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Essex

Relax, enjoy and discover this beautiful county near London. Essex is a wonderful holiday destination, offering green expanses, fascinating history and a wealth of activities for all the family. Just a short distance from one of the world’s most vibrant cosmopolitan capitals, a break in Essex really does offer the best of Britain.

Essex is predominately rural with quiet country lanes, undulating countryside and pretty villages, ideal for gentle walks and country pubs. The county also has 350 miles of lovely coastline, which includes the coastal resorts of Clacton-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea.

Southend-on-Sea is practically synonymous with the classic idea of a British seaside holiday but it also has a few surprises - not least of which is the stunning Grade II listed pier, stretching over 2 kilometres into the Thames Estuary. If you’re holidaying with the family then they may also appreciate a visit to the Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park, 100 acres of farmland with cycling and walking trails and a host of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Some impressive examples of local history are available at Colchester Castle and the small but perfectly formed cathedral at Chelmsford. Colchester was the site of an important Roman settlement and Roman foundations have also been discovered at other locations such as Chelmsford and Braintree.

Less ancient history (but no less interesting) can be found at Audley End House, one of England’s grandest stately houses, dating from Victorian times or Hylands House and Estate which was built in 1730.

If you’d like to explore the greener pastures of Essex then visit RHS Garden Hyde Hall or take a stroll around Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve which is near the River Thames and an important spot for wading birds. The Beth Chatto gardens are another place that could go onto your agenda; extending over six acres these gardens were created out of an area that formerly consisted of boggy ground and poor soil.

With miles of protected green belt, some seriously impressive natural landscapes, fascinating displays of history and easy-access to London, Essex has a lot to offer.

All that remains is to find your perfect self-catering accommodation; take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Essex.
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  • Stokers Loft

    West Mersea, nr. Colchester

    Grade
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    Ref: BRY

    Located in West Mersea just 20 yards from the sea, this delightfully converted property offers fantastic views from its upstairs living area. Stokers Loft is the ideal holiday location for sailing enthusiasts, the public hard for dinghies is just a few yards from the property. It is also conveniently situated for two renowned fish restaurants (the Company Shed and the Oyster Bar), local shops and pubs. Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK and is reached by crossing the Strood causeway (liable to be cut off for short periods during high/spring tides). Only 9 miles from Colchester with its famous castle and zoo, Mersea is also conveniently located for exploring Dedham Vale, Stour Valley and Constable country. A superb location for walking, bird-watching, swimming and cycling, Mersea boasts a beach of sand and shingle. A country club with golf and health club is a short drive away. Shop 75 yards, pubs 250 yards.

    Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Beamed open-plan living room with double futon bed (for alternative sleeping only)/dining room with Velux windows, wooden floor and compact beamed galley-style kitchen.

    Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. No garden. On road parking.

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  • Lavender Cottage

    Langdon Hills, nr. Thurrock

    Grade
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    Ref: E5298

    Set in a wonderful location on the edge of Langdon Hills Country Park and Nature Reserve, ideal for cycling and walking and covering 400 acres of meadow, farmland and ancient woodland and just 40 minutes’ drive from London, this small complex of cottages each with their own seating area have been converted from original barns and are renovated to a good standard providing an ideal holiday base to relax and unwind whatever the season. The area offers many attractions, antique lovers will enjoy Battlesbridge, Colchester Castle and zoo, The Jam Museum and tea shop at Tiptree a must for afternoon tea, Southend for family fun or the quaint seaside town of Leigh-on-Sea and Maldon with its delightful harbour. Just 10 minutes away Lakeside and Bluewater offers unique shopping experiences and Mersea Island is a must to sample the locally caught shellfish at the famous restaurant. A wartime nuclear bunker can be found 20 minutes away and there is a train station just 3 minutes from the property, with trains to London taking just 25 minutes. Fishing can be found nearby. There is an award winning pub approximately 3 miles away. Shop and pub under 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with beams. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. Mezzanine: 1 double bed with beams, sloping ceilings and wooden floor.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Satellite TV. Washing machine.

