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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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  • 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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  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex
    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex×

    Bee Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex

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    Ref: E5574
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    Set in a wonderful location on the edge of Langdon Hills Country Park and Nature Reserve, ideal for cycling and walking and covering 400 acres of meadow, farmland and ancient woodland and just 40 minutes’ drive from London, this small complex of cottages each with their own seating area have been converted from original barns and are renovated to a good standard providing an ideal holiday base to relax and unwind whatever the season
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    Lavender Cottage
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    Rosemary Cottage
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    Saffron Cottage
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  • Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex
    Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex×

    Lake House Cottage

    Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex

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    Ref: 29883
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A characterful thatched cottage set in a quiet, rural area within almost 2 acres of land with private fishing.
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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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  • Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex
    Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex×

    Woodlands Cottages - Woodlands

    Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex

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    Ref: UKC182
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This delightful barn conversion is nestled in the picturesque countryside, surrounded by paddock and woodlands.
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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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  • Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex
    Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex×

    Hillcroft

    Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex

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    Ref: UKC407
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Enjoy a glass of wine, whilst spending time alone with your loved one, admiring the picturesque views of the countryside.
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  • Saffron Walden, Essex
    Saffron Walden, Essex×
    Newly Listed
    Rose Cottage
    Rose Cottage

    Rose Cottage

    Saffron Walden, Essex

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    Ref: UKC2295
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Set in a quiet residential area, this terraced cottage is a great base from which to explore the beautiful, unspoilt Essex countryside.
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  • West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex
    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex×
    Newly Listed
    Little Lodge
    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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  • Black Notley, near Braintree, Essex
    Black Notley, near Braintree, Essex×

    Casa Micá

    Black Notley, near Braintree, Essex

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    Ref: UKC795
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Casa Micá is situated in an idyllic area for a romantic retreat away. Spend some well-deserved time with your loved one in the courtyard and relish the peace and quiet of this setting.
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  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,
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    Lavender Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

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    Ref: E5298
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Set in a wonderful location on the edge of Langdon Hills Country Park and Nature Reserve, ideal for cycling and walking and covering 400 acres of meadow, farmland and ancient woodland and just 40 minutes’ drive from London, this small complex of cottages each with their own seating area have been converted from original barns and are renovated to a good standard providing an ideal holiday base to relax and unwind whatever the season
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    Rosemary Cottage
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    Saffron Cottage
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    Bee Cottage
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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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