Hello my lovely Insiders,
Your resident Brit here. I simply must tell you all about this place, I often walk my dogs there (although it is a car journey away). Layer Marney is in the county of Essex and can be reached via public transport from London or alternatively - there is one of my beloved Marriotts in the town of Colchester, so worth an overnight stay to experience one of the many pubs in the area if you wanted to head back to London or somewhere else in the morning.
I was just thinking about taking the dogs there this weekend as it is my place of sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle and I suddenly thought why not share this beautiful location with the Insiders, albeit virtually.
The Tudor tower is wonderful for taking a picnic and just chilling too and as I said before, the walks will de-stress more than anything. Isn't it strange when we have things on our doorstep and we forget to pass on their worth and value. No bright lights or noise in Layer Marney I'm afraid but spiritually, it works wonders.
If I think of any other little gems I'll let you know.
Looks like a beautiful place. Here is their website, with directions, rates, etc. http://www.layermarneytower.co.uk/
We did an excursion from London to Hever Castle one day. Beautiful spot and childhood home of Anne Boleyn. My wife is a big fan/student of Tudor England and all things Henry, so we hit many Tudor related spots during a two week visit a number of years back. Sudeley Castle near Cheltenham in the Cotswolds - home to Queen Katherine Parr - the last of the six and a survivor! - was a beautiful place, as was the little village it was near. You have so many wonderful historic spots. I love the UK and cannot wait to get back. We are considering a trip to London in 2015 with a jump over to Ireland, where I have yet to visit.
I think because we are such a small island we are all closely intertwined with our ancestry, I used to frequent Henry VIII's hunting pub, near Epping Forest. I love our Monarchy and all things related as they really do interact with us whenever possible. But I digress, speaking of Ireland psu, my father's family come from Clonmel, Tipperary and I've been over frequently to visit. We used to stay in a lovely establishment called 'Lady's Abbey', run by two dear Americans from Florida who had to eventually sell up and go back due to Joe being poorly and not coping well with the damp climate. I remember our bathwater would come out purple, as the water came from the mountains behind and washed over the heather - I'm only going back to late 90's! The random shrines that are along the roadways in Ireland are beautiful, often there are candles there available for you to take and light for a loved one. Then you may get lucky in one of the pubs and find a musician happy to play for the price of a few pints (mind you, after a few pints of guiness I think any of us could play any instrument - or think we can).
Some of my ancestry comes from Frampton, in Lincolnshire. There are a number of records of them in the mid 1500's and my direct relative moved to the American colonies in 1639. My more recent ancestry came to the US in the late 1800's from Britian and from County Clare, Ireland.
Never been, but this sure looks exciting. BTW, the house is closed to visitors until Sunday 30th March 2014. It is interesting that you can stay at Layer Marney Tower in one of six superbly appointed encampments!
48 miles from London, and will try to make it there next month.
paulaw, you have an open invitation to visit MRI and me in London at County Hall the end of Feb. if you can make it. I am hoping SG, Chris, Arkwright, and a whole lot of others can make it as well! We had a wonderful time last year!
Mr. and Mrs. Coin, Mr, and Mrs. Chris, and travel pro, SG! A great time was had by all!
Arkwright, is a scholar and has wonderful travel recommendations!
Will be at County Hall from 2/23-3/1. Maybe we should organize an MRI, "Day trip" to Layer Marney during that week. We could leave from Waterloo or ?.
paulaw, this could be impossible to do, but at any rate, I am going to reserve Wed. Feb. 26 as the date for another MRI event at County Hall, or an afternoon "Day Trip". BTW, if we go to Layer Marney, is there a comfortable place to dine, prior to returning to London?
Jerry, I don't think a day trip to Layer Marney will be worth it this time of year as the tower is closed and the surrouding land is very muddy and unfriendly. I think you'd be better tackling the village in the summer, when the tower is open and you can stroll leisurely around Marney without ending up knee deep in mud. I think maybe the town of Colchester, with its castle, Roman remains, numerous eating places and small back alley specialist shops may be more appealing for a wintertime visit. Colchester has a mainline station from London and there is also a small town called Maldon that is wonderful and does a spectacular cream-tea - although this would be a bus ride from Colchester.
Will you be having any evening events at County Hall as I'd love to join you all, I could book a room save me attempting a journey home at night, leaving at my leisure the next morning.
Thanks for the information, and agree with your recommendation!
Yes, I would love to have any MRI to come by County Hall and relax and visit and have a laugh or two!
What I would enjoy is having Chrisf, and the others go to dinner together at "Latium" on Oxford Street. It's a place he has spoken very highly of and sounds nice. Hope we can hear from him soon. Likewise, I hope SG, Arkwright, anybody they would like to bring and any MRI are welcome as well!
Make sure you speak with management at CH, and get a nice room at a good rate! They have always been so supportive to all of us in the past!
Teddi or Ana are most helpful and supportive of MRI!
PS if you find yourself out this way, the left coast of the US, I would recommend the wilds of Big Sur, one of the quietest and darkest (at night of course) places in the continental US. Cell phones do not work in most of these remote spaces there, and the quiet, just listening to nothing but nature, is refreshing.
I adore the sound of Big Sur and will definitely put it on my list. So many wonderful places in the US, I'm lucky in that I've been to quite a few but there are still so many I need to see. Your country is so massive that each state has its own individuality and uniqueness and this is why you can't just visit one or two, each is such a different experience - I love it.
Thanks for your kind words, I appreciate them very much.
Well, 2 muddy dogs and a muddy owner - I put on my wax jacket and wellies this morning and trudged the dogs through Layer Marney. We got home very dirty but had a wonderful walk and are all bathed (not together I must add) and relaxed now. I wanted to let you know that as I walked past the tower, I waved and said out loud 'The Insiders say hello'.