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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Lily Lodge Ref: 29724

Located opposite the beach, Lily Lodge provides the perfect setting for a traditional seaside holiday. This detached house is well-furnished and has a large, sunny, fully-paved rear courtyard as well as a lawned garden to the front. The two first floor bedrooms have French doors onto the balcony providing far reaching views out to sea. The sandy beach is directly opposite the house, also close by is the Haven Country Park and sailing club. The area is excellent for bird watchers, particularly for sighting migrant birds, and for walkers and cyclists there are numerous foot and cycle paths. Take a walk along glorious sandy beaches between the seaside towns of Clacton and Frinton. Guests can choose between vibrant Clacton with its 19th-century pier or the more exclusive and discerning Frinton where it’s beach is studded with Victorian style beach huts, both have a good range of shops and restaurants. Further along the coast is Walton on the Naze where you can try your hand at sea fishing on the country’s 2nd longest pier. Lily Lodge is a perfect holiday location to enjoy the hidden delights of this part of the Essex coastline and countryside. Quaint villages include Dedham and Flatford Mill (Constable Country) or visit tranquil gardens, sandy beaches and excellent shopping. The county town of Colchester with its zoo and castle is an easy drive. Garden lovers might like to visit Beth Chatto’s famous garden. Beach 20 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and tiled floor. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with French doors, 1 twin with French doors. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Front lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Enclosed rear courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Balconies. Barbecue. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£500-£958
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Maycot Ref: 27213

This well-furnished, detached house with attractive lawned garden is located close to the beach at Point Clear Bay. Known as the ‘sunshine coast’, this part of Essex is a hidden gem. The holiday property is ideally situated for visiting Frinton, Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton, or exploring Constable Country. The historic village of St Osyth has shops, restaurants, boating lake and fishing. Ideal for bird watchers, cyclists and walkers, or take the foot ferry (seasonal) to Mersea Island or Brightlingsea. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with parquet floor. Conservatory/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with parquet floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with Velux and en-suite shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas & electricity included (£25per week November-March). Bed linen & towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden, sitting-out area, furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£254-£811
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Daisy Cottage Ref: 24191

This detached bungalow is perfect for family holidays with its enclosed rear garden and proximity to the sea and beach. With ramp access to the front and rear of the property, and all accommodation on one level, it is also ideally suited to less mobile or wheelchair dependent visitors. It is 9 miles from the historic town of Colchester with its castle and zoo, and is ideal for those who enjoy walking, cycling, swimming and bird watching, or wish to explore Dedham Vale, the Stour Valley or Constable Country. Famous fish restaurant 1/2 mile. Shop 300 yards, pub 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with patio doors, 1 twin (zip and link). Wet room with toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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£244-£768
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Hycliffe Ref: 24157

Hycliffe is a tastefully furnished, single storey detached holiday property with the beach a few yards away and extensive sea views over Point Clear Bay and the bird sanctuary. Known as the sunshine coast, this part of Essex is a hidden gem and Hycliffe is ideally situated to visit the nearby resorts of Frinton, Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton or for exploring nearby Constable Country and the county town of Colchester with its castle, museum and zoo. Ideal for cyclists, walkers and bird watchers, visitors can also take a trip by a foot ferry (seasonal) to Mersea Island and Brightlingsea. Shops 200 yards, pub ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

Electric heaters (£30per week). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Slopes in grounds and external steps to doors.

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£320-£802
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Sandy Ridge Ref: 29127

Outdoor swimming pool and hot tub

Located in a quiet road opposite the beach at Holland-on-Sea, a stay in Sandy Ridge provides the perfect setting for a traditional family seaside holiday. This detached, spacious house is well-furnished and has a sunny, west-facing garden with an outdoor private swimming pool and hot tub, and is approximately 100 yards from the pedestrian path to the sandy beach and promenade. The property has BT infinity wi-fi, and also close by is the Haven Country Park and the sailing club. The area is excellent for bird watchers, particularly for sighting migrants birds, and for walkers there are numerous footpaths. Set a comfortable, equidistant walk along glorious sandy beaches between the seaside towns of Clacton and Frinton, guests can choose between vibrant Clacton with its 19th-century pier or the more exclusive Frinton; Frinton’s beach is studded with Victorian-style beach huts and both towns have a good range of shops and restaurants. Every year the area hosts the Clacton Air Show on Thursday and Friday before August Bank Holiday, and it is also the base for the start/finish line of the Clacton Triathlon, which takes place on the first or second weekend in September. Further along the coast is Walton-on-the-Naze where you can try your hand at sea fishing on the country’s third-longest pier. Sandy Ridge is a perfect holiday location to enjoy the hidden delights of this part of the Essex coastline and countryside with quaint villages including Dedham and Flatford Mill (Constable Country), tranquil gardens, sandy beaches and excellent shopping. The county town of Colchester, with its zoo and castle, is an easy drive. Garden lovers might like to visit Beth Chatto’s famous garden. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor and patio doors. Second living room. Kitchen with breakfast area, patio doors and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (6ft), 2 twin. Shower room with double shower and toilet.

