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The Jolly Sailor, Heybridge Basin. One of the locals’ favourite and serves nice pub food.

The Old Ship, Heybridge Basin. Great location to have a beer and see the boats come in through the lock.

The Queens Head, Maldon. A family and dog friendly pub located alongside the Blackwater which offers a great selection of drinks, meals and snacks, as well as views of the barges as they come in to the quay.

Address: The Hythe, Maldon CM9 5HN

Telephone: 01621 854 112

Farmers Yard – A traditionally styled free house serving quality cask real ales from the Maldon Brewing Company, alongside changing guest ales.

Address: 140 High St, Maldon CM9 5BX

Telephone 01621 854202

The Tap Room is housed in a 500-year-old beamed building, showcasing Mighty Oak’s award-winning range of beers, served direct from the cask from a cooled ground-floor cellar.

Address: 10 High St, Maldon CM9 5PJ

Telephone  01621 853892

The Purleigh Bell – traditional country pub serving great homemade food and local ale. It is located about 15 minutes away by car or a three hour walk that takes you from Heybridge Basin to Maldon and then along the old railway line to the hillside village of Purleigh. Booking is recommended as it can get busy.

The Street, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6QJ       Telephone: 01621 828 348;

Rubino’s – although it is not a pub it is a great little restaurant near Heybridge Basin that serves great food and deserves a visit. Booking recommended.

Chigborough Farm, Maldon CM9 4RE      Telephone 01621 855 879




Sailing Barge Cruises, bird watching sail, afternoon tea cruises, sunset voyages, two island lunch trips: all depart from Maldon quay. To find out more:

There is a canoe in the bicycle shed which you can use. Life jackets must be worn and you must sign the safety sheet before you put the canoe in the water.


Four bicycles in the shed are available for your use and cycling routes are included at the back of this pack. Please sign the safety sheet before you take the bikes out.

Horse riding

Pony mornings, group and private lessons, cross country courses

Maypole Road, Wickham Bishops Essex CM8 3LX

Telephone: 01621891011;       Mobile: 07951866822


Chigboro Fisheries – A 53 acre complex of lakes just a mile away catering for both Trout and Coarse Anglers. The fishery is open every day from 8am. All you need to do is pitch up and someone will come and find you.

There are three trout lakes, boat and bank fishing, tuition and tackle hire, 4 carp lakes. There is also a fishing lodge.

For further information please call: 07708844440


Walking: A selection of walks can be found at the back of the cottages What To Do folder.



Local places of interest:

Here is a website that promotes open days at special venues:   01206 573948

If you are a Gardener then you have to visit the World Renown Beth Chatto Gardens about 40 minutes away.

The Abbey, Coggeshall:

Braxted Park, nr Witham

Layer Marney Towernr Tiptree

Warner Textile ArchiveBraintree

Ingatestone Hall – nice pub in nearby Stock  called The Hoop.

Kentwell HallLong Melford –on  special open days you will be transported back to Tudor times and  meet the lord and lady of the manor and all their staff going about their daily routine. You will also be able to roam around their beautiful gardens and visit the animals at their rare breed farm.  Great day guaranteed.  The village of Coggleshall is on the way and is also worth a visit on the way home.

Lavenham is another beautiful place and is known as one of the best preserved medieval villages in England – this and Long Melford’s Kentwell Hall and antiques warehouse are a nice day out. The Swan on the high street has a good reputation and a spa, and The Great House is a well known destination restaurant.

Paycocke’s House and Garden

With its richly decorated exterior and stunning carved ceilings, this wealthy merchant’s house was a medieval home built to impress.

Flatford Mill East Bergholt  CO7 6UL

Nestled by the River Stour, the hamlet of Flatford is home to many of the iconic views that inspired some of John Constable’s most famous paintings. By far the best way to experience these scenes is on foot, simply back in time ad absorb the places Constable knew and loved. 

01206 298260

Le Talbooth is a smart restaurant to go to near Dedham for that special occasion or The Sun Inn in Dedham would be a great place to go if you are looking for a meal and a walk along the riverbank to Flatford Mill – or hire a rowing boat from the Boathouse restaurant and boat hire and row there, maybe have a picnic on the way, it’s lovely.



