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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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  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,
    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, ×

    Rosemary Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

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    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...

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  • West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex
    West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex×

    Island Cottage

    West Mersea, Mersea Island, Essex

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    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. From the...

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  • Purleigh, near Chelmsford, Essex
    Purleigh, near Chelmsford, Essex×

    Willow Tree Barn

    Purleigh, near Chelmsford, Essex

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    Ref: UKC942
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    This quaint, detached property is located in the charming village of Purleigh. Set within the owners’ grounds,...

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  • Sible Hedingham, near Halstead, Essex
    Sible Hedingham, near Halstead, Essex×

    The Croft

    Sible Hedingham, near Halstead, Essex

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    Ref: 28243
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Woodburning Stove

    This detached, thatched, Grade II listed holiday cottage dating back to the 15th century has exposed beams and an...

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  • Wickham St Paul, Essex
    Wickham St Paul, Essex×

    Pippins

    Wickham St Paul, Essex

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    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


    Pippins is a charming, semi-detached holiday property, adjacent to the owner’s home, located on a...

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  • 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


    This detached barn conversion, accessed by a rough track, is tucked away in the heart of the countryside and...

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  • Brightlingsea, Essex
    Brightlingsea, Essex×

    Sea Folly

    Brightlingsea, Essex

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    Ref: UKC472
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio


    Sea Folly is a comfortable three-bedroom terraced house in the seaside town of Brightlingsea. Located just...

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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

    Located above the Colne Yacht Club, the Crow’s Nest provides spectacular views across the Colne Estuary and out...

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    Pets go free
  • Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex
    Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex×

    Walnut Cottage

    Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex

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    Ref: 28643
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    Dating back to 1897, Walnut Cottage has been lovingly restored to provide a cosy holiday retreat. An ideal base to...

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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

    This delightful, holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s period property and its name refers to the...

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    Pets go free
  • Little Baddow, near Chelmsford, Essex
    Little Baddow, near Chelmsford, Essex×

    The Old Calf House

    Little Baddow, near Chelmsford, Essex

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    Ref: 29282
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location

    Situated in the Chelmer Valley with stunning views towards the River Chelmer, The Old Calf House is set on...

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  • Maldon, Essex
    Maldon, Essex×

    Conifers

    Maldon, Essex

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    Ref: 25092
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    Situated in the pleasant market town of Maldon, this refurbished semi-detached holiday home offers a perfect base...

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