This lovely little cottage is a beautifully converted redundant stable building in a now very quiet and peaceful part of our farm. At the end of the lane,...
Where is it?
We live in the historic market town of Great Dunmow, in the Essex countryside. The house is a 5 minute walk from the town centre which is full of independent shops and cafes. We also own a Lifestyle Store in the town, The Shopkeeper (www.theshopkeeperstore.com) which sells men's clothing as well as carefully curated goods for the home.
Our home overlooks 'The Downs' - a lovely, large green space with a big duck pond, and is also opposite the Recreation Ground, which has a children's playground and skate park.
Great Dunmow is a 40 minute drive from London. We will drive to Westfield in Stratford (large shopping centre) and park there if we want to travel into London (I commute in daily). Stratford has a tube & train station which can take you to many destinations in and around London. Alternatively, the nearest tube station is at Epping (20 min drive) which is on the Central Line into London.
The nearest train station is either Stansted airport, which you can take a bus/taxi to, or Bishops Stortford which is a 20 min drive (they both have a direct train into central London which takes 35 mins, and also to Cambridge and other UK destinations).
We also only 40 minutes from the beautiful and historic University city of Cambridge which is really lovely to spend a day at, either exploring the rivers and architecture, or for a spot of shopping, eating in one of the many great restaurants, going to the cinema, watching some live music, etc. Other nearby areas include Saffron Walden, Chelmsford and Bishops Stortford (all 20 mins).
There are so many options for exploring the wonderful English countryside nearby too - Hatfield Forest is also a lovely National Trust site nearby if you would like to spend some time in the fresh, country air, and is only a 10 minute drive away. There are lots of Country Parks and stately homes in the area too - Audley End House & Gardens, The Henry Moore Foundation, etc. Cammas Hall Farm is great in the Summer months - you can pick your own fruit and enjoy lunch outside.
The wide, Sandy beach at Frinton is also brilliant for children, and only an hour's drive. The picturesque counties of Suffolk and Norfolk are also neighboring and very popular for their beaches, camping and the Norfolk Broads.
If you want to explore further afield, Stansted Airport is only 10 minutes away and has cheap flights to most destinations in Europe.
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