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5 Holiday Homes for the Maldon Mud Race, Essex, UK

When attending the Maldon Mud Race you need the perfect accommodation, so look no further. These homes are the best of the best


Close up of thick mud on the floor in some woods

If you’re heading to Essex for the Maldon Mud Race, usually held between June and August, then we’ve got the perfect accommodation for you. When enjoying an event as incredible as this, your home has to match the standards, so heed our expert advice and book one of these gems to truly complete the experience.

Where to reside near the Maldon Mud Race

Take a look at 5 of the very best holiday homes in our Essex collection. If these don’t meet your high expectations, then nothing will.

Barefoot Magic

Barefoot Magic, Plum Guide home in Essex, UK

Barefoot Magic, Plum Guide home in Essex, UK

Click to book Barefoot Magic now: from £240 per night In a quiet sunken spot surrounded by rolling hills and sprawling countryside sits this cosy converted barn with room for up to six people. Guests lucky enough to make their escape to this rural treasure will find the open-plan layout a sociable and homely space to unwind. Stepping in to look around the decor, you'll notice the floor-to-ceiling patio doors that slide open to blur the boundaries between nature and the home's rustic interiors. Light pours into the living space, where industrial design meets modern comfort, with exposed brick walls, low-hanging lights and a wooden dining table. Spend chilly evenings snuggled up by the wood-burning stove with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book in hand. The Persian rug, tasteful artwork and quirky ornaments will soon have you feeling all warm and settled. Come morning, we can think of no better start to the day than sipping your coffee in the crisp country air out on your private patio area, facing uninterrupted green leafy views. We recommend packing your best walking shoes because you'll want to explore the beautiful Suffolk landscape around you in the afternoons. Whether you bring the whole family or just a few friends, we suggest spending a fun day at River Stour Estuary and its stunning beaches, just a ten-minute walk away. Sleeps up to 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

The Perfection of Art

The Perfection of Art, Plum Guide home in Essex, UK

The Perfection of Art, Plum Guide home in Essex, UK

Click to book The Perfection of Art now: from £150 per night In the heart of one of Suffolk’s prettiest villages, this immaculate cottage has stunning views over Box Valley. You’ll find a delightful mix of traditional and quirky here with a battered leather chesterfield and a farmhouse table sitting alongside a supersized wall map and exposed bulb lighting. We love the surprising use of colourful wallpaper behind the bookshelf and the second bedroom’s alcove too. Wake up to the peal of the church bells and enjoy breakfast in the beautifully landscaped garden before taking a wander into the village. The church was the subject of a number of John Constable’s paintings, and he knew a thing or two about landscapes, so you can imagine how pretty it is round here. There are bountiful country walks for you and the dog, and two of the best pubs in the area are less than 100 metres from your front door. Sleeps up to 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Granary & Jam

Granary & Jam, Plum Guide home in Essex, UK

Granary & Jam, Plum Guide home in Essex, UK

Click to book Granary & Jam now: from £200 per night If you're after a home with history, this eighteenth-century barn comes with a healthy dose of character. We love the red brick and charcoal-toned cladding, while beamed ceilings and walls inside make it feel so effortlessly cosy. Fortunately, the amenities are fit for the twenty-first century, and your hosts' attention to detail is impressive. You'll sleep well in the quietness of the countryside, within soft Egyptian cotton and feather-filled bedding, and can look forward to an energising breakfast thanks to a thoughtful welcome hamper. Set within picturesque farmland and just a short walk from the Stour River, this home's ideal for nature lovers planning to explore the surrounding countryside and quaint villages that Constable made so famous, with plenty of traditional pubs to drop into for a swift half along the way. Sleeps up to 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

The Old Bakery Cottage

The Old Bakery Cottage, Plum Guide home in Essex, UK

The Old Bakery Cottage, Plum Guide home in Essex, UK

Click to book The Old Bakery Cottage now: from £200 per night Set in the serene Suffolk countryside near the River Stour, this little cottage is an atmospheric hideaway far away from the busyness of the world. Oozing character and beautifully combining original period features with modern touches, this dreamy getaway is perfect for couples looking to reconnect and solo travellers in search of some peace and quiet. Pick up some fresh local produce from the nearby Suffolk Food Hall for relaxed meals at home and finish off your days with a soothing soak in the freestanding bath. The cocooning bedroom set beneath rustic wood beams offers a romantic setting for lazy lie-ins while gazing out over the lush countryside. Situated on the outskirts of Harkstead, it's about one mile from The Baker’s Arms where you can enjoy comforting pub grub and locally brewed beer and ale. The area is famous for its scenic walking routes that you and your furry friend will adore if you’re visiting together, and you can hire a sailboat and glide across the Alton Water reservoir just up the road or cycle along the waterfront path. Sleeps up to 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom

Under The Pergola

Under The Pergola, Plum Guide home in Essex

Under The Pergola, Plum Guide home in Essex

Click to book Under The Pergola now: from £650 per night Just over an hour from London is this lovely home in the picturesque Suffolk countryside. The house has generous living spaces, both inside and out and is ideal for extended families looking to spend quality time together. The large kitchen and open plan living area is the heart of this home - the perfect place to relax, with a farmhouse table to seat 10 and comfy sofas around the log burner. An additional large dining hall offers a beautiful room for more celebratory dinners. Enjoy peace and tranquility in the extensive gardens or set out to discover the fabulous local country walks and attractions. Sleeps up to 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

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