Close to Stansted Airport, Audley End House is a 17th century Jacobean country house located just outside Saffron Walden in Essex. You can have a great family day out here, and it's just a 45-minute drive from Braintree, with free parking available. Nearby, you'll find a range of chain and independent hotels, as well as friendly guesthouses, family-run B&Bs and traditional inns in Dunmow, around an hour's drive away.
Hotels near Audley End House
Choose to stay in a traditional inn in Dunmow and you'll soak up some of the local history that makes Essex such a great choice for a holiday. Inns such as The Swan at Great Easton may be housed in historic buildings, but modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, coffee makers and hair-dryers are provided in guest bedrooms. For those who prefer the modern comforts of a chain hotel in Essex, you'll find the Holiday Inn Express in Braintree offers comfortable, value-for-money accommodation for families and couples.
Uncover Local History at Audley End House
With free parking on offer at most hotels in the area, it's easy to get to Audley End House. There's plenty to keep the whole family amused here too. The gardens were created by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown - wander to the Serpentine Lake or take a stroll around the walled kitchen garden as you admire the neoclassical-style buildings. A guided tour of the mansion house gives you the opportunity to find out more about its history, or you can head for the Victoria stable yard, with its interactive exhibition and riding displays. The 1880s Service Wing has been carefully restored and you can see it in action as you meet the staff and taste food from Victorian times, or wander around the Nursery and Coal Galley. The house itself is open from April to October, but between November and March you can still see the service wing and gardens.
Amenities for Couples and Families at Essex Hotels
After a busy day out exploring Essex, you can relax at your hotel. Even historic inns and cosy B&Bs in the area provide excellent amenities, with many offer complimentary breakfasts and free WiFi as standard.