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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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  • Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex
    Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex×

    The Glass Room

    Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex

    Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex

    2
    1
    1
    0
    Ref: BVW
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Filled with attractive features and set in an Area of Natural Beauty, this holiday will delight everyone.
    Prices from
    9.3 8 reviews
    9.3 8 reviews

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  • Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex
    Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex×

    Hillcroft

    Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex

    Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex

    2
    1
    1
    0
    Ref: UKC407
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Enjoy a glass of wine, whilst spending time alone with your loved one, admiring the picturesque views of the countryside.
    Prices from
    7.8 4 reviews
    7.8 4 reviews

    Accommodation at

  • West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex
    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex×
    Newly Listed
    Little Lodge

    Little Lodge

    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex

    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex

    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC1875
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities
    A delightful cottage within yards of the beach, yet hidden away down a private drive, this is the perfect location for a last minute break.
    Prices from
    8.9 9 reviews
    8.9 9 reviews

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  • Little Bentley, near Colchester, Essex
    Little Bentley, near Colchester, Essex×

    The Goat House

    Little Bentley, near Colchester, Essex

    Little Bentley, near Colchester, Essex

    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E5433
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    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
    Prices from
    7.8 4 reviews
    7.8 4 reviews

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  • Birch, near Colchester, Essex
    Birch, near Colchester, Essex×

    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1

    Birch, near Colchester, Essex

    Birch, near Colchester, Essex

    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 31049
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This holiday property is an ideal base for visiting Colchester, Mersea Island and the Dedham Vale.
    Prices from
    8.7 10 reviews
    8.7 10 reviews

    Accommodation at

    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 2
    4
    1
    1
  • Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex
    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex×
    Newly Listed
    Old Applecroft Farmhouse and Cottage - Old Applecroft Farm Cottage

    Old Applecroft Farmhouse and Cottage - Old Applecroft Farm Cottage

    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex

    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex

    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC1463
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set deep in the Essex countryside, this detached cottage makes a great base for a relaxing holiday.
    Prices from
    8.7 3 reviews
    8.7 3 reviews

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    Old Applecroft Farmhouse and Cottage - Old Applecroft Farmhouse
    8
    5
    5
  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×

    Linley Farm Cottages - Orchard Cottage

    St Osyth, Essex

    St Osyth, Essex

    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 17982
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Set in an area regarded as Essex’s best kept secret, the area is full of interesting towns including Colchester.
    Prices from
    8.7 3 reviews
    8.7 3 reviews

    Accommodation at

    Linley Farm Cottages - Dairy Cottage
    4
    1
    1
    Linley Farm Cottages - Meadow View Cottage
    6
    2
    2
    Linley Farm Cottages - Pear Tree Cottage
    6
    2
    2
    Linley Farm Cottages - Apple Tree Cottage
    6
    2
    2
    Linley Farm Cottages - Willow Tree Cottage
    6
    2
    2
  • Alphamstone, near Bures, Essex
    Alphamstone, near Bures, Essex×

    The Showmans Wagon

    Alphamstone, near Bures, Essex

    Alphamstone, near Bures, Essex

    4
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: W42097
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This is a unique holiday home set in beautiful woodland and meadows offers amazing countryside views.
    Prices from
    9.5 11 reviews
    9.5 11 reviews

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  • Sible Hedingham, near Halstead, Essex
    Sible Hedingham, near Halstead, Essex×

    The Croft

    Sible Hedingham, near Halstead, Essex

    Sible Hedingham, near Halstead, Essex

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 28243
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Woodburning Stove
    Surrounded by beautiful countryside with opportunities to explore via its many footpaths, guests will feel at peace at The Croft.
    Prices from
    9.2 26 reviews
    9.2 26 reviews

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  • Birch, near Colchester, Essex
    Birch, near Colchester, Essex×

    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 2

    Birch, near Colchester, Essex

    Birch, near Colchester, Essex

    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 31050
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a relaxing break at this property, located in the quaint village of Birch, close to Colchester.
    Prices from
    8.8 17 reviews
    8.8 17 reviews

    Accommodation at

    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1
    3
    1
    1
  • Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex
    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex×
    Newly Listed
    Plum Tree Cottage

    Plum Tree Cottage

    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex

    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex

    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC2471
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Just 200 yards from the beach and set in a lovely town with a host of shops and pubs, this property is ideal for a family seaside holiday.
    Prices from
    6.5 2 reviews
    6.5 2 reviews

    Accommodation at

  • Wickham St Paul, Essex
    Wickham St Paul, Essex×

    Pippins

    Wickham St Paul, Essex

    Wickham St Paul, Essex

    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 29624
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    In an excellent rural location set on a working fruit farm, ideal for a small family, walkers and birdwatchers.
    Prices from
    7.8 12 reviews
    7.8 12 reviews

    Accommodation at

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