Things every winter mini-breaker should add to their itinerary

We’ve got some very exciting news! With winter on its way, we’re opening our doors to host a series of mini-breaks and restaurant events.

We couldn’t be more eager to show you a very different side to our stunning, award-winning venue – we were recently crowned the Best Stately Home Wedding Venue at the British Wedding Awards 2020. You’re also certain to discover the many hidden gems just a stone’s throw away from us.

During your stay at Gosfield Hall, you’ll be perfectly positioned to enjoy the very best of the countryside and city.

There’s a number of natural wonders to explore plus a long list of indoor and outdoor attractions to enjoy in the nearby city of Colchester.

Here we reveal the things every winter mini-breaker should add to their itinerary, just in time for your trip to Gosfield Hall.

Gosfield Nature Reserve

As you may have guessed, Gosfield Nature Reserve is based just a short walk away from our beautiful Georgian mansion. Its great all-weather paths make it the perfect walk – whatever the conditions outside.

The Woodland Trust have been hard at work enhancing this beautiful reserve, and you’ll see their little touches everywhere you look.

Thanks to the dedication of the Trust, the area has become a haven for wildlife as well as a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity for the locals.

Dedham Vale

Located a little further afield but still a short car ride away, Dedham Vale is another natural wonder that just has to be explored.

The Vale celebrates 50 years as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this year, and there’s still so much to explore – even during the winter months.

The area is a hive of activity, with art, food, family activities, nature, and wildlife playing integral roles across Dedham’s close-knit communities. From Dedham, you can explore the historic wool towns of the Stour Valley.

Here Dedham Vale AONB & Stour Valley Project explains more about why their wool towns are well worth visiting:

“The Stour Valley is a nationally significant area for cloth and wool heritage, with its quintessentially English medieval market towns and villages steeped in rich heritage and culture…

These Wool Towns are some of the best-preserved historic towns and prettiest villages in the region, and exploring them can feel like stepping back in time to the 15th century, when the wool trade was at its peak, and the Wool Towns were among the richest places in the country.”

Colchester Castle

Take a break from the great outdoors (and the wintry weather) on your trip to Gosfield by paying a visit to Colchester Castle.

Due to reopen in early December, the castle is one of the first and largest great keeps to be built by the Normans in Europe.

It also doubles as a museum, housing interesting displays that explore the history and heritage of the area along with Colchester’s status as the first Roman capital of Britain.

Colchester Castle is open after hours too to provide a truly unique experience for visitors, and a chance to see this iconic building like never before!

Colchester town centre

Whilst you’re visiting Colchester Castle, it’d be a shame not to indulge in a little retail therapy. Colchester town centre is a fantastic place to shop with a mix of specialist independent stores and big-name retailers providing plenty of opportunities to indulge.

Visitors who love independents will want to head to The South Lanes and Trinity Street for their fix of boutiques. Lion Walk on the other hand is home to the city’s big name retailers.

Ready to explore Gosfield and the surrounding area? You can find further details about our winter escapes and book your mini-break at Gosfield Hall here.

If you don’t have time to visit for the entire weekend, our upcoming dinner date evening and other winter restaurant events will give you a taste of what Gosfield is all about.


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