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Glamping Essex

Luxury camping Essex holidays

Take your family on a Glamping Essex holiday; the historic county of Essex offers an exciting and surprising glamping holiday in lush countryside just up the road from London. Set in the east of England, the county boasts its own major airport, Stansted, as well as excellent road and train connections. The county borders London to the south, Suffolk to the north and enjoys the North Sea along its long eastern coastline. The large historical towns of Chelmsford and Colchester boast bustling shopping centres and a variety of restaurants and entertainment. The county is also dotted with a huge number of picturesque villages, notably Finchingfield, Wendons Ambo and Castle Hedingham.

An unforgettable family holiday in Essex

Traditional seaside towns and small fishing villages make up the whole of the coastline, where visitors can enjoy some of the UK’s best weather. This historic county is also home to a number of heritage attractions which include Colchester Castle, the largest Norman keep in Europe, as well as Hedingham Castle, Ingatestone Hall, and Audley End. Other options for excellent family days out are the award winning Colchester Zoo and the contemporary visual arts centre Firstsite, also in Colchester.

Glamping in East Anglia

With easy connections to London and the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, Essex is the ideal base to explore the whole of East Anglia. The entire family will enjoy the diverse attractions found across this large county, which surprises and delights at every turn. Have a look at Feather Down glamping to book a Glamping Essex holiday, and take the whole family on a truly unforgettable trip.

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Glamping Essex , Average customer rating

  • 10.0
    Ms. Cooper - From Fri 06 Jul

    Make sure you check out the view from the top of the tower

    10.0
    Mrs Morrison - From Fri 18 May

    The tower is a must

    10.0
    Mrs. Rule - From Fri 04 May

    Layer Marney Tower is wonderful for a visit.

  • 10.0
    Mrs Finnegan - From Mon 09 Apr

    Definitely go to Colchester Zoo if you have little ones, or range further afield to see Sutton Hoo.

    10.0
    Mrs. Mendoza - From Fri 06 Oct

    The tower is stunning with interesting exhibits inside and our boys loved the play area next to it... Although the best fun they had was roaming about in the woods between the tents with other children staying at the site. The hot tub was excellent too! Thre are some super friendly dogs who live at the tower who added to the fun whenever we happened across them... And my boys (and husband) aren't usually keen and a bit nervous around dogs but these guys just completely won them over!

    10.0
    Mrs Mayo - From Fri 06 Oct

    Tiptree is lovely, so is the pretty Heybridge Lock & Basin.

  • 8.8
    Mr Hadden - From Fri 22 Sep

    The tower is lovely and Colchester Castle is a great visit especially with kids. We would've liked to kayak but the recommended company didn't answer the phone and their website was down- are they still in business?

    8.8
    Ms Sampson - From Fri 01 Sep

    Colchester zoo

    10.0
    Mrs. Pick - From Fri 01 Sep

    Hiring the bikes was great - very efficient service and we used them a lot. The Hare and Hounds pub was a perfect distance away for a ride with the children, with pub lunch in the garden.

  • 10.0
    Mrs. Williamson - From Fri 25 Aug

    Colchester Zoo

    8.8
    Mrs Idle - From Mon 21 Aug

    Take small primus for early morning tea and coffee tea and coffee. More tea towels, toilet and kitchen rolls. Head torches. Go crabbing at West Merseyside. See the seals on a boat trip from Essex Marina. Use Colchester leisure pool with inflatables and rapids. Warning, table surface very uneven and with holes. Drinks topple over readily and food collects in gaps.

    10.0
    Mr Smith - From Fri 18 Aug

    Don't miss the opportunity to visit Heybridge Basin. Two great pubs and one of the Tiptree tea rooms all right besides the marina lock. Plus a host of really enjoyable waterside walks. A superb spot less than half an hour from Layer Marney.

  • 10.0
    Mrs. Jones - From Mon 14 Aug

    Colchester zoo. Mersea island. Layer Marney tower!

