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Lovejoy’s ~ A Romantic Hideaway in Essex

Sitting in the grounds of Belchamp Hall and surrounded by lovely countryside on the Suffolk/Essex border, Lovejoy’s is part of a stable block dating from the 18th century, which has been converted into luxury holiday accommodation.

Lovejoy's, a romantic cottage in Essex Belchamp Hall (aka known as Felsham Hall in the Lovejoy series)

Within just 1.5 hours driving distance from London, it’s a place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life; a place to unwind, relax and enjoy some tranquility.

The Lovejoy Connecton:
Remember the popular BBC series, which ran from 1986-94, about the ‘lovable rogue’ and antiques dealer called Lovejoy?  Well, Belchamp Hall was a regular feature as the home of Lovejoy’s love interest, Lady Jane, and was known in the series as Felsham Hall.

Lovejoy is still shown around the world today and has quite an international following. People not only love the characters and stories, but also the places where it was filmed.

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Belchamp Hall and Lovejoy’s is right in the middle of the countryside on the Suffolk/Essex border where filming took place and you can cycle through the pretty lanes and eat lunch in the pubs that featured in the series.

There are plenty of footpaths round and about the estate and beyond, with woodlands, Belchamp Brook and a lovely mill pond nearby.

There’s also a pretty, 14th century brick and flint church, with some fascinating medieval wall paintings, just across the road.

The country lanes are very quiet and ideal for a cycling trip and Lovejoy’s is just a few miles from Sudbury, Long Melford, Lavenham, Finchingfield and Castle Hedingham.

There are plenty of farm shops and good quality pubs and restaurants nearby too – everything you need for an idyllic stay in a beautiful setting.

For more information on Lovejoy’s, to book a stay there and to view some pictures, please visit the Grove Cottages website. You can also book over the phone Tel 01787 211115

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Lovejoy Locations

If you are a fan of the Lovejoy TV show and are looking to visit some of the locations locally, here are a few ideas:

  • The Half Moon pub in Belchamp St Paul was featured in quite a few episodes.
  • The Fox Inn, Finchingfield was featured in the 1992 Christmas special (and the village of Finchingfield was featured in two episodes).
  • Hedingham castle was featured in the 1992 Christmas special as a castle in Prague.
  • Coggesshall was featured in series four and you may recognise the clock tower.
  • Townsford Mill, Halstead is an antiques centre featured in series four.
  • Long Melford was featured many times in the show with the interior of the bull hotel and many of the antiques shops.
  • Belchamp Walter church (just across the road from Lovejoy’s) was featured in the last episode called “Last Tango in Lavenham”

 

 

 

Written by Karina



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