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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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  • Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex
    Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex×

    Woodlands Cottages - Woodlands

    Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex

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    Ref: UKC182
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This delightful barn conversion is nestled in the picturesque countryside, surrounded by paddock and woodlands.
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    Surrounded by 6 acres of paddock and woodland, these two semi-detached barn conversions offer a private bolthole, making them a perfect base for touring the area or just relaxing by the fire. Both have been restored, decorated and furnished to a good standard, Evie Rose Cottage (30833) and Woodlands (UKC182) are quaint, comfortable properties and can be booked together to sleep 4 guests.

    Located next to Woodlands is a games room with table football and a darts board for guests...

  • Langham, near Colchester, Essex
    Langham, near Colchester, Essex×

    The Orchard & Old Bakery - The Old Bakery

    Langham, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: 30315
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Visit historic Colchester from this rural holiday base, which was once a bakery and has a characterful beamed interior.
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    Set in 2½-acre grounds with abundant wildlife


    Enjoy a relaxing, rural holiday surrounded by 2½ acres of landscaped and natural gardens in one of these two properties which offer a fantastic location for a romantic getaway. With plenty of wildlife to spot, and beehives at the end of the garden, you can wander around the apple orchards or relax on your own private decking area, making this an ideal place for a countryside break. Converted from an old bakery...

    The Orchard & Old Bakery - The Orchard
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  • Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex
    Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex×

    The Glass Room

    Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: BVW
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Filled with attractive features and set in an Area of Natural Beauty, this holiday will delight everyone.
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    This delightful, holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s period property and its name refers to the stunning floor-to-ceiling window in the bedroom. It is set in an AONB in the Dedham Vale where the artist John Constable painted many of his famous scenes. Set in the owner’s grounds, with its own private area of garden, it is the ideal choice for a romantic break and is in an excellent area for walking and cycling. The nearby Roman town of Colchester has an excellent range...

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

    Little Lodge

    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: UKC1875
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities
    A delightful cottage within yards of the beach, yet hidden away down a private drive, this is the perfect location for a last minute break.
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    Little Lodge is a delightful single storey property in the hidden gem of West Mersea. Situated only 200 yards from the superb coastline, and hidden along a private drive in the grounds of the owner’s home, Little Lodge is the perfect getaway spot, with contemporary open plan living space, which is spacious yet still maintains a cosy feel. West Mersea is Britain’s most easterly inhabited island and access to the island is via the causeway crossing.
    It is...

  • 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...

  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×
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    Ref: 17977
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This cottage enjoys far reaching views over rolling countryside, set within 3 acres of grounds abundant with wildlife.
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    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...

    Linley Farm Cottages - Meadow View Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Pear Tree Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Apple Tree Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Willow Tree Cottage
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    Linley Farm Cottages - Orchard Cottage
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  • Brightlingsea, Essex
    Brightlingsea, Essex×

    The Crow’s Nest

    Brightlingsea, Essex

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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
    The Crow’s Nest is a brilliant property and provides spectacular views across the Colne Estuary and out to sea.
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    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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex
    Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex×

    Grove Wood Cottage

    Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex

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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
    Set within the countryside with walking, cycling and bird watching nearby, the outdoor enthusiast will adore a stay here.
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    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,...

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