There’s plenty to do including watersports.
These classic working vessels may still be observed on the east coast and the River Stour at Mistley.
We have beaches nearby so you can enjoy building sandcastles (or sand horses!)
Watch the boats
There’s always plenty to watch on the river, particularly near high water
Enjoy beautiful sunsets
Sunsets are never more beautiful than when setting over water
On the Water!
During the season the water is in use by fisherman, motor boaters, and sailors. We have access to a motor cruiser, small racing yacht and a Topper Topaz dinghy, which if conditions and circumstances allow can be available to suitably experienced guests.
Next to the Water!
The banks of the Stour Estuary make an excellent route to walk the short distance to Mistley, with several pubs, a vegetarian cafe within Mistley Craft centre (itself worth a visit), a stunningly good Restaurant in the Mistley Thorn, and of course the Historic twin towers designed by Robert Adams. If you are lucky then you may see one of the few remaining Thames sailing barges against Mistley Quay – so do take a camera!
Nature, ornithology and rambling!
A great deal of wildlife can be seen around the area, which has in recent years become a prolific migratory stopover for birds, ducks, geese and ornithologists! Whilst even a gentle walk can reveal a lot, a more serious ramble along the many recognised routes through the rolling Essex/Suffolk countryside will show nature at its best. The walk alongside the river towards Flatford and Dedham is an absolute delight, and the banks of the Stour are frequent vantage points for visiting ornithologists.
Manningtree Beaches is a great place to use as base location if you plan a cycling holiday in the area. Whether you are keen cyclist, or just someone who enjoys meandering about on two wheels there is much to do and see. If arriving from abroad at the East Coast ports of Harwich, Parkeston or Felixstowe we are just a short first hop, and the private walled garden is a safe place to leave your bicycle.
An alternative pastime would be to read one of the many books about Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General of the 17th century (who is buried at Mistley Heath) and follow his activities through the ancient Manningtree properties that figure in his past…