- Great Notley Country Park and Discovery Centre
Centro da cidade
Nome da cidade: Braintree
Direções do centro da cidade ao hotel: Sudoeste
Distância do hotel: 2 MI/ 3.22 KM
Golfe: 3 MI/ 4.83 KM South
Quadra de tênis externa: 1.5 MI/ 2.41 KM North
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Braintree is surrounded by idyllic English landscapes and romantic country houses. You can get swept up in the scenery with a tour of the neoclassical Hylands House and its tranquil gardens, and take a longer stroll through the 100-acre pastoral sprawl of Great Notley Country Park, a two-minute drive from the hotel. For an adventurous afternoon, check out the park's multi-level high-ropes course.
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Kids of all ages can have the giddy pleasure of feeding elephants and giraffes at nearby Colchester Zoo. Book ahead and children can shadow the zookeepers or even be a Keeper for the Day. They'll be tasked with looking after their favourite animal, and will go home with a personalised keeper certificate. After all the excitement, the kids can explore boardwalks and lookout posts in the play areas.
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Don’t go home without a shopping bag – or several – from Freeport Braintree shopping centre, just a five-minute drive from the hotel. A designer outlet village selling top brands at discount prices, the centre offers the latest fashion, footwear and sports apparel for the whole family. You can take a break from the retail therapy with a coffee and cake at one of the centre's cafés.
Amid the charming old architecture of Braintree town centre, an eight-minute drive from the hotel, a popular street market is held twice a week. Every Wednesday and Saturday, local vendors flock into town to ply homemade foodstuffs, handmade crafts and other wares at a pleasant cluster of stalls. The market is open extra days in the run-up to Christmas, so you can grab some last-minute goodies.