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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
    Just 200 yards from the beach this spacious property with a hot tub is great for families exploring the Essex coast.
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    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...

  • 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 balcony makes a perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying sunsets
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    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...

  • 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
    The perfect family base for a traditional seaside holiday, with the beach just 20 yards and Clacton’s amenities nearby.
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    Located opposite the beach, Lily Lodge provides the perfect setting for a traditional seaside holiday. This detached house is well-furnished and has a large, sunny, fully-paved rear courtyard as well as a lawned garden to the front. The two first floor bedrooms have French doors onto the balcony providing far reaching views out to sea. The sandy beach is directly opposite the house, also close by is the Haven Country Park and sailing club. The area is excellent for bird watchers,...

  • Colchester, Essex
    Colchester, Essex×

    Farthings

    Colchester, Essex

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    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Set in a peaceful Dedham Vale, this holiday home with valley views from the garden offer comfort and relaxation for all.
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    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...

  • Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex
    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex×

    Old Applecroft Farmhouse

    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex

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    Ref: UKC1462
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Old Applecroft is situated within 7 acres of grounds, close to the Stour Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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    Old Applecroft Farmhouse is a delightfully, detached listed building and is accessed via a private track. Farmhouse style throughout it has the added feature of a large conservatory/games room (pool and table tennis) offering 180 degree views of the surrounding 7 acres of grounds. It is set over a large area and includes a separate wing with a further living/games room. Each booking will receive a welcome gift on arrival. For a large family, perfect for weekends away with close proximity...

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

    Sandy Ridge

    Holland-on-Sea, Essex

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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
    Opposite the beach at Holland-on-Sea, with its own splendid private outdoor swimming pool and hot tub.
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    Sandy Ridge at Holland-on-Sea is a detached, well-furnished, spacious holiday house, located in a quiet road opposite the beach. A perfect setting for a family holiday by the sea. With its own splendid private outdoor swimming pool and hot tub (available from 1st May 2017), which is surrounded by a patio with garden area giving it a Mediterranean feel on warm summer evenings as the sun sets in the west. There is also a large landscaped lawned garden at the far end of the pool to take...

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

    The Beach House

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

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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
    Boasting fantastic sea views from the balcony, The Beach House is ideal for a holiday for families or groups of friends
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    The Beach House is set on the coast of Clacton-on-Sea, boasting fantastic sea views making this seaside property the perfect coastal break for families and groups of friends. The property has been decorated and furnished to a good standard, catering for all ages, with a downstairs bedroom and bathroom available. Situated over three floors, the views from the living room balcony are perfect for a warm evening, overlooking the English Channel. The Beach House has 4 bedrooms with a mixture...

  • 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 - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Discover Essex and its beaches, Constable Country and pretty Suffolk villages, all within easy reach.
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    Dovercourt is a very old town listed within the Domesday Book of 1086, though the nearby historic port of Harwich is better known. Dovercourt Hall is a timber framed building with a wealth of exposed beams and an inglenook fireplace. The property was built around 1600, and is a Grade II listed building with further additions later in the 17th century. Originally built as a farmhouse, the surrounding land was farmed until the 1950s, and is now set in an acre of grounds with a...

  • 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
    This well-presented holiday home provides guests with a relaxing base, with the beach literally on the doorstep.
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    Amelie Bay is situated in a fantastic location overlooking the River Colne to East Mersea. This family friendly property is yards away from the beach, which offers a private beach area that is looked after by the owners. The property boasts stunning river views from the living room and a beautiful decked area that makes this a perfect place to sit on a summers evening and enjoy the sunset. Amelie Bay also featured on the popular Channel 4 TV show ‘Gogglebox’, home to one of...

  • Castle Hedingham, Essex
    Castle Hedingham, Essex×

    Four Winds Cottages - Diablo

    Castle Hedingham, Essex

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    Ref: W43233
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Within this ancient village, this lovely holiday home boasts far reaching views over the countryside.
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    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...

  • 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
    Boasting an open fire and games room, and within walking distance to the beach - just perfect for families and groups of friends.
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    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...

  • 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
    Nestled in glorious grounds with a games room is this large, Grade II* listed elegant property. Ideal for celebrations and get-togethers.
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    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...

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