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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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  • Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex×

    Sea Shell House

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

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    Ref: 30472
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio


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

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  • Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
    Leigh-on-Sea, Essex×

    Estuary View

    Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

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


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

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  • Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex
    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex×

    Dovercourt Hall Cottage

    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex

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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 - Open Fire - Baby and Toddler Friendly


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

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  • Colchester, Essex
    Colchester, Essex×

    Farthings

    Colchester, Essex

    8
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    Ref: BUA
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove

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

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  • Holland-on-Sea, Essex
    Holland-on-Sea, Essex×

    Sandy Ridge

    Holland-on-Sea, Essex

    8
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    Ref: 29127
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View


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

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  • Point Clear, near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Point Clear, near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex×

    Amelie Bay

    Point Clear, near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

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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 - Ground Floor Facilities

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

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  • Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex×

    The Beach House

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

    8
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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 - Ground Floor Facilities

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

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  • Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex×

    Lily Lodge

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

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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

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

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  • Harwich, Essex
    Harwich, Essex×

    The Moorings

    Harwich, Essex

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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 - Open Fire


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

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  • Castle Hedingham, Essex
    Castle Hedingham, Essex×

    Four Winds Cottages - Diablo

    Castle Hedingham, Essex

    10
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    Ref: W43233
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - 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, Essex
    Layer-de-la-Haye, near Colchester, Essex×

    Eldred House

    Layer-de-la-Haye, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: BWP
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire

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

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