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Living in Great Horkesley

We all have our own individual idea of our dream home. We all want a home that is uniquely ours. We all want the best of both worlds. We want traditional features and character but sophisticated modern technology. We want to enjoy the peace and community spirit of village life but we want all the facilities of a thriving market town. Horkesley Grove, set in the heart of the Essex countryside, yet a short drive from the historic town of Colchester, is the answer to the seemingly impossible quest for the dream home.

Great Horkesley is located in the beautiful Essex country side that surrounds the historic town of Colchester. With its local footpaths and bridal ways, you will have plenty of opportunity to explore the open space around you. Great Horkesley is ideally situated to investigate the market towns of Sudbury, and Ipswich both a short car journey away .

Transport Links

With its fantastic transport links Great Horkesley is ideal for getting the perfect work/life balance.


The village is a short drive from the A12, the main trunk road to London, and the A14, linking the east to the midlands. There is a bus service every fifteen minutes that will take you to the nearest main line train station, Colchester North, and on to Colchester Town centre. The bus timetables can be found at the Network Colchester website.


From Colchester North station the country is your oyster. With its fast service to London or beyond you will never be short of places to visit. For more information about rail links from Colchester please visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

Local Attractions

Whether you enjoy shopping, looking around museums, or browsing art gallery’s Great Horkesley is perfectly based for a day away.


Colchester has a wide variety of choice when it comes to shopping, perfect for the window shopper, browser or the shopaholic. As well as the high street brands, Gap, HMV, Office, Fat Face etc. Colchester is also the home to Williams & Griffin department store, as well as an unexpectedly rich vein of smaller, boutique specialists.

The town is also famed for its rich history and has a number of historical societies. It was the first Roman City in Britain, and boasts the largest castle built by the Normans, which can trace its foundations back to a Roman Temple built between 54-60AD. There are examples of every era of English History in the town which adds to its rich culture. There are even legends and stories that tell that Colchester is the home of Old King Cole and Humpty Dumpty.. more information on the castle can be found at

If you would like more information on Colchester please visit

As well as its history Colchester also has one of the finest Zoos in Europe, recently winning the large visitor attraction of the year, and the sustainable tourism award, from the East of England Tourist Board. The Zoo is committed to a constant program of development and houses over 270 species, set in 60 of parkland and lakes. There are over 50 displays, an undercover soft play area, 4 adventure play areas, 2 road trains and much more. If you would like more information please visit their website at

For those people who enjoy the outdoors lifestyle, as well as the numerous walks and bridleways on offer around Great Horkesley, you are a short drive away from Colchester’s Leisure world. Spread over four sites there are hundreds of activities, courses and clubs throughout the year, for people of all ages and abilities. They also run holiday clubs for children, and birthday parties. For more information please visit

Colchester also has a flourishing art scene and has just opened the Firstsite gallery, whose mission is to make contemporary art relevant to everybody; there is also an Odeon cinema, and an arts centre.


Mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, the community of what is now known as Dedham, about 8 miles north east of Colchester, has prospered for around a thousand years and was a major wool producer from the mid-14th century. Its fortunes varied with the wool trade but the village received a new lease of life in the mid-16th century with the manufacture of new high quality cloths, known as Bays and Says. The wealth created by the wool trade financed the construction of the magnificent Church of St Mary the Virgin in 1492.

On a different scale, the timber-framed Southfields was built in about 1500 by a Master Weaver to serve as his home and business premises. When the wool industry declined Dedham became a centre of academic excellence. The Dedham Grammar School received a Royal Charter from Elizabeth I in 1575. Wealthy and influential people were attracted to the village so that their sons could attend the schools here. One of its most famous pupils was the artist John Constable. Over time the village became quite a social centre and the Assembly Rooms (formerly the Hewitt Hall), built around 1750, hosted County Balls three times a year.

