Nestled in the quaint Essex countryside, just south of Cambridge, Audley End House is regarded as one of the finest remaining Jacobean houses in England. Built in the 16th century by Thomas Audley, the house was often used to entertain royalty and has housed a number of earls and kings throughout the years. Now in the stewardship of the English Heritage, Audley House is open for everyone to enjoy, 7 days a week! So why not add a day-trip to Audley House to your Essex cottage holiday itinerary; the estate promises a fun day for all the family, with its sublime manor house and sprawling formal gardens!
Family fun on your next cottage holiday near Audley End House!
Take a moment to relax in Audley House's tranquil French parterre garden and feast your eyes on a mosaic of seasonal blooms. Both you and the kids will love the 1880's stable yard, where live actors are on hand to teach you a thing or two about the history of the estate and its regal four-legged friends. Afterwards, retire to the house itself, where you can explore a myriad of Jacobean halls and an 18th-century Gothic-style chapel. And if you grow tired from all the sight-seeing, head to the Cart Yard café for a pot of tea, and watch the children burn off some steam in the adjacent themed playground.
A great attraction next door to your Essex Holiday Cottage
We told you there was something for everyone at Audley House, and what's more, we've a selection of cosy Essex cottages within a short drive of this impressive English estate. The site is open daily between 10am-6pm, so why not treat you and the kids to a fun-filled day out on your next cottage holiday, with a visit to the illustrious Audley House and Gardens.