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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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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Seaview Ref: E5228

Commanding spectacular views over Martello Bay and just 20 yards to the glorious beach, this town house property with its first floor balcony, sea views from the ground floor bedroom and enclosed garden is perfect for a family holiday. Just under a mile from Clacton’s shops, pubs, pleasure pier and seafront gardens. It is situated close to the golf course and there are many restaurants to choose from. The nearby designer village offers great shopping opportunities. The historic town of Colchester with its famous zoo and castle, Constable Country and the Tiptree jam factory, a must for afternoon tea, are within an easy drive.

Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. Parking. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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£408-£861
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
St Elmo Ref: E4372

Set on the unique island of Mersea, between the Colne and Blackwater estuaries, this delightful, detached property lies within 10 minutes’ stroll of the sandy beach, and just 5 minutes from shops, pub and restaurants. This popular yachting and fishing area has excellent local seafood and is a paradise for walkers and birdwatchers. Colchester Zoo and Castle 10 miles. Constable Country and Clacton-on-Sea within 20 miles.

Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Gas CH and elec inc (£20 Oct-Apr). Bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. DVDs. Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. BBQ. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over rolling countryside. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed at the nearby lake. This is excellent walking and bird watching country and holiday makers will enjoy walks down to the creek. These old farm buildings have been converted, and are grouped around a courtyard, yet each retains individual privacy. The cottages with their mellow decor and quality furnishings, provide complete relaxation in this delightful corner of Essex. This area is well regarded as Essex’s best kept secret with the interesting and popular small towns of Brightlingsea, Wivenhoe, Mersea, Clacton, Frinton and Walton-on-the-Naze, all within ½ hours drive. The town of Colchester is close by, famous for its cobbled streets, castle and zoo, with a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Further afield are Ipswich, Chelmsford and Felixstowe. Many picturesque villages and Constable country are close by, with Dedham, Manningtree, Nayland, Lavenham and Long Melford to name but a few. Other local pastimes include golf and horse riding. All properties are on the ground floor and have wheelchair access. Shop 500 yards, pub 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite wet room and toilet, 1 bunk. Wet room with toilet.

Electricity panel heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Patio and furniture. Shared use of communal garden and 2-acre grounds. Parking (2-3 cars). No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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£318-£811
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Farthings Ref: BUA

Located in the peaceful village of Boxted in the Dedham Vale, Farthings is a single-storey holiday home with valley views from the garden. One of a pair, furnished and equipped to a very high standard, the property has added bonus of a hot tub and detached games room in the garden. Guests also have private use of the owner’s outdoor heated swimming pool (open May to end September), and large enclosed hot tub, as well as use of the owner’s extensive grounds - which have many delightful areas where guests might like to picnic. The surrounding area is a delight to explore: there are many footpaths in the village and Flatford Mill, in the heart of Constable Country is 4 miles away. Dedham village is 3 miles, where guests can hire a rowing boat on the River Stour or enjoy walking in the unspoilt countryside. Farthings is also conveniently located for golf at nearby Stoke-by-Nayland (2 miles) whilst keen gardeners may enjoy a visit to Beth Chatto’s Garden, 7 miles. Nearby Colchester, famous for being the oldest town in England, has a castle and museum set in attractive parkland that stretches down to the River Colne, a zoo and an interesting range of shops, restaurants, galleries and pubs. Colchester also has a rail link to London which takes 50 minutes, so visitors can enjoy a day in the busy capital city and then return to the peace and tranquillity of Farthings. For a day by the sea, guests can choose between the sunshine coast of Essex at Frinton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton or the Heritage coastline of nearby Suffolk where the beaches at Felixstowe, Aldeburgh, Southwold or Walberswick can be enjoyed. Pub 2½ miles.

