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Essex

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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  • Castle Hedingham, Essex
    Castle Hedingham, Essex×

    Four Winds Cottages - Diablo

    Castle Hedingham, Essex

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    5
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    Ref: W43233
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Within this ancient village, this lovely holiday home boasts far reaching views over the countryside.
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    Pets included
    Pets go free

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    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...

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