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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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  • The Olde Cart Lodge

    Castle Hedingham

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: BUT

    Nestling in a rural location on the edge of Castle Hedingham and situated on a working farm, this spacious, renovated, detached cart lodge, adjacent to the owner’s farmhouse, commands far reaching views over a valley towards Hedingham Castle. Guests have their own garden area and use of the owner’s garden and extensive grounds. Castle Hedingham lies in the valley of the River Colne on the ancient road between Colchester, 20 miles, and Cambridge, 30 miles. Places of interest include the Colne Valley Steam Railway and the market town of Sudbury, 7 miles. There is a bus service into Colchester from the bus stop in the village, about a 10-minute walk away, with one bus change en-route. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Ramp to entrance. Spacious beamed open plan living/dining room with French doors, kitchen area and tiled floor. Beamed double bedroom with 5ft four-poster bed, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Single bedroom with additional pull-out bed (for +1) and en-suite wet room with toilet. First floor: Single bedroom.

    • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small enclosed lawned garden with furniture
    • Shared use of owner’s garden and 25-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • Sea Folly

    Brightlingsea

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC472


    Sea Folly is a comfortable three-bedroom terraced house in the seaside town of Brightlingsea. Located just walking distance from the beach, this is a fantastic location to enjoy a coastal holiday with friends and family. Decorated and furnished to a good standard, the property has a spacious garden, dining room and cosy living room. Brightlingsea is a lovely and quaint seaside town with a boating lake, beaches and a lively busy harbour with boat trips available throughout the summer. The beaches are great for children and it really is an excellent location for families. Clacton with its famous pier is just a few miles away. The countryside around Brightlingsea is stunning and the area is perfect for walking and cycling. The town has a number of good pubs, cafes and restaurants, and is known for its three excellent fish and chip shops. It is conveniently located to explore the coast of Essex or, further inland, the county town of Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, with a castle, museums, art gallery, many Roman remains, a good shopping centre, Colchester Zoo and a rail link to London (40 minutes). Mersea Island is nearby, where visitors can sample the locally caught fish and oysters, as well as its sailing and beaches. Beach 150 yards. Shop 10 yards, pub 15 yards and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With Freeview TV/DVD player.
    Dining room: With wooden floor.
    Step to...
    Kitchen: Galley-style with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, freezer and washing machine.
    Bathroom: With corner bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Steep, narrow stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed (¾ double).

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Enclosed, lawned garden. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Conifers

    Maldon

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 25092

    Situated in the pleasant market town of Maldon, this refurbished semi-detached holiday home offers a perfect base for touring Essex. Maldon, featured in several films and TV programmes, is famous for its sea salt, has a charming Victorian promenade park and is the home of the unique annual mud race. There is also barge sailing. Ideal for walkers and cyclists, with golf and sailing available locally. Easy access to London, Southend, Chelmsford and Colchester with its castle and zoo. Other nearby attractions include Marsh Farm, a local vineyard and a brewery. Shops ¼ mile, pub and restaurant ¾mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Laminate floor throughout. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Sea Shell House

    Clacton-on-Sea

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: 30472


    This spacious, detached holiday home lies between lively Clacton-on-Sea, and the peaceful avenues of Holland-on-Sea, approximately 200 yards from the beach, and just a mile from Clacton Pier, with its rides, amusements, go karting and 10 pin bowling. Clacton town centre has numerous pubs, eateries, a cinema and shops. There are two fantastic theatres, hosting a variety of shows with celebrities and musicians throughout the year, and traditional pantomines at Christmas. The pier is the focal point for the annual airshow in August, and has regular firework displays on Sundays throughout the summer and autumn. It also hosts the Christmas day swim, where up to a hundred hardy souls, many in fancy dress, plunge into the sea for charity. It is well worth watching, you need to be very brave to join in! There are four golf courses within 5 miles, fishing is popular from the beaches and the pier, and there are several opportunites for bird watching nearby. You can drive, cycle or walk along the coast to nearby Frinton and Walton with their fantastic beaches and unique charm. Throughout the summer months, you can take a two hour guided boat trip around the backwaters to see many species of sea birds, and a colony of up to 100 grey seals. Further afield, visit Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, with it’s castle and world famous zoo. Local towns such as St Osyth, Brightlingsea and Wivenhoe are all well worth a visit. Constable Country is on your doorstep, with fantastic walks along the river Stour and rowing at Dedham and Flatford. Whether you have had a fun time on the beach or exploring the local area, what better way to end the day than relaxing in the warm bubbles of the hot tub. Shop and restaurant ½ mile, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 42" satellite TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Stable

