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Living in Great Maplestead, Essex

Located in the picturesque county of Essex, Great Maplestead offers an idyllic setting for home movers seeking a rural lifestyle. The quaint village is surrounded by natural beauty making it an appealing place to come home to. 

Boasting a rich history dating back centuries, Great Maplestead’s historic architecture, medieval cottages and a 13th-century church, adds to its undeniable charm. 


While Great Maplestead is a small village, it provides essential amenities such as a local farm shop, village hall and playing field. The nearest pub where locals can socialise is The Bell Inn in the neighbouring village of Castle Hedingham.

For more extensive shopping options, both Halstead and Sudbury are a short drive away and offer access to Tesco, Sainsbury and Aldi supermarkets.

Transportation & Getting Around

Great Maplestead has excellent road connectivity, providing easy access to major routes like the A120 and A131. These roads are ideal for commuting to nearby cities such as Colchester and Chelmsford. Public transport options include a convenient bus service to Sudbury and Halstead. Sudbury train station is just 6.8 miles away and offers access to Marks Tey and London. For trips away Stansted airport is 27 miles away.

The surrounding countryside provides ample opportunities for engaging in outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and horseback riding. Those with a love for nature will appreciate the nearby woods and nature reserves.


The nearest medical centre is Hilton House Surgery located in the nearby village of Sible Hedingham. Here you can also find Day Lewis Pharmacy. For dental care, a short trip to Halstead will give you the choice of two dentists; Bupa Dental Care and Together Dental.

Individuals looking for gym facilities, Breen’s Gym in Sible Hedingham is the closest option. If swimming, racket sports and fitness classes are of interest, Halstead Leisure Centre is just a 10-minute drive away.


Families with young children between the ages of 4 and 11 have access to the St Giles C of E Primary which is situated in the heart of the village. It is rated Good in All Areas and Outstanding in Personal Development by Ofsted. 

For families with older children in secondary school, Hedingham School is located in the neighbouring village. The school also offers further education opportunities through its Sixth Form.

The closest University is the University of Essex Colchester Campus which is 20 miles from Great Maplestead. The University offers a wide range of subjects for students to choose from and has a high retention rate. A large percentage of its students complete their degrees and transition through to successful careers.

Village Events

Great Maplestead is a close-knit community where neighbours often know each other by name. The village regularly organises community events and activities, promoting a strong sense of unity.

Residents have the opportunity to partake in various events and festivals held throughout the year. These occasions provide an opportunity for residents to come together and celebrate. 

More frequent activities include a coffee morning at St Giles Church and fitness classes such as yoga and dance at the village hall.

While Great Maplestead is a quiet village, it’s within reasonable driving distance of Essex’s attractions, historic sites and coastal destinations.

Living in Great Maplestead offers a chance to embrace a rural lifestyle while remaining connected to nearby towns. Its natural beauty and historical charm make it a desirable place to live for those who appreciate the tranquility of the English countryside. 

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