Relish an Aga-cooked breakfast as the barges sail by. The garden runs almost into the river where these majestic craft are moored, and the mudflats are a bird watcher’s dream.
Beneath wide skies this extended fisherman’s house looks out at the back to 12th-century St Mary’s where Kim and Gerry ring the Sunday bells. It’s an immaculate B&B in a special location, and each cosy guest room has a river view. A short, steep walk up the hill brings you to the quaint High Street, but the Quay is the nicest part of town.
A two-minute stroll takes you to The Jolly Sailor, a pretty pub with a popular terrace. A ten-minute wander and you’re at the Maldon Smokehouse – great for a bucketful of prawns.