Unlike many communities nearby, Dedham has not experienced long periods of poverty and decay, during the 1930s the architectural writer, Pevsner, said: ""There is nothing at Dedham to hurt the eye"". Today we are fortunate to be endowed with what is a 'quintessentially English village' set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
(Taken from the Visit Colchester Website


Lavenham is famed for its wealth of timber-framed buildings, which make it one of the best-preserved medieval villages in England. Step inside the Guildhall of Corpus Christi to experience one of the finest of these buildings. You will understand the changing fortunes of Lavenham, from the boom times of the cloth industry to the poverty of the 19th century, before exploring the unique streets that have changed little in five centuries.
(Taken from the National Trust Website

Flatford Mill

The nineteenth century artist John Constable found most of his inspiration close to his childhood home in the Stour Valley in Suffolk. Living in East Bergholt, his father Golding Constable, a wealthy miller, often had business at nearby Flatford Mill. This lovely little area was to provide the scene for many of Constable's most famous paintings, and has been preserved as a memorial.
 Note: no public access to Flatford Mill, however the surrounding buildings are owned by the national trust.
(taken from the info britian website

The Stour Valley

Manningtree and Mistley combine the virtues of the intimacy of two picturesque adjoining villages with the many benefits of comprehensive amenities normally only available in much larger towns. 
The two towns form the focal point for such nearby villages as Lawford, East Bergholt, Dedham, Flatford, Stratford-St-Mary and Ardleigh. 

Manningtree and Mistley are more than just a gateway to the famous Constable Country. They are steeped in their own history. 
In the 16th century, Weavers, who fled the Netherlands, constructed many cottages there. The French Huguenots, following in the 17th century, added further buildings that reflected another architectural style. 

One of the most famous contributors to the area was Richard Rigby who had lavish plans to turn Mistley into a spa town, the area acquired its Georgian character from his attention. He engaged the famous architect Robert Adam, but his plans were never brought to fruition as money ran out when Rigby was disgraced because of his mismanagement of his position as Paymaster of the Forces. 

Mistley Towers and the Swan Fountain are perhaps the most notable remains of Adam's work. 

For two centuries, Manningtree and Mistley were important brewing centres and ports. Even today, although perhaps on a reduced scale, the brewing industry is still well represented and Mistley is a small but thriving port. 

The unprepossessing outer parts of Manningtree give little clue to the extraordinary charm the Georgian and Victorian buildings in the High Street which house an excellent selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. 
(Taken from the Stour valley website'tree/histry.htm)


Hadleigh is a small market town in Suffolk with a rich history dating back to the ninth centery and further. For more information please visit the Hadleigh website

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa resort

Established in 1972, the two 18-hole championship golf courses were created in a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and provide some of the finest golfing facilities in the East of England. The club is ideal for Golf days and Golf breaks as a golfing gift or Golf present.

The Club enjoys a superb reputation and is a regular venue for prestigious Pro-Ams, County, National and International Championships, and corporate golfing events. Stoke by Nayland's international profile has been raised by the worldwide television coverage of its prestigious PGA European Senior Tour events as well as the PGA Euro pro Tour and European Challenge Tour.

Peake Spa at the Stoke by Nayland Hotel is one of the premier health spas in East Anglia. It offers luxurious poolside facilities, a high tech gymnasium and blissfully relaxing treatments. There are 12 treatment rooms in Peake Spa - including exotic Rasoul and Hammam suites - and a wide range of health and beauty therapies are offered.
(taken from the stoke by Nayland resort web site

As well as the local attractions detailed above, there are also a number of riding centres, gardening centres, and country houses to enjoy and visit.

Horkesley Village

Great Horkesley is a thriving community driven village, with a wide range of amenities.

There is a Post Office and village store, next door you will also find The Wine Centre and Deli, selling local produce and gifts.

Rose & Crown, The Yew Tree and The Half Butt Inn, are the local pubs all within walking distance from the development. Two churches can be found in the village, All Saints, and St. Johns, both are Church of England. Just outside the village is Colmans butchers where you will find locally sourced meat, and produce.

Primary schools

Local Primary schools include

  • Littlegarth - Nayland
  • St Peters C of E – Boxted
  • Heathlands Primary- West Bergholt
  • Bishop William Ward C of E – Great Horkesley

Secondary Schools

  • Colchester High School
  • The Gilberd School – Highwoods
  • St Helena School – North Colchester
  • Colchester Royal Grammar School
  • Colchester County High School for Girls
  • St Benedict's Catholic College

Further/Higher Education

  • Colchester County High School for Girls Sixth Form
  • Colchester Royal Grammar School
  • Colchester Sixth Form College
  • Colchester Institute
  • University Of Essex

Horkesley is also well catered with a number of Pre School and Nursery Facilities

Colchester also has a hospital and A&E department and all health facilities will be found in abundance.