Enjoy a beautiful
rural retreat near Halstead

Experience all that Castle Hedingham has to offer!

Things to do nearby

The Suites at Pannells Ash is located in an idyllic rural setting on the outskirts of the village of Castle Hedingham, Essex. 
Whilst staying with us you may like to eat out, here are some suggestions for good food or a relaxing drink:

  • The Pheasant at Gestingthorpe
  • The Old Moot House, Castle Hedingham
  • The Bell Inn, Castle Hedingham
  • The White Hart in Great Yeldham
  • Little India, Halstead
  • The Victory pub and restaurant, Wickham St Pauls
  • Shillingfords at The Forager’s Retreat in Pebmarsh
  • Alaz Turkish Restaurant, Sudbury
  • The Secret Garden, Sudbury


The ancient market town of Sudbury (approx 6 miles away) dates back to Saxon times and is the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough. For centuries the weaving and silk industry has prospered here and many great houses and churches have been built, giving the town a major historical legacy.

Here you will find a variety of shops and places to eat plus a traditional market on Thursdays and Saturdays.

The Sudbury water meadows are beautiful. They are crossed by many footpaths and are excellent for walking.

Friars Meadow, closest to the town and next to the river, is an ideal place for a picnic.

Popular destinations and activities you can enjoy

  • Plan a visit to Hedingham Castle, explore their beautiful grounds, maybe take a picnic and enjoy the historical setting.
  • For some train travel nostalgia visit Colne Valley Railway.
  • Spend some time in nature at Markshall Estate, Coggeshall with 2350 acres of ancient woodland & gardens to explore.
  • Take a drive to Dedham Vale and experience the unchanged landscapes of John Constable’s paintings.
  • Hire a rowing boat from Dedham or Flatford in the summer months and enjoy a leisurely row on the River Stour.
  • Colchester Zoo is home to 270 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes and is a popular destination for all ages.
  • For some retail therapy visit Braintree Shopping Village.

We also recommend taking a trip to Maldon (23 miles) where the famous sea salt comes from and see the beautiful old Thames barges floating on the river Blackwater.

If you enjoy walking, there are some lovely walks in and around our area. For detailed information on various routes for a Sunday afternoon stroll or for a more serious trek, visit https://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/suffolk/sudbury.php

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