If the idea of escaping to the south of England sounds appealing, there is no better way to do so than purchasing your own park home. Royale Dunton Court, based in Brentwood in Essex, is a fabulous park community waiting for you to discover. Situated in the heart of Essex, it is well-positioned nearby a host of local attractions and sites of interest.
What’s more, retiring to the country is always an appealing thought. Park communities are developed to enable single and couple retirees to move somewhere which is peaceful, quiet, and free from the commotion of town and city living. It’s an idyllic breakaway for many people who don’t get the chance to appreciate England at its most serene!
About Royale Dunton Court
Royale Dunton Court is a specially-developed gated park community. Beautiful landscaped gardens and on-site amenities await you, as well as ample parking and access to and from the public roads. You will never be too far from civilisation! What’s more, you will be able to move close to likeminded neighbours.
Royale Dunton Court is based just far enough from the busy towns and suburbs of surrounding Essex. It’s a community which is nestled deep within miles of green land, making it the perfect starting point for country walks or more adventurous excursions.
Whether you already live in nearby Essex or are interested in finding somewhere peaceful to retire to, Royale Dunton Court will likely be very appealing to you. It is one of many park home communities in the south of England continuing to grow in popularity. Therefore, it may be a good idea to enquire as soon as you can about arranging a viewing.
Exploring the Area
Brentwood is something of a hidden gem in the heart of Essex. It is famed for its numerous parks, extensive walks and countryside sights. If getting back to nature appeals to you, Brentwood and the surrounding area has plenty to offer you. There is also an incredible amount of English heritage in the area for you to discover.
Whether you enjoy long country walks or dipping into England’s distant past, Royale Dunton Court is perfectly positioned. Based just off main road links, you can easily drive or take public transport to and from the park community. While Royale Dunton Court itself has plenty to offer its residents, you may want to make the most of things and explore the wider region. Who can blame you?
Let’s take a look at some of the more popular and intriguing sites of interest dotted around Brentwood and beyond.
Brentwood itself is a bustling town centre with a popular shopping district, a local theatre and a booming tourist trade. Brentwood’s community is wide, welcoming, and the town itself is well-presented. If you want to take a quick trip to visit local shops, or even to sample the town’s many restaurants and bars, it is only a short trip down the way from Royale Dunton Court. The park community is technically based at a Brentwood address, which means the town centre will be right on your doorstep.
The Brentwood Heritage Trail
If you find the idea of dipping into historic Brentwood appealing, you will find the Brentwood Heritage Trail to be very intriguing indeed. Set up by the local borough council to offer locals and visitors the chance to explore the district’s distant past, there are plenty of surprising sights for you to take in, all within local reach of Royale Dunton Court.
For example, you may wish to start your travel down the trail by taking in the Brentwood Museum. Set up to celebrate the history of the community, you’ll be able to spy carefully-preserved photographs, artefacts and relics from decades gone by. Based in a local cemetery lodge, the Museum is your local time machine – why not see how residents in the town used to live in centuries past?
You’ll also want to take in the Mountnessing Windmill. It is a grand structure which was built at the start of the 19th century, and was actually in service originally until the 1920s. Having been repaired a decade later, it remains a staple landmark of Brentwood and this side of the county.
The majestic Brentwood Cathedral is a wonderful day out for anyone fascinated by English architecture. The Cathedral actually only earned its status in the early 20th century, having started life as a parish. Entry to the Cathedral is free of charge, and you can visit all year round. It was designed by the architect Quinlan Terry, and is open for services.
Thorndon Country Park
Head a little south of Brentwood itself, and you'll come across the beautiful Thorndon Country Park. This is an expansive 500-acre haven of parkland and meadowland, and is a fantastic day out for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. You'll find a café based here, too, alongside the popular Countryside Centre. The park is actually split into Thorndon North and Thorndon South – it's that large! Wooded walks and nature-spotting are recommended to the north, while wide-open park walking can be enjoyed towards the south.
Weald Country Park
While on the subject of country parks, if you’re interested in taking in unspoilt landscape of nearby Brentwood and the surrounding areas, Weald Country has it all. Originally part of the Weald Hall Estate, the park lives on as a 500-acre escape for walkers and explorers alike.
Weald Country Park is certainly grandiose. You’ll be able to spot all manner of wildlife making their homes here, such as various waterfowl and wading birds. There are plenty of walking and cycle trails for you to explore here at your leisure, as well as a deer park and ancient beauty spots. It is absolutely spectacular to traverse on a clear, blue sky day, and as a resident at Royale Dunton Park, you’ll be able to visit the park all year round, just a stone’s throw away.
Barnards Farm Gardens
If you’re interested in exploring Brentwood’s parks at their most flourishing, between April and August each year, be sure to make a trip to Barnards Farm Gardens, based near the park community. There are intricate, mysterious gardens arrange here, based around apple trees on the farmland, and with plenty of curious sculptures for you to admire along the way. Across 50 acres, it is a unique day out, and well worth exploring when the weather is fine.
Time for a slightly different type of history! Kelvedon Hatch is – or was – a secret bunker, built in the 1950s. It was set up as preparation for the possibility of nuclear war, which came to a head during the Cold War in the 1980s. In fact, less than 40 years ago, it was still being used as a military rendezvous point, used for co-ordination and planning in the event of Russian strikes on the UK.
Today, it stands as a fantastic and fascinating museum, dedicated to the tireless preparation our forces made for ‘what could have been’. You’ll still be able to spot some of the original equipment used here left on display. It’s an amazing time capsule, and one worth exploring if this period of history intrigues you.
Heading even further back in time, why not explore local Tudor history? Ingatestone Hall was built in the mid-16th century, and stands as what was once home to Sir William Petre. He was, at the time, Secretary of State to Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. The most fascinating fact about Ingatestone Hall is that it was actually used by Sir William and his family to safeguard Catholic priests, who at the time were under heavy persecution!
To this day, you can still see ‘priest holes’, as well as scores of artwork lining the walls. Why not come and explore this stunning piece of history for yourself?
Alternatively, fancy taking in a round or two of golf? Brentwood is home to some fantastic courses, from Weald Park’s own links, to the Hartswood Golf Club, based at King George’s Playing Fields. There is also the Bentley Golf Club, based nearby on Ongar Road, and the South Essex Country Club, which you will find on Brentwood Road. Brentwood really is the golfing capital of the county. Why not take in a club membership once you’re settled in at Royale Dunton Court?
Moving to Royale Dunton Court
Royale Dunton Court is a secure park community situated amongst some of the most beautiful, expansive countryside to be found in the south of England. Brentwood is a town and region with lots of surprises to offer, and you can uncover them all from the comfort of the nearby park community.
There’s nothing quite like getting away from it all. With all of the wonderful park and countryside locations listed in the local area, there is always something new to uncover. Find yourself some genuine peace and quiet. Make a beeline for Royale Dunton Court as soon as you can!
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