Discovering Essex: Marks Hall Country Estate

One of the consequences of living in Essex and working in Suffolk is that people often ask me about places in Essex which (being Kentish for the first twenty-five years of my life) I can’t answer. As such, I have decided to make an effort to explore some of the places in the surrounding area and endeavour to experience what Essex is really like.

Today, my mum was visiting and Emma and I took her to Marks Hall Country Estate, on the road between Braintree and Marks Tey. All I knew was that there was an arboretum there and it sounded quite interesting. What we found was much bigger and better than we had expected. The park was beautiful, even in February and we followed their ‘Snowdrop Walk’ instead of visiting the arboretum.

The lower lake

The lower lake

A view across the lake

A view across the lake

The White Tree of Gondor! (not really)

The White Tree of Gondor! (not really)

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An interesting red bush

A Phoenix Acer (apparently)

A Phoenix Acer (apparently)

Snowdrops!

Snowdrops!

The locals

The locals

A stream through the snowdrop patch

A stream through the snowdrop patch

The view to the upper lake

The view to the upper lake

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