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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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  • Saffron Cottage

    Langdon Hills, nr. Thurrock

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: E5300

    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 will enjoy Battlesbridge, Colchester Castle and zoo, The Jam Museum and tea shop at Tiptree a must for afternoon tea, Southend for family fun or the quaint seaside town of Leigh-on-Sea and Maldon with its delightful harbour. Just 10 minutes away Lakeside and Bluewater offers unique shopping experiences and Mersea Island is a must to sample the locally caught shellfish at the famous restaurant. A wartime nuclear bunker can be found 20 minutes away and there is a train station just 3 minutes from the property, with trains to London taking just 25 minutes. Fishing can be found nearby. There is an award winning pub approximately 3 miles away. Shop and pub under 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with beams and wooden floor. 2 steps down to 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Mezzanine: 1 twin bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room included. Satellite TV. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi.

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • The Crow’s Nest

    Brightlingsea

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29314

    Located above the Colne Yacht Club, the Crow’s Nest provides spectacular views across the Colne Estuary and out to sea. There are wonderful walks along the River Colne. This second-floor holiday apartment is set in the historic Brightlingsea yachting harbour, where there is year-round activity available, including sailing (visitors enjoy temporary membership of the yacht club), a public open-air swimming pool, beach, and a local ferry to explore the charming Mersea Island. Brightlingsea has shops and restaurants, as well as a museum, but is also conveniently located to explore the sunshine coast of Essex or, further inland, the county town of Colchester with its castle and zoo. Shop, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    External, open-tread, concrete stairs to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. NB: River, 15 yards.

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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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  • Englepoint Lodge

    Tiptree

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 18112

    Close to the River Blackwater and the River Colne, this spacious, bright and airy detached holiday property is set amidst the owners attractive gardens, surrounded by lovely rural countryside. The fishing towns of Maldon, Brightlingsea, Wivenhoe and Mersea are all close by. Colchester, famous for its castle, zoo, cobble streets and excellent shopping facilities is within driving distance. Easy access to Felixstowe and the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Shops and pub 1 mile.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen with laminate floors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Sergeants Field Cottage

    St Osyth, nr. Clacton-on-Sea

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 29725


    Situated in the quaint village of St Osyth,this spacious, detached, single-storey holiday cottage, accessed by a private drive and adjacent to the owners’ home, is surrounded by 22 acres of land. Blessed with wildlife and overlooking Orchards Holiday Park Golf Club, the beach is only a 500 yards away. This property is a hidden gem, set away from the main road of St Osyth, yet within walking distance of the local amenities. There are plenty of attractions nearby, including the resorts of Frinton, Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton-on-Sea, and a foot ferry (seasonal) to Mersea Island and Brightlingsea. Constable Country and the county town of Colchester, with its castle, museum and zoo, are also within easy reach. Beach 500 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining area with patio doors and wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Courtyard with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 22-acre natural grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Sandy Cottage

    Jaywick Sands, nr. Clacton-on-Sea

    Grade
    4
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: 31157

    This detached, single-storey, quaint and contemporary holiday cottage is conveniently set just a 2-minute walk from one of Jaywick Sands’ sandy beaches. Its location is in a cul-de-sac on an un-adopted, bumpy road. It is excellent for people and their pets, who love long walks and miles of award-winning sandy beaches. Sandy Cottage is perfectly placed at the far west of Clacton-on-Sea and a 5-minute drive from the main Clacton resort area. It provides a value relaxing holiday with fresh air and non-commercial beaches or alternatively a convenient base from which to explore. Sandy Cottage can accommodate up to 4 guests with a double bedroom (double bed can only be accessed from one side) and a sofa bed in the living room. Beach 1 mile. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (access from one side only). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Laminate floors throughout.

    Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Rosemary Cottage

    Langdon Hills, nr. Thurrock

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: E5299

    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 will enjoy Battlesbridge, Colchester Castle and zoo, The Jam Museum and tea shop at Tiptree a must for afternoon tea, Southend for family fun or the quaint seaside town of Leigh-on-Sea and Maldon with its delightful harbour. Just 10 minutes away Lakeside and Bluewater offers unique shopping experiences and Mersea Island is a must to sample the locally caught shellfish at the famous restaurant. A wartime nuclear bunker can be found 20 minutes away and there is a train station just 3 minutes from the property, with trains to London taking just 25 minutes. Fishing can be found nearby. There is an award winning pub approximately 3 miles away. Shop and pub under 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and wooden floor/kitchen area with beams. 1 double bedroom with beams. 2 steps up and then 2 steps down to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep narrow stairs to 1 twin bedroom (2ft 6in for children) with beams and sloping ceiling.

    Satellite TV. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • The Croft

    Sible Hedingham, nr. Halstead

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    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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  • Seaside Cottage

    Jaywick Sands, nr. Clacton-on-Sea

    Grade
    4
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: 31158

    This little homely cottage is literally a 2-minute walk to the beach. It is located in a cul-de-sac on an un-adopted road, excellent for individuals, couples and their pets who like long walks and miles of award-winning sandy beaches. Seaside Cottage is a detached, single-storey property located at the far west of Clacton-on-Sea and a 5-minute drive from the main Clacton resort centre. It provides a convenient base from which to explore, or a relaxing holiday base with fresh air and non-commercial beaches. Seaside Cottage can accommodate up to 3 guests with a double bedroom (accessed from one side only) and a single sofa bed in the living room. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed, laminate floor and patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom (access from one side only). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • The Showmans Wagon

    Alphamstone, nr. Bures

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    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
    1
    1
    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. 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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  • Grove Wood Cottage

    Burnham-on-Crouch

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29902


    This detached barn conversion, accessed by a rough track, is tucked away in the heart of the countryside and offers great holiday accommodation. There are vast areas of woodland and stunning scenery where you can enjoy walking, cycling, bird watching and getting up close to nature. Situated close to the river Crouch, Grove Wood Cottage is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Inside it boasts wooden flooring and period character with contemporary touches, including a dishwasher, wi-fi and a flatscreen TV. There is also a desktop computer with internet access available for guests to use during their stay. Close by you will find the quaint and historic village of Burnham-on-Crouch, best known as a yachting centre hosting the internationally famous ’ Burnham Week’. It also boasts many other attractions as diverse as fossil laden cliffs to a working steam railway museum, this riverside town has plenty to offer. Fishing available at the caravan park which is a 2-minute drive, at cost, with a licence. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Woodland grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: River 400 yards.

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