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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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  • Four Winds Cottages - Diablo

    Castle Hedingham

    Grade
    10
    5
    3
    2
    Ref: W43233

    In a rural location on the edge of the ancient village of Castle Hedingham, these two detached, single-storey holiday homes, set in the owners’ 10 acres of grounds, have far-reaching views over open countryside. The accommodation is well-presented and has the added benefit of a heated indoor swimming pool - the pool is shared between the two cottages (refs W43379 and W43233) and both are allocated 3 hours of private use per day (one hour in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening - the rest of the time is shared use). There is also a large fully equipped barbecue area which can be hired. Castle Hedingham lies in the valley of the River Colne on the ancient road between Colchester (20 miles west) and Cambridge (30 miles east); it still retains many beautiful timber-framed, medieval and Tudor buildings including Hedingham Castle (a Norman castle, the ancestral seat of the Earls of Oxford). The area is ideal for walking or cycling. Nearby places of interest include the Colne Valley steam railway, Sudbury and Saffron Walden. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Single step to entrance: All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 2 twin. Shower room with toilet. Wet room with toilet.

    Freeview TV.

    Both properties: Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi (in games rooms). Shared landscaped 10-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue (at cost, by arrangement with owner). Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8m x 3.5m, depth 1.2m) with changing room, open 9am to 10pm all year (3 hours’ private use per day). Shared games room with ¾-size pool table and table tennis. Second shared games room with pool table and air hockey. Third shared games. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps in grounds.

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  • The Moorings

    Harwich

    Grade
    10
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: BWM


    Overlooking the North Sea with stunning views from most rooms, this unique detached property is the perfect seaside holiday home. An extremely spacious house, it provides the ideal base for any family or group of friends. The Moorings has been restored to a very good standard enhancing its many original features. On entering the property, guests are greeted by the grand entrance hall and sweeping staircase with stained glass windows. It boasts 5 bedrooms which comfortably sleep up to 10 people, and a spacious living room which has large panoramic windows overlooking the water and an open log fire for cosy nights in. A large games room for the young (and the young at heart!) has a table tennis table, piano, Playstation 3, TV, books, board games and much more. The large dining room has French doors which open onto the patio and lead into the enclosed, lawned and courtyard garden, just perfect for a summer evening barbecue and a glass of wine from the wine cooler in the kitchen. With historic Harwich and Dovercourt on your doorstep, there is plenty to see and do. Dovercourt Bay’s award-winning beach is just across the road, and Dovercourt town centre is only 100 yards away, with a mixture of local and national stores. Along the seafront, find cafés, a boating lake, tennis courts, putting and croquet, roller skating, a small amusement arcade and a sports centre with an indoor pool. Neighbouring ‘old’ Harwich is full of history, with the Redoubt Fort and maritime museums open all year round. It is also home to the Mayflower Project, where visitors can see the building of an exact replica of the famous ship that took the pilgrims to America almost 400 years ago. From Harwich Ha’penny Pier, catch the foot ferry over to Shotley Marina or the Edwardian seaside town of Felixstowe, getting a close up view of the huge container vessels that berth at the docks. Travel a little further afield, by car, bus or train, to Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, with its castle and internationally recognised zoo. Constable Country is on the doorstep, with fantastic walks along the River Stour, and rowing from Dedham and Flatford. Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze, three uniquely different seaside towns, are all within 15 miles. From Walton, take a guided, two hour trip around the ’backwaters’ to see, not only a number of different rare seabirds, but also a large colony of grey seals. Harwich Golf Club is just 2 miles away, and Clacton and Frinton each have two courses. There are a number of pubs and restaurants within walking distance. This unique property and special coastal location will be sure to create fantastic holiday memories for you, your family and your friends. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Spacious living room with open fire and sea views. Large dining room with wooden floor and French doors to garden. Galley-style kitchen. Games room. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed, one with balcony, one with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Twin bedroom with TV. Bunk bedroom. Two shower rooms, each with toilet. All bedrooms with sea views.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • 42" satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small enclosed courtyard garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Games room with Playstation 3, table tennis, piano, TV and board games
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: 5 steps to garden

