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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, ×

    Saffron Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

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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 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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    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. The area offers many attractions, antique lovers...

    Lavender Cottage
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    Rosemary Cottage
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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
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    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...

  • 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...

  • 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
    In an excellent rural location set on a working fruit farm, ideal for a small family, walkers and birdwatchers.
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    Pippins is a charming, semi-detached holiday property, adjacent to the owner’s home, located on a working fruit farm in Halstead, it is set next to a quiet road and has an enclosed garden, as well as a sun catching conservatory. Set in a rural location, however only a short distance to all amenities and the picturesque village of Wickham Saint Paul. Pay to pick your own fruit and vegetables on the farm for an evening BBQ, and have a coffee and browse the on-site shop....

  • Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex
    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex×

    Old Applecroft Farm Cottage

    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex

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    Ref: UKC1463
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - 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 Farm Cottage is a delightful, detached cottage ideal for small families and couples. Boasting a farmhouse style throughout, the property has the added feature of a large conservatory offering views of the surrounding 7-acre grounds. Each booking will receive a welcome gift on arrival. Perfect for weekends away, with close proximity to transport links, whilst being situated deep in the Essex countryside. The village of Great Henny is very rural but offers all you need,...

  • Birch, near Colchester, Essex
    Birch, near Colchester, Essex×

    Baytree Cottages - Baytree Cottage 2

    Birch, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: 31050
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a relaxing break at this property, located in the quaint village of Birch, close to Colchester.
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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 1
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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....

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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
    Within a rural location, this lodge lies on a working farm with commanding views reaching far down a valley.
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    Nestling in a rural location on the edge of Castle Hedingham and situated on a working farm, this spacious, renovated, detached cart lodge, adjacent to the owner’s farmhouse, commands far reaching views over a valley towards Hedingham Castle. Guests have their own garden area and use of the owner’s garden and extensive grounds. Castle Hedingham lies in the valley of the River Colne on the ancient road between Colchester, 20 miles, and Cambridge, 30 miles. Places of...

  • 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
    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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    Sea Folly is a comfortable three-bedroom terraced house in the seaside town of Brightlingsea. Located just walking distance from the beach, this is a fantastic location to enjoy a coastal holiday with friends and family. Decorated and furnished to a good standard, the property has a spacious garden, dining room and cosy living room. Brightlingsea is a lovely and quaint seaside town with a boating lake, beaches and a lively busy harbour with boat trips available throughout the...

  • Colne Engaine, near Halstead, Essex
    Colne Engaine, near Halstead, Essex×

    The Cart Lodge

    Colne Engaine, near Halstead, Essex

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    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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    Enjoy a relaxing holiday in this detached, former cart lodge, awarded with a Visit Britain Gold Award, it is set in a peaceful, rural location in the owners’ grounds, surrounded by beautiful countryside of the Colne Valley with mixed arable and livestock farmland all around. There are vast areas of woodland and stunning scenery where you can enjoy walking, cycling, bird watching and getting up close to nature with the abundance of wildlife including roe and monkjack...

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