Warley Place Nature Reserve

Warley Place Nature Reserve, Brentwood: Hours, Address, Warley Place Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Warley Place Nature Reserve

Warley Place Nature Reserve
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Brian C
Basildon, UK3 contributions
We were lucky enough to visit the reserve on probably the best day of the year so far. The snowdrops were beautiful and made a lovely subject to photograph. No dogs are allowed, which made a nice change. Not sure where one reviewer went, but we found no cow pats in the reserve. The information boards, placed at appropriate intervals, provide very interesting facts relating to the history of the family who once lived on the site and the buildings they occupied. We finished our morning with lunch in the Thatchers Arms, close to the entrance of the reserve itself. Will certainly be returning to see the daffodils and bluebells in due course.
Written February 7, 2020
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Dave C
Winchester, United Kingdom93 contributions
Been 4 times now at different times of year. Always something new to discover. Visited last weekend of the gales to find it was closed due to gales, however the side gate was open so we sneeked in! Fab place to explore, nobody else there and the wind had died down slightly. Early bulbs were amazing. Will return again.
Written February 16, 2020
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John A
Brentwood, UK318 contributions
The site is not too extensive but there are plenty of different areas of flora to enjoy. With a simple path to follow around the site and some short cuts for those with less time it is suitable for children and adults (although if you find rough ground not easy then you might want to think twice since some of the paths are not too smooth).
Every season there are different aspects to admire and especially when the daffodils and bluebells are out.
Written May 31, 2021
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pinksaffron
ESSWEX11 contributions
Love the diversity of trees and plants, the ruins of the old house and gardens. Unfortunately this visit was marred by a large family/group who loudly sat in the ruins of the conservatory eating and drinking for the whole time we were there and a large group of teenagers sitting loudly in the old toilet building. There were also children allowed to run off the designated trail (dangerous as the warning sign at entrance warns of hidden cellars and holes ) and far from the usual silence and solitude of the place the constant shouting and screaming of children ruined this visit for me. They were also probably running over the beautiful and rare plants. There was also a sign up stating due to recent unsocial behaviour the car park would close early at 4pm. I really really hope this was just an "off" day and not the new norm for this usual peaceful magical paradise as it is a perfect place to forget and walk off the stresses of the current virus. Parents please control your children and don't selfishly"hog" the areas such as the beautiful conservatory that other people might want to explore.
Written January 1, 2021
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Judi E Spadger
Essex, UK62 contributions
This place is a gem; a stunning nature reserve with an interesting history. Rocks and moss, meadows of flowers, old gnarled trees, an old rockery, pebble paths and a walled garden. Tucked away like an old secret garden. Well worth a visit.
Written March 12, 2020
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Grace1901641
Greater London, UK28 contributions
Solo
Visited this lost garden with my cousin and her daughter last weekend. Situated in almost a hamlet in Great Warley, Essex this once beautiful garden developed and built by Ellen Willmott has been taken over by nature once again. Gradually the volunteers are finding areas of the garden that define how beautiful it once was in its heyday, so much so Queen Alexandra and her daughters visited Warley Place in the late 19th early 20th century. Unfortunately due to debts the land and property was sold off after Miss Willmott's death and in 1939 developers bulldozed the Victorian Villa, greenhouses and gardens leaving only small parts that you can still see today, giving you the opportunity to envisage what use to be. After World War Two the government declared the land to be part of the Greenbelt and alas the garden and house was destroyed for no reason. Spring is probably the best time to visit, whereupon the areas is full of the spring bulbs that Miss Willmott planted and cultivated during her lifetime. Her story is a sad yet amazing and just for the tranquillity that you feel as you walk around Warley Place, I can say it makes the visit worth while. Please note it is free to park and there are no entry fees, just donations if you wish to oblige. The Thatcher's Arms public house is situated next to Warley Place so a cup of tea or something stronger is available at the end of the walk.
Written September 23, 2016
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carol g
Chatham, UK1,250 contributions
Solo
This is a 25 acre reserve, and quite different from the usual reserves as it once housed a great home and famous Edwardian gardens belonging to Ellen Willmott a horticulturist who died in 1934 after writing two books about the 100,000 plants she cultivated and she also received the first Victory medal of Honour. There were once 104 gardeners tending to the garden, it was 33 acres in total back then.The reserve is full of old ruins from the house and greenhouses which add to the character of the place. Unfortunately the gardens are now wild, after suffering many years of neglect. The army took charge of her property and most of the gardens were destroyed in this time. The house was eventually demolished in 1939, five years after her death. The Essex Wildlife Trust have done a great job at this reserve putting up information boards as you walk round and each sectioned is numbered so I personally think its one of the easiest routes to follow with so much information. It really is a hidden gem, I drove past it and had to turn around as only saw the board as I drove past so a sign to say "x amount of yard to the left etc" would be helpful, and might make it easier to notice and attract more visitors. There is a small hide which has well used books inside to help you identify the birds, please leave these behind if you visit, so they are there for the next person. Very peaceful and excellent to photograph with the ruins. Old trees with lots of character and pathways and a bridge as you wander around. I will be back another time in a different season to see the changes that take place. I discovered two ground wasps nests, so be careful if you see any wasps, don't venture too close. No charge for entry, I parked next door in the pub car park. no toilets.
Written August 17, 2016
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Love2Travel
3 contributions
Lovely place to just walk around and forget the world. It was raining the day we went so didn't stay long and didn't see everything. It was very peaceful. Lovely.
Written August 24, 2019
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Cerys G
6 contributions
Family
I went very briefly for my last day of the half term. The sun was out and the daffodils were simple beautiful. Walking among the gardens and ruins of Warley Place made me feel touched by history which once stood there - the paths were simple and the nature was gorgeous - would recommend to anyone who needs a quick stop off to a place of tranquility!
Written March 1, 2019
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ScatsFamily
London, UK310 contributions
Couples
Found this gem very near our new home just over the border of Greater London in Essex. Warley Place appears to be open every day during daylight hours. Its 25 acre reserve once s the site of a house and once famous Edwardian gardens belonging to Ellen Willmott,
The site is maintained as a nature reserve by Essex Wildlife Trust and well worth a visit Very peaceful and has a great leaflet.and many information boards. Lots of plants and great views. No dogs allowed though! Donations requested no fee to enter....good car parking.
Written November 10, 2016
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