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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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  • Linley Farm Cottages - Dairy Cottage

    St Osyth

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 17977

    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. Dairy Cottage (ref 17977) has grab rails and a portable shower seat and Orchard Cottage (ref 17982) has grab rails and low worktops, making these properties perfect for if you are less mobile. 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/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room 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. Garden with private courtyard and furniture. Shared use of 2-acre grounds. Parking (2-3 cars). No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Tatters Barn

    Coggeshall, near Braintree

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC690


    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 with bay windows, two gallery style bedrooms and a large enclosed garden. The owner’s grounds comprise 125 acres of farmland, which makes for a most scenic backdrop as you make your way along the footpaths and tracks. A bike store is available and plenty of cycle routes are situated locally, providing guests with a great way to enjoy the countryside.
    Nearby attractions include the quaint village of Coggeshall, home to nearly 200 listed buildings and full of history. The town of Braintree has many shops, bars and restaurants. Also nearby is 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. Shop 2 miles, pub 3 miles and restaurant 4 miles.

    2 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
    Living area: With 50" Freeview Smart TV, DVD player, iPod dock, bluetooth speaker and French doors leading to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and coffee machine.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Shower room: With double shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Spiral, open-tread stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: Galleried with kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: Galleried style with kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, double shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Eco wood pellet underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot available on request. Welcome pack. Large enclosed lawned courtyard garden with garden furniture and gas barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 5 steps and an electric fence in the garden. There are water troughs in the grounds, 32 yards away.

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  • Crofters Rest

    Colchester

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43219


    Crofters Rest is a delightful Victorian terraced holiday cottage located in a quiet road, has a fully enclosed rear garden, and is just a short walk from the centre of Colchester. There is easy access to a wealth of activities and great restaurants in the area. Colchester, Britain’s oldest Roman town has a zoo, leisure centre, castle and museum. It also has a rail link to London which takes 50 minutes. Also conveniently situated are Brightlingsea, Mersea Island, Felixstowe, Frinton on Sea and Walton on the Naze. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with an additional single pull-out bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in dining room included. First £10 gas central heating and gas included, remainder by card meter. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine (in external utility room). Fridge. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking 500 yards (restricted hours, except weekends). Car park ½ mile (at cost). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Pippins

    Wickham St Paul

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    3
    Ref: 29624


    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. Local attractions include Hedingham Castle and its beautiful grounds, an ideal attraction for a family outing, and during the summer there are a variety of special events which bring its colourful history alive. Come and enjoy one of our exciting jousting tournaments or other entertainments, and the Colne Valley Railway, where you can sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award-winning period country railway. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Utility room. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room (no toilet), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. MP3 player. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 30 acres of natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Island Cottage

    West Mersea, Mersea Island

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E4852

    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 and water sports, as well as tasty fish restaurants and generally for having a relaxing time. If you drive off the island, you can reach Suffolk’s Constable Country easily, along with all the pretty pubs and restaurants of Essex and Suffolk. Colchester, with its castle and shopping, is just 9 miles away. Shops and pubs 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (2ft 6in for children).

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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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 Olde Cart Lodge

    Castle Hedingham

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: BUT

    Nestling in a rural location on the edge of Castle Hedingham and situated on a working farm, this spacious, renovated, detached cart lodge, adjacent to the owner’s farmhouse, commands far reaching views over a valley towards Hedingham Castle. Guests have their own garden area and use of the owner’s garden and extensive grounds. Castle Hedingham lies in the valley of the River Colne on the ancient road between Colchester, 20 miles, and Cambridge, 30 miles. Places of interest include the Colne Valley Steam Railway and the market town of Sudbury, 7 miles. There is a bus service into Colchester from the bus stop in the village, about a 10-minute walk away, with one bus change en-route. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Ramp to entrance. Spacious beamed open plan living/dining room with French doors, kitchen area and tiled floor. Beamed double bedroom with 5ft four-poster bed, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Single bedroom with additional pull-out bed (for +1) and en-suite wet room with toilet. First floor: Single bedroom.

    • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small enclosed lawned garden with furniture
    • Shared use of owner’s garden and 25-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • Sea Folly

    Brightlingsea

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC472


    Sea Folly is a comfortable three-bedroom terraced house in the seaside town of Brightlingsea. Located just walking distance from the beach, this is a fantastic location to enjoy a coastal holiday with friends and family. Decorated and furnished to a good standard, the property has a spacious garden, dining room and cosy living room. Brightlingsea is a lovely and quaint seaside town with a boating lake, beaches and a lively busy harbour with boat trips available throughout the summer. The beaches are great for children and it really is an excellent location for families. Clacton with its famous pier is just a few miles away. The countryside around Brightlingsea is stunning and the area is perfect for walking and cycling. The town has a number of good pubs, cafes and restaurants, and is known for its three excellent fish and chip shops. It is conveniently located to explore the coast of Essex or, further inland, the county town of Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, with a castle, museums, art gallery, many Roman remains, a good shopping centre, Colchester Zoo and a rail link to London (40 minutes). Mersea Island is nearby, where visitors can sample the locally caught fish and oysters, as well as its sailing and beaches. Beach 150 yards. Shop 10 yards, pub 15 yards and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With Freeview TV/DVD player.
    Dining room: With wooden floor.
    Step to...
    Kitchen: Galley-style with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, freezer and washing machine.
    Bathroom: With corner bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Steep, narrow stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed (¾ double).

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Enclosed, lawned garden. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • The Cart Lodge

    Colne Engaine, nr. Halstead

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29571


    Enjoy a relaxing holiday in this detached, former cart lodge, awarded with a Visit Britain Gold Award, it is set in a peaceful, rural location in the owners’ grounds, surrounded by beautiful countryside of the Colne Valley with mixed arable and livestock farmland all around. There are vast areas of woodland and stunning scenery where you can enjoy walking, cycling, bird watching and getting up close to nature with the abundance of wildlife including roe and monkjack deer, badgers, owls and other birds of prey. Within close proximity to Britain’s oldest recorded town of Colchester and ‘Constable Country’ where attractions include Colchester Castle, Colchester Zoo, Flatford Mill in the beautiful Dedham Vale, the inspiration for John Constable’s paintings, Colne Valley Railway, home to Thomas the Tank engine, Mersea Island which can be reached on foot or by road at low tide, Beth Chatto Gardens, Audley End House and Gardens, and Hyde Hall Estate. Situated on the Suffolk border you will also have the opportunity to explore further afield and visit Gainsborough’s House, Kentwell Hall, a red brick Tudor mansion with rare breed farm, the medieval village of Lavenham, Jimmy’s Farm, Sutton Hoo, Framlingham Castle, Ickworth House and the charming seaside town of Aldeburgh famous for its fish and chips, and the market town of Snape with its Maltings. Also a short distance to two golf courses. Shop, pub and restaurant 3/4 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floors. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, (one 5ft), one with additional single (2ft 6in), both with Velux.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD/MP3 connection. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Private courtyard garden with decking and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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