Essex holiday cottages

Essex is a county made for exploring. With so many choices it is hard to know where to head first! It is a destination of contrasts. Offering thrills and excitement for those wanting an action-packed weekend with friends. Or if you are a history and culture enthusiast then it also delivers some unique experiences. Perfect for family fun, along with your four-legged friend, wander the beaches and forests of this compact adventure playground. Not forgetting foodies seeking local quality produce, it packs a punch with award-winning vineyards, Royal Jam makers, and of course, the world's longest pier, where Jamie Oliver films his Friday night feast. To experience a slice of this county, take a look at our selection of Essex holiday cottages. If you're looking for inspiration then scroll down for our suggestions of things to see and do in the area.

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Inspiration of things to see and do in our holiday cottages in Essex

This diverse county in the southeast of England has a mix of historical sites, beautiful countryside, and vibrant towns. Here are the top five things to see and do:

  1. Colchester Castle and Colchester Zoo: Explore the rich history of Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town, by visiting the Colchester Castle Museum, which houses fascinating exhibits and artefacts from Roman times to the present day. Afterwards, head to Colchester Zoo, one of the best zoos in the UK, to see a wide variety of animals and enjoy family-friendly attractions.

  2. Dedham Vale (Constable Country): Discover the picturesque Dedham Vale, also known as Constable Country, which inspired the famous painter John Constable. The serene landscapes, charming villages, and the River Stour offer a perfect setting for leisurely walks and enjoying the beauty of the English countryside.

  3. Southend-on-Sea: Visit Southend-on-Sea, a popular seaside resort with a long stretch of sandy beach, funfair rides, and amusements. Take a stroll along the iconic Southend Pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world, for stunning views of the estuary.

  4. Audley End House and Gardens: Step back in time at Audley End House, a grand Jacobean mansion with impressive interiors and beautifully landscaped gardens. Explore the historic rooms, enjoy the stunning grounds, and experience the life of the Victorian elite.

  5. Hylands House and Estate: Enjoy the elegance of Hylands House, a neoclassical mansion set within Hylands Estate. The estate features landscaped gardens, woodlands, and lakes, providing a peaceful retreat for walks and picnics.

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