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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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  • The Orchard & Old Bakery - The Orchard

    Langham, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 30314

    Set in 2½-acre grounds with abundant wildlife


    Enjoy a relaxing, rural holiday surrounded by 2½ acres of landscaped and natural gardens in one of these two properties which offer a fantastic location for a romantic getaway. With plenty of wildlife to spot, and beehives at the end of the garden, you can wander around the apple orchards or relax on your own private decking area, making this an ideal place for a countryside break. Converted from an old bakery and adjacent to the owners’ home, but very secluded, the cottages (refs 30314 and 30315) still boast original wooden beams, and have been decorated and finished to a very good standard. Langham is about half way between Colchester and Ipswich, close to the A12 which gives easy transport links for exploring the local area. The northern boundary of Langham is also the boundary between Essex and Suffolk. The famous Constable Country is 3 miles away with Flatford Mill and Dedham Vale, and historic Colchester is close by, famous for its cobbled streets, castle and zoo, and has a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Also within reach are Ipswich, Chelmsford, Orford, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe, or enjoy the beach at Clacton-on-Sea. Travel a bit further afield and you can explore the myriad attractions of London. Shop and pub within 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen. 1 four poster double bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Microwave.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2½-acre garden and orchard. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Walnut Cottage

    Takeley, nr. Bishops Stortford

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 28643

    Dating back to 1897, Walnut Cottage has been lovingly restored to provide a cosy holiday retreat. An ideal base to explore the delights of Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Set in a quiet location adjoining the owner’s home, the nearby village of Takeley has a couple of gastro pub/restaurants and a village PO. Just a few minutes’ drive from the M11 and Stansted Airport which has convenient rail links to London (45 minutes), and Cambridge. There are many delightful places nearby to visit including Hatfield Forest (a NT country park). Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor. Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and oak floor. 1 double bedroom with oak floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Goat House

    Little Bentley, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    3
    1
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    Ref: E5433

    A perfect spot in which to unwind and relax whatever the season, yet only 8 miles from the bustling resorts of Clacton and Frinton-on-Sea. This pretty holiday property, a former goat house, adjoins the owners’ manor house and is surrounded by delightful gardens and countryside. Perfectly situated to explore the many delights the area has to offer, including Constable Country with the famous Flatford Mill just 6 miles. The wonderful coastline of the Suffolk Heritage Coast offering quaint villages and seaside resorts, delightful Mersea Island famous for its seafood and oyster restaurants and bars, the historic town of Colchester with its famous zoo and castle, and the Tiptree jam factory, a must for afternoon tea, are all within an easy drive. Shop 2 miles, pub 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom with additional single. Wet room with toilet.

    NSH included (£20per week 2nd October-30th April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1

    Birch, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 31049

    Located in the quaint village of Birch, these semi-detached, cosy cottages (refs 31049 and 31050) have been built with the purpose of a holiday home in mind. Adjacent to the owner’s home, both properties comfortably sleep 2 guests with the option of extra guests with the sofa bed in the living space. Woodburners give a warm and welcoming feel to the cottages which have a contemporary theme throughout, with TV/DVDs and digital safe in the bedrooms. It is a good base for exploring Essex and Suffolk, birdwatching on the nearby nature reserves, sea angling from Mersea Island, or just enjoying the local beaches and countryside. Close to Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town with a castle, museums, art gallery, many Roman remains, a good shopping centre, Colchester Zoo and a mainline rail link to London (40 minutes). Mersea Island is 8 miles away for its locally caught fish and oysters, as well as its sailing and beaches. Within easy driving distance are the popular sightseeing destinations of Flatford Mill, Lavenham, Finchingfield and Kersey. Shop 4 miles, real ale pub serving food 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/kitchen with dining area and wooden floors. First floor: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Coast Cottage

    West Mersea

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: 29215

    Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, located on the estuary of the rivers Blackwater and Colne, it is reached by crossing the Strood causeway (liable to be cut off for short periods during high/spring tides). Located in West Mersea next to the church and just a 250 yards from the sea, this cosy, Victorian, semi-detached cottage is the perfect place for a romantic holiday break. A superb location for walking, bird watching, swimming and cycling, Mersea boasts a sandy/shingle beach. Cudmore Grove Country Park with its adjoining beach is great for relaxing walks in its own vineyard. A country club with a health club and golf is a short drive away. Only 9 miles from the county town of Colchester, with its famous castle and zoo. Mersea is also conveniently located for exploring Dedham Vale, the Stour Valley and Constable country. Shop and restaurant 20 yards, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Public car park 100 yards (£2.50 per day). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Step in garden.

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  • The Lookout

    Brightlingsea

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: 23855

    Located in the prestigious waterside marina, The Lookout provides panoramic views across the Colne Estuary and out to sea. This contemporary, spacious, second floor holiday apartment, with lift access, is well-furnished and equipped to a very good standard with French doors on to a balcony where guests can experience an ever changing horizon. Part of the historic Brightlingsea yachting harbour with nearby beach, sailing, birdwatching, fishing, outdoor swimming pool and local ferry to explore the charming Mersea Island, provides a year-round fascinating holiday location. Shops, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    Lift to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors and wooden floors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with additional folding single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Balcony. Garage (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Sailmaker’s Cottage

    Rowhedge, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: 28802

    Furnished with antiques, this charming, Grade II listed, terraced holiday cottage has a private courtyard to the rear. Set in the riverside village of Rowhedge, it is an ideal location for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers, and is also perfect for a romantic break. Within an easy drive of Mersea Island and Colchester, it is a convenient location for the Essex countryside and coast. Rowhedge has 2 village shops and 2 pubs, peaceful riverside walks and a ferry across to picturesque Wivenhoe. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 700 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep, open-sided stairs to first floor: Breakfast area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack (for 7 night bookings only). No smoking. No children under 10 years.

