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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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  • Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex
    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex×
    Newly Listed
    Plum Tree Cottage

    Plum Tree Cottage

    Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex

    4
    2
    1
    1
    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.
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  • Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex×

    Homestead

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

    4
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: UKC1415
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Within easy reach of the beach and variety of attractions, this property lies in the perfect location for a family seaside holiday.
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  • Alphamstone, near Bures, Essex
    Alphamstone, near Bures, Essex×

    The Showmans Wagon

    Alphamstone, near Bures, Essex

    4
    2
    1
    0
    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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  • Coggeshall, near Braintree, Essex
    Coggeshall, near Braintree, Essex×

    Tatters Barn

    Coggeshall, near Braintree, Essex

    4
    2
    2
    0
    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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  • Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex
    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex×
    Newly Listed
    Old Applecroft Farmhouse and Cottage - Old Applecroft Farm Cottage
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC1463
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set deep in the Essex countryside, this detached cottage makes a great base for a relaxing holiday.
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    Old Applecroft Farmhouse and Cottage - Old Applecroft Farmhouse
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  • Brightlingsea, Essex
    Brightlingsea, Essex×

    The Crow’s Nest

    Brightlingsea, Essex

    4
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: 29314
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    The Crow’s Nest is a brilliant property and provides spectacular views across the Colne Estuary and out to sea.
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  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,
    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, ×

    Saffron Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

    4
    2
    1
    2
    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 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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    Lavender Cottage
    2
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    Rosemary Cottage
    2
    2
    2
    Bee Cottage
    2
    1
    1
  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,
    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, ×

    Rosemary Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

    4
    2
    1
    2
    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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    Lavender Cottage
    2
    1
    1
    Saffron Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    Bee Cottage
    2
    1
    1
  • Wickham St Paul, Essex
    Wickham St Paul, Essex×

    Pippins

    Wickham St Paul, Essex

    4
    2
    3
    1
    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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  • West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex
    West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex×

    Island Cottage

    West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex

    4
    2
    1
    0
    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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  • Colne Engaine, near Halstead, Essex
    Colne Engaine, near Halstead, Essex×

    The Cart Lodge

    Colne Engaine, near Halstead, Essex

    5
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: 29571
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Set in a peaceful woodland location ideal for walkers, bird watching, relaxing or touring the area.
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  • Brightlingsea, Essex
    Brightlingsea, Essex×

    Sea Folly

    Brightlingsea, Essex

    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC472
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Centrally located in the seaside town of Brighltingsea, this holiday property is a great base for discovering all that Essex has to offer.
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