Stately Homes, Castles and Gardens to Visit in Essex

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Showing 3 properties in Essex

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Layer Marney Tower is a beautiful Tudor building surrounded by formal gardens and parkland with magnificent views to the Blackwater Estuary. Built of soft red brick, with a delightful warm tone, Layer Marney Tower achieves an extraordinary synthesis of gr... read more
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Splendid Norman Keep built c. 1140 by the famous de Veres, Earls of Oxford. Besieged by King John and visited by King Henry VII, King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. Magnificent Banqueting Hall with Minstrels' Gallery, and fine decorative stonework. read more
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A 16th century manor house built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs. Elizabeth I spent several nights at the Hall on her Royal Progress of 1561. Sir William's descendants still live in the house which largely retains its Tudor... read more