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Classic style guaranteed at Boreham House

Boreham House, less than 4 miles from Chelmsford, claims to be Essex's most luxurious wedding venue, and it's easy to see why. It's a Grade I listed mansion completed in 1733 by architect James Gibbs, who was also the designer of St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square. It spent time as a college before being bought by its present owner. Its fine views over the Vale of Chelmer are hugely popular with wedding photographers, and provide a spectacular backdrop, but it also caters for banquets, corporate seminars and just about any other event you can think of.

Getting back to nature at Great Notley Park

The Nearby Great Notley Park is a must for anyone staying in the area thanks to the variety of activities available there. Comprising 100 acres of open space, it's home to Essex's longest play trail, which features a giant see-saw, climbing forest, tyre swings, sand pits and much more - all of which will delight children and adults of all ages. Birdwatchers, kite-fliers and picnickers are also catered for.

Feel the force at the Museum of Power

A former water pumping station at Langford, Near Malden, houses the Museum of Power. Easily accessible via the A12, it features a working Lilleshall triple-expansion steam engine in action, and is set in 7 acres of grounds; the River Blackwater runs right through it. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Boreham House? Travelodge Chelmsford Hotel, Travelodge Basildon Wickford Hotel and Travelodge Stansted Great Dunmow Hotel are all within a 20-minute drive away.