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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
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
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Granary Loft Ref: E5442

Set on a working arable farm amidst gloriously peaceful and attractive farmland, these two delightful ground floor and first floor holiday apartments have been converted from the former granary and adjoin the owners’ home. They boast spectacular views across undulating countryside and are ideal for a relaxing break whatever the season. Both properties offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy bird watching, walking and cycling along the many farm tracks. Situated in the little hamlet of Wimbish just 3 miles from the bustling town of Saffron Walden with its quaint pubs, restaurants and shops. Ideally placed to visit the many attractions in the area, just 50 minutes by train to the centre of London for a days sightseeing, Duxford Imperial War Museum, 8 miles, Newmarket famous for its racing, the city of Cambridge with its famous Backs and universities, the pretty town of Ely with its waterside pubs and English Heritage Audley End which is a venue for many concerts are all within an easy drive. Shop and pub under 1 mile.

Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen area. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

Ground source CH and elec inc (£25pw 2nd Oct-30th Apr).

Both properties: Bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV. DVD. M/wave. D/washer. Freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

WAS
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£368-£780
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Butlers Farm Ref: BTA

Set at the end of a pretty country lane, this large detached Grade II listed farmhouse dating back to 1610 is perfect for a family holiday, celebration or get together with friends. Steeped in character with beams and an inglenook fireplace in the living room, it is set in 4 acres of delightful grounds with an outdoor heated swimming pool. The holiday property has fantastic views over open countryside, with an enjoyable 15-minute walk across fields to the pub but is only a few miles from the charming market town of Saffron Walden. Saffron Walden is one of England’s finest towns packed with half timbered medieval buildings and has a wide selection of shops, restaurants, galleries and a museum. Butlers Farm is ideally situated to explore Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Within easy reach is Cambridge (14 miles), famous for its colleges, museums, botanic gardens and art galleries. Visitors can try their hand at punting along the River Cam. Newmarket is 17 miles for a day at the races and Duxford Imperial War Museum is 8 miles. Other local places of interest include Audley End House, gardens and miniature railway, Mountfitchet Castle, Linton Zoo, Wimpole Hall and Anglesey Abbey. Shops 2 miles.

Large beamed living room with open fire in large inglenook fireplace and French doors. Kitchen/dining room with Aga (for cooking) and doors leading to conservatory. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate walk-in shower and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two double bedrooms, one with additional pull-out Z-bed (for +1). Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Open fire - no fuel provided
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Full oil central heating included (January-March £300 per week)
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • 4-acre garden with terrace and furniture
  • Parking (for 5 cars)
  • Private, outdoor, heated swimming pool (40ft x 20ft, depth range 3ft-8ft) £150 per week, open end May bank hol-end August, with changing facilities
  • No smoking
  • Couples and family bookings only
  • NB: Fenced pond in garden

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£1553-£2613
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.

WAS
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£351-£1001
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Popps Cottage Ref: 19145

This traditional, 200 year old cottage is set in its own grounds in excess of 2 acres, with views of the surrounding farmland. Colchester, 6 miles, with castle and zoo. Chelmsford, 12 miles. Kelvedon, 2 miles, for trains to London. The gardens at the holiday cottage include a sports field, two formal gardens and two ponds (dry from mid July to end Sept). You can even feed the resident chickens. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and beams. Dining room with beams. Kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: Second living room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Videos and small library. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from well. No smoking. NB: Two ponds, 30 yards.

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£658-£658
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3

In a rural location on the edge of the ancient village of Castle Hedingham, these two detached, single-storey holiday homes, set in the owners’ 10 acres of grounds, have far-reaching views over open countryside. The accommodation is well-presented and has the added benefit of a heated indoor swimming pool - the pool is shared between the two cottages (refs W43379 and W43233) and both are allocated 3 hours of private use per day (one hour in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening - the rest of the time is shared use). There is also a large fully equipped barbecue area which can be hired. Castle Hedingham lies in the valley of the River Colne on the ancient road between Colchester (20 miles west) and Cambridge (30 miles east); it still retains many beautiful timber-framed, medieval and Tudor buildings including Hedingham Castle (a Norman castle, the ancestral seat of the Earls of Oxford). The area is ideal for walking or cycling. Nearby places of interest include the Colne Valley steam railway, Sudbury and Saffron Walden. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Single step to entrance: All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 2 twin. Shower room with toilet. Wet room with toilet.

Both properties: Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared landscaped 10-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue (at cost, by arrangement with owner). Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8m x 3.5m, depth 1.2m) with changing room, open 9am to 10pm all year (3 hours’ private use per day). Shared games room with pool table. Table tennis. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 5 steps in grounds.

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£719-£1745
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

WAS
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£1012-£2258
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£244-£768
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3

In a rural location on the edge of the ancient village of Castle Hedingham, these two detached, single-storey holiday homes, set in the owners’ 10 acres of grounds, have far-reaching views over open countryside. The accommodation is well-presented and has the added benefit of a heated indoor swimming pool - the pool is shared between the two cottages (refs W43379 and W43233) and both are allocated 3 hours of private use per day (one hour in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening - the rest of the time is shared use). There is also a large fully equipped barbecue area which can be hired. Castle Hedingham lies in the valley of the River Colne on the ancient road between Colchester (20 miles west) and Cambridge (30 miles east); it still retains many beautiful timber-framed, medieval and Tudor buildings including Hedingham Castle (a Norman castle, the ancestral seat of the Earls of Oxford). The area is ideal for walking or cycling. Nearby places of interest include the Colne Valley steam railway, Sudbury and Saffron Walden. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin with 2 additional singles. Wet room with toilet.

iPod dock. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Pets free of charge.

Both properties: Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared landscaped 10-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue (at cost, by arrangement with owner). Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8m x 3.5m, depth 1.2m) with changing room, open 9am to 10pm all year (3 hours’ private use per day). Shared games room with pool table. Table tennis. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 5 steps in grounds.

WAS
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£381-£1195
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Conifers Ref: 25092

Situated in the pleasant market town of Maldon, this refurbished semi-detached holiday home offers a perfect base for touring Essex. Maldon, featured in several films and TV programmes, is famous for its sea salt, has a charming Victorian promenade park and is the home of the unique annual mud race. There is also barge sailing. Ideal for walkers and cyclists, with golf and sailing available locally. Easy access to London, Southend, Chelmsford and Colchester with its castle and zoo. Other nearby attractions include Marsh Farm, a local vineyard and a brewery. Shops 1/4 mile, pub and restaurant 3/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Laminate floor throughout. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi (payable to BT Openzone). Lawned garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£239-£703
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