Grapes have grown in Purleigh since Roman times and the wine produced from New Hall Vineyard in 1215  was sent to Runnymede for the signing of the Magna Carta. Today the Dengie region has at least four vineyards, two of which you can visit. Phone Lucy 01621  to organise  a tour and a tasting at  New Hall Vineyard:

New Hall Vineyard – Chelmsford Road, Purleigh CM3 6PN;

Crouch Ridge vineyard – Althorne Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Althorne CM3 6BZ



Maldon Lunch Time concerts at 1pm every second Thursday of the month at the United Reformed Church. Free.  2018 programme enclosed.



Tiptree Jam Museum tells the story of how village life used to be and how the art of preserve making has advanced over the years at Tiptree. The museum is free and you book an afternoon tea if you wish at the tea rooms.

Tiptree Jam Shop and Museum, Factory Hill, Tiptree, Essex CO5 0RF

Telephone: 01621 814 524

Museum of Power

Housed in a former Water Pumping Station, the museum contains a fascinating collection which ranges  from a working overhead machine shop to a petrol powered iron. The jewel in their crown is the ‘Lilleshall’ triple expansion steam pump now back on steam after 50 years.

Attached is an activities calendar, to find out more take a look at their website

Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA

Telephone: 01621 843 183


Art galleries

Modern and British contemporary art is exhibited and sold at Hayletts Gallery.

To find out what is on show visit

Oakwood House, 2 High Street, Maldon Essex CM9 5PJ

Telephone 01621 851 669


Maeldune Heritage Centre

Situated at the heart of Maldon, the heritage centre celebrates the town’s history and exhibits local arts and crafts.

St Peter’s Tower,Market Hill, Maldon CM9 4PZ

Tea rooms:

Tiptree tea room The Lock, Heybridge Basin


Nature reserves

Blue House Farm Nature Reserve

This 600 acre farm is situated on the north bank of the River Crouch.  It has been managed by Essex Wildlife Trust since 1998. The flat fields have been grassland for the last 100 years and are used as a feeding ground for Brent Geese. Around 2,000 geese come to the area during the winter.

Blue House Farm, Nature Reserve Road, North Fambridge, Essex about 6 miles away



Maldon Taxis:

Happicabs            T: 01621 883883

Banyards              T 01621 850850

Arrows Taxi         T 01621 855111


Take aways:– they don’t deliver unfortunately:

Indian: The Raj 195 High St, Maldon CM9 5BU        T 01621 858510

Maldon Tandoori  an award winning Indian Restaurant 191-193 High St, Maldon CM9 5BU 01621 850985

Fish and chips: The Friendly Frier 13 The High Street CM9 5PB 01621 853647

Chinese: Ocean:155- 157 Maldon High Street 01621 851785 facebook

Italian: Prezzo, 69 High Street, Maldon 01621 842544


Petrol station:

Tesco Petrol station CM9 4LE; 5 minutes away

Morrisons Petrol station CM9 6GG; 8 minutes away



Asda :CM9 4GD Pinpointed on the map, either take the car (3mins) or walk along the canal (15 mins)

Tesco: CM9 4LE, Pinpointed on the map, either take the car (5mins) or walk along the canal (25 mins)

Morrisons:CM9 6GG, Pin pointed on the map. By car (8 mins)



Jacob’s Farm  just down the lane from us in Golldhanger Road  CM9 4QS: sells home grown organic vegetables and fruit: Don’t be put off by the ducks and geese that patrol the farm’s yard. Location is pinpointed on the map in the cottage.

Marks and Spencers 40 Maldon High Street,

Ansells Butchers 5 High St, Maldon CM9 5PB,  Traditional butcher selling great quality local produce. Should you wish to do something different this holiday, Ansells do offer butchery classes too, please see their website for more details

Reeves is a traditional ironmongery shop which everyone uses and is very fond of. You might not need it however now you are on holiday an’ all but you never know…

Pet shop:

Pets at home, Wycke Hill Business Park, Wycke Hill, Maldon CM9 6TU (near Morrisons)

Garden Nursery:

Perrywoods in Tiptree is a nice garden centre with a cafe and large gift shop.


Local Doctor’s Surgery:

Blackwater Medical Centre, Princes Road Maldon Essex

T: 01621 876 760

Local Hospital:

Broomfields ,  Court Rd, Broomfield, Chelmsford CM1 7ET

T:  01245 362000


Danbury Dental Care 24 Maldon Rd, Danbury, Chelmsford CM3 4QH

T:01245 225091


Edgewood Veterinary GroupVets 8 Wantz Road, Maldon CM9 5DE

T 01621 852910