We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Blake House Craft Centre

Blake End, Braintree CM77 6RA, England
+44 1376 553146
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
Blake House Craft Centre

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
flipinhek2015
,
Essex, United Kingdom
Lovely collection of things to do see buy

I lovely country setting with a diverse selection of businesses offering a great day out. Take the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
JourneytimeSA
,
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Read all 90 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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 atmosphere, where there really is something for everyone; from a basket of flowers to ballet shoes, from dolls houses to decorations for your home and from antiques to elegant fabrics, you can treat yourself or find the perfect gift. Enjoy a bite to eat at Timbers; our licensed restaurant, housed in an 17th century listed corn barn, then challenge friends to a round of crazy golf on our 9 hole minigolf course. Let the kids use up some energy in our play area and make sure you don’t miss our latest maize maze challenge! The Original Great Maze brings you an aMAZing new adventure each summer, so come and get lost for a great day out for all the family!
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good25%
  • Average21%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible11%
Travelers talk about
“maize maze” (9 reviews)
“crazy golf” (7 reviews)
Closed
Hours
Hours Today: Closed
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
Blake End, Braintree CM77 6RA, England
CONTACT
Website
+44 1376 553146
Write a ReviewReviews (90)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"maize maze"
in 9 reviews
"crazy golf"
in 7 reviews
"interesting shops"
in 5 reviews
"farm shop"
in 5 reviews
"dolls houses"
in 2 reviews
"lovely lunch"
in 2 reviews
"pleasant afternoon"
in 2 reviews
"the barn"
in 3 reviews
"cakes"
in 3 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 4 reviews
"great fun"
in 3 reviews
"cream tea"
in 2 reviews
"on site"
in 2 reviews
"fabric"
in 13 reviews
"browse"
in 7 reviews
"peacocks"
in 3 reviews
"sewing"
in 3 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 90 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank flipinhek2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank JourneytimeSA
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank chris c
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed May 16, 2018

Tried the maize maze last August a couple of times, took about 45 minutes when I went in by myself. More challenging than I expected which was great. There are named animals scattered around for kids to find. Would go back this year. Not sure...More

Thank Dan M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Dan, thanks for your review and we're glad to hear you found the maize maze a challenge. The maze is indeed a new design and fresh challenge every year to be conquered; a number of people make their annual visit to try out the...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

Cream teas was really lovely sandwiches cakes etc tea from a tea pot and China cups etc super my daughters and I loved it but where we had it in the barn restaurant was very cold in there not much heating :(and chairs I sat...More

Thank thimblenanna6
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

Thank you for your review and we're so glad you enjoyed your cream tea at Timbers Restaurant. Sorry to hear it was a little chilly though, it can be tricky getting the heating right with the changes in temperature at this time of year. They...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 28, 2018

My husband and I had been out for the morning and stopped at Blakes for coffee and a scone mid afternoon . As we walked in the place was dark and unwelcoming, as were the people working there. I have to say the scone was...More

1  Thank Jean B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2018

Dear Jean, Thank you for your feedback regarding Timbers Restaurant and I'm sorry to hear it wasn't a good experience for you, the building itself is a 17th century listed corn barn and was renovated in sympathy with the traditional style, hence the lighting also...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

Visited for Halloween. no organisation total farce. No bouncy castle nothing set up on time. Everything very poor. I find their customer service appalling. Looked at their upcoming winter wonderland weekend . On their original post it showed reindeers so i enquired if these where...More

1  Thank Maisie F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded November 9, 2017

Hi Maisie, thank you for your feedback regarding our events. However on reflection, perhaps your close connection with our previous events coordinator has discoloured your view a little? There was an issue and slight delay in the setup of the bouncy castle at Halloween, but...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 7, 2017

Great menu, very busy on Sundays with roasts,but you have loads of options best to book table. In the summer months extremely busy but have plenty of tables outside. Beautiful place,plenty of room. Great prices.

Thank Julie N
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2017

Thank you for your lovely review and we're glad to hear you have enjoyed the great food and atmosphere at Timbers Restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 30, 2017

Sometimes go here for coffee or lunch in the barn. There are few shops to visit and all nice in their own way. Not enough to keep you occupied for longer than a couple of hours though. Fabric shop is really worth a visit if...More

Thank smithy10smithy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2017

Thank you for your review. And Sew On, our fabric shop does indeed have a fabulous selection and a great reputation. We also agree, it is lovely to relax in the sunshine outside Timbers Restaurant with your favourite drink; just being able to enjoy the...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 19, 2017

Was very disappointed on visiting this weekend just gone, This place is just not suitable for families and children. Adults yes great for mooching about and lunch. Despite the impressions on your leaflet it is not child friendly, the only thing for children was grazy...More

1  Thank saragoode76
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LazyDaisy4, Marketing Manager at Blake House Craft Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2017

Thank you for your feedback and we're sorry to hear your visit did not meet your expectations. We are first and foremost (as the name suggests) a craft centre, with a variety of shops selling gifts and crafts. We do however welcome and aim to...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 4 hotels in Braintree
Holiday Inn Express Braintree
369 reviews
2.93 miles away
White Hart Hotel
454 reviews
3.39 miles away
Travelodge Stansted Great Dunmow
471 reviews
4.41 miles away
Premier Inn Braintree (A120) Hotel
477 reviews
4.46 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Booking Hall Cafe
158 reviews
1.59 miles away
The Swan Inn
170 reviews
2.42 miles away
Prince Louis
19 reviews
2.81 miles away
Tim Allen's Flitch Of Bacon
443 reviews
3.07 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Railway Carriage Museum
12 reviews
1.60 miles away
Great Notley Country Park
390 reviews
2.35 miles away
Boydells Dairy Farm
279 reviews
4.30 miles away
Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens
69 reviews
3.90 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Aggie64
May 26, 2018|
Answer
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
0
Votes
Elizabeth A
August 9, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from LazyDaisy4 | Property representative |
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
0
Votes
;