    Steeple Bumpstead, near Saffron Walden

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W43583

    This delightful semi-detached barn conversion, a former stable, has been lovingly converted to a very good standard and is set in the grounds of the owner’s inn within the pretty village of Steeple Bumpstead. The double bedrooms both have the benefit of a Freeview TV. The Stable is ideally placed to explore the many delights in the area, and is just 10 miles from the bustling town of Saffron Walden with its quaint pubs, restaurants and shops. Holidaymakers can enjoy cycling, bird watching and walking along the many tracks and country paths. The centre of London is just 50 minutes by train for a day’s sightseeing, or visit Duxford Imperial War Museum, Newmarket (famous for its racing and events) and the city of Cambridge with its famous backs and universities. The pretty town of Ely with its waterside pubs, and the magnificent English Heritage property Audley End, which is a venue for many concerts, are all within an easy drive. Shop 1/4 mile, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With wood burner, 42" Freeview TV, DVD player and tiled floor.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and 38" Freeview TV.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Open-tread stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed and 40" Freeview TV.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Large garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture (shared with owner). Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Bay View

    Clacton-on-Sea

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC489


    Boasting sea views from most rooms and a delightful balcony overlooking the beach, Bay View lives up to its name. This 3-storey, semi-detached townhouse, adjacent to the owners home, is located on the coast in Clacton-on-Sea. Just a short walk from Clacton Pier and a stones throw from the town’s award-winning beach, this property offers the perfect seaside holiday location for family and friends. Comprising a living room with dining area and separate kitchen, this is a great property with flexibility and amenities for all the family. A large courtyard garden is great for an evening BBQ, or enjoy relaxing on the balcony overlooking the ocean while taking in all of the sights and sounds the coast has to offer. Nearby facilities include the local pub which is within walking distance, several shops, bars and restaurants.
    There are many walks and cycling routes nearby and plenty of local attractions including beaches, Clacton-on-Sea Golf Course, sea fishing and wind surfing. Further afield, you can explore the historic town of Colchester, take a step back in time and visit the many historic villages in Essex, or visit Constable Country in nearby Suffolk. For a trip to the capital, London is approximately 1½ hours away by train, perfect for a day exploring and enjoying the many attractions London has to offer, including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. Beach 100 yards. Shop and restaurant ½ mile, pub 200 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With bunk bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Living/dining room: With Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Second Floor:
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Large enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Hycliffe

    St Osyth

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 24157

    Hycliffe is a tastefully furnished, single storey detached holiday property with the beach a few yards away and extensive sea views over Point Clear Bay and the bird sanctuary. Known as the sunshine coast, this part of Essex is a hidden gem and Hycliffe is ideally situated to visit the nearby resorts of Frinton, Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton or for exploring nearby Constable Country and the county town of Colchester with its castle, museum and zoo. Ideal for cyclists, walkers and bird watchers, visitors can also take a trip by a foot ferry (seasonal) to Mersea Island and Brightlingsea. Shops 200 yards, pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters (£30per week). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Slopes in grounds and external steps to doors.

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  • Hope House

    Clacton-on-Sea

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: 30042


    This spacious, semi-detached, delightful seaside holiday property is in a fantastic central location. Hope House is unique and has been decorated with a seaside theme in mind and boasts a smart, spacious interior for families and couples. Private parking offers ease and flexibility, and guests also have the use of an enclosed courtyard for an evening BBQ and glass of wine. An ideal holiday base with Clacton Pier just a short stroll away where you will find traditional attractions including bowling, amusements and café. Wander along the seafront promenade to a sandy beach, garden walk and the Pavilion Bowl with bar, restaurant and amusements. A few minutes’ walk takes you to the town centre for an array of shops, bars, restaurants, takeaways, the Princes Theatre, Westcliff Theatre, cinema, leisure centre and more. A short drive will take you to the picturesque village of Great Bentley and then on to Colchester, said to be the oldest recorded town in Britain and fun for all the family at Colchester Zoo. The Lifehouse Spa is also a short drive away at Thorpe-Le-Soken. Beach ½ mile. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With Freeview TV, DVD player and wooden floor.
    Dining room: With laminate floor.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and laminate floor.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Shower room:
    With shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed, pull-out single bed (for child) and laminate floor.
    Bathroom: With bath (no toilet).
    Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Enclosed courtyard sitting-out area with garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. Welcome pack. No smoking. Please note: Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Sea Breeze

