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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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  • The Orchard & Old Bakery - The Old Bakery

    Langham, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 30315

    Set in 2½-acre grounds with abundant wildlife


    Enjoy a relaxing, rural holiday surrounded by 2½ acres of landscaped and natural gardens in one of these two properties which offer a fantastic location for a romantic getaway. With plenty of wildlife to spot, and beehives at the end of the garden, you can wander around the apple orchards or relax on your own private decking area, making this an ideal place for a countryside break. Converted from an old bakery and adjacent to the owners’ home, but very secluded, the cottages (refs 30314 and 30315) still boast original wooden beams, and have been decorated and finished to a very good standard. Langham is about half way between Colchester and Ipswich, close to the A12 which gives easy transport links for exploring the local area. The northern boundary of Langham is also the boundary between Essex and Suffolk. The famous Constable Country is 3 miles away with Flatford Mill and Dedham Vale, and historic Colchester is close by, famous for its cobbled streets, castle and zoo, and has a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Also within reach are Ipswich, Chelmsford, Orford, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe, or enjoy the beach at Clacton-on-Sea. Travel a bit further afield and you can explore the myriad attractions of London. Shop and pub within 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room French doors and beams. Kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Combi microwave/oven/grill.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2½-acre garden and orchard. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Lavender Cottage

    Langdon Hills, nr. Thurrock

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: E5298

    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 beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with beams. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. Mezzanine: 1 double bed with beams, sloping ceilings and wooden floor.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Satellite TV. Washing machine.

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

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  • The Barn

    Newport, nr. Saffron Walden

    Grade
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    Ref: 30037


    Nestling within the owner’s pretty garden, The Barn has been sympathetically converted to offer comfortable holiday accommodation and is just a short drive from Cambridge. There is so much to explore in the local area, including the Imperial War Museum Duxford, where you can lose yourself wandering under and around some of the most iconic aircraft in the world and get hands-on with their award-winning interactive exhibitions. The museum is home to an impressive collection of over two hundred aircraft, as well as tanks, military vehicles and boats, so true enthusiasts will find that one day really just isn’t enough. The university city of Cambridge is not only picturesque but also offers many attractions. Opened to the public in 1846, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden develops and displays over 8,000 different plant species in 40 acres of beautiful landscapes. In addition, there are numerous museums including The Museum For Computing History, The University Museum of Zoology, The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the famous Fitzwilliam Museum and The Museum of Cambridge. Of course, there are also historic universities to be explored, many organised tours, punting on the River Cam and numerous shops, restaurants and cafés. For those wishing to leave their car behind, a train directly from the village of Newport will deliver you to Cambridge station in less than half an hour. Plus, you can travel from the same station directly into London Liverpool Street in around an hour, so you can enjoy a spot of sightseeing in the nation’s capital city. Also close by is the medieval market town of Saffron Walden, 3 miles, which was once the location of Oliver Cromwell’s army headquarters, and where you can enjoy Bridge End Gardens and numerous shopping and eating opportunities. Add in a visit to Audley End House and Gardens, and Anglesey Abbey, and you’ll be really spoilt for choice. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Wi-fi. Gas cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Use of owners’ freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Stokers Loft

    West Mersea, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    2
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    1
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    Ref: BRY

    Located in West Mersea just 20 yards from the sea, this delightfully converted property offers fantastic views from its upstairs living area. Stokers Loft is the ideal holiday location for sailing enthusiasts, the public hard for dinghies is just a few yards from the property. It is also conveniently situated for two renowned fish restaurants (the Company Shed and the Oyster Bar), local shops and pubs. Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK and is reached by crossing the Strood causeway (liable to be cut off for short periods during high/spring tides). Only 9 miles from Colchester with its famous castle and zoo, Mersea is also conveniently located for exploring Dedham Vale, Stour Valley and Constable country. A superb location for walking, bird-watching, swimming and cycling, Mersea boasts a beach of sand and shingle. A country club with golf and health club is a short drive away. Shop 75 yards, pubs 250 yards.

    Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Beamed open-plan living room with double futon bed (for alternative sleeping only)/dining room with Velux windows, wooden floor and compact beamed galley-style kitchen.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • No garden
    • On road parking

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  • The Retreat - The Barn

    Little Maplestead, nr. Halstead

    Grade
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    Ref: W43934

    The Retreat hosts 2 quaint and comfortable, detached holiday properties, The Barn (ref W43934) and The Lodge (W43933). These properties have been decorated and furnished to a very good standard comprising character with a contemporary feel. The Barn is a charming, renovated ground floor barn conversion which sleeps up to two people, and has an open-plan kitchen and living room with vaulted ceiling, making the interior light and airy. The Lodge also has one bedroom with a lovely atmosphere, all on ground level it sleeps up to two people, has a king size bed and a separate kitchen, as well as a dining room with a vaulted ceiling and adjoining living room. The Retreat is located in the village of Little Maplestead on the borders of Essex and Suffolk. Within easy reach are Chelmsford, Colchester and Stansted airport. The coastal towns of Frinton, Walton and Clacton and the Suffolk Heritage Coast are within one hour’s drive. Local attractions include Constable Country and the Dedham Vale. Historic towns include Lavenham with its unique buildings and architecture, Long Melford, Coggeshall, Cavendish and Castle Hedingham, the famous Crusader Round Church and the Colne Valley Railway. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with vaulted ceiling and wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Air conditioning (by coin meter). Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Shared use of freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Walnut Cottage

    Takeley, nr. Bishops Stortford

    Grade
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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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  • Lake House Cottage

    Finchingfield, nr. Braintree

    Grade
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    Ref: 29883

    Lake House Cottage is a quaint, thatched, semi-detached cottage with original beams and so much charm. Set on almost 2 acres of the owner’s grounds and surrounded by picturesque landscape, the highlight to this holiday property is the private carp fishing lake (use included, but bring own equipment), where you can spend a relaxing day. Enjoy lovely walks and bird watching surrounded by ducks, horses and plenty of wildlife. Visit the village of Finchingfield, reputed to be the prettiest village in Essex, for afternoon tea or the nearby historic towns of Colchester, Saffron Walden, Chelmsford or Sudbury. The area is renowned for its outstanding beauty and is frequented by walkers and cyclists alike. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with dining area and beams/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of washing machine on request. Freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Carp lake in grounds, 200 yards.

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  • The Glass Room

    Ardleigh Heath, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: BVW

    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 of shops, as well as a zoo and castle. The peaceful Stour Estuary, Maningtree, and Mistley are a 6-minute drive, whilst London is less than an hour away by train. An excellent location to explore all the delights of both Essex and Suffolk. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Large living/dining room with kitchen area and French doors. First floor: Double bedroom with
    6ft bed, floor-to-ceiling window and vaulted ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine (in owner’s utility, by arrangement)
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Woodlands Cottages - Woodlands

    Elsenham, nr. Bishop’s Stortford

    Grade
    2
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    2
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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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  • Woodlands Cottages - Evie Rose Cottage

    Elsenham, nr. Bishop’s Stortford

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 30833

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with dining area, breakfast area, French doors, beams and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Cot and high chair on request. CD. Washing machine. Dishwasher.

    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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  • Bee Cottage

    Langdon Hills, nr. Thurrock

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E5574

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed/dining room. Steps down to kitchen. Steps down to bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Freesat TV. Washing machine.

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

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  • The Orchard & Old Bakery - The Orchard

    Langham, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30314

    Set in 2½-acre grounds with abundant wildlife


    Enjoy a relaxing, rural holiday surrounded by 2½ acres of landscaped and natural gardens in one of these two properties which offer a fantastic location for a romantic getaway. With plenty of wildlife to spot, and beehives at the end of the garden, you can wander around the apple orchards or relax on your own private decking area, making this an ideal place for a countryside break. Converted from an old bakery and adjacent to the owners’ home, but very secluded, the cottages (refs 30314 and 30315) still boast original wooden beams, and have been decorated and finished to a very good standard. Langham is about half way between Colchester and Ipswich, close to the A12 which gives easy transport links for exploring the local area. The northern boundary of Langham is also the boundary between Essex and Suffolk. The famous Constable Country is 3 miles away with Flatford Mill and Dedham Vale, and historic Colchester is close by, famous for its cobbled streets, castle and zoo, and has a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Also within reach are Ipswich, Chelmsford, Orford, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe, or enjoy the beach at Clacton-on-Sea. Travel a bit further afield and you can explore the myriad attractions of London. Shop and pub within 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen. 1 four poster double bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Microwave.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2½-acre garden and orchard. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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