About the Area

North Essex and Suffolk offers an enchanting backdrop to our day to day activities. Specifically, the Tendring Peninsula is the north eastern area of Essex ranging to the east of the historic town of Colchester to the eastern coastline towns of Manningtree, Harwich, Dovercourt, Walton On The Naze, Frinton on Sea, Clacton and Brighlingsea. Being just over an hour from London the region is popular not only for tourism but as a delightful area to live permanently.

This region, known as ‘The Sunshine Coast’ has renowned low levels of recorded rainfall and some 36 miles of coastline incorporating award winning sandy beaches and the beautiful Stour valley to the northern area between Manningtree and the historic Naval Port town of Harwich. Head southwards along the North Sea coastline from Dovercourt to Walton On The Naze and between these towns is an area of outstanding natural beauty known as The Backwaters.

Continuing southwards are the coastal towns of Frinton On Sea and Clacton On Sea and then between Clacton and Colchester beyond the Wildlife reserve at Colne Point by the Blackwater estuary and along the southern most part of the region, lies the Cinque Port town of Brightlingsea on the River Colne.

Inland there is many varied and historic villages, small hamlets and rural areas which enables the Tendring Peninsula to offer such a wide choice of areas to both live in and to enjoy, with the coast being no more than 15 minutes drive away from any of the village and rural locations.

The region takes its name from the village of Tendring which is the central point of the area and this is one of the very popular villages in this part of Essex. Other villages include Thorpe Le Soken, where we have one of our offices, Great Bentley which has the largest village green in the country and the historical village of St Osyth which has over 50 listed buildings and the Grade 1 listed Priory. There are several other villages which are described in more detail in the Area Description section.

This part of North Essex offers a wide range of recreational activities in addition to the excellent boating / sailing opportunities around the coastline and at the nearby reservoirs at Ardleigh and Alton Water which is just north of the Stour in the southern part of Suffolk.

The renowned area known as’ Constable Country’ is also incorporated in our coverage on the Essex and Suffolk boundary surrounding Dedham and Flatford Mill at East Bergholt. The Dedham Vale and Stour Valley embraces one of our most cherished landscapes. Picturesque villages, rolling farmland, rivers, meadows, ancient woodlands and a wide variety of local wildlife combine to create what many describe as the traditional English lowland landscape. The area has a rich history and has been the inspiration to many writers and artists. The Dedham Vale was immortalised by John Constable in his paintings over 200 years ago.

The area is accessed by road from the A12 between Colchester and Ipswich via the A120 & A133 and for commuters by rail there is mainline links to Liverpool Street. There is also road links to the A14 for access to The Midlands. The nearest major airport is at Stansted which is about 40/45 minutes drive. The area also hosts a major International Sea Port at Harwich which is long established as the gateway to Europe and the terminals serve both the passenger and freight sectors.

So whatever style of property you would like to live in whether it should be a small bungalow, flat or a Park Home ranging up to a substantial country home the likelihood is that you will be able to find the property of your dreams within this much sought after location.


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