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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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  • Lawford, Essex×
    9.4 20 reviews
    9.4 20 reviews

    Lawford, Essex

    Ref: UKC1653
    Luxury Wifi Car parking on site Detached Garden / Patio Rural Location Woodburning Stove
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  • Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex×
    9 13 reviews
    9 13 reviews

    Ardleigh Heath, near Colchester, Essex

    Ref: BVW
    Wifi Car parking on site Garden / Patio
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  • Holland-on-Sea, Essex×
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    Holland-on-Sea, Essex

    Ref: UK10405
    Coastal Luxury Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Pets go free Coast within 1 mile Detached Garden / Patio Ground Floor Facilities
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  • Langham, near Colchester, Essex×
    9.5 34 reviews
    9.5 34 reviews

    Langham, near Colchester, Essex

    Ref: 30314
    Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Garden / Patio Ground Floor Facilities Rural Location
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    The Orchard & Old Bakery - The Old Bakery
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  • Purleigh, near Chelmsford, Essex×
    9.2 23 reviews
    9.2 23 reviews

    Purleigh, near Chelmsford, Essex

    Ref: UKC942
    Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Detached Garden / Patio Ground Floor Facilities Rural Location
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  • West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex×
    9 25 reviews
    9 25 reviews

    West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex

    Ref: UKC1875
    Coastal Wifi Car parking on site Pub within 1 mile Pets go free Coast within 1 mile Ground Floor Facilities
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  • Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex×
    8.5 22 reviews
    8.5 22 reviews

    Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex

    Ref: UKC182
    Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Garden / Patio Rural Location Woodburning Stove
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    Woodlands Cottages - Evie Rose Cottage
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  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, ×
    8.7 50 reviews
    8.7 50 reviews

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,

    Ref: E5298
    Car parking on site Pub within 1 mile Rural Location Woodburning Stove
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    Rosemary Cottage
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    Saffron Cottage
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    Bee Cottage
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  • White Colne, near Colchester, Essex×
    Newly Listed
    9.8 13 reviews
    9.8 13 reviews

    White Colne, near Colchester, Essex

    Ref: UKC3457
    Hot Tub Luxury Car parking on site Detached Garden / Patio Ground Floor Facilities Rural Location Woodburning Stove
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  • Saffron Walden, Essex×
    9.2 14 reviews
    9.2 14 reviews

    Saffron Walden, Essex

    Ref: UKC2295
    Wifi Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Pets go free Garden / Patio
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  • Langham, near Colchester, Essex×
    9.5 40 reviews
    9.5 40 reviews

    Langham, near Colchester, Essex

    Ref: 30315
    Wifi Car parking on site Pub within 1 mile Garden / Patio Ground Floor Facilities Rural Location
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    The Orchard & Old Bakery - The Orchard
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  • Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex×
    8.4 29 reviews
    8.4 29 reviews

    Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex

    Ref: E5574
    Car parking on site Pub within 1 mile Rural Location
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    Lavender Cottage
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    Rosemary Cottage
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    Saffron Cottage
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