picks out five of her favourite things about life in Essex

Anne Gray began my working life at a hair salon in Thorpe Bay aged 13. After working independently for many years, Anne opened a beauty salon, Natural Beauty, with one of her sisters in Danbury. Her daughter Chantal took over the salon ten years ago and it has grown each year. Anne is now very active with Spa Technologies products and white labelling for other trade customers in her fulfilment centre in Burnham on Crouch. She just loves the wonderful aroma of all these different products being filled, labelled, packed off and distributed to her retail and trade customers is a joy.

Essex Memory

Natural Beauty in Danbury

I love going for a relaxing facial at Natural Beauty by Chantal, it’s my daughter’s salon in Danbury. I opened Natural Beauty 20 years ago with one of my sisters and then passed it on to my daughter who has made a great success of it. Chantal now offers the Marine Ocean Breeze Facials and I have to say that I just love them. It’s so nice to walk in and see the clients that have been coming to Natural Beauty for those 20 years, and who have become friends.

Favourite Place to Visit

Boreham House

Boreham House is a truly amazing Grade I listed mansion with a stately avenue of trees between which there is a breathtaking formal lake. Once inside the mansion you are surrounded by history. A great deal of original features have been retained including the decorative, hand-crafted plasterwork on the 24ft high ceilings, original fireplaces and solid oak hand carved panelling. It’s a perfect venue for every type of event and we have had some lovely evenings there with the owner, Teresa, who is a wonderful host, ensuring every event she puts on for you is beyond your dreams.

Essex Event

Burnham Week in Burnham on Crouch

Burnham on Crouch is best known as a yachting centre and hosts the internationally famous Burnham Week each year. I enjoy lovely walks along the River Crouch and stopping off at the Olde White Harte, a 17th century hotel and restaurant offering great food and the chance to catch up with local friends. The Tall Green House in the High Street is also a unique tea room with lots of pieces of local art and unusual gifts as well as homemade cakes. It’s just wonderful.


The New London, Chelmsford

The New London, on London Road in Chelmsford, has an excellent menu and also offers a vegetarian menu. It’s simply the best I have had locally with such a wonderful choice and a must for a Sunday roast. There’s a great atmosphere and the staff and service are exceptional. It’s also a place where ladies feel comfortable just to meet and have a glass of wine.

Family Day Out

Madison Heights, Maldon

I love to go tenpin bowling with my family and even tried roller skating with my granddaughter recently. It was great fun and good exercise. I did used to go years ago when I was a teenager in Southend and, surprisingly, I soon got into the swing of it. After half an hour of falling over, I managed to keep my balance. It did bring back so many memories. Maldon’s Promenade Park is another place that I enjoy with my granddaughter. From walking in the park to having an ice cream, there are always lots of different events throughout the summer.


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