    Clacton-on-Sea

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC772

    Sea Breeze is a single-storey detached bungalow, on the coast of Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex. This well-managed property has been decorated and furnished to a good standard. Boasting spacious bedrooms, a comfortable living area and well-equipped kitchen, this is a perfect base for family and friends looking for a destination by the sea. It has sea views from the front of the property and lies just a short stroll to the beach. The large enclosed garden is a great feature for pets and children to enjoy the outdoor space and for adults to cook an alfresco supper. The property is easily accessible with private parking and access for wheelchair users. There are many walks and cycling routes nearby and plenty of local attractions including the award-winning beaches, Clacton-on-Sea Golf Course, sea fishing and wind surfing. The famous Clacton-on-Sea pier hosts several attractions and an array of shops, bars, restaurants and theatre; alternatively you can enjoy a new movie in the cinema. Further afield, guests can explore the historic town of Colchester, the oldest recorded town in Britain. Take a step back in time and visit the historic villages in Essex and Constable Country in nearby Suffolk. For a trip to the capital, London is around 1 hour 20 minutes away by train for a day exploring and enjoying the many attractions London has to offer. Beach 100 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living room:
    With 48" Freeview TV and CD player.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen:
    With electric range, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Sun room.
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Front garden. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. Wheelchair access. No smoking.

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  • Granary Loft

    Wimbish, near Saffron Walden

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E5442

    Set on a working arable farm amidst gloriously peaceful and attractive farmland, these two delightful ground floor and first floor holiday apartments have been converted from the former granary and adjoin the owners’ home. They boast spectacular views across undulating countryside and are ideal for a relaxing break whatever the season. Both properties offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy bird watching, walking and cycling along the many farm tracks. Situated in the little hamlet of Wimbish just 3 miles from the bustling town of Saffron Walden with its quaint pubs, restaurants and shops. Ideally placed to visit the many attractions in the area, just 50 minutes by train to the centre of London for a days sightseeing, Duxford Imperial War Museum, 8 miles, Newmarket famous for its racing, the city of Cambridge with its famous Backs and universities, the pretty town of Ely with its waterside pubs and English Heritage Audley End which is a venue for many concerts are all within an easy drive. Shop and pub under 1 mile.

    Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen area. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Ground source central heating and electricity included (£25per week 2nd October-30th April).

    Both properties: Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Estuary View

    Leigh-on-Sea

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: E5409


    A real gem, this delightful holiday property is set on a hill overlooking the river estuary; its decked balcony makes a perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying sunsets over the river, while the stylish interior offers a high standard of comfort, perfect for a family holiday whatever the season. Only 45 minutes from London by train (0.5 miles from station) and just yards from the old town of Leigh with its cobbled streets, traditional pubs, museums, restaurants serving local seafood and a man made beach. For the more adventurous, a good walk takes you into nearby Southend-on-Sea which offers family fun and an abundance of shops, restaurants and of course its famous pier. Shop and pub 100 yards.

    18 steps down to entrance. Lower ground floor: Utility area. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with wooden floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Gas central heating included (£25per week 2nd October-30th April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Five Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and furniture. Decked balcony. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Farthings

    Colchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: BUA

    Located in the peaceful village of Boxted in the Dedham Vale, Farthings is a single-storey holiday home with valley views from the garden. One of a pair, furnished and equipped to a very high standard, the property has added bonus of a hot tub and detached games room in the garden. Guests also have private use of the owner’s outdoor heated swimming pool (open May to end September), and large enclosed hot tub, as well as use of the owner’s extensive grounds - which have many delightful areas where guests might like to picnic. Guests are also welcome to feed the owners’ Alpacas and sheep. The surrounding area is a delight to explore: there are many footpaths in the village and Flatford Mill, in the heart of Constable Country is 4 miles away. Dedham village is 3 miles, where guests can hire a rowing boat on the River Stour or enjoy walking in the unspoilt countryside. Farthings is also conveniently located for golf at nearby Stoke-by-Nayland (2 miles) whilst keen gardeners may enjoy a visit to Beth Chatto’s Garden, 7 miles. Nearby Colchester, famous for being the oldest town in England, has a castle and museum set in attractive parkland that stretches down to the River Colne, a zoo and an interesting range of shops, restaurants, galleries and pubs. Colchester also has a rail link to London which takes 50 minutes, so visitors can enjoy a day in the busy capital city and then return to the peace and tranquillity of Farthings. For a day by the sea, guests can choose between the sunshine coast of Essex at Frinton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton or the Heritage coastline of nearby Suffolk where the beaches at Felixstowe, Aldeburgh, Southwold or Walberswick can be enjoyed. Pub 2½ miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove, French doors and oak floor. Large, well-equipped kitchen with electric range (for cooking), TV and dining area with oak floor. Utility. Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed; each with TV, oak floor and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with oak floor. Fully-tiled bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full electric central heating (underfloor in bathrooms), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Six TVs (one Satellite)
    • Five DVDs
    • Wii
    • Stereo/CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Electric range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed lawned garden with large paved patio and furniture
    • Gas barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Secure cycle store
    • Outdoor heated swimming pool (32ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6ft 6in, open May-September) with changing facilities and hot tub (in owner’s grounds, 150 yards)
    • Private hot tub
    • External games room with table tennis, pool table, table football, darts and TV/DVD
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No smoking

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