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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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  • Walnut Cottage

    Takeley, nr. Bishops Stortford

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    Ref: 28643

    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 delightful places nearby to visit including Hatfield Forest (a NT country park). Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor. Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and oak floor. 1 double bedroom with oak floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Woodlands Cottages - Woodlands

    Elsenham, nr. Bishop’s Stortford

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC182

    Surrounded by 6 acres of paddock and woodland, these two semi-detached barn conversions offer a private bolthole, making them a perfect base for touring the area or just relaxing by the fire. Both have been restored, decorated and furnished to a good standard, Evie Rose Cottage (30833) and Woodlands (UKC182) are quaint, comfortable properties and can be booked together to sleep 4 guests.

    Located next to Woodlands is a games room with table football and a darts board for guests to enjoy. Adjacent to the property there is a 9-hole golf course, club house with bar and restaurant, plus a well-equipped gym (at cost). Pets are welcome too, so why not bring along your 4-legged friend and enjoy the open space? A village shop, hairdressers, post office, pub and takeaway can be found within 1 mile, whilst the village of Stansted, 3 miles, has a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Local attractions include Audley End House, Stansted Mountfitchet Castle and Toy Museum, and Hatfield Forest. Also nearby are many attractive historic villages, including Thaxted and Finchingfield. There are also excellent train links from Elsenham train station, 1½ miles, to Cambridge 30 minutes and London 45 minutes. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with door to veranda/kitchen with breakfast area. Shower room with toilet. Steep, open tread stairs to first floor: King size bedroom.

    Electric central heating included. Small enclosed lawned garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Veranda with woodburner.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. DAB radio. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Use of 6-acre enclosed lawned grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 9-hole golf adjacent. External games room with table football and dart board. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds, 100 yards.

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  • Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1

    Birch, nr. Colchester

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    Ref: 31049

    Located in the quaint village of Birch, these semi-detached, cosy cottages (refs 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. Woodburners give a warm and welcoming feel to the cottages which have a contemporary theme throughout, with TV/DVDs and digital safe in the bedrooms. It is a good base for exploring Essex and Suffolk, birdwatching on the nearby nature reserves, sea angling from Mersea Island, or just enjoying the local beaches and countryside. Close to Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town with a castle, museums, art gallery, many Roman remains, a good shopping centre, Colchester Zoo and a mainline rail link to London (40 minutes). Mersea Island is 8 miles away for its locally caught fish and oysters, as well as its sailing and beaches. Within easy driving distance are the popular sightseeing destinations of Flatford Mill, Lavenham, Finchingfield and Kersey. Shop 4 miles, real ale pub serving food 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/kitchen with dining area and wooden floors. First floor: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Coast Cottage

    West Mersea

    Grade
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    Ref: 29215

    Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, located on the estuary of the rivers Blackwater and Colne, it is reached by crossing the Strood causeway (liable to be cut off for short periods during high/spring tides). Located in West Mersea next to the church and just a 250 yards from the sea, this cosy, Victorian, semi-detached cottage is the perfect place for a romantic holiday break. A superb location for walking, bird watching, swimming and cycling, Mersea boasts a sandy/shingle beach. Cudmore Grove Country Park with its adjoining beach is great for relaxing walks in its own vineyard. A country club with a health club and golf is a short drive away. Only 9 miles from the county town of Colchester, with its famous castle and zoo. Mersea is also conveniently located for exploring Dedham Vale, the Stour Valley and Constable country. Shop and restaurant 20 yards, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Public car park 100 yards (£2.50 per day). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Step in garden.

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  • The Lookout

    Brightlingsea

    Grade
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    Ref: 23855

    Located in the prestigious waterside marina, The Lookout provides panoramic views across the Colne Estuary and out to sea. This contemporary, spacious, second floor holiday apartment, with lift access, is well-furnished and equipped to a very good standard with French doors on to a balcony where guests can experience an ever changing horizon. Part of the historic Brightlingsea yachting harbour with nearby beach, sailing, birdwatching, fishing, outdoor swimming pool and local ferry to explore the charming Mersea Island, provides a year-round fascinating holiday location. Shops, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    Lift to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors and wooden floors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with additional folding single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Balcony. Garage (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Goat House

    Little Bentley, nr. Colchester

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    Ref: E5433

    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 quaint villages and seaside resorts, delightful Mersea Island famous for its seafood and oyster restaurants and bars, the historic town of Colchester with its famous zoo and castle, and the Tiptree jam factory, a must for afternoon tea, are all within an easy drive. Shop 2 miles, pub 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom with additional single. Wet room with toilet.

