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

    Stokers Loft

    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: BRY
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    This delightfully converted property offers fantastic views and is the ideal holiday location with vast sailing opportunities.
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    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...

  • Southend-on-Sea, Essex
    Southend-on-Sea, Essex×

    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, stylish property has sea views from the first floor, an enclosed garden and is set on the cliffs just 500 yards from the beach and seafront
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    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,...

  • West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex
    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex×
    Newly Listed
    Little Lodge

    Little Lodge

    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: UKC1875
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities
    A delightful cottage within yards of the beach, yet hidden away down a private drive, this is the perfect location for a last minute break.
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    Little Lodge is a delightful single storey property in the hidden gem of West Mersea. Situated only 200 yards from the superb coastline, and hidden along a private drive in the grounds of the owner’s home, Little Lodge is the perfect getaway spot, with contemporary open plan living space, which is spacious yet still maintains a cosy feel. West Mersea is Britain’s most easterly inhabited island and access to the island is via the causeway crossing.
    It is...

  • Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex×

    Homestead

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

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    Ref: UKC1415
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Within easy reach of the beach and variety of attractions, this property lies in the perfect location for a family seaside holiday.
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    Spacious and comfortably furnished, this terraced holiday property sits on the edge of a private residential park, and boasts an enclosed garden and private parking. Perfect for a coastal break with family or friends, it lies within easy reach of Clacton Pier, award-winning beach and variety of shops, cafés and restaurants. There is also a pub, shop and fish and chip takeaway within a 10-minute walk from the property.

    There are many activities available locally,...

  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×
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    Ref: 17982
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Set in an area regarded as Essex’s best kept secret, the area is full of interesting towns including Colchester.
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    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over rolling countryside. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed at the nearby lake. This is excellent walking and bird watching country and holiday makers will enjoy walks down to the creek. These old farm buildings have been converted, and are grouped around a courtyard, yet each retains individual privacy. The cottages with their mellow decor and quality furnishings, provide...

    Linley Farm Cottages - Dairy Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Meadow View Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Pear Tree Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Apple Tree Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Willow Tree Cottage
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  • Manningtree, Essex
    Manningtree, Essex×

    Beaches

    Manningtree, Essex

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    Ref: UKC1128
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    Nestled just yards away from the sea, this holiday property is the perfect escape for families looking for a seaside break away.
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    Beaches is a single-storey holiday property, which is in a separate, self-contained, part of the owner’s home, situated in Manningtree, Essex. Just a few yards from the Stour Estuary and beach, this property is the perfect waterside location for a family holiday. Beaches has been decorated and furnished to a good standard, and boasts charm and charisma with wooden beams throughout. This 450-year-old property has been organised to feel like a home from home, with traditional...

  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×
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    Ref: 17977
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This cottage enjoys far reaching views over rolling countryside, set within 3 acres of grounds abundant with wildlife.
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    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over rolling countryside. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed at the nearby lake. This is excellent walking and bird watching country and holiday makers will enjoy walks down to the creek. These old farm buildings have been converted, and are grouped around a courtyard, yet each retains individual privacy. The cottages with their mellow decor and quality furnishings, provide...

    Linley Farm Cottages - Meadow View Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Pear Tree Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Apple Tree Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Willow Tree Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Orchard Cottage
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  • Brightlingsea, Essex
    Brightlingsea, Essex×

    The Crow’s Nest

    Brightlingsea, Essex

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    Ref: 29314
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    The Crow’s Nest is a brilliant property and provides spectacular views across the Colne Estuary and out to sea.
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    Located above the Colne Yacht Club, the Crow’s Nest provides spectacular views across the Colne Estuary and out to sea. There are wonderful walks along the River Colne. This second-floor holiday apartment is set in the historic Brightlingsea yachting harbour, where there is year-round activity available, including sailing (visitors enjoy temporary membership of the yacht club), a public open-air swimming pool, beach, and a local ferry to explore the charming Mersea Island....

  • West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex
    West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex×

    Island Cottage

    West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex

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    Ref: E4852
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    This gorgeous cottage is just a few yards from the beach and sea for a beach walk or swim in the summer
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    This gorgeous cottage is just a few yards from the beach and sea for a beach walk or swim in the summer. From the bedroom windows there are views of the salt marsh, beach and houseboats. It is also just a short stroll from the famous Company Shed fish restaurant on the coast road. This charming, 17th-century cottage has a lovely, sunny beach house feel and provides the perfect holiday or long weekend. The island, reached by a causeway, is popular for sailing, lovely walks, birdwatching...

  • Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex
    Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex×

    Grove Wood Cottage

    Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex

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    Ref: 29902
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Set within the countryside with walking, cycling and bird watching nearby, the outdoor enthusiast will adore a stay here.
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    This detached barn conversion, accessed by a rough track, is tucked away in the heart of the countryside and offers great holiday accommodation. There are vast areas of woodland and stunning scenery where you can enjoy walking, cycling, bird watching and getting up close to nature. Situated close to the river Crouch, Grove Wood Cottage is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Inside it boasts wooden flooring and period character with contemporary touches, including a dishwasher,...

  • Brightlingsea, Essex
    Brightlingsea, Essex×

    Sea Folly

    Brightlingsea, Essex

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    Ref: UKC472
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Centrally located in the seaside town of Brighltingsea, this holiday property is a great base for discovering all that Essex has to offer.
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    Sea Folly is a comfortable three-bedroom terraced house in the seaside town of Brightlingsea. Located just walking distance from the beach, this is a fantastic location to enjoy a coastal holiday with friends and family. Decorated and furnished to a good standard, the property has a spacious garden, dining room and cosy living room. Brightlingsea is a lovely and quaint seaside town with a boating lake, beaches and a lively busy harbour with boat trips available throughout the...

  • Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex×

    Sea Breeze

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

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    Ref: UKC772
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities
    Boasting sea views from the front of the property, Sea Breeze is in an idyllic destination for accessing all the local amenities.
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    Sea Breeze is a single-storey detached bungalow, on the coast of Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex. This well-managed property has been decorated and furnished to a good standard. Boasting spacious bedrooms, a comfortable living area and well-equipped kitchen, this is a perfect base for family and friends looking for a destination by the sea. It has sea views from the front of the property and lies just a short stroll to the beach. The large enclosed garden is a great feature for pets and children...

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