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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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  • 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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    The Bull Pen is a lovingly restored barn conversion in the delightful village of Lawford close to the Suffolk and Essex borders. Ideally placed to explore both counties whilst enjoying a luxurious base, comprising open plan living space and wood burner, with views across the surrounding fields from the patio area. This is a detached, single-storey conversion making it ideal for those less mobile. Situated in the grounds of the owner’s home, you are tucked away in a corner and will...

  • Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex
    Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex×

    Walnut Cottage

    Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex

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    Ref: 28643
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This cosy, romantic holiday retreat is perfect for couples who want to relax and enjoy the delights of Hertfordshire.
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    Dating back to 1897, Walnut Cottage has been lovingly restored to provide a cosy holiday retreat. An ideal base to explore the delights of Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Set in a quiet location adjoining the owner’s home, the nearby village of Takeley has a couple of gastro pub/restaurants and a village PO. Just a few minutes’ drive from the M11 and Stansted Airport which has convenient rail links to London (45 minutes), and Cambridge. There are many...

  • 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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    This delightful, holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s period property and its name refers to the stunning floor-to-ceiling window in the bedroom. It is set in an AONB in the Dedham Vale where the artist John Constable painted many of his famous scenes. Set in the owner’s grounds, with its own private area of garden, it is the ideal choice for a romantic break and is in an excellent area for walking and cycling. The nearby Roman town of Colchester has an excellent range...

  • 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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    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. This pretty holiday property, a former goat house, adjoins the owners’ manor house and is surrounded by delightful gardens and countryside. Perfectly situated to explore the many delights the area has to offer, including Constable Country with the famous Flatford Mill just 6 miles. The wonderful coastline of the Suffolk Heritage Coast offering...

  • 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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    Located in the quaint village of Birch, these semi-detached, cosy cottages (31049 and 31050) have been built with the purpose of a holiday home in mind. Adjacent to the owner’s home, both properties comfortably sleep 2 guests with the option of extra guests with the sofa bed in the living space. Wood burners give a warm and welcoming feel to the cottages which have a contemporary theme throughout. It is a good base for exploring Essex and Suffolk, birdwatching on the nearby...

    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 2
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  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×
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    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.
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    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over rolling countryside. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed at the nearby lake. This is excellent walking and bird watching country and holiday makers will enjoy walks down to the creek. These old farm buildings have been converted, and are grouped around a courtyard, yet each retains individual privacy. The cottages with their mellow decor and quality furnishings, provide...

    Linley Farm Cottages - Meadow View Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Pear Tree Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Apple Tree Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Willow Tree Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Orchard Cottage
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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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    This gorgeous cottage is just a few yards from the beach and sea for a beach walk or swim in the summer. From the bedroom windows there are views of the salt marsh, beach and houseboats. It is also just a short stroll from the famous Company Shed fish restaurant on the coast road. This charming, 17th-century cottage has a lovely, sunny beach house feel and provides the perfect holiday or long weekend. The island, reached by a causeway, is popular for sailing, lovely walks, birdwatching...

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

    Rosemary Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

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    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
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    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. The area offers many attractions, antique lovers...

    Lavender Cottage
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    Saffron Cottage
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    Bee Cottage
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  • Colchester, Essex
    Colchester, Essex×

    Crofters Rest

    Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: W43219
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    This delightful property offers guests easy access to the centre of Colchester with a wealth of activities and restaurants.
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    Crofters Rest is a delightful Victorian terraced holiday cottage located in a quiet road, has a fully enclosed rear garden, and is just a short walk from the centre of Colchester. There is easy access to a wealth of activities and great restaurants in the area. Colchester, Britain’s oldest Roman town has a zoo, leisure centre, castle and museum. It also has a rail link to London which takes 50 minutes. Also conveniently situated are Brightlingsea, Mersea Island,...

  • 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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    This detached, thatched, Grade II listed holiday cottage dating back to the 15th century has exposed beams and an enclosed garden. Cosy in the winter and cool in the summer, it is perfect for a year-round break. Surrounded by countryside, footpaths abound; the area is ideal for walking or cycling. Shop and restaurant ¼ mile, pub 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with brick floor. Kitchen with breakfast area. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet....

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

    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 2

    Birch, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: 31050
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a relaxing break at this property, located in the quaint village of Birch, close to Colchester.
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    Located in the quaint village of Birch, these semi-detached, cosy cottages (31049 and 31050) have been built with the purpose of a holiday home in mind. Adjacent to the owner’s home, both properties comfortably sleep 2 guests with the option of extra guests with the sofa bed in the living space. Wood burners give a warm and welcoming feel to the cottages which have a contemporary theme throughout. It is a good base for exploring Essex and Suffolk, birdwatching on the nearby...

    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1
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  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×
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    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.
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    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over rolling countryside. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed at the nearby lake. This is excellent walking and bird watching country and holiday makers will enjoy walks down to the creek. These old farm buildings have been converted, and are grouped around a courtyard, yet each retains individual privacy. The cottages with their mellow decor and quality furnishings, provide...

    Linley Farm Cottages - Dairy Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Meadow View Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Pear Tree Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Apple Tree Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Willow Tree Cottage
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