Gas central heating included (£50per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. Playstation 3. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband. Large lawned garden with pool patio area and furniture. Juliet balcony. Ample parking. Outdoor swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.9m to 2m), open 9am to 10pm everyday May-September. Hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 4 steps in the swimming pool.

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£816-£2222
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
The Moorings Ref: BWM


Overlooking the North Sea with stunning views from most rooms, this unique detached property is the perfect seaside holiday home. An extremely spacious house, it provides the ideal base for any family or group of friends. The Moorings has been restored to a very good standard enhancing its many original features. On entering the property, guests are greeted by the grand entrance hall and sweeping staircase with stained glass windows. It boasts 5 bedrooms which comfortably sleep up to 10 people, and a spacious living room which has large panoramic windows overlooking the water and an open log fire for cosy nights in. A large games room for the young (and the young at heart!) has a table tennis table, piano, Playstation 3, TV, books, board games and much more. The large dining room has French doors which open onto the patio and lead into the enclosed, lawned and courtyard garden, just perfect for a summer evening barbecue and a glass of wine from the wine cooler in the kitchen. With historic Harwich and Dovercourt on your doorstep, there is plenty to see and do. Dovercourt Bay’s award-winning beach is just across the road, and Dovercourt town centre is only 100 yards away, with a mixture of local and national stores. Along the seafront, find cafés, a boating lake, tennis courts, putting and croquet, roller skating, a small amusement arcade and a sports centre with an indoor pool. Neighbouring ‘old’ Harwich is full of history, with the Redoubt Fort and maritime museums open all year round. It is also home to the Mayflower Project, where visitors can see the building of an exact replica of the famous ship that took the pilgrims to America almost 400 years ago. From Harwich Ha’penny Pier, catch the foot ferry over to Shotley Marina or the Edwardian seaside town of Felixstowe, getting a close up view of the huge container vessels that berth at the docks. Travel a little further afield, by car, bus or train, to Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, with its castle and internationally recognised zoo. Constable Country is on the doorstep, with fantastic walks along the River Stour, and rowing from Dedham and Flatford. Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze, three uniquely different seaside towns, are all within 15 miles. From Walton, take a guided, two hour trip around the ’backwaters’ to see, not only a number of different rare seabirds, but also a large colony of grey seals. Harwich Golf Club is just 2 miles away, and Clacton and Frinton each have two courses. There are a number of pubs and restaurants within walking distance. This unique property and special coastal location will be sure to create fantastic holiday memories for you, your family and your friends. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Spacious living room with open fire and sea views. Large dining room with wooden floor and French doors to garden. Galley-style kitchen. Games room. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed, one with balcony, one with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Twin bedroom with TV. Bunk bedroom. Two shower rooms, each with toilet. All bedrooms with sea views.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • 42" satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small enclosed courtyard garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Games room with Playstation 3, table tennis, piano, TV and board games
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 5 steps to garden

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£1012-£2258
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Sea Shell House Ref: 30472


This spacious, detached holiday home lies between lively Clacton-on-Sea, and the peaceful avenues of Holland-on-Sea, approximately 200 yards from the beach, and just a mile from Clacton Pier, with its rides, amusements, go karting and 10 pin bowling. Clacton town centre has numerous pubs, eateries, a cinema and shops. There are two fantastic theatres, hosting a variety of shows with celebrities and musicians throughout the year, and traditional pantomines at Christmas. The pier is the focal point for the annual airshow in August, and has regular firework displays on Sundays throughout the summer and autumn. It also hosts the Christmas day swim, where up to a hundred hardy souls, many in fancy dress, plunge into the sea for charity. It is well worth watching, you need to be very brave to join in! There are four golf courses within 5 miles, fishing is popular from the beaches and the pier, and there are several opportunites for bird watching nearby. You can drive, cycle or walk along the coast to nearby Frinton and Walton with their fantastic beaches and unique charm. Throughout the summer months, you can take a two hour guided boat trip around the backwaters to see many species of sea birds, and a colony of up to 100 grey seals. Further afield, visit Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, with it’s castle and world famous zoo. Local towns such as St Osyth, Brightlingsea and Wivenhoe are all well worth a visit. Constable Country is on your doorstep, with fantastic walks along the river Stour and rowing at Dedham and Flatford. Whether you have had a fun time on the beach or exploring the local area, what better way to end the day than relaxing in the warm bubbles of the hot tub. Shop and restaurant ½ mile, pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 42" satellite TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Hot tub (from mid-december). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£351-£1001
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