    8.8
    Ms Slater - From Mon 07 Aug

    Tiptree Jam Factory, Nature Reservoirs, Mersea Island

    10.0
    Mr. Macauley - From Mon 24 Jul

    Walk over the hills to the Hare and Hounds in Layer Breton for lunch then on to the reservoir for birds and cake. Or simply cake in the Tower Tea Room.

  • 8.8
    Ms. Cooper - From Fri 30 Jun

    The tower and Mersea Island

    10.0
    Mrs Miller - From Fri 23 Jun

    Frinton beach

    10.0
    Mrs Bailey - From Fri 23 Jun

    Abberton reservoir

  • 10.0
    Mrs. Colvin - From Fri 16 Jun

    We only saw the tower and that was lovely.

    8.8
    Mrs. Underwood - From Fri 02 Jun

    We had great fun at West Mersea beach, a very easy day out for everyone!

    10.0
    Mrs. Blake - From Fri 05 May

    the tower is not to be missed

  • 10
    Miss Fordham - From Fri 30 Sep

    Check is the estate is open at the time of booking so you may benefit from the free passes and climb the beautiful tower.

    10.0
    Mrs. Macleod - From Fri 30 Sep

    Layer Marney Tower and it's estate are beautiful and glamping guests are able to freely explore; we could easily have kept ourselves occupied for the whole weekend without leaving the estate, however we also visited picturesque Flatford Mill, inspiration for several Constable paintings and historic Coggeshall. We had planned to go to Colchester Castle and Zoo but ran out of time. No shortage of local attractions!

    8.8
    Ms. Morrison - From Tue 30 Aug

    We had an excellent family day out at Walton on Naze, clean sandy beach and dreadful amusements on the pier that the children loved!! We also LOVED Colchester Zoo. Best zoo we've been to and worth the entrance fee. It's a shame the at the staff at Layer Marney weren't more helpful regarding where to go. They seemed shocked that we asked them and then they had a debate amongst themselves. The customer service really wasn't great.

  • 10
    Mrs. Lee - From Fri 26 Aug

    Frinton

    10
    Mr. Fontenelle - From Mon 22 Aug

    West mersea and layer marney tower.

    10
    Ms. Dobson - From Fri 19 Aug

    Crabbing on Mersea Island. Book tickets in advance if going to the zoo. Layer Marney Tower is spectacular.

  • 10
    Mrs. Chalk - From Mon 15 Aug

    Definitely do the pizza making. We took our own deckchairs which were comfortable and easy to move to the firepit for marshmallow toasting. If you like hot drinks we would suggest taking a 1 ring camping gas burner with you to avoid having to wait for the stove to heat up. The tower is not open on a Friday so don't wait till then to visit.

    10
    Miss Mcallister - From Fri 05 Aug

    If you're staying just a long weekend as we were, you don't really need to leave the site too much. If you have small kids with you, I would recommend renting the chickens. And the walk around Layer Marney Tower was great, again, a hit with the kids. Pizza-making on Saturday night was good fun and sociable. The giant field at the end of the lane was brilliant for running around and ball games, and the wildlife walk was also an enjoyable distraction. Outside of the site, we went to Mersea beach, which was an easy 20 minute drive, and to Great Notley Park.

    8.8
    Mrs. Green - From Fri 05 Aug

    There is no where else to write about negatives so will do it here. The noise from weddings late at night on 2 out of the 3 nights we stayed was very intrusive therefore would not stay at this venue again

  • 8.8
    Dhr. Chow - From Mon 01 Aug

    Learn how to make fires See the farm and animals Buy local

    10
    Mr. Morley - From Fri 29 Jul

    Enjoy the farm land around you great for walking, day trip to Colchester zoo and take a trip to Mersea Island

    8.8
    Mrs. Dixon - From Fri 29 Jul

    We heard Chichester Zoo is a great day out as is the Castle. We went to the beach at Mersea which was fun.