    NSH included (£20per week 2nd October-30th April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Sailmaker’s Cottage

    Rowhedge, nr. Colchester

    Grade
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    Ref: 28802

    Furnished with antiques, this charming, Grade II listed, terraced holiday cottage has a private courtyard to the rear. Set in the riverside village of Rowhedge, it is an ideal location for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers, and is also perfect for a romantic break. Within an easy drive of Mersea Island and Colchester, it is a convenient location for the Essex countryside and coast. Rowhedge has 2 village shops and 2 pubs, peaceful riverside walks and a ferry across to picturesque Wivenhoe. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 700 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep, open-sided stairs to first floor: Breakfast area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack (for 7 night bookings only). No smoking. No children under 10 years.

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  • Grove Wood Cottage

    Burnham-on-Crouch

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    Ref: 29902


    This detached barn conversion, accessed by a rough track, is tucked away in the heart of the countryside and offers great holiday accommodation. There are vast areas of woodland and stunning scenery where you can enjoy walking, cycling, bird watching and getting up close to nature. Situated close to the river Crouch, Grove Wood Cottage is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Inside it boasts wooden flooring and period character with contemporary touches, including a dishwasher, wi-fi and a flatscreen TV. There is also a desktop computer with internet access available for guests to use during their stay. Close by you will find the quaint and historic village of Burnham-on-Crouch, best known as a yachting centre hosting the internationally famous ’ Burnham Week’. It also boasts many other attractions as diverse as fossil laden cliffs to a working steam railway museum, this riverside town has plenty to offer. Fishing available at the caravan park which is a 2-minute drive, at cost, with a licence. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Woodland grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: River 400 yards.

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  • Island Cottage

    West Mersea, Mersea Island

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    Ref: E4852

    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 and water sports, as well as tasty fish restaurants and generally for having a relaxing time. If you drive off the island, you can reach Suffolk’s Constable Country easily, along with all the pretty pubs and restaurants of Essex and Suffolk. Colchester, with its castle and shopping, is just 9 miles away. Shops and pubs 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (2ft 6in for children).

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Sergeants Field Cottage

    St Osyth, nr. Clacton-on-Sea

    Grade
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    Ref: 29725


    Situated in the quaint village of St Osyth,this spacious, detached, single-storey holiday cottage, accessed by a private drive and adjacent to the owners’ home, is surrounded by 22 acres of land. Blessed with wildlife and overlooking Orchards Holiday Park Golf Club, the beach is only a 500 yards away. This property is a hidden gem, set away from the main road of St Osyth, yet within walking distance of the local amenities. There are plenty of attractions nearby, including the resorts of Frinton, Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton-on-Sea, and a foot ferry (seasonal) to Mersea Island and Brightlingsea. Constable Country and the county town of Colchester, with its castle, museum and zoo, are also within easy reach. Beach 500 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining area with patio doors and wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Courtyard with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 22-acre natural grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Crow’s Nest

    Brightlingsea

    Grade
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    Ref: 29314

    Located above the Colne Yacht Club, the Crow’s Nest provides spectacular views across the Colne Estuary and out to sea. There are wonderful walks along the River Colne. This second-floor holiday apartment is set in the historic Brightlingsea yachting harbour, where there is year-round activity available, including sailing (visitors enjoy temporary membership of the yacht club), a public open-air swimming pool, beach, and a local ferry to explore the charming Mersea Island. Brightlingsea has shops and restaurants, as well as a museum, but is also conveniently located to explore the sunshine coast of Essex or, further inland, the county town of Colchester with its castle and zoo. Shop, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    External, open-tread, concrete stairs to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. NB: River, 15 yards.

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  • Rosemary Cottage

    Langdon Hills, nr. Thurrock

    Grade
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    Ref: E5299

    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 will enjoy Battlesbridge, Colchester Castle and zoo, The Jam Museum and tea shop at Tiptree a must for afternoon tea, Southend for family fun or the quaint seaside town of Leigh-on-Sea and Maldon with its delightful harbour. Just 10 minutes away Lakeside and Bluewater offers unique shopping experiences and Mersea Island is a must to sample the locally caught shellfish at the famous restaurant. A wartime nuclear bunker can be found 20 minutes away and there is a train station just 3 minutes from the property, with trains to London taking just 25 minutes. Fishing can be found nearby. There is an award winning pub approximately 3 miles away. Shop and pub under 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and wooden floor/kitchen area with beams. 1 double bedroom with beams. 2 steps up and then 2 steps down to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep narrow stairs to 1 twin bedroom (2ft 6in for children) with beams and sloping ceiling.

    Satellite TV. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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