Living room with wood-burning stove, French doors and oak floor. Large, well-equipped kitchen with electric range (for cooking), TV and dining area with oak floor. Utility. Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed; each with TV, oak floor and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with oak floor. Fully-tiled bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full electric central heating (underfloor in bathrooms), bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Six TVs (one Satellite)
  • Five DVDs
  • Wii
  • Stereo/CD
  • Wi-fi
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed lawned garden with large paved patio and furniture
  • Gas barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Secure cycle store
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool (32ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6ft 6in, open May-September) with changing facilities and hot tub (in owner’s grounds, 150 yards)
  • Private hot tub
  • External games room with table tennis, pool table, table football, darts and TV/DVD
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No smoking

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£794-£2454
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Hope House Ref: 30042


This spacious, semi-detached, delightful seaside holiday property is in a fantastic central location. Hope House is unique and has been decorated with a seaside theme in mind and boasts a smart, spacious interior for families and couples. Private parking offers ease and flexibility, and guests also have the use of an enclosed courtyard for an evening BBQ and glass of wine. An ideal holiday base with Clacton Pier just a short stroll away where you will find traditional attractions including bowling, amusements and cafe. Wander along the seafront promenade to a sandy beach, garden walk and the Pavilion Bowl with bar, restaurant and amusements. A few minutes’ walk takes you to the town centre for an array of shops, bars, restaurants, takeaways, the Princes Theatre, Westcliff Theatre, cinema, leisure centre and more. Local attractions include the Martello Tower Petting Zoo at Clacton, the famous Jaywick Martello Tower, Old Maritime Museum at Walton-on-the-Naze, crazy golf, and several firework displays on the pier throughout the year. A short drive will take you to the picturesque village of Great Bentley and then on to Colchester, said to be the oldest recorded town in Britain. The Lifehouse Spa is also a short drive away at Thorpe-Le-Soken. Beach ½ mile. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with laminate floor. Kitchen with laminate floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with wooden floor, 1 single with additional pull-out single and laminate floor. Bathroom (no toilet). Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. MP3 connection. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£291-£926
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Showmans Wagon Ref: W42097

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 hire can be arranged locally. The area is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts with deer and bird watching available. Badger sightings are almost guaranteed, bring some peanuts. Shops 2.5 miles, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. microwave. Enclosed garden with furniture. Shared use of 150 acre of farmland with unfenced ponds. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£199-£405
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Stokers Loft Ref: BRY

Located in West Mersea just 20 yards from the sea, this delightfully converted property offers fantastic views from its upstairs living area. Stokers Loft is the ideal holiday location for sailing enthusiasts, the public hard for dinghies is just a few yards from the property. It is also conveniently situated for two renowned fish restaurants (the Company Shed and the Oyster Bar), local shops and pubs. Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK and is reached by crossing the Strood causeway (liable to be cut off for short periods during high/spring tides). Only 9 miles from Colchester with its famous castle and zoo, Mersea is also conveniently located for exploring Dedham Vale, Stour Valley and Constable country. A superb location for walking, bird-watching, swimming and cycling, Mersea boasts a beach of sand and shingle. A country club with golf and health club is a short drive away. Shop 75 yards, pubs 250 yards.

Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Beamed open-plan living room with double futon bed (for alternative sleeping only)/dining room with Velux windows, wooden floor and compact beamed galley-style kitchen.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Sky TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • No garden
  • Parking (for 1 car) 20 yards
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£281-£618
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Rosemary Cottage Ref: E5299

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 will enjoy Battlesbridge, Colchester Castle and zoo, The Jam Museum and tea shop at Tiptree a must for afternoon tea, Southend for family fun or the quaint seaside town of Leigh-on-Sea and Maldon with its delightful harbour. Just 10 minutes away Lakeside and Bluewater offers unique shopping experiences and Mersea Island is a must to sample the locally caught shellfish at the famous restaurant. The owner offers fishing at a nearby lake foc. There is an award winning pub approximately 3 miles away. Shop and pub under 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and wooden floor/kitchen area with beams. 1 double bedroom with beams. 2 steps up and then 2 steps down to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep narrow stairs to 1 twin bedroom (2ft 6in for children) with beams and sloping ceiling.

Satellite TV. D/washer. Wi-fi.

