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Colchester

One of Essex’s most beautiful historic places, Colchester is widely regarded as Britain’s oldest town, with a history extending back to Roman times. The town’s roots are evident as you wander the higgledy piggledy streets, but Colchester is also a modern and vibrant town, with lots to keep visitors happy.

The Grade I listed Colchester Castle was built by William the Conqueror and is a marvellous example of an almost complete Norman Castle. It is built on the foundations of an earlier Roman temple and houses the largest keep ever to have been built in Britain and the biggest remaining keep of its kind in Europe. You can explore the history of Roman Colchester in the Castle museum, or indeed take a visit to one of Colchester’s other museums, there are a few to choose from!

Although famed as being an influence to classic British artists Gainsborough and Constable, Colchester is also home to a modern and vibrant arts scene. With The Minories gallery playing host to many exhibitions by the area''s local artists, Colchester Arts Centre at the former St-Mary-at-the-Walls church is a multi-function arts venue and Colchester also houses both the Mercury and Headgate Theatres, the former is acclaimed as one of the region’s best repertory theatres.

A great day out for all of the family can be found on the edge of the town at Colchester Zoo. Colchester Zoo houses elephants, big cats, monkeys and giant tortoises, as well as many rare and endangered species. The sixty acre site has much to see and explore and provides a fabulous family fun day.

With arts, music, history, great food and a host of shops and boutiques, Colchester has something for everyone, so search for Colchester holiday cottages today, for accommodation in the area.
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  • 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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  • Langham, near Colchester, Essex
    Langham, near Colchester, Essex×

    The Orchard & Old Bakery - The Old Bakery

    Langham, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: 30315
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Visit historic Colchester from this rural holiday base, which was once a bakery and has a characterful beamed interior.
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    The Orchard & Old Bakery - The Orchard
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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
    Close to the Essex/Suffolk border, couples can enjoy a rural retreat that is also within reach of London.
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    The Orchard & Old Bakery - The Old Bakery
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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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  • Lawford, Essex
    Lawford, Essex×

    The Bull Pen

    Lawford, Essex

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    Ref: UKC1653
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This luxurious barn conversion makes a great base for exploring Constable Country and the stunning scenery that was the artists inspiration.
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  • Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex
    Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex×

    The Glass Room

    Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: BVW
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Filled with attractive features and set in an Area of Natural Beauty, this holiday will delight everyone.
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  • Birch, near Colchester, Essex
    Birch, near Colchester, Essex×

    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1

    Birch, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: 31049
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This holiday property is an ideal base for visiting Colchester, Mersea Island and the Dedham Vale.
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    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 2
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  • Little Bentley, near Colchester, Essex
    Little Bentley, near Colchester, Essex×

    The Goat House

    Little Bentley, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: E5433
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A perfect spot in which to unwind and relax whatever the season, yet only 8 miles from the bustling resorts of Clacton and Frinton-on-Sea
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  • 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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  • Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex
    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex×
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    Plum Tree Cottage

    Plum Tree Cottage

    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex

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    Ref: UKC2471
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Just 200 yards from the beach and set in a lovely town with a host of shops and pubs, this property is ideal for a family seaside holiday.
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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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  • Sible Hedingham, near Halstead, Essex
    Sible Hedingham, near Halstead, Essex×

    The Croft

    Sible Hedingham, near Halstead, Essex

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    Ref: 28243
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Woodburning Stove
    Surrounded by beautiful countryside with opportunities to explore via its many footpaths, guests will feel at peace at The Croft.
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