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Casa Micá

    Black Notley, near Braintree

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: UKC795

    This quaint, charming single storey annex is located in Black Notley, a few miles from Braintree in Essex. Adjoining the owners’ property, this is a great place to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. This property offers a small enclosed courtyard with private seating to enjoy an evening outside with a glass of wine and an al fresco supper. The owners have two friendly dogs that like to say hello to its guests and welcome you on arrival, however they are in a separate garden which you are welcome to use if you wish. Private parking is available at Casa Micá and also the option of cycle storage with prior arrangement. There are beautiful countryside walks nearby, as well as Great Notley Country Park, and the local pub is just a short stroll away. Further afield take a trip to Braintree, there is a selection of shops, bars and restaurants to choose from. Chelmsford is a fantastic historic town, spend a day at the races or visit Hylands House, built in 1730. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 200 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room:
    With 42" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Use of owners’ garden. Bike store available on request. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • The Barn

    Newport, nr. Saffron Walden

    Grade
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    Ref: 30037


    Nestling within the owner’s pretty garden, The Barn has been sympathetically converted to offer comfortable holiday accommodation and is just a short drive from Cambridge. There is so much to explore in the local area, including the Imperial War Museum Duxford, where you can lose yourself wandering under and around some of the most iconic aircraft in the world and get hands-on with their award-winning interactive exhibitions. The museum is home to an impressive collection of over two hundred aircraft, as well as tanks, military vehicles and boats, so true enthusiasts will find that one day really just isn’t enough. The university city of Cambridge is not only picturesque but also offers many attractions. Opened to the public in 1846, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden develops and displays over 8,000 different plant species in 40 acres of beautiful landscapes. In addition, there are numerous museums including The Museum For Computing History, The University Museum of Zoology, The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the famous Fitzwilliam Museum and The Museum of Cambridge. Of course, there are also historic universities to be explored, many organised tours, punting on the River Cam and numerous shops, restaurants and cafés. For those wishing to leave their car behind, a train directly from the village of Newport will deliver you to Cambridge station in less than half an hour. Plus, you can travel from the same station directly into London Liverpool Street in around an hour, so you can enjoy a spot of sightseeing in the nation’s capital city. Also close by is the medieval market town of Saffron Walden, 3 miles, which was once the location of Oliver Cromwell’s army headquarters, and where you can enjoy Bridge End Gardens and numerous shopping and eating opportunities. Add in a visit to Audley End House and Gardens, and Anglesey Abbey, and you’ll be really spoilt for choice. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Wi-fi. Gas cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Use of owners’ freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Bee Cottage

    Langdon Hills, nr. Thurrock

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: E5574

    Set in a wonderful location on the edge of Langdon Hills Country Park and Nature Reserve, ideal for cycling and walking and covering 400 acres of meadow, farmland and ancient woodland and just 40 minutes’ drive from London, this small complex of cottages each with their own seating area have been converted from original barns and are renovated to a good standard providing an ideal holiday base to relax and unwind whatever the season. The area offers many attractions, antique lovers will enjoy Battlesbridge, Colchester Castle and zoo, The Jam Museum and tea shop at Tiptree a must for afternoon tea, Southend for family fun or the quaint seaside town of Leigh-on-Sea and Maldon with its delightful harbour. Just 10 minutes away Lakeside and Bluewater offers unique shopping experiences and Mersea Island is a must to sample the locally caught shellfish at the famous restaurant. A wartime nuclear bunker can be found 20 minutes away and there is a train station just 3 minutes from the property, with trains to London taking just 25 minutes. Fishing can be found nearby. There is an award winning pub approximately 3 miles away. Shop and pub under 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed/dining room. Steps down to kitchen. Steps down to bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Freesat TV. Washing machine.

