Our readers’ picks cover more than 2,000 years and dip in to the Industrial Revolution, epic medieval battles and an art deco gem from the 1930s. And there’s great scenery, picnics and splashing in rivers too
This Grade I-listed medieval moated farmhouse and barns is a jewel in the much-maligned county of Essex. Its barns are considered to be the finest Knights Templar-built examples in Europe. And the Barley Barn may be the oldest standing timber-framed barn in the world. A Tudor herb garden, child-friendly activities, and it’s all free.