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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, ×

    Lavender Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

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    Ref: E5298
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    With gentle strolls or longer walks accessed from the grounds of Lavender Cottage, you and your dogs will adore this peaceful setting. With gentle strolls or longer walks accessed from the grounds of Lavender Cottage, you and your dogs will adore this peaceful setting.
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    9.2 13 reviews
    9.2 13 reviews

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    Rosemary Cottage
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    Saffron Cottage
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    Bee Cottage
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  • Southend-on-Sea, Essex
    Southend-on-Sea, Essex×

    The Stable

    Southend-on-Sea, Essex

    Southend-on-Sea, Essex

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    Ref: E5514
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Why not choose The Stable as your very own clifftop retreat for that much awaited escape by the sea? Why not choose The Stable as your very own clifftop retreat for that much awaited escape by the sea?
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    10 3 reviews
    10 3 reviews

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  • Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex
    Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex×

    Lake House Cottage

    Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex

    Finchingfield, near Braintree, Essex

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    Ref: 29883
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A characterful thatched cottage set in a quiet, rural area within almost 2 acres of land with private fishing. A characterful thatched cottage set in a quiet, rural area within almost 2 acres of land with private fishing.
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    8.7 13 reviews
    8.7 13 reviews

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  • Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex
    Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex×

    The Glass Room

    Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex

    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. Filled with attractive features and set in an Area of Natural Beauty, this holiday will delight everyone.
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    9.4 9 reviews
    9.4 9 reviews

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  • Saffron Walden, Essex
    Saffron Walden, Essex×

    Rose Cottage

    Saffron Walden, Essex

    Saffron Walden, Essex

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    Ref: UKC2295
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Set in a quiet residential area, this terraced cottage is a great base from which to explore the beautiful, unspoilt Essex countryside. Set in a quiet residential area, this terraced cottage is a great base from which to explore the beautiful, unspoilt Essex countryside.
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    9.1 9 reviews
    9.1 9 reviews

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  • Lawford, Essex
    Lawford, Essex×

    The Bull Pen

    Lawford, Essex

    Lawford, Essex

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    Ref: UKC1653
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This luxurious barn conversion makes a great base for exploring Constable Country and the stunning scenery that was the artists inspiration. This luxurious barn conversion makes a great base for exploring Constable Country and the stunning scenery that was the artists inspiration.
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    9.4 15 reviews
    9.4 15 reviews

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  • Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex
    Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex×

    Hillcroft

    Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex

    Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex

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    Ref: UKC407
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Enjoy a glass of wine, whilst spending time alone with your loved one, admiring the picturesque views of the countryside. Enjoy a glass of wine, whilst spending time alone with your loved one, admiring the picturesque views of the countryside.
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    7.7 7 reviews
    7.7 7 reviews

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

    Woodlands

    Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford , Essex Essex

    Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford , Essex 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. This delightful barn conversion is nestled in the picturesque countryside, surrounded by paddock and woodlands.
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    8.3 9 reviews
    8.3 9 reviews

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    Woodlands Cottages - Evie Rose Cottage
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  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex
    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex×

    Bee Cottage

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex

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    Ref: E5574
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    A stay at Bee Cottage will have you buzzing; relax, unwind and enjoy this rural hive of peace, beauty and wildlife. A stay at Bee Cottage will have you buzzing; relax, unwind and enjoy this rural hive of peace, beauty and wildlife.
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    8.3 6 reviews
    8.3 6 reviews

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    Lavender Cottage
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    Rosemary Cottage
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    Saffron Cottage
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  • West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex
    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex×

    Stokers Loft

    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex

    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex

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    Ref: BRY
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    This delightfully converted property offers fantastic views and is the ideal holiday location with vast sailing opportunities. This delightfully converted property offers fantastic views and is the ideal holiday location with vast sailing opportunities.
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    9 18 reviews
    9 18 reviews

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

    Willow Tree Barn

    Purleigh, near Chelmsford, Essex

    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 - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    The perfect village retreat, Willow Tree Barn is set adjacent to National Trust woodland, but also has easy access to London. The perfect village retreat, Willow Tree Barn is set adjacent to National Trust woodland, but also has easy access to London.
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    9.5 8 reviews
    9.5 8 reviews

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

    Little Lodge

    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex

    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. 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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    8.9 16 reviews
    8.9 16 reviews

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