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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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41 cottages are available
  • Rowhedge, nr. Colchester×

    Sailmaker’s Cottage

    Rowhedge, nr. Colchester

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    Ref: 28802
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Washing Machine

    Furnished with antiques, this charming, Grade II listed, terraced holiday cottage has a private courtyard to the rear....

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  • West Mersea×

    Coast Cottage

    West Mersea

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    Ref: 29215
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Washing Machine - Coast within 5 miles - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed - Coast within 3 miles

    Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, located on the estuary of the rivers Blackwater and...

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  • Wickham St Paul×

    Pippins

    Wickham St Paul

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    Ref: 29624
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - Rural Location


    Pippins is a charming, semi-detached holiday property, adjacent to the owner’s home, located on a...

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  • Sible Hedingham, near Halstead×

    The Croft

    Sible Hedingham, near Halstead

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    Ref: 28243
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue

    This detached, thatched, Grade II listed holiday cottage dating back to the 15th century has exposed beams and an...

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  • Coggeshall, near Braintree×

    Tatters Barn

    Coggeshall, near Braintree

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    Ref: UKC690
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Luxury Property - Detached Property - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed - Rural Location


    Nestled on the owner’s working farm, Tatters Barn is a beautifully presented, detached barn conversion,...

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  • Manningtree×

    Beaches

    Manningtree

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    Ref: UKC1128
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Coast within 5 miles - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed - Coast within 3 miles

    Beaches is a single-storey holiday property, which is in a separate, self-contained, part of the owner’s...

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  • West Mersea, Mersea Island×

    Island Cottage

    West Mersea, Mersea Island

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    Ref: E4852
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Washing Machine - Coast within 5 miles - Coast within 3 miles

    This gorgeous cottage is just a few yards from the beach and sea for a beach walk or swim in the summer. From the...

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  • Brightlingsea×

    The Crow’s Nest

    Brightlingsea

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    Ref: 29314
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View - Washing Machine - Coast within 5 miles - No Pets Allowed - Coast within 3 miles

    Located above the Colne Yacht Club, the Crow’s Nest provides spectacular views across the Colne Estuary and out...

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  • Colchester×

    Crofters Rest

    Colchester

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    Ref: W43219
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed


    Crofters Rest is a delightful Victorian terraced holiday cottage located in a quiet road, has a fully enclosed...

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  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock×

    Saffron Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock

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    Ref: E5300
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Washing Machine - Rural Location

    Set in a wonderful location on the edge of Langdon Hills Country Park and Nature Reserve, ideal for cycling and...

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  • Alphamstone, near Bures×

    The Showmans Wagon

    Alphamstone, near Bures

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    Ref: W42097
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed - Rural Location

    Very quiet and peaceful

    Come and live like a fairground showman in this unique holiday accommodation, set in...

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  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock×

    Rosemary Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock

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    Ref: E5299
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Dishwasher - Rural Location

    Set in a wonderful location on the edge of Langdon Hills Country Park and Nature Reserve, ideal for cycling and...

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