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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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  • Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex
    Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex×

    Walnut Cottage

    Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex

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    Ref: 28643
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    Dating back to 1897, Walnut Cottage has been lovingly restored to provide a cosy holiday retreat. An ideal base to...

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  • Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex
    Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex×

    Woodlands Cottages - Evie Rose Cottage

    Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex

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    Ref: 30833
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    Surrounded by 6 acres of paddock and woodland, these two semi-detached barn conversions offer a private bolthole,...

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  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex
    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex×

    Bee Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex

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    Ref: E5574
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location

    Set in a wonderful location on the edge of Langdon Hills Country Park and Nature Reserve, ideal for cycling and...

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  • Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex
    Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex×

    Lake House Cottage

    Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex

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    Ref: 29883
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Lake House Cottage is a quaint, thatched, semi-detached cottage with original beams and so much charm. Set on almost...

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  • Black Notley, near Braintree, Essex
    Black Notley, near Braintree, Essex×

    Casa Micá

    Black Notley, near Braintree, Essex

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    Ref: UKC795
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    This quaint, charming single storey annex is located in Black Notley, a few miles from Braintree in Essex. Adjoining...

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  • Langham, near Colchester, Essex
    Langham, near Colchester, Essex×

    The Orchard & Old Bakery - The Orchard

    Langham, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: 30314
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Set in 2½-acre grounds with abundant wildlife


    Enjoy a relaxing, rural holiday surrounded by...

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  • Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex
    Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex×

    Woodlands Cottages - Woodlands

    Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex

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    Ref: UKC182
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    Surrounded by 6 acres of paddock and woodland, these two semi-detached barn conversions offer a private bolthole,...

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  • Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex
    Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex×

    Hillcroft

    Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex

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    Ref: UKC407
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location


    Boasting panoramic countryside views, Hillcroft is the perfect couple’s countryside retreat. Located in...

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  • West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex
    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex×

    Stokers Loft

    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: BRY
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    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile

    Located in West Mersea just 20 yards from the sea, this delightfully converted property offers fantastic views from...

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  • Southend-on-Sea, Essex
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    The Stable

    Southend-on-Sea, Essex

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    Ref: E5514
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio


    A real gem, a perfect romantic retreat, this well appointed property has a stylish interior and sea views from...

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  • Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex
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    The Glass Room

    Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: BVW
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    This delightful, holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s period property and its name refers to the...

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  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,
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    Lavender Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

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    Ref: E5298
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    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    Set in a wonderful location on the edge of Langdon Hills Country Park and Nature Reserve, ideal for cycling and...

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