There’s no such thing as a ‘typical Essex hotel’ – just as, contrary to popular perception, there’s no such thing as a ‘typical Essex girl’. Or wife…

At the Marygreen Manor Hotel, we ‘commemorate’ wives of a different kind, notably Anne Boleyn. Henry VIII never looked set to be top of the pops in any ‘World’s Best Husband’ contest and Anne Boleyn quickly went ‘from hero to zero’ in her husband’s eyes. It didn’t end well for her, but at the Marygreen Manor, in contrast with some of the minimalist, modernist Essex hotels, we’ve been able to make the most of our Tudor heritage.

We took the bold step of naming a couple of our rooms – though not bedrooms! – after the lascivious Tudor monarch and his unfortunate second wife.

The Henry VIII suite boasts oak beams and inglenook fireplaces. It has its own reception area, private bar and ‘en suite’ cloakroom. When hired for functions/conferences, it can accommodate up to 40 people ‘theatre style’.

The Anne Boleyn Room, on the other hand, used to be the library. With good natural light, it also has en suite cloakroom facilities and can take up to 12 delegates.

The real Anne Boleyn went on to embark on a colourful – and precarious – love life, post-marriage to the corpulent monarch. As we all know, she ‘lost her head’, and was buried (her head and body were placed together in an arrow chest) in an unmarked grave. We’re not suggesting that any Essex girls/wives emulate – or should emulate – her wanton ways, but your visit to the Marygreen Manor will give you a thrilling taste of the past while you wine, dine and rest in comfort.

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