Chances are if you live in Essex, and are a first time buyer, newlywed, twenty or thirty something couple or have a young family, then you will have heard of Great Dunmow.
This small town in the Uttlesford District of Essex is the buzz word on everyone’s lips, thanks to its old world charm, bustling high street, eateries and many new houses developments.
Combining old with new, it’s clear to see why it has caught the eye of so many. The crooked pastel coloured buildings that line the High Street are home to independent retailers and businesses, and the town is one of few in the country that is made up almost entirely of independent businesses. It’s this sense of community spirit that has sparked the town’s ‘Shop Local. Shop Dunmow’ campaign. It encourages residents and visitors to put down the iPad and instead head out into the town and explore itsstores such as chic homeware retailers, stylish boutiques and salons.
At the centre you’ll find the war memorial and clock tower, a reference to a time gone by. Trendy eateries and timeless inns with a gastro vibe are dotted around the town for those looking for a bite to eat. During the day quaint tearooms and cosy coffee shops are the hangouts of mums and remote workers and by night and at the weekend the many stylish bars and restaurants such as The Flitch House, Angel & Harp and Square1 restaurant are favourites among locals.
Add to this Great Dunmow’s many lovely walks, playground, skate park, tennis courts and Doctors Pond where you can feed the ducks or watch the world go by, and it becomes obvious why this small town has firmly established itself as one of Essex’s most sought after locations to live!