Explore East Anglia’s Glorious Coast

Explore East Anglia’s glorious coast this summer – from your Gladwins Farm cottage

Stunning beaches, mouth-watering food and fascinating history are all within easy reach.

Once you’ve settled in to your comfortable Gladwins Farm cottage – surrounded by lush woodland and rolling Suffolk countryside – we’d understand if you wanted to stay put and relax.

But if you get the urge to explore the local area, you’ll discover that both the Essex and Suffolk coasts have a great deal to offer. Here are a few of the best places to visit…

Mersea Island

Explore this, the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, where a unique, wild landscape awaits.

East Mersea

Scattered across the eastern side of Mersea Island is East Mersea, where you’ll also find Cudmore Grove Country Park – a haven for local wildlife. The area is also well known internationally as an important waterfowl habitat. Enjoy the sandy beach and open grassland.

West Mersea

Here you’ll find a wonderful beach and a whole host of very special seafood restaurants and pubs: The Company Shed, the Oyster Bar and the Coast Inn. You can also visit the marina and try crabbing from the jetty. Arrive for the regatta weekend if you can.

Frinton – A very special, traditional town where you’ll find a long sandy beach, and Greensward – a wonderful grassy area that extends from the cliffs to the town. See the fantastic old beach huts.


Stroll along this town’s lovely pebbly beach, and see the impressive sculpture of an oyster shell. Famous for its delicious fish and chips and its carnival, this delightful old town was also the home of Benjamin Britten.


Originally a fantasy holiday village, Thorpeness is a unique town offering a wonderful boating lake – The Meare. It is also where you’ll find what is probably the prettiest water tower in the world – the House in the Clouds.


Visit this quintessential seaside town for its fantastic old lighthouse, its pier, its excellent beach and its traditional beach huts. It also has a wonderful old harbour and is the home of the Adnams Brewery.