If ornate wood panelling and carving floats your boat, then Paycocke's House, Coggeshall, Essex will help you sail away. Built for Thomas Paycocke around 1500, his wealth amassed from the prosperous cloth trade, is a Tudor gem.
Now owned by the National Trust, Paycocke's takes you back half a century with some fascinating stories.
Grange Barn, Essex
Saved from ruin after decades of neglect, Grange Barn, Coggeshall, Essex has been restored to its former glory. 13th century and once used by the order of local abbey, Grange Barn has the proud boast of being one of Europe's oldest timber framed buildings.