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • The Orchard & Old Bakery - The Orchard

    Langham, nr. Colchester

    Grade
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    Ref: 30314

    Set in 2½-acre grounds with abundant wildlife


    Enjoy a relaxing, rural holiday surrounded by 2½ acres of landscaped and natural gardens in one of these two properties which offer a fantastic location for a romantic getaway. With plenty of wildlife to spot, and beehives at the end of the garden, you can wander around the apple orchards or relax on your own private decking area, making this an ideal place for a countryside break. Converted from an old bakery and adjacent to the owners’ home, but very secluded, the cottages (refs 30314 and 30315) still boast original wooden beams, and have been decorated and finished to a very good standard. Langham is about half way between Colchester and Ipswich, close to the A12 which gives easy transport links for exploring the local area. The northern boundary of Langham is also the boundary between Essex and Suffolk. The famous Constable Country is 3 miles away with Flatford Mill and Dedham Vale, and historic Colchester is close by, famous for its cobbled streets, castle and zoo, and has a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Also within reach are Ipswich, Chelmsford, Orford, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe, or enjoy the beach at Clacton-on-Sea. Travel a bit further afield and you can explore the myriad attractions of London. Shop and pub within 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen. 1 four poster double bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Microwave.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2½-acre garden and orchard. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Walnut Cottage

    Takeley, nr. Bishops Stortford

    Grade
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    Ref: 28643

    Dating back to 1897, Walnut Cottage has been lovingly restored to provide a cosy holiday retreat. An ideal base to explore the delights of Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Set in a quiet location adjoining the owner’s home, the nearby village of Takeley has a couple of gastro pub/restaurants and a village PO. Just a few minutes’ drive from the M11 and Stansted Airport which has convenient rail links to London (45 minutes), and Cambridge. There are many delightful places nearby to visit including Hatfield Forest (a NT country park). Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor. Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and oak floor. 1 double bedroom with oak floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Glass Room

    Ardleigh Heath, nr. Colchester

    Grade
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    Ref: BVW

    This delightful, holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s period property and its name refers to the stunning floor-to-ceiling window in the bedroom. It is set in an AONB in the Dedham Vale where the artist John Constable painted many of his famous scenes. Set in the owner’s grounds, with its own private area of garden, it is the ideal choice for a romantic break and is in an excellent area for walking and cycling. The nearby Roman town of Colchester has an excellent range of shops, as well as a zoo and castle. The peaceful Stour Estuary, Maningtree, and Mistley are a 6-minute drive, whilst London is less than an hour away by train. An excellent location to explore all the delights of both Essex and Suffolk. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Large living/dining room with kitchen area and French doors. First floor: Double bedroom with
    6ft bed, floor-to-ceiling window and vaulted ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine (in owner’s utility, by arrangement)
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Hillcroft

    Purleigh, near Maldon

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC407


    Boasting panoramic countryside views, Hillcroft is the perfect couple’s countryside retreat. Located in the quaint village of Purleigh in Essex, guests can enjoy numerous walking routes and access to the local pubs. A short drive away is the town of Maldon, which is bustling with shops, bars and restaurants making this a great location to enjoy lunch or an evening meal. Decorated and furnished to a good standard this first floor apartment consists of one double bedroom, bathroom and open plan kitchen/living room. Private parking is available at the property along with cycle storage. Guests are free to use the owners’ large garden where you will be welcomed by the owners’ dog. Garden furniture is provided to enjoy an evening glass of wine whilst gazing over the stunning countryside views. Local attractions in Purleigh include Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, take a step back in time and visit this fascinating attraction. The town of Maldon is nearby with the Blackwater Estuary, Beeleigh Abbey and RHS Garden, Hyde Hall. There is a golf course, 2 miles, and a golf range, also 2 miles in the opposite direction. Shop ½ mile, pub 1 mile, restaurant 4 miles.

