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We have just had a most comfortable stay in this wonderful guesthouse in the Essex countryside.We had a warm welcome from Irene and Peter who made us feel very much at home in this exquisite little gem near Saffron Walden. Such character, taste and history in the house, room and surrounding grounds. ...
We stayed at the Blue Anchor for one night. Quaint bedrooms and very comfy beds. Food was great and the staff are very friendly and welcoming. Only downfall are the windows are paper thin and you can hear the busy traffic from the crack of dawn!!! Otherwise good stay.
Surpassed our expectation in quality.comfort, and standard of service. It matched London 5 star rating. Quiet comfortable rooms with free mini bar (though the items were not replaced daily, but that is being greedy). Breakfast was perfect. Dinner was Nouveux cuisine and not to our basic taste , but ...
Stayed here for one night, very nice room, spacious with a private bathroom, also you get hot chocolate and coffee, tea in the bedroom. I would of liked to have more time there but had a very early flight. Not hard at all to get to Stanstead at 4:30 am. Highly recommend this lovely cottage.
Home to London Stansted Airport, the county of Essex in East Anglia is just a short drive from London, ensuring it's a popular choice for couples, families and business travellers visiting the area. Three star accommodation in Essex includes chain hotels close to the airport as well as independent hotels in Chelmsford and Colchester, and rural B&Bs in Grays.
Chain hotels are always a popular choice for families, and if you're staying in Essex before a flight abroad, you'll find a range of three star chain hotels close to Stansted Airport. Amenities such as free WiFi, room service and cribs for younger children ensure a stress-free stay. For families enjoying a holiday by the seaside, Westcliff-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea are home to some great independent hotels near the seafront, where you are assured of a warm welcome. These family-run establishments serve home-cooked breakfasts and the owners are always happy to offer advice on things to see and do during your stay. You'll also find affordable three star B&Bs and historic inns in many of Essex's towns and villages.
If you're travelling to Essex on business, either in Essex itself or in London, you'll find chain hotels here offer meeting and conference facilities, as well as amenities such as free high-speed WiFi and desks in guest bedrooms, so you can catch up on work after a day of meetings without being disturbed. With the majority of hotels offering free parking, you don't need to rely on public transport to get to your destination.
During the summer months (June-October), Essex's Summer of Art takes place, with a programme of events for the whole family. But there are plenty of galleries and museums to explore here all year round. Firstsite in Colchester is a contemporary art gallery which holds family-friendly workshops and events. Right next door, you'll find the Minories Galleries, home to work by students from Colchester School of Art.
If you prefer sculpture, the town of Harlow is renowned for The River Stort Sculpture Trail. This 35-mile waterside route is home to a number of interesting modern sculptures, perfect for a family walk or bike ride. If your taste in art is more traditional, you could stop off at the Beecroft Gallery in Southend, where you'll find over 2,000 paintings from artists such as Rossetti and Constable. Many galleries have their own tea rooms, where you can enjoy refreshments - or you could ask at your B&B for a packed lunch; most smaller establishments will be happy to provide one.
Business travellers, couples and families looking to relax and unwind in Essex will find the county's three star hotels may offer budget accommodation, but they also provide all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay, from tea and coffee makers in guest rooms to complimentary breakfasts and cribs/roll-away beds for children. Whether you stay at an independent hotel or a chain hotel, three star hotels here offer excellent value for money.