  • 10.0
    Mrs. Lucy - From Fri 17 Jun

    Don't order too much veg and fruit (not per person!) didn't use the bbq, the outdoor wood burning stove more than sufficient. Don't forget marshmallows to toast on the small open fire pit. Chickens are fantastic and recommend requesting especially if you have children.

    10.0
    Mrs. van der Straten Ponthoz - From Fri 10 Jun

    We were so happy there that we didn't go anywhere and simply enjoyed the woods nearby and reading in the hammock!

    8.8
    Mrs. Copping - From Fri 10 Jun

    Mersea Island is worth a visit for old school seaside charm. We really like Dedham too.

  • 10.0
    Mr. Hammond - From Mon 23 May

    Colchester Zoo Bisto pub at Messing (picturesque village 5 miles away) Oyster Bar at Mersea Island Dedham Walk around Coggeshall Parkland at Colchester Castle and tea/cakes at Tymberleys The Barn Brasserie For a cheap pub meal: The Sun Inn at Kelvedon

    10.0
    Miss Mills - From Fri 22 Apr

    Early season wrap up warm. Don't put too many pots on the stove to get hot water as this stops the heat for the tent. Check the showers are hot my shower was fantastic and hot but the others in my party had cold showers.

    10.0
    Miss Mills - From Fri 22 Apr

    Early season wrap up warm. Don't put too many pots on the stove to get hot water as this stops the heat for the tent. Check the showers are hot my shower was fantastic and hot but the others in my party had cold showers.

  • 8.8
    Mrs. Freeborn - From Fri 08 Apr

    Layer Marney Tower itself was fantastic. We enjoyed afternoon tea at Tiptree museum and tea rooms, and fish and chips at Mersea Island, unfortunately the delightful craft shops were all shut there on Sunday. Colchester Zoo is also fantastic.

    10.0
    Mrs. Kidd - From Mon 26 Oct

    Our day trips were all lovely and we would r commend any of them - Mersea island, ickworth, Melford Hall, Flatford and Dedham Vale.

    10.0
    Mr. Knott - From Fri 23 Oct

    The Company Shed on Mersea Island and Walton on the Naze

  • 10.0
    Mr. Perez-Fragero - From Fri 02 Oct

    Mersea island is a must. Especially if you have a big group and can use the Routemaster bus to get there.

    10.0
    Mrs. Harrow - From Mon 21 Sep

    We went to the Wilkins jam factory for lunch one rainy day. We enjoyed a lovely walk at Maldon and also a trip to Colchester zoo.

    10.0
    Mrs. Mulvihill - From Fri 18 Sep

    The Company Shed for lunch

  • 8.8
    Mrs. Mills - From Fri 28 Aug

    Colchester zoo was a good place to go in the rain. We loved the family farm day at Layer Marney Tower

    8.8
    Ms. Calder - From Fri 31 Jul

    This is self-catering but Featherdown don't provide anything they can't sell so take soap as none is provided. Also take basics such as salt and pepper and tealights as well as torches. Take storage bags/boxes for foodstuffs as no cupboards although there is a large coolbox which is very effective.Honesty shop is very small but plenty of shops in nearby towns. No communal showers but the private ones work very well.We visited Isle of Mersea a couple of times for the range of beaches (mostly shingle) and excellent West Mersea Oyster Bar (arrive early for lunch as very popular). Beach at Frinton nice and sandy great for kids if the tide is low but take a packed lunch as no food outlets nearby.Layer Marney Tower ok but at weekends only open on Sunday from 12pm. Nice tea room and a play area for children.

    10.0
    Mr. Pickering - From Fri 19 Jun

    Enjoy the delights of the Tower!

