Quiet Wrabness perches on the southern bank of the River Stour, not far from Harwich. Hollywood actor Clive Owen has a home here; Griff Rhys Jones likes to look out over at Wrabness from his home in Holbrook on the Suffolk bank of the river.

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Wrabness hit the headlines last year with the unveiling of Grayson Perry’s A House for Essex, known locally as Julie’s house after the fictitious character Perry created as its owner complete with back story. If you want to experience its eclectic and quirky interiors, the house is available to let as a holiday home – so long as you’re successful in the regular ballots – but the outside can be viewed by anyone at anytime.

The house faces arable fields and with its proximity to the river and to Stour Wood, it’s worth what will be a lengthy trip for most Essex residents.  In April and May, listen carefully and you might hear a nightingale sing.

The village church, with its bell housed in a separate cage instead of the more usual bell tower, is also worth seeking out.  The tower collapsed in the seventeenth century and the wooden cage was supposed to be a temporary fix…

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