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  • Butlers Farm

    Saffron Walden

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: BTA

    Set at the end of a pretty country lane, this large detached Grade II listed farmhouse dating back to 1610 is perfect for a family holiday, celebration or get together with friends. Steeped in character with beams and an inglenook fireplace in the living room, it is set in 4 acres of delightful grounds with an outdoor heated swimming pool. The holiday property has fantastic views over open countryside, with an enjoyable 15-minute walk across fields to the pub but is only a few miles from the charming market town of Saffron Walden. Saffron Walden is one of England’s finest towns packed with half timbered medieval buildings and has a wide selection of shops, restaurants, galleries and a museum. Butlers Farm is ideally situated to explore Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Within easy reach is Cambridge (14 miles), famous for its colleges, museums, botanic gardens and art galleries. Visitors can try their hand at punting along the River Cam. Newmarket is 17 miles for a day at the races and Duxford Imperial War Museum is 8 miles. Other local places of interest include Audley End House, gardens and miniature railway, Mountfitchet Castle, Linton Zoo, Wimpole Hall and Anglesey Abbey. Shops 2 miles.

    Large beamed living room with open fire in large inglenook fireplace and French doors. Kitchen/dining room with Aga (for cooking) and doors leading to conservatory. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate walk-in shower and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Open fire - no fuel provided
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full oil central heating included (January-March £300 per week)
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • 4-acre garden with terrace and furniture
    • Parking (for 5 cars)
    • Private, outdoor, heated swimming pool (40ft x 20ft, depth range 3ft-8ft) £150 per week, open end May bank hol until end August, with changing facilities
    • No smoking
    • Couples and family bookings only
    • NB: Fenced pond in garden

    Note: Maximum occupancy 10 guests (includes use of cot)

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  • Eldred House

    Layer-de-la-Haye, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    16
    8
    2
    6
    Ref: BWP

    Eldred House is a glorious, Grade II* listed Georgian property located on the edge of Colchester. The oldest part of this beautiful property is believed to date from the 15th century. Surrounded by 52 acres of private woodland and landscaped gardens, the grounds host an abundance of wildlife along with two ponds and a large lake. Featured in the magazine Country Life and Gardeners Illustrated in 2012, the grounds are a big feature to this property, and are maintained by several gardeners throughout the year. The approach to Eldred House is through a secluded woodland road leading to a stunning view of the property, onto a sweeping gravelled drive, accommodating plenty of parking.
    Decorated and furnished to an excellent standard throughout, guests have a choice of 8 spacious bedrooms including a top floor apartment-style room with a kitchenette and seating area. It boasts a delightful entrance hall which leads to the elegant drawing room with shuttered sash windows and views over the grounds and landscaped gardens. There are several open fireplaces within the property for that warm cosy feel in the winter. The kitchen is spacious and well-equipped with an Aga and contemporary fixtures. This is the perfect hub for any large family or groups of friends who wish to celebrate and enjoy a country getaway. Renovations to this property mean that the quality is to a fantastic standard, however still in keeping with the character and charm that guests desire. The combination of outstanding beauty, fantastic location and quality accommodation makes Eldred House the perfect location that guests will never forget.

    Local attractions include Colchester Castle and Colchester Zoo, with its fantastic range of animals including leopards, elephants, tigers and much more. The local town of Colchester is just a short drive away and is the oldest recorded town in Britain, with an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants. Shop and restaurant 4½ miles, pub 2 miles.

    Entrance hall with seating area and open fire. Large, spacious drawing room with open fire, French doors and wooden floor. TV room with Sky TV, table football, table tennis, games console and open fire. Spacious dining room. Large kitchen with wooden floor and Aga (for cooking). Large boot room. Laundry room. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Further two double bedrooms; one with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin), one with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin) and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Attic with seating area, kitchenette and low ceiling.

    • Open fires - fuel included
    • Electricity, biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Three smart TVs (one Satellite)
    • Blu-ray
    • X-box One
    • Bluetooth speaker
    • Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • 52-acre grounds
    • Gas barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Games room with table football, table tennis and games console
    • Gym with cross trainer and rowing machine
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Lake and two ponds in garden (no fishing), 11 yards

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