This corner of Essex could easily be overlooked but it has pleasant rural scenery, pretty, quiet villages and small towns, well maintained country footpaths and bridleways, good pubs and restaurants and some quite interesting cultural attractions. Plenty to fill in a few days and some of the best England has to offer.
Great Bardfield is a pretty village with interesting architecture, a couple of shops, two pubs, a windmill and an ancient church. Bucks House is situated in the middle of the village, opposite one of the pubs. Despite the house's central location the rooms are quiet, partly because the windows are double glazed but also because nothing much seems to go on in the village after bedtime. (We only have experience of midweek stays.)
There is no private parking for visitors although it is possible to park in a quiet service road alongside the house. The rooms (and beds) are very comfortable, and the house is furnished with style and well kept. The Postons were welcoming and friendly and did their best to make our stay pleasurable. The atmosphere was informal and relaxed. The local information pack in our room gave details of places to eat, drink and visit and was well researched and helpful. Breakfasts were plentiful, well cooked and used locally sourced ingredients including delicious homemade preserves. The Bucks House website gives an accurate impression of what to expect.
We have had two very enjoyable breaks at Bucks House and hope to return there before long.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bucks House is a beautiful 16th century Grade II listed house set in the centre of a medieval village. Finchingfield, Spains Hall Wedding Venue, 2 miles. Stansted 20 minutes, Thaxted 3 miles. 40 minutes from Cambridge and one hour from the east side of London, we are perfectly located for a rural short break, or to be conveniently placed for an overnight stay before going to the airport. Our rooms are luxuriously furnished in country house style with antiques, down duvets, bath robes and toiletries. Delicious breakfasts of course. Sitting Room and walled garden. We welcome guests with dogs. We only take children aged 10 or over. ... more less