Gardeners delight

Nicky spends almost all of her free time in the garden and has big plans for it next year, so ‘watch this space’… all who stay here agree she has created a wonderful place for family and guests to enjoy, whether wandering around, or just sitting and relaxing with a cup of something or a glass of something stronger…

Upgrades at Ransomes

It’s been a busy few months here at Ransomes. In September we decided to enlarge the pond to make it even more of a feature. We also dug a drain to take all of the roof water from the annexe to help keep the pond level topped up. We’re thinking of removing most of the Koi, which while pretty, are eating all the weed! And weed will be needed if the ducks that are investigating the newly created island decide to nest. Pond

We redecorated the exterior of the house to keep it looking fresh and loved! We’ve also clad the garage in barn boards to match the annexe. We think you’ll agree it looks fabulous now, and blends in much better with the rest of the buildings.

Garage House

While we had a digger here for the pond extension we also removed the bank in the side garden, levelled the ground a bit and Nicky has planted an orchard with Pears, apples and Cherry trees.

We’re getting very booked up already and look forward to welcoming guests old and new in 2016.

Make the most of summer!

With such wonderful weather in Essex it is the perfect time for a long weekend away by the coast in our bed and breakfast. Enjoy the beautiful views from our back garden and dabble your feet into our pond with all our stunning fish! Mersea is lovepondly this time of year, so now is the perfect opportunity to relax by the sea – or go crabbing off the pontoon – just remember to bring the sun cream!

There is plenty going on in Colchester right now, and fun family days are just a click away. Check out our new twitter for great info and deals on days out in and around Colchester.

See what’s on at the local Mercury Theatre for great evenings out. The Mercury has a wide repertoire of productions, from pantomimes to musicals, Shakespeare to Ruby Wax (23rd Oct). There really is something for everyone!

Our home

Our local town, Colchester, is constantly expanding and being refurbished. Red Lion Walk has recently undergone a transformation and is filling up with unique shops and boutiques, while our brand new contemporary art gallery, Firstsite, is well and truly up and running. Finally our own castle has just completed a £4.2 million refurbishment and is perfect for all ages to enjoy. With all this great weather now is the perfect time to visit Colchester!