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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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12 cottages are available
  • Clacton-on-Sea×

    Sea Shell House

    Clacton-on-Sea

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    Ref: 30472
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Coast within 5 miles - Barbecue - Coast within 3 miles


    This spacious, detached holiday home lies between lively Clacton-on-Sea, and the peaceful avenues of...

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  • Leigh-on-Sea×

    Estuary View

    Leigh-on-Sea

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    Ref: E5409
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue


    A real gem, this delightful holiday property is set on a hill overlooking the river estuary; its decked...

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  • Clacton-on-Sea×

    The Beach House

    Clacton-on-Sea

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    Ref: W44099
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Ground Floor Facilities - Coast within 5 miles - Coast within 3 miles

    The Beach House is set on the coast of Clacton-on-Sea, boasting fantastic sea views making this seaside property...

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  • Dovercourt, near Harwich×

    Dovercourt Hall Cottage

    Dovercourt, near Harwich

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    Ref: BWO
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Coast within 5 miles - Barbecue - Coast within 3 miles


    Dovercourt is a very old town listed within the Domesday Book of 1086, though the nearby historic port of Harwich...

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  • Point Clear, near Clacton-on-Sea×

    Amelie Bay

    Point Clear, near Clacton-on-Sea

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    Ref: UKC943
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Ground Floor Facilities - Coast within 5 miles - Coast within 3 miles

    Amelie Bay is situated in a fantastic location overlooking the River Colne to East Mersea. This family friendly...

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  • Colchester×

    Farthings

    Colchester

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    Ref: BUA
    Key Features:
    - Swimmingpool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Luxury Property - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Outdoor Swimming Pool - Ground Floor Facilities - Barbecue

    Located in the peaceful village of Boxted in the Dedham Vale, Farthings is a single-storey holiday home with valley...

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  • Clacton-on-Sea×

    Lily Lodge

    Clacton-on-Sea

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    Ref: 29724
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Coast within 5 miles - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed - Coast within 3 miles

    Located opposite the beach, Lily Lodge provides the perfect setting for a traditional seaside holiday. This detached...

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  • Holland-on-Sea×

    Sandy Ridge

    Holland-on-Sea

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    Ref: 29127
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimmingpool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Private Swimming Pool - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Outdoor Swimming Pool - Coast within 5 miles - No Pets Allowed - Coast within 3 miles


    Sandy Ridge at Holland-on-Sea is a detached, well-furnished, spacious holiday house, located in a quiet...

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  • Saffron Walden×

    Butlers Farm

    Saffron Walden

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    Ref: BTA
    Key Features:
    - Swimmingpool - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Outdoor Swimming Pool - No Pets Allowed - Rural Location

    Set at the end of a pretty country lane, this large detached Grade II listed farmhouse dating back to 1610 is perfect...

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  • Harwich×

    The Moorings

    Harwich

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    Ref: BWM
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Coast within 5 miles - Barbecue - Coast within 3 miles


    Overlooking the North Sea with stunning views from most rooms, this unique detached property is the perfect...

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  • Castle Hedingham×
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    Ref: W43233
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimmingpool - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Indoor Swimming Pool - Barbecue - Rural Location

    In a rural location on the edge of the ancient village of Castle Hedingham, these two detached, single-storey...

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  • Layer-de-la-Haye, near Colchester×

    Eldred House

    Layer-de-la-Haye, near Colchester

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    Ref: BWP
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Luxury Property - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - Rural Location

    Eldred House is a glorious, Grade II* listed Georgian property located on the edge of Colchester. The oldest part of...

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