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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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  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×
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    Ref: 17980
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over...

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  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×
    6
    2
    2
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    Ref: 17981
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over...

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    Pets included
    Pets go free
  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×
    6
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 17979
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over...

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    Pets included
    Pets go free
  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×
    6
    2
    2
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    Ref: 17978
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over...

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    Pets included
    Pets go free
  • Castle Hedingham, Essex
    Castle Hedingham, Essex×

    The Olde Cart Lodge

    Castle Hedingham, Essex

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

    Nestling in a rural location on the edge of Castle Hedingham and situated on a working farm, this spacious,...

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  • Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex×

    Homestead

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

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    Ref: UKC1415
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    Spacious and comfortably furnished, this terraced holiday property sits on the edge of a private residential park,...

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    Pets go free
  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,
    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, ×

    Saffron Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

    4
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    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...

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    Pets included
    Pets go free
  • Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex
    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex×

    Old Applecroft Farm Cottage

    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex

    4
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    1
    Ref: UKC1463
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    Old Applecroft Farm Cottage is a delightful, detached cottage ideal for small families and couples. Boasting a...

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  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×

    Hycliffe

    St Osyth, Essex

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    Ref: 24157
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    Hycliffe is a tastefully furnished, single storey detached holiday property with the beach a few yards away and...

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    Pets go free
  • West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex
    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex×

    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


    Little Lodge is a delightful single storey property in the hidden gem of West Mersea. Situated only 200 yards...

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  • Black Notley, near Braintree, Essex
    Black Notley, near Braintree, Essex×

    Casa Micá

    Black Notley, near Braintree, Essex

    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: UKC795
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    This quaint, charming single storey annex is located in Black Notley, a few miles from Braintree in Essex. Adjoining...

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  • Wimbish, near Saffron Walden , Essex
    Wimbish, near Saffron Walden , Essex ×

    Lower Granary

    Wimbish, near Saffron Walden , Essex

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    Ref: E5441
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location


    Set on a working arable farm amidst gloriously peaceful and attractive farmland, this delightful ground...

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    Pets go free

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