Winter is departing and spring magic is in the air. These are some signs that you should look out for when you come to visit or stay with us in the Essex countryside.
Birdsong: The Great Tit
From the start of warmer days in February, great tits tentatively sound out mates and neighbours with a clear two note call: tee-cher, tee-cher, tee-cher.
It’s a spirited, hopeful call that grows stronger in March until late April as the bird leaves the stage to feed its first brood of young. In its place, other species, especially woodland birds such as willow warblers and chiffchaffs, fill the airwaves alongside native blackbirds, songthrushes and robins.
Emerging animals: The March Hare
The new growth of grasses, herbs and wildflowers is a huge boost for hares in spring.
They do not hibernate so, being large and active mammals, they need a constant supply of food throughout the year which is something that only habitats rich in native flora can provide.
As these habitats become rarer, so have hares. But now is one of the best times to see them, before the vegetation has grown high enough to hide them.
Hedgerow blossoms: White flowers of Blackthorn
These tiny frosty white flowers cover the hedgerows from early March and are an important early source of nectar for bees and other insects.
As the insects forage, they pollinate the flowers and by autumn these will have developed into sloes.
The blackthorn fiercely protects its wares with sharp spines up to 3 cm long. Blackthorn leaves are feasted on through the summer by a number of butterfly and moth caterpillars, including black and brown hairstreaks.
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An elegant building in historic surroundings, situated within a one acre private walled garden and tucked away in a quiet, rural location in north Essex.
The Orangery is a versatile building suitable for professional, private and creative gatherings.
The walls between the three South facing terrace galleries can be removed to provide a single larger space. We work with you to adapt The Orangery to your needs.
HOW MANY GUESTS?
Welcome up to;
- 60 guests seated at round tables
- 60 guests in a conference or concert style
- 90 for cocktails and finger buffet
Additional seated space on the Long Terrace in the Walled Garden.
The Orangery offers a wonderful atmosphere for daytime events from wedding celebrations to children themed parties; company presentations to team building events; and outside concerts and evening talks to exhibitions.
Reviewer: Happy Camper
We have stayed at this quiet and lovely site twice this year and have had perfect breaks.
Cannot say enough about the friendliness of the owner and the care that is taken to provide a nice site with good and clean facilities.
We will certainly be going back again.
Source: Camping and Caravanning Club
Golden Grove is a lovely site, small and friendly. Louise makes you very welcome, giving you plenty of information about what to do locally, where to eat, where to walk.
The pitches are spacious and overlook a field of Jacob sheep. It's very peaceful.
There are picnic tables around the site and even a barbecue. I spent one sunny afternoon sketching and painting whilst sitting at one of the tables. I was joined by another camper - and Louise when she saw us came over to admire our artwork. It really felt as if we were holidaying with family.
Excellent site - and we'll be back.
Source: Camping and Caravanning Club
Just arrived back from a lovely bank holiday weekend at Golden Grove.
Facilities are basic but always clean only toilet on site no showers but not a problem for a weekend stay.
Separate sink inside for washing up in room next to toilet and things to buy in case you have forgot anything like tent pegs and local maps of the area.
Fresh water facilities along with waste facilities and bin area all good and well maintained.
We were the only people with a tent along with a full site of camper vans/caravans, so we had the whole grass pitch just for us.
This was our first camping trip close to home, it is adults only so was nice and quiet.
Like everyone else who reviewed this site, is a very nice small plot for 9 caravans only, so very friendly and good fun too. A lot of thought has gone into the facilities, books to borrow or buy, things you might have forgotten like tent pegs or dog food. Even a battery charger to lend! Immaculately kept both loo and washing up facility with easy chairs to sit in whilst perusing all the leaflets on offer.
Great field in front of the pitches with Jacob Sheep safely grazing behind a fence. Lots of birds and other wild life too. Great Saling fete on while we were there and we also had the joy of Picotts Lane being resurfaced at the one end we all entered but it all added to the fun!
We have stayed at Golden Grove on a number of occasions when working in the area. It is very handy for family that live locally.
All the pitches are hard standing and level. Lots of water points and hook ups. The site is lovely and quiet and very relaxed.
Louise is very accommodating and nothing is too much trouble.
Pitches are very generous, with lots of room for an awning and car parking. Lots of local walks for dogs. The site is very dog friendly.
We like the location but you will need transport/bike for shops and pubs etc. I would thoroughly recommend the site. If your pitching an awning, make sure you bring your rock pegs!
The one off pitch fee makes it very simple. Toilet kept spotless. Local information on site with a small washing machine but no dryer. Overall, great!
Had a lovely weekend here at Golden Grove, clean and well kept site.
Rare breed sheep were lovely to watch, grazing the large field within the site.
Nice wash up area with lots of extra touches.
Very clean toilet, recycling area all tidy with clear guidance where to put it all.
Had a walk to Andrewsfield Aerodrome had a drink and watched the small planes land and take off.
Site run well by Louise and sister both helpful, friendly.
Hope to fit in another weekend soon
"We spent 9 nights here. The pitches are huge and kept very tidy. The whole site is quiet and clean and well looked after.
The lovely lady who owns it was very welcoming and helpful.
The toilets were always clean and it was nice to know there was a washing machine on site if we needed it.
Had a brilliant time with the dogs as plenty of fields to walk over.
Was good value for money at £15 a night and no extra cost for the dogs or awning.
Will definitely stay again!"