  • 8.8
    Mrs. Hale - From Fri 12 Jun

    It's a shame that the tower is only open to guests on a Sunday from 12 (we had to leave by 1030 Sunday so would have had to hang around for 1.5hrs before being let in..) ie, the Tower openings don't really fit in well with campers unless you're coming for a whole week. Saturday opening with kids purchasables (ie swords/helmets - eg Warwick Castle) and cream teas would be profitable for the tower and would keep the kids/parents entertained.

    8.8
    Ms. Cooper - From Fri 12 Jun

    Take extra camping chairs for outside, book the hot tub very early as they are limited, consider taking a little gas stove if you need a hot drink to get going in the morning

    8.8
    Mrs. Hale - From Fri 12 Jun

    It's a shame that the tower is only open to guests on a Sunday from 12 (we had to leave by 1030 Sunday so would have had to hang around for 1.5hrs before being let in..) ie, the Tower openings don't really fit in well with campers unless you're coming for a whole week. Saturday opening with kids purchasables (ie swords/helmets - eg Warwick Castle) and cream teas would be profitable for the tower and would keep the kids/parents entertained.

  • 10.0
    Miss Flynn - From Mon 25 May

    Every local we met was really proud of Colchester Zoo and urged us to visit - we did - it was fantastic.Layer Marney Tower - we braved the top of the tower and were intrigued by it's history - very friendly family too.West Mersea has the clingiest crabs - they pretty much jumped out of the water onto our crabbing line.The Tiptree Jam Museum - interesting history and delicious ice cream too.

    10.0
    Mr. Warren - From Fri 22 May

    Mersea Island is great

    10.0
    Miss Millington - From Fri 17 Oct

    A trip to Mersey Island is a must, only 20 mins by car. A lovely little place on the estuary (check the tide timetable before you visit!), with lovely coastal inns and "the Company Shed" - a very popular seafood hut overlooking the water. We also stopped off at Cambridge to break our journey (about an hour away back to the Midlands). Of course, Layer Marney Tower (an official royal palace, like a mini version of Hampton Court!) and the whole estate is right on your doorstep, and is perfect for a wander or bike ride, and we were opposite a field of deer, which were stunning to just sit and watch!

  • 8.8
    Mrs. Roberts - From Fri 15 Aug

    Maldon was good for small children, great park and amenities._x000D_ _x000D_ Mersea great for crabbing - look out for the friendly seal.

    8.8
    Mrs. Bryce - From Mon 11 Aug

    Colchester Castle very interesting with lots of interative exhibits for children. Superb playground at Tower Park - with four children ranging in age from 1 year to 10 years this kept everyone happy for a good two hours followed by ice creams and squirrel feeding!

    8.8
    Mr. Stevens - From Mon 04 Aug

    Layer Marney, The house and walk were a lovely way to pass a relaxing day._x000D_ The Oyster and Seafood Restaurant in West Mersea was great._x000D_ Beth Chatto's Garden, west of Colchester was beautiful_x000D_ Colchester Zoo was amazing for the kids but try and book your tickets in advance or find a voucher to reduce the cost on the door.

  • 5.0
    Mrs. Fraser - From Fri 27 Jun

    Don't come to Layer Marney when there is a wedding on unless you are one of the guests and you are very relaxed around lively dogs.

    10.0
    Dr. Oliver - From Fri 20 Jun

    We recommend Colchester Zoo and Great Notley Country Park as great places to visit with kids.

    10.0
    Miss Kyriacou - From Fri 13 Jun

    I would suggest adding a little more info on food you can supply as I ordered x3 breakfast boxes thinking it was x1 per person whereas there is enough in one for a family of x6 (so i had x3 of them) one of which is still in my freezer. Also the fruit boxes are huge we ate most of ours but I had ordered two not knowing the size of them._x000D_ _x000D_ When we arrived the lady said she wondered why we had ordered so much being two adults and a child ... I would suggest a quick call if something like that is flagged or add additional detail in the offering at booking stage. That is my only tip :) everything was fab !

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