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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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  • Saffron Walden, Essex
    Saffron Walden, Essex×
    Newly Listed
    Rose Cottage

    Rose Cottage

    Saffron Walden, Essex

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    Ref: UKC2295
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Set in a quiet residential area, this terraced cottage is a great base from which to explore the beautiful, unspoilt Essex countryside.
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    Rose Cottage was built in the 1850s and has been lovingly renovated by the owners to retain its period charm while offering all the modern conveniences needed for a relaxing break. Formerly a two bedroom property, the owner has converted one of the bedrooms into a large bathroom, which means that the cottage offers a lot of space for just two guests.
    Mill Lane was the former site of a mill and it is thought that the pretty row of cottages was originally built for mill workers,...

  • Lawford, Essex
    Lawford, Essex×
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    The Bull Pen

    The Bull Pen

    Lawford, Essex

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    Ref: UKC1653
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This luxurious barn conversion makes a great base for exploring Constable Country and the stunning scenery that was the artists inspiration.
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    The Bull Pen is a lovingly restored barn conversion in the delightful village of Lawford close to the Suffolk and Essex borders. Ideally placed to explore both counties whilst enjoying a luxurious base, comprising open plan living space and wood burner, with views across the surrounding fields from the patio area. This is a detached, single-storey conversion making it ideal for those less mobile. Situated in the grounds of the owner’s home, you are tucked away in a corner and will...

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

    Stokers Loft

    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: BRY
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    This delightfully converted property offers fantastic views and is the ideal holiday location with vast sailing opportunities.
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    Located in West Mersea just 20 yards from the sea, this delightfully converted property offers fantastic views from its upstairs living area. Stokers Loft is the ideal holiday location for sailing enthusiasts, the public hard for dinghies is just a few yards from the property. It is also conveniently situated for two renowned fish restaurants (the Company Shed and the Oyster Bar), local shops and pubs. Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK and is reached by...

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

    Walnut Cottage

    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.
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    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...

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

    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1

    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.
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    Located in the quaint village of Birch, these semi-detached, cosy cottages (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. Wood burners give a warm and welcoming feel to the cottages which have a contemporary theme throughout. It is a good base for exploring Essex and Suffolk, birdwatching on the nearby...

    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

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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
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    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...

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

    The Showmans Wagon

    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.
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    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...

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

    Tatters Barn

    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.
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    Nestled on the owner’s working farm, Tatters Barn is a beautifully presented, detached barn conversion, which is located in the countryside of Withies Green, Essex. Decorated and furnished to an excellent standard, this property is perfect for that luxurious countryside break away with family or friends. Steeped in history, this converted barn was once used to store potatoes, influencing the name Tatters Barn. Stunning features include original beams, an open reception area...

  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,
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    Rosemary Cottage

    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
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    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. The area offers many attractions, antique lovers...

    Lavender Cottage
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    Saffron Cottage
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    Bee Cottage
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  • Wickham St Paul, Essex
    Wickham St Paul, Essex×

    Pippins

    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.
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    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....

  • Manningtree, Essex
    Manningtree, Essex×

    Beaches

    Manningtree, Essex

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    Ref: UKC1128
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    Nestled just yards away from the sea, this holiday property is the perfect escape for families looking for a seaside break away.
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    Beaches is a single-storey holiday property, which is in a separate, self-contained, part of the owner’s home, situated in Manningtree, Essex. Just a few yards from the Stour Estuary and beach, this property is the perfect waterside location for a family holiday. Beaches has been decorated and furnished to a good standard, and boasts charm and charisma with wooden beams throughout. This 450-year-old property has been organised to feel like a home from home, with traditional...

  • West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex
    West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex×

    Island Cottage

    West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex

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    Ref: E4852
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    This gorgeous cottage is just a few yards from the beach and sea for a beach walk or swim in the summer
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    This gorgeous cottage is just a few yards from the beach and sea for a beach walk or swim in the summer. From the bedroom windows there are views of the salt marsh, beach and houseboats. It is also just a short stroll from the famous Company Shed fish restaurant on the coast road. This charming, 17th-century cottage has a lovely, sunny beach house feel and provides the perfect holiday or long weekend. The island, reached by a causeway, is popular for sailing, lovely walks, birdwatching...

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