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Everyone thinks they know Essex, but it is so much more than fake tans and nightclubs. Yes, Essex is the place to go for a day of shopping or great night out, but it can also be surprisingly subtle, with pretty countryside, pristine beaches and historical buildings.

Cottages with pools near Maldon are perfect for boating tours of the Blackwater Estuary, with views over the salt plains and marshland. Further north you will find quiet, sandy beaches at Frinton-on-Sea, Clacton, and Walton-on-the-Naze (which boasts the second largest pier in Great Britain). These seaside towns have a unique charm which harks back to the Victorian era – on hot days you will be spoiled for choice between the many ice cream parlours and vans, and if you’re lucky you might even get to take a donkey ride along the beach!

Further inland, Chelmsford, Braintree and Colchester are the best spots for shopping, with a great mix of malls, markets, designer outlets and one-off boutiques, and of course there is no shortage of tanning salons and beauty parlours. Cottages with private pools can double up as a great catwalk where you can try out your latest wares in privacy and style.

Holiday cottages with pools in Essex will also give you access to some of the most significant historical sites in Britain. Colchester itself is the oldest recorded town in the country, and you can still see the original Roman Wall and Triumphal Arch today, nearly 2000 years after they were built. Learn more about the incredible past of the area at the Colchester Castle Museum (which also just happens to be the largest Roman keep in the world) or with a guided tour around the old town.

Essex is a place with multiple personalities, so cottages with swimming pools can either be a glamorous addition to a TOWIE-style break, or a quiet retreat in the heart of the countryside – the choice is yours.

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  • Butlers Farm

    Saffron Walden

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: BTA

    Set at the end of a pretty country lane, this large detached Grade II listed farmhouse dating back to 1610 is perfect for a family holiday, celebration or get together with friends. Steeped in character with beams and an inglenook fireplace in the living room, it is set in 4 acres of delightful grounds with an outdoor heated swimming pool. The holiday property has fantastic views over open countryside, with an enjoyable 15-minute walk across fields to the pub but is only a few miles from the charming market town of Saffron Walden. Saffron Walden is one of England’s finest towns packed with half timbered medieval buildings and has a wide selection of shops, restaurants, galleries and a museum. Butlers Farm is ideally situated to explore Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Within easy reach is Cambridge (14 miles), famous for its colleges, museums, botanic gardens and art galleries. Visitors can try their hand at punting along the River Cam. Newmarket is 17 miles for a day at the races and Duxford Imperial War Museum is 8 miles. Other local places of interest include Audley End House, gardens and miniature railway, Mountfitchet Castle, Linton Zoo, Wimpole Hall and Anglesey Abbey. Shops 2 miles.

    Large beamed living room with open fire in large inglenook fireplace and French doors. Kitchen/dining room with Aga (for cooking) and doors leading to conservatory. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate walk-in shower and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Open fire - no fuel provided
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full oil central heating included (January-March £300 per week)
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • 4-acre garden with terrace and furniture
    • Parking (for 5 cars)
    • Private, outdoor, heated swimming pool (40ft x 20ft, depth range 3ft-8ft) £150 per week, open end May bank hol until end August, with changing facilities
    • No smoking
    • Couples and family bookings only
    • NB: Fenced pond in garden

    Note: Maximum occupancy 10 guests (includes use of cot)

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  • Four Winds Cottages - Diablo

    Castle Hedingham

    Grade
    10
    5
    3
    2
    Ref: W43233

    In a rural location on the edge of the ancient village of Castle Hedingham, these two detached, single-storey holiday homes, set in the owners’ 10 acres of grounds, have far-reaching views over open countryside. The accommodation is well-presented and has the added benefit of a heated indoor swimming pool - the pool is shared between the two cottages (refs W43379 and W43233) and both are allocated 3 hours of private use per day (one hour in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening - the rest of the time is shared use). There is also a large fully equipped barbecue area which can be hired. Castle Hedingham lies in the valley of the River Colne on the ancient road between Colchester (20 miles west) and Cambridge (30 miles east); it still retains many beautiful timber-framed, medieval and Tudor buildings including Hedingham Castle (a Norman castle, the ancestral seat of the Earls of Oxford). The area is ideal for walking or cycling. Nearby places of interest include the Colne Valley steam railway, Sudbury and Saffron Walden. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Single step to entrance: All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 2 twin. Shower room with toilet. Wet room with toilet.

    Freeview TV.

    Both properties: Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi (in games rooms). Shared landscaped 10-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue (at cost, by arrangement with owner). Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8m x 3.5m, depth 1.2m) with changing room, open 9am to 10pm all year (3 hours’ private use per day). Shared games room with ¾-size pool table and table tennis. Second shared games room with pool table and air hockey. Third shared games. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps in grounds.

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