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  • Pippins

    Wickham St Paul

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: 29624


    Pippins is a charming, semi-detached holiday property, adjacent to the owner’s home, located on a working fruit farm in Halstead, it is set next to a quiet road and has an enclosed garden, as well as a sun catching conservatory. Set in a rural location, however only a short distance to all amenities and the picturesque village of Wickham Saint Paul. Pay to pick your own fruit and vegetables on the farm for an evening BBQ, and have a coffee and browse the on-site shop. Local attractions include Hedingham Castle and its beautiful grounds, an ideal attraction for a family outing, and during the summer there are a variety of special events which bring its colourful history alive. Come and enjoy one of our exciting jousting tournaments or other entertainments, and the Colne Valley Railway, where you can sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award-winning period country railway. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Utility room. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room (no toilet), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. MP3 player. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 30 acres of natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Croft

    Sible Hedingham, nr. Halstead

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 28243

    This detached, thatched, Grade II listed holiday cottage dating back to the 15th century has exposed beams and an enclosed garden. Cosy in the winter and cool in the summer, it is perfect for a year-round break. Surrounded by countryside, footpaths abound; the area is ideal for walking or cycling. Shop and restaurant ¼ mile, pub 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with brick floor. Kitchen with breakfast area. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link, can be twin). Second stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. Both bedrooms with vaulted ceiling and wooden floor. Beams throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled garden, summerhouse, sitting-out area, furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 10 years.

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  • Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 2

    Birch, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 31050

    Located in the quaint village of Birch, these semi-detached, cosy cottages (refs 31049 and 31050) have been built with the purpose of a holiday home in mind. Adjacent to the owner’s home, both properties comfortably sleep 2 guests with the option of extra guests with the sofa bed in the living space. Woodburners give a warm and welcoming feel to the cottages which have a contemporary theme throughout, with TV/DVDs and digital safe in the bedrooms. It is a good base for exploring Essex and Suffolk, birdwatching on the nearby nature reserves, sea angling from Mersea Island, or just enjoying the local beaches and countryside. Close to Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town with a castle, museums, art gallery, many Roman remains, a good shopping centre, Colchester Zoo and a mainline rail link to London (40 minutes). Mersea Island is 8 miles away for its locally caught fish and oysters, as well as its sailing and beaches. Within easy driving distance are the popular sightseeing destinations of Flatford Mill, Lavenham, Finchingfield and Kersey. Shop 4 miles, real ale pub serving food 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and patio doors /kitchen with dining area and wooden floors. First floor: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over shower bath and toilet.

    Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Showmans Wagon

    Alphamstone, nr. Bures

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: W42097

    Very quiet and peaceful

    Come and live like a fairground showman in this unique holiday accommodation, set in 150 acres of woodland and wildflower meadows with some of the most scenic countryside views in the county. This compact property has been extensively renovated and insulated throughout and provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There are many footpaths and lanes to explore, including the Stour Valley Path from Newmarket to the sea at Manningtree. Horse riding and cycle hire can be arranged locally. The area is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts with deer and bird watching available. Badger sightings are almost guaranteed, bring some peanuts. Shops 2.5 miles, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity included (October-April £35 per week, £15 per short break). Bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. microwave. Enclosed garden with furniture. Shared use of 150 acre of farmland with unfenced ponds. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Linley Farm Cottages - Orchard Cottage

    St Osyth

    Grade
    4
    1
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    Ref: 17982

    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over rolling countryside. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed at the nearby lake. This is excellent walking and bird watching country and holiday makers will enjoy walks down to the creek. These old farm buildings have been converted, and are grouped around a courtyard, yet each retains individual privacy. The cottages with their mellow decor and quality furnishings, provide complete relaxation in this delightful corner of Essex. Dairy Cottage (ref 17977) has grab rails and a portable shower seat and Orchard Cottage (ref 17982) has grab rails and low worktops, making these properties perfect for if you are less mobile. This area is well regarded as Essex’s best kept secret with the interesting and popular small towns of Brightlingsea, Wivenhoe, Mersea, Clacton, Frinton and Walton-on-the-Naze, all within ½ hours drive. The town of Colchester is close by, famous for its cobbled streets, castle and zoo, with a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Further afield are Ipswich, Chelmsford and Felixstowe. Many picturesque villages and Constable country are close by, with Dedham, Manningtree, Nayland, Lavenham and Long Melford to name but a few. Other local pastimes include golf and horse riding. All properties are on the ground floor and have wheelchair access. Shop 500 yards, pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room with bath, shower and toilet.

    Electricity panel heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Shared use of communal garden and 2-acre grounds. Parking (2-3 cars). No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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