I go to often to Southchurch Hall every summer. It is an old manor house still set in some of it's remaining grounds. There are gardens, fishponds and large shallow ponds housing lots of wildfowl. The hall is a not-so-big typical manor house, which shows 15th century furnishings downstairs and the only upstairs room on show is a Victorian bedroom. There is a tiny giftshop. Kids can get to pretend they are Lord of the Manor by dressing up or sitting on the 'high table'. This attraction is FREE to enter.
The things which sometimes spoil my visits (about 1 in every 10) are that a lot of the original land was sold off for housing and that housing surrounds the hall and gardens, right up to the fences. The Hall and grounds are now owned by Southend on Sea Borough Council which is why it is always open to the public. With the density of housing comes some social problems and I have seen drunks on benches around the ponds and local kids destroying the trees and plants. It's a shame as the grounds are lovely and the gardeners do a wonderful job.
I think it would be better as a paid venue with locked gates and restricted access but it was left to the borough so will stay open to all.
Oh and if anyone from the Council are reading this "please can you begin selling all the special jams and chutneys in the shop again"?
Don't let me put anyone off visiting as It's nice to relax in the grounds and after all, it's free and not many things are nowadays.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.