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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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  • Brightlingsea, Essex
    Brightlingsea, Essex×

    Sea Folly

    Brightlingsea, Essex

    Brightlingsea, Essex

    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC472
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Centrally located in the seaside town of Brighltingsea, this holiday property is a great base for discovering all that Essex has to offer. Centrally located in the seaside town of Brighltingsea, this holiday property is a great base for discovering all that Essex has to offer.
    Prices from
    8.3 8 reviews
    8.3 8 reviews

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  • Castle Hedingham, Essex
    Castle Hedingham, Essex×

    The Olde Cart Lodge

    Castle Hedingham, Essex

    Castle Hedingham, Essex

    5
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: BUT
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Within a rural location, this lodge lies on a working farm with commanding views reaching far down a valley. Within a rural location, this lodge lies on a working farm with commanding views reaching far down a valley.
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    9.4 12 reviews
    9.4 12 reviews

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

    Bay View

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

    6
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: UKC489
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    Relax on the balcony overlooking the sea from this lovely townhouse, perfect for exploring historic Essex or even a day trip to London. Relax on the balcony overlooking the sea from this lovely townhouse, perfect for exploring historic Essex or even a day trip to London.
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    9.4 8 reviews
    9.4 8 reviews

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  • Maldon, Essex
    Maldon, Essex×

    Conifers

    Maldon, Essex

    Maldon, Essex

    6
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: 25092
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Within the pleasant market town of Maldon, this holiday home offers a perfect base for touring the delights of Essex. Within the pleasant market town of Maldon, this holiday home offers a perfect base for touring the delights of Essex.
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    9 6 reviews
    9 6 reviews

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  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×

    Hycliffe

    St Osyth, Essex

    St Osyth, Essex

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 24157
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Enjoy the beach, just a few yards away from this delightful property featuring brilliant sea views over Point Clear Bay. Enjoy the beach, just a few yards away from this delightful property featuring brilliant sea views over Point Clear Bay.
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    9.8 9 reviews
    9.8 9 reviews

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

    Sea Shell House

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

    6
    4
    1
    2
    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. 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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    9.5 14 reviews
    9.5 14 reviews

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

    Sea Breeze

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC772
    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 - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Boasting sea views from the front of the property, Sea Breeze is in an idyllic destination for accessing all the local amenities. Boasting sea views from the front of the property, Sea Breeze is in an idyllic destination for accessing all the local amenities.
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    9 5 reviews
    9 5 reviews

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  • Steeple Bumpstead, near Saffron Walden, Essex
    Steeple Bumpstead, near Saffron Walden, Essex×

    The Stable

    Steeple Bumpstead, near Saffron Walden, Essex

    Steeple Bumpstead, near Saffron Walden, Essex

    6
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: W43583
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Ely and impressive Audley End are within easy reach of this charming stable conversion which lies in the pretty village of Steeple Bumpstead. Ely and impressive Audley End are within easy reach of this charming stable conversion which lies in the pretty village of Steeple Bumpstead.
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    8.7 6 reviews
    8.7 6 reviews

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

    Estuary View

    Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

    Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

    7
    4
    2
    0
    Ref: E5409
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Near enough to visit London yet far enough away to watch the sun go down over the estuary as you relax on Estuary View’s decked balcony. Near enough to visit London yet far enough away to watch the sun go down over the estuary as you relax on Estuary View’s decked balcony.
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    9.1 8 reviews
    9.1 8 reviews

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

    Dovercourt Hall Cottage

    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex

    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex

    8
    4
    3
    2
    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. Discover Essex and its beaches, Constable Country and pretty Suffolk villages, all within easy reach.
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    9.2 20 reviews
    9.2 20 reviews

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

    Lily Lodge

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

    8
    4
    2
    0
    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. The perfect family base for a traditional seaside holiday, with the beach just 20 yards and Clacton’s amenities nearby.
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    10 1 reviews
    10 1 reviews

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  • Castle Hedingham, Essex
    Castle Hedingham, Essex×

    Four Winds Cottages - Chinook

    Castle Hedingham, Essex

    Castle Hedingham, Essex

    8
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: W43379
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Enjoy landscaped grounds and shared use of three games rooms during your stay at Chinook meaning there’s plenty to entertain the whole family whatever the weather. Enjoy landscaped grounds and shared use of three games rooms during your stay at Chinook meaning there’s plenty to entertain the whole family whatever the weather.
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    7.9 12 reviews
    7.9 12 reviews

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    Four Winds Cottages - Diablo
    10
    5
    5

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