    Narrow stairs to the entrance.
    All on the first floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot available on request. Welcome pack. Garage with freezer. Shared large, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • The Cottage Lamarsh Hall

    Lamarsh, Bures, nr. Sudbury

    Grade
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    Ref: BTF


    This well-appointed and charming holiday property is attached to the owner’s Grade II listed 15th-century Lamarsh Hall. and has views over Lamarsh Church and the glorious Stour Valley, and is right on the border of Suffolk and Essex. The cottage door opens into gardens abundant with wildlife. There is a welcome pack on arrival for you.

    The surrounding rolling countryside is popular with walkers and cyclists. A short drive away is the silk town of Sudbury with Gainsborough’s House and the wool towns of medieval Lavenham, Long Melford and Clare, with antiques centres, and Kentwell Hall, and Long Melford Hall.
    The surrounding area was loved by painters Gainsborough, Munnings and Constable, and Dedham is where you will find Munnings’ home, Castle House, and also Flatford Mill, where ’The Haywain’ was painted by Constable.

    Historic towns of Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Cambridge and Newmarket are within an hour’s drive. The seaside resorts of the Suffolk Heritage Coast, Felixstowe and Frinton are within easy driving distance. Shops 4 miles, pubs miles.

    Large living room with electric woodburner, sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and stable door to large garden. Kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking), brick floor and beams. Double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Electric range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large lawned garden with furniture
    • Shared 1-acre grounds and 12-acre meadowland
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking and additional covered parking
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Woodlands Cottages - Evie Rose Cottage

    Elsenham, nr. Bishop’s Stortford

    Grade
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    Ref: 30833

    Surrounded by 6 acres of paddock and woodland, these two semi-detached barn conversions offer a private bolthole, making them a perfect base for touring the area or just relaxing by the fire. Both have been restored, decorated and furnished to a good standard, Evie Rose Cottage (30833) and Woodlands (UKC182) are quaint, comfortable properties and can be booked together to sleep 4 guests.

    Located next to Woodlands is a games room with table football and a darts board for guests to enjoy. Adjacent to the property there is a 9-hole golf course, club house with bar and restaurant, plus a well-equipped gym (at cost). Pets are welcome too, so why not bring along your 4-legged friend and enjoy the open space? A village shop, hairdressers, post office, pub and takeaway can be found within 1 mile, whilst the village of Stansted, 3 miles, has a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Local attractions include Audley End House, Stansted Mountfitchet Castle and Toy Museum, and Hatfield Forest. Also nearby are many attractive historic villages, including Thaxted and Finchingfield. There are also excellent train links from Elsenham train station, 1½ miles, to Cambridge 30 minutes and London 45 minutes. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with dining area, breakfast area, French doors, beams and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating and Wi-Fi included. Cot and high chair on request. CD. Washing machine. Dishwasher.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. DAB radio. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Fridge/freezer. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Use of 6-acre enclosed lawned grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 9-hole golf adjacent. External games room with table football and dart board. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds, 100 yards.

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  • The Stable

    Southend-on-Sea

    Grade
    2
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    2
    Ref: E5514


    A real gem, a perfect romantic retreat, this well appointed property has a stylish interior and sea views from the first floor. It has a fully enclosed garden and is set on the cliffs just 500 yards from the beach, pretty gardens and seafront at Southend-on-Sea; a perfect spot for a relaxing break whatever the season. A short walk leads to an array of shops and restaurants, and the famous pier. Enjoy the Cliffs Pavilion for theatre productions and shows, Westcliff Casino, historic Rochford and Paglesham for great dining in traditional country pubs, and Essex Marina on Wallasea Island. Explore old Leigh-on-Sea with its cobbled streets offering traditional pubs and restaurants serving local seafood. Visit Hadleigh Castle, take the local train to London (45 mins) for sightseeing. Enjoy Battlesbridge with its antiques, Colchester Castle and Zoo, or Maldon, a short drive away, with its pretty harbour. Lakeside and Bluewater offer unique shopping experiences. Shops and pubs 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French door. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft sleigh bed) galleried bedroom with free-standing roll-top bath.

    Gas central heating, underfloor central heating (on ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (full HD package). DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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