This south east England county is associated with many things, but hot tub glamping in Essex probably isn't obviously one of them. With its connections to the East End of London, and its portrayal in the media, Essex as a county possibly suffers due to its popular culture profile. This is a huge shame, because Essex has an awful lot to offer the discerning glamper. The county is huge, and areas away from London are as rural and quiet as anywhere else in England. Of course, the upside of its proximity to the capital is that you're never too far away if you feel the need to indulge in its delights.
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Essex also has a history as a holiday destination, again largely because of the demands of Londoners. Southend-on-Sea and Clacton-on-Sea are just two examples of the seaside destinations which have always appealed to city dwellers. In fact, these coastal towns are now quite major urban areas in their own right, and have many of the facilities and provisions which glampers might need during a holiday. They also offer the chance of a good old night out on the town, to punctuate a lengthy stay in the countryside.
The geography of Essex is also perfectly suited to glamping and glampsites. As part of the southern end of East Anglia, much of the county is flat, with large areas of farmland in between major towns. There are many river estuaries in the county, not just the Thames, giving out onto the North Sea. To the north of the county, Chelmsford and Colchester are historic sites in their own right; in fact Colchester was once the Roman capital of Britannia. With glampsites spread around the county, Essex offers the chance to relax and enjoy the countryside, while never being too far away from civilization and London.
The coastal resort of Southend-on-Sea lies on the south of the Foulness Peninsula, at the for north east of the Thames Estuary. From its southern point at Shoeburyness, the Essex coast turns north east and out to the North Sea, around Foulness Island. The eastern and northern portion of this landscape are flat and low lying, with a large number of streams and other waterways in the area. To the north is the River Crouch, and the River Roach flows northwards and eastwards into its estuary.
This flat, low lying area is home to glampsites which are often located on working farms. As many of these face the sea, they have been turned into quite major campsites and caravan parks. There are also private lakeside resorts ideal for glamping, usually in woodland with nature trails, swimming pools and other leisure facilities. Water is never very far away in this part of Essex, and glampsites are often located near surprisingly large natural water features. Swimming, canoeing and windsurfing are offered by local businesses in many places around the peninsula.
To the west of Southend, south of the A127, is the glamping center at Hadleigh Park. This is purpose built glampsite, and part of a much bigger recreational area run partly by the Salvation Army. Sitting to the north of the Hadleigh Ray river and estuary, the country park is bounded to the west by the Essex town of Benfleet. Hadleigh Park offers a huge range of activities for family and other groups glamping in its grounds, including the Salvation Army Hadleigh Farm Rare Breeds Centre. This is a unique country attraction in its own right, and extremely popular with children.
Hadleigh Farm is a working business, and one of many working farms in the area which play host to glamping parties. Hadleigh itself sits at the edge of marshland, which is home to a huge variety of wildlife, especially wild birds. Sitting in the middle of the landscape is the ruined site of Hadleigh Castle, a 13th Century fortress used in the 100 years war. This makes the area perfect for history buffs as well as nature lovers.
To the east of the historic city of Colchester, the north east part of Essex spans another peninsula in the North Sea. To the north lies the River Stour estuary, which is the county's border with Suffolk, and to the south is the seaside resort of Clacton-on-Sea. In between, and towards the River Colne in the west, the peninsula is host to huge areas of farmland and beautiful country villages. On the east coast lies the Hamford Water National Nature reserve, making the most of the flat, wet landscapes in this part of Essex.
There are many glampsites set up in the working farms of the area. Some larger caravan sites are scattered around the coast, up to the famous seaside town of Walton on the Naze. As there are seaside views available from much of this part of the county, glampsites here can offer the best of the countryside as well as coastal walks and seaside campsites. Farm cottages are often at the center of glampsites in this part of Essex, adding extra facilities for families and larger groups.
To the west of Colchester is the famous local tourist attraction of Feather Down Layer Marney Tower. This is tailor made farm stay, set in a huge area of countryside. The Tower itself is a Tudor gatehouse, which gives the attraction an added sense of uniqueness. Glamping facilities of all kinds are available on this huge site. Feather Down is set in a private estate, complete with its own woodland. Each of its glamping tents has a private shower and fully functional toilet facilities. Each plot on the country retreat comes with at least 45 square meters to move around in, and includes a hot tub.
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