All properties: Elec heaters, elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. Patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£278-£585
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Barn Ref: 30037


Nestling within the owner’s pretty garden, The Barn has been sympathetically converted to offer comfortable holiday accommodation and is just a short drive from Cambridge. There is so much to explore in the local area, including the Imperial War Museum Duxford, where you can lose yourself wandering under and around some of the most iconic aircraft in the world and get hands-on with their award-winning interactive exhibitions. The museum is home to an impressive collection of over two hundred aircraft, as well as tanks, military vehicles and boats, so true enthusiasts will find that one day really just isn’t enough. The university city of Cambridge is not only picturesque but also offers many attractions. Opened to the public in 1846, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden develops and displays over 8,000 different plant species in 40 acres of beautiful landscapes. In addition, there are numerous museums including The Museum For Computing History, The University Museum of Zoology, The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the famous Fitzwilliam Museum and The Museum of Cambridge. Of course, there are also historic universities to be explored, many organised tours, punting on the River Cam and numerous shops, restaurants and cafés. For those wishing to leave their car behind, a train directly from the village of Newport will deliver you to Cambridge station in less than half an hour. Plus, you can travel from the same station directly into London Liverpool Street in around an hour, so you can enjoy a spot of sightseeing in the nation’s capital city. Also close by is the medieval market town of Saffron Walden, 3 miles, which was once the location of Oliver Cromwell’s army headquarters, and where you can enjoy Bridge End Gardens and numerous shopping and eating opportunities. Add in a visit to Audley End House and Gardens, and Anglesey Abbey, and you’ll be really spoilt for choice. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£164-£466
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Sandy Banks Ref: 29511

This semi-detached, single-storey property is a quaint seafront annexe, the wing of a larger property, in the heart of Clacton-on-Sea. All of the town’s amenities are within walking distance; it is home to an array of shops, pubs and restaurants. Comfortably furnished, Sandy Banks has an enclosed courtyard and a sea view at the front to make your stay even more enjoyable. An ideal holiday base with Clacton Pier, the Princes Theatre and Clacton-on-Sea beach all close by. For attractions heaped in history, visit the famous Jaywick Martello Tower and Old Maritime Museum. Sandy Banks is easily accessed by road and rail. Beach 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with laminate floor. Kitchen with laminate floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. MP3 player. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday.

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NOW
£226-£586
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over rolling countryside. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed at the nearby lake. This is excellent walking and bird watching country and holiday makers will enjoy walks down to the creek. These old farm buildings have been converted, and are grouped around a courtyard, yet each retains individual privacy. The cottages with their mellow decor and quality furnishings, provide complete relaxation in this delightful corner of Essex. This area is well regarded as Essex’s best kept secret with the interesting and popular small towns of Brightlingsea, Wivenhoe, Mersea, Clacton, Frinton and Walton-on-the-Naze, all within ½ hours drive. The town of Colchester is close by, famous for its cobbled streets, castle and zoo, with a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Further afield are Ipswich, Chelmsford and Felixstowe. Many picturesque villages and Constable country are close by, with Dedham, Manningtree, Nayland, Lavenham and Long Melford to name but a few. Other local pastimes include golf and horse riding. All properties are on the ground floor and have wheelchair access. Shop 500 yards, pub 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite wet room and toilet, 1 bunk. Wet room with toilet.

Electricity panel heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Patio and furniture. Shared use of communal gardens and 2-acre grounds. Parking (2-3 cars). No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£318-£811
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Croft Ref: 28243

This detached, thatched, Grade II listed holiday cottage dating back to the 15th century has exposed beams and an enclosed garden. Cosy in the winter and cool in the summer, it is perfect for a year-round break. Surrounded by countryside, footpaths abound; the area is ideal for walking or cycling. Shop and restaurant ¼ mile, pub 20 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with brick floor. Kitchen with breakfast area. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link, can be twin). Second stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. Both bedrooms with vaulted ceiling and wooden floor. Beams throughout.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled garden, summerhouse, sitting-out area, furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children under 10 years.

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£221-£634
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