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Blake House Craft Centre

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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its ok

a bit out of the way with some unusual shops to look round and places to eat and drink . check... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
cliff d
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
Disappointing.

My wife and I visited today, a Wednesday about 10.45am. On first glance it looks an interesting... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2018
WoodyChelmsford
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Set in beautiful Essex countryside, the carefully preserved farm buildings at Blake House Craft Centre are centered around a courtyard, which was previously the Blake House farmyard. Wander around the fine variety of shops in a friendly, relaxed...more
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Blake End, Braintree CM77 6RA, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

a bit out of the way with some unusual shops to look round and places to eat and drink . check opening times before you go

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cliff d
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

Arrived about 2.15 on Tuesday .. absolutely dead. No atmosphere.. units closed... very disappointed. Really can’t see how businesses survive. We had eaten in Great Bardfield so didn’t need food or drink so can’t comment on that aspect., Won’t be returning .. both shops that...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2018

Thanks or your feedback Lyn. Our shops are owned and run by a range of independent businesses, one or two of whom do sometimes choose to close up early during quieter periods, particularly out of season, working a 6 days a week (however, to learn...More

Reviewed September 5, 2018

My wife and I visited today, a Wednesday about 10.45am. On first glance it looks an interesting place. However, if you are a male and don't want a coffee or something to eat or a tattoo and don't do sewing, knitting, collect dolls houses, want...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank WoodyChelmsford
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2018

Hi Woody, thank you for your review and feedback. We're glad to hear your wife enjoys her visits for supplies at Sconch and And Sew On, they both offer a great range in what they do, please let her know her custom is appreciated! The...More

Reviewed August 28, 2018

Fabric galore,antiques,dolls houses and craft topped off with tea and scones.What is not to like.All on the flat with plenty of parking.The only thing we do not like is the fact that you can drive through the pedestrian area and some of us seem to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2018

Thank you for your great review and we're glad you found lots to explore around our lovely shops. We do have a parking area to the right of the craft centre, which avoids the pedestrians completely, however, for the additional parking inside the gates, there...More

Reviewed August 26, 2018

The car boot sale was a bit of a disappointment, but afterwards we wandered round the shop units and stopped for a snack in the cafe. The shops are mainly craft based as the title suggests. One was dedicated to dolls and dolls house requisites....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank kenc198
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2018

Thanks for your review Ken. Sorry to hear the Boot Fair was a little disappointing for you, but we're really pleased that you enjoyed exploring what is on offer around the shops. Glad to hear you met our lovely Linda at Bijou Dolls Houses, a...More

Reviewed August 8, 2018

The craft centre has a number of different shops ranging from retro computer games to dolls' houses. There is a wonderful fabric shop which is a sewer's paradise. The cafe has a nice range of snacks and meals and is reasonably priced. There are outdoor...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Louvanuk
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

Thank you so much for your lovely review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit and found a good range of shops, things to do and good food.

Reviewed July 28, 2018

Not as big as I thought, travelled over an hour to get here, stopped for lunch which was very enjoyable, but only took 20 mins To look around. Can recommend a clothes/Accessories shop. Has some really smart and unusual items.More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank sandra c
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2018

Hi Sandra, thank you for your kind review and taking the time to visit us. Our shops are housed in the renovated listed buildings of stables, cattle sheds and cart lodges centred around the old farm courtyard and represent a variety of local small businesses...More

Reviewed June 11, 2018

Little gem of a place, but could do with a little more variety of shops, parking excellent. Timbers great place to eat.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank flipinhek2015
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2018

Thank you for your kind review and we're glad you enjoyed your meal at Timbers Restaurant.

Reviewed June 10, 2018

I lovely country setting with a diverse selection of businesses offering a great day out. Take the family! Loved the dollshouse shop Bijou and the fabric store. Awesome selection of fabric with lovely helpful ladies serving. Delightful antique shop. Sadly we didn't have time for...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2018

Thank you so much for your lovely review, we're so glad you enjoyed your visit, hope to see you again soon when you have a little more time to spare, we're sure you will love the maize maze!

Reviewed May 24, 2018 via mobile

Driven past this place many times, today thought we'd give it a try. What a little gem, lovely old barn building, good food, great service reasonably priced. Theres also several cottage type shops selling alsorts from antiques to ballet shoes, fabrics, knitting materials,carved timber pieces...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2018

Hi Chris, thank you very much for your lovely review. We're really glad you finally found the time to pop in and that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again.

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Aggie64
May 26, 2018|
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Response from LazyDaisy4 | Property representative |
Hi Aggie64, it's really lovely to hear from you and a little of the farm's history! Yes, the barns have been converted to make a lovely Craft Centre and the farm is owned and run by the Harvey family. I have passed on your... More
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Elizabeth A
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Well behaved dogs on leads with their responsible owners are welcomed around the craft centre and they may wish to pop in to Royal Pooches, for a little pampering during their visit! (Around the Maze however, note that only... More
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