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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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59 cottages are available
  • Burnham-on-Crouch×

    Grove Wood Cottage

    Burnham-on-Crouch

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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


    This detached barn conversion, accessed by a rough track, is tucked away in the heart of the countryside and...

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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 - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

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

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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


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

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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 - Rural Location

    Very quiet and peaceful

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

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  • Dedham, near Colchester×

    Stream Cottage

    Dedham, near Colchester

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    Ref: UKC799
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire

    Built in the 14th-century, Stream Cottage boasts character and charm, with original features including beams and an...

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  • St Osyth×
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    Ref: 17982
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over...

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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

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

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  • Castle Hedingham×

    The Olde Cart Lodge

    Castle Hedingham

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    Ref: BUT
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Nestling in a rural location on the edge of Castle Hedingham and situated on a working farm, this spacious,...

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  • Colne Engaine, near Halstead×

    The Cart Lodge

    Colne Engaine, near Halstead

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    Ref: 29571
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove


    Enjoy a relaxing holiday in this detached, former cart lodge, awarded with a Visit Britain Gold Award, it is set...

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  • Brightlingsea×

    Sea Folly

    Brightlingsea

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    Ref: UKC472
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio


    Sea Folly is a comfortable three-bedroom terraced house in the seaside town of Brightlingsea. Located just...

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  • St Osyth×
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    Ref: 17980
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over...

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  • Clacton-on-Sea×

    Hope House

    Clacton-on-Sea

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    Ref: 30042
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio


    This spacious, semi-detached, delightful seaside holiday property is in a fantastic central location. Hope House...

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