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The county Essex is located in the south-eastern part of England. The capital London is situated south-west of the country. Essex borders with the neighbouring counties of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Kent.
The longest seacoast of any English county is the coastline of Essex. It is a diverse area, offering a variety of attractions, from historic maritime towns to old landmarks and astonishing natural habitats and landforms. Essex has something for everyone. Travellers come to visit the area for different purposes. Sailors adore cruising along the waters of the county. A wide variety of harbours is found all across the region, from small independently run marinas to unique marinas set in fabulous natural settings.
Golf, the sport originating from the islands of Great Britain, is one of the many attractions here. A large number of golf centres are found in Essex, where sports enthusiasts can relax and enjoy playing. The majority of centres are set in picturesque landscapes. Anyone eager to escape from traffic and pollution can find tranquillity on the beautiful lands of the county. Men, wives and children can have fun together exploring the attractions and stories of the towns and rustic lands of Essex. Nature enthusiasts can find fabulous oases of flora and fauna, along the coastlines marshes, the rivers and ancient woodland parks, all within the lands of 87 Nature Reserves and 2 Nature Parks.
A whole range of Grade I and II listed buildings transform the face of Essex into a land where medieval chevaliers, maidens and royalties roam, as if anyone who steps foot in this county travels back in time. Hendingham Castle, old churches and a wide number of stately homes are waiting to be visited and to impress the viewer eye and imagination. Small market towns, traditional villages and tiny hamlets offer great views, walks and a wide variety of activities. Among the towns and villages which have something to offer, tourists can choose to explore, Beaumont cum Moze, Brightlingsea, Chelmsford, Harwich and Maldon.
Along the coast are found many hidden treasures surrounding the maritime towns Southend-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze and the quiet Frinton-on-Sea. Tourists have the opportunity to rest, relax and feel fabulous in one of the beautiful stately homes, some of them offering exquisite accommodation. A few names are Down Hall Country House Hotel and Wivenhoe House, places whereartists, lords and baronets enjoyed staying. Other types of accommodation set in old traditional houses, popular and ideal for resting during the vacation in Essex, are the country homes B&Bs. A couple of examples are Mount Hall and Mulberry House. Both houses have beautiful architecture and are surrounded by superb gardens, offering to guests a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Essex offers countless memorable moments from walking along the countryside, strolling along the seacoast, cycling through country park paths to sailing on the waters of Essex. Thames Estuary, Crouch/Rouch Estuary and Blackwater estuary are magnificent regions from where sailors can either start their journeys into Essex, or finish the trip in fabulous settings.
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