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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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  • Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex
    Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex×

    Lake House Cottage

    Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex

    Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex

    2
    1
    1
    0
    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.
    Prices from
    9.3 7 reviews

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

    Bee Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex

    2
    1
    1
    2
    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
    Prices from
    8.4 10 reviews

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    Lavender Cottage
    2
    1
    1
    Rosemary Cottage
    2
    2
    2
    Saffron Cottage
    4
    2
    2
  • Saffron Walden, Essex
    Saffron Walden, Essex×
    Newly Listed
    Rose Cottage

    Rose Cottage

    Saffron Walden, Essex

    Saffron Walden, Essex

    2
    1
    1
    1
    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.
    Prices from
    8.7 3 reviews

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  • Little Bentley, near Colchester, Essex
    Little Bentley, near Colchester, Essex×

    The Goat House

    Little Bentley, near Colchester, Essex

    Little Bentley, near Colchester, Essex

    3
    1
    1
    1
    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
    Prices from
    8.2 5 reviews

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  • Birch, near Colchester, Essex
    Birch, near Colchester, Essex×

    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1

    Birch, near Colchester, Essex

    Birch, near Colchester, Essex

    3
    1
    1
    1
    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.
    Prices from
    8.5 11 reviews

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    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 2
    4
    1
    1
  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,
    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, ×

    Rosemary Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: E5299
    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
    Prices from
    7.4 8 reviews

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    Lavender Cottage
    2
    1
    1
    Saffron Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    Bee Cottage
    2
    1
    1
  • Wickham St Paul, Essex
    Wickham St Paul, Essex×

    Pippins

    Wickham St Paul, Essex

    Wickham St Paul, Essex

    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 29624
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    In an excellent rural location set on a working fruit farm, ideal for a small family, walkers and birdwatchers.
    Prices from
    7.8 13 reviews

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  • Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex
    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex×
    Newly Listed
    Old Applecroft Farmhouse and Cottage - Old Applecroft Farm Cottage

    Old Applecroft Farmhouse and Cottage - Old Applecroft Farm Cottage

    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex

    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex

    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC1463
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set deep in the Essex countryside, this detached cottage makes a great base for a relaxing holiday.
    Prices from
    8.7 3 reviews

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    Old Applecroft Farmhouse and Cottage - Old Applecroft Farmhouse
    8
    5
    5
  • Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex
    Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex×

    Grove Wood Cottage

    Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex

    Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex

    4
    1
    1
    2
    Ref: 29902
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Set within the countryside with walking, cycling and bird watching nearby, the outdoor enthusiast will adore a stay here.
    Prices from
    9.3 22 reviews

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

    Saffron Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: E5300
    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
    Prices from
    9.2 9 reviews

    Accommodation at

    Lavender Cottage
    2
    1
    1
    Rosemary Cottage
    2
    2
    2
    Bee Cottage
    2
    1
    1
  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×

    Linley Farm Cottages - Dairy Cottage

    St Osyth, Essex

    St Osyth, Essex

    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 17977
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This cottage enjoys far reaching views over rolling countryside, set within 3 acres of grounds abundant with wildlife.
    Prices from
    9 1 reviews

    Accommodation at

    Linley Farm Cottages - Meadow View Cottage
    6
    2
    2
    Linley Farm Cottages - Pear Tree Cottage
    6
    2
    2
    Linley Farm Cottages - Apple Tree Cottage
    6
    2
    2
    Linley Farm Cottages - Willow Tree Cottage
    6
    2
    2
    Linley Farm Cottages - Orchard Cottage
    4
    1
    1
  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×

    Linley Farm Cottages - Orchard Cottage

    St Osyth, Essex

    St Osyth, Essex

    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 17982
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Set in an area regarded as Essex’s best kept secret, the area is full of interesting towns including Colchester.
    Prices from
    8.7 3 reviews

    Accommodation at

    Linley Farm Cottages - Dairy Cottage
    4
    1
    1
    Linley Farm Cottages - Meadow View Cottage
    6
    2
    2
    Linley Farm Cottages - Pear Tree Cottage
    6
    2
    2
    Linley Farm Cottages - Apple Tree Cottage
    6
    2
    2
    Linley Farm Cottages - Willow Tree Cottage
    6
    2
    2

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