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Embrace the romance of a bygone era at Colville Hall

Surrounded by ancient woodland, this historic venue on the Hertfordshire-Essex border lies within the remains of a former moat house. It's been hosting weddings since Tudor times so you'll be celebrating in style here. The main Manor House sits in the middle of several listed thatched barns set around a picturesque courtyard. You'll find the hall in the pretty village of White Roding, close to the M11 and Stansted Airport.

Spot ancient trees in Hatfield Forest

Just outside Bishop's Stortford, this magnificent ancient royal hunting forest is the perfect place to walk off the excesses of the day before. Take a boat out on the lake in summer, or follow a forest trail, keeping your eyes peeled for horse chestnuts, Scots pines and cedar trees. Some of the trees here are over 1,200 years old - that's an awful lot of birthdays.

Relive your childhood at House on the Hill

Enjoy a nostalgic trip to the House on the Hill Toy Museum. The owner's massive toy collection includes everything from Victorian dolls to classic 1980s board games. If you want to travel further afield, London's amazing attractions are within easy reach. From Chelmsford station, it takes just over 30 minutes to get to Liverpool Street. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Colville Hall? Both Travelodge Stansted Bishop's Stortford Hotel and Travelodge Stansted Great Dunmow Hotel are close by, with easy access to the airport, and just a stone's throw from the historic Roman village of Great Dunmow.