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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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  • Sandy Ridge

    Holland-on-Sea

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    Sandy Ridge at Holland-on-Sea is a detached, well-furnished, spacious holiday house, located in a quiet road opposite the beach. A perfect setting for a family holiday by the sea. With its own splendid private outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, which is surrounded by a patio with garden area giving it a Mediterranean feel on warm summer evenings as the sun sets in the west. There is also a large landscaped lawned garden at the far end of the pool to take in the last rays of the setting sun while enjoying your favourite drink or meal at a large family sized table.
    Within the property, the living/dining room is complemented by an Edwardian fireplace with coal effect gas fire, original 1920 oak herring bone parquet flooring and French doors. The second family living room is ideal for children as it also has an independent Sky TV box and Playstation3 with a selection of PS3 games. The kitchen enjoys a breakfast table, overlooking the alfresco dining area with patio table and chairs next to the pool. On the first floor, the two master bedrooms both have exceptional sea views from their Juliette balconies, and are fitted with super king size beds and Freeview TVs. There are also two twin bedrooms, one with a superb pool view and the other with far reaching views towards Holland Haven Country Park.
    To the front of the property, it boasts 180 degrees of breathtaking panoramic sea views from the Juliette balconies to both master bedrooms. The property has south-facing sea views from the dining room and second family room, and also has BT Infinity with unlimited free downloads. Only 55 yards from the front gate you will find a slope to the promenade with beach-side cafe, leading onto an award-winning beach. From there you have far reaching views over the North Sea while looking towards Holland, you may even see on a clear day in the distance Gunfleet Sands Offshore Windfarm which is about 4½ miles out at sea. Very close by is Holland Haven Country Park which is excellent for bird watchers as it is a bird refuge, used by rare migrating birds and is recognised by the RSPB where many twitchers meet to photograph rare species while ambling along numerous footpaths for walkers or hikers.
    Sandy Ridge is set a comfortable equidistant walk along the promenade, between the seaside towns of vibrant Clacton or the more exclusive Frinton, or stroll along the glorious sandy beaches studded with Victorian style beach huts. Both have a good range of shops and restaurants. Entry to Clacton pier is free, and is just over 2 miles away. The Clacton Air Show is held on Thursday and Friday before the Bank Holiday week in August, the Clacton Triathlon (swim, bike and run) is also running in September and the start/finish line is at Holland Haven. There are two local links golf courses to enjoy, including The Royal Frinton Club. Alternatively the pier at Walton-on-the-Naze is where you can try your hand at sea fishing from the country’s third longest pier. Here you can enjoy a 2-hour guided wildlife boat trip to encounter a breeding population of about 70 harbour seals and grey seals. Step aboard the "Karina" at Foundry Slip in Walton and sail the Hamford Water Nature Reserve as seen on TV (twice daily tides permitting). There are two horse riding schools within 5 miles both offering lessons. The historic medieval town of Colchester with its zoo, castle and excellent shopping, is an easy drive through Essex countryside on the A133, passing the famous Beth Chatto’s Gardens with its own tea room.
    Sandy Ridge is also situated to enjoy the hidden delights further afield, such as the quaint villages of Lavenham, walk or row from Dedham along the River Stour, or visit picturesque Flatford Mill (Constable Country). Other places of interest include Harwich, 15 miles, Colchester, 18 miles, or Ipswich, 25 miles. For guests tra...

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor and French doors. Second living room. Kitchen with breakfast area, patio doors and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (6ft), 2 twin. Shower room with double shower and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating included (£50per week October-May). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Playstation 3 and small library. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with pool patio area and furniture. Two Juliet balconies. Parking (3 cars). Outdoor swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.9m to 2m), open 9am to 10pm everyday May-September. Hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: 4 steps in the swimming pool.

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