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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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  • West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex
    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex×

    Little Lodge

    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex

    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex

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    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. 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.
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    8.5 12 reviews
    8.5 12 reviews

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  • Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex
    Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex×

    Walnut Cottage

    Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex

    Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex

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    Ref: 28643
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This cosy, romantic holiday retreat is perfect for couples who want to relax and enjoy the delights of Hertfordshire. This cosy, romantic holiday retreat is perfect for couples who want to relax and enjoy the delights of Hertfordshire.
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    9 2 reviews
    9 2 reviews

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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

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    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.
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    9.2 9 reviews
    9.2 9 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

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    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. This holiday property is an ideal base for visiting Colchester, Mersea Island and the Dedham Vale.
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    8.7 10 reviews
    8.7 10 reviews

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    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 2
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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

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    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 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
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    7.8 4 reviews
    7.8 4 reviews

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  • Coggeshall, near Braintree, Essex
    Coggeshall, near Braintree, Essex×

    Tatters Barn

    Coggeshall, near Braintree, Essex

    Coggeshall, near Braintree, Essex

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    Ref: UKC690
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Situated in the beautiful countryside of Withies Green, this detached barn conversion provides idyllic accomodation for guests wanting a quiet and relaxing break away. Situated in the beautiful countryside of Withies Green, this detached barn conversion provides idyllic accomodation for guests wanting a quiet and relaxing break away.
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    9.3 8 reviews
    9.3 8 reviews

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

    Pippins

    Wickham St Paul, Essex

    Wickham St Paul, Essex

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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 - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    In an excellent rural location set on a working fruit farm, ideal for a small family, walkers and birdwatchers. In an excellent rural location set on a working fruit farm, ideal for a small family, walkers and birdwatchers.
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    7.8 12 reviews
    7.8 12 reviews

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  • Alphamstone, near Bures, Essex
    Alphamstone, near Bures, Essex×

    The Showmans Wagon

    Alphamstone, near Bures, Essex

    Alphamstone, near Bures, Essex

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    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. This is a unique holiday home set in beautiful woodland and meadows offers amazing countryside views.
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    9.5 11 reviews
    9.5 11 reviews

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  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,
    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, ×

    Rosemary Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

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    Ref: E5299
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    Set in a wonderful location on the edge of Langdon Hills Country Park and Nature Reserve, ideal for cycling and walking and covering 400 acres of meadow, farmland and ancient woodland and just 40 minutes’ drive from London, this small complex of cottages each with their own seating area have been converted from original barns and are renovated to a good standard providing an ideal holiday base to relax and unwind whatever the season Set in a wonderful location on the edge of Langdon Hills Country Park and Nature Reserve, ideal for cycling and walking and covering 400 acres of meadow, farmland and ancient woodland and just 40 minutes’ drive from London, this small complex of cottages each with their own seating area have been converted from original barns and are renovated to a good standard providing an ideal holiday base to relax and unwind whatever the season
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    7.6 9 reviews
    7.6 9 reviews

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    Lavender Cottage
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    Saffron Cottage
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    Bee Cottage
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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

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    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. Enjoy a relaxing break at this property, located in the quaint village of Birch, close to Colchester.
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    8.6 17 reviews
    8.6 17 reviews

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    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1
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  • Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex
    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex×

    Plum Tree Cottage

    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex

    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex

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    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. 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.
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    7 3 reviews
    7 3 reviews

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  • Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex
    Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex×

    Grove Wood Cottage

    Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex

    Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex

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    Ref: 29902
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Set within the countryside with walking, cycling and bird watching nearby, the outdoor enthusiast will adore a stay here. Set within the countryside with walking, cycling and bird watching nearby, the outdoor enthusiast will adore a stay here.
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    9.2 21 reviews
    9.2 21 reviews

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