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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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  • The Cottage Lamarsh Hall

    Lamarsh, Bures, nr. Sudbury

    Grade
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    Ref: BTF


    This well-appointed and charming holiday property is attached to the owner’s Grade II listed 15th-century Lamarsh Hall. and has views over Lamarsh Church and the glorious Stour Valley, and is right on the border of Suffolk and Essex. The cottage door opens into gardens abundant with wildlife. There is a welcome pack on arrival for you.

    The surrounding rolling countryside is popular with walkers and cyclists. A short drive away is the silk town of Sudbury with Gainsborough’s House and the wool towns of medieval Lavenham, Long Melford and Clare, with antiques centres, and Kentwell Hall, and Long Melford Hall.
    The surrounding area was loved by painters Gainsborough, Munnings and Constable, and Dedham is where you will find Munnings’ home, Castle House, and also Flatford Mill, where ’The Haywain’ was painted by Constable.

    Historic towns of Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Cambridge and Newmarket are within an hour’s drive. The seaside resorts of the Suffolk Heritage Coast, Felixstowe and Frinton are within easy driving distance. Shops 4 miles, pubs miles.

    Large living room with electric woodburner, sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and stable door to large garden. Kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking), brick floor and beams. Double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Electric range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large lawned garden with furniture
    • Shared 1-acre grounds and 12-acre meadowland
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking and additional covered parking
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • The Orchard & Old Bakery - The Old Bakery

    Langham, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 30315

    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 and adjacent to the owners’ home, but very secluded, the cottages (refs 30314 and 30315) still boast original wooden beams, and have been decorated and finished to a very good standard. Langham is about half way between Colchester and Ipswich, close to the A12 which gives easy transport links for exploring the local area. The northern boundary of Langham is also the boundary between Essex and Suffolk. The famous Constable Country is 3 miles away with Flatford Mill and Dedham Vale, and historic Colchester is close by, famous for its cobbled streets, castle and zoo, and has a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Also within reach are Ipswich, Chelmsford, Orford, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe, or enjoy the beach at Clacton-on-Sea. Travel a bit further afield and you can explore the myriad attractions of London. Shop and pub within 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room French doors and beams. Kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Combi microwave/oven/grill.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2½-acre garden and orchard. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Lake House Cottage

    Finchingfield, nr. Braintree

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 29883

    Lake House Cottage is a quaint, thatched, semi-detached cottage with original beams and so much charm. Set on almost 2 acres of the owner’s grounds and surrounded by picturesque landscape, the highlight to this holiday property is the private carp fishing lake (use included, but bring own equipment), where you can spend a relaxing day. Enjoy lovely walks and bird watching surrounded by ducks, horses and plenty of wildlife. Visit the village of Finchingfield, reputed to be the prettiest village in Essex, for afternoon tea or the nearby historic towns of Colchester, Saffron Walden, Chelmsford or Sudbury. The area is renowned for its outstanding beauty and is frequented by walkers and cyclists alike. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with dining area and beams/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of washing machine on request. Freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Carp lake in grounds, 200 yards.

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  • Sailmaker’s Cottage

    Rowhedge, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28802

    Furnished with antiques, this charming, Grade II listed, terraced holiday cottage has a private courtyard to the rear. Set in the riverside village of Rowhedge, it is an ideal location for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers, and is also perfect for a romantic break. Within an easy drive of Mersea Island and Colchester, it is a convenient location for the Essex countryside and coast. Rowhedge has 2 village shops and 2 pubs, peaceful riverside walks and a ferry across to picturesque Wivenhoe. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 700 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep, open-sided stairs to first floor: Breakfast area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack (for 7 night bookings only). No smoking. No children under 10 years.

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  • Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 1

    Birch, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 31049

    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 sofa bed/kitchen with dining area and wooden floors. First floor: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    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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  • The Lookout

    Brightlingsea

    Grade
    3
    1
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    Ref: 23855

    Located in the prestigious waterside marina, The Lookout provides panoramic views across the Colne Estuary and out to sea. This contemporary, spacious, second floor holiday apartment, with lift access, is well-furnished and equipped to a very good standard with French doors on to a balcony where guests can experience an ever changing horizon. Part of the historic Brightlingsea yachting harbour with nearby beach, sailing, birdwatching, fishing, outdoor swimming pool and local ferry to explore the charming Mersea Island, provides a year-round fascinating holiday location. Shops, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    Lift to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors and wooden floors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with additional folding single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Balcony. Garage (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Goat House

    Little Bentley, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E5433

    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 quaint villages and seaside resorts, delightful Mersea Island famous for its seafood and oyster restaurants and bars, the historic town of Colchester with its famous zoo and castle, and the Tiptree jam factory, a must for afternoon tea, are all within an easy drive. Shop 2 miles, pub 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom with additional single. Wet room with toilet.

    NSH included (£20per week 2nd October-30th April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Coast Cottage

    West Mersea

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: 29215

    Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, located on the estuary of the rivers Blackwater and Colne, it is reached by crossing the Strood causeway (liable to be cut off for short periods during high/spring tides). Located in West Mersea next to the church and just a 250 yards from the sea, this cosy, Victorian, semi-detached cottage is the perfect place for a romantic holiday break. A superb location for walking, bird watching, swimming and cycling, Mersea boasts a sandy/shingle beach. Cudmore Grove Country Park with its adjoining beach is great for relaxing walks in its own vineyard. A country club with a health club and golf is a short drive away. Only 9 miles from the county town of Colchester, with its famous castle and zoo. Mersea is also conveniently located for exploring Dedham Vale, the Stour Valley and Constable country. Shop and restaurant 20 yards, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Public car park 100 yards (£2.50 per day). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Step in garden.

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  • Tatters Barn

    Coggeshall, near Braintree

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Island Cottage

    West Mersea, Mersea Island

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • 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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  • 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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