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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
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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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
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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.

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£368-£780
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0


Situated in the quaint village of St Osyth,this spacious, detached, single-storey holiday cottage, accessed by a private drive and adjacent to the owners’ home, is surrounded by 22 acres of land. Blessed with wildlife and overlooking Orchards Holiday Park Golf Club, the beach is only a few hundred yards away. This property is a hidden gem, set away from the main road of St Osyth, yet within walking distance of the local amenities. There are plenty of attractions nearby, including the resorts of Frinton, Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton-on-Sea, and a foot ferry (seasonal) to Mersea Island and Brightlingsea. Constable Country and the county town of Colchester, with its castle, museum and zoo, are also within easy reach. Beach 200 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining area with patio doors and wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Courtyard with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 22-acre natural grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£237-£669
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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.

WAS
NOW
£199-£405
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.

WAS
NOW
£291-£926
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Pippins Ref: 29624


Pippins is a charming, semi-detached holiday property, adjacent to the owner’s home, located on a working fruit farm in Halstead, it is set next to a quiet road and has an enclosed garden, as well as a sun catching conservatory. Set in a rural location, however only a short distance to all amenities and the picturesque village of Wickham Saint Paul. Pay to pick your own fruit and vegetables on the farm for an evening BBQ, and have a coffee and browse the on-site shop. Local attractions include Hedingham Castle and its beautiful grounds, an ideal attraction for a family outing, and during the summer there are a variety of special events which bring its colourful history alive. Come and enjoy one of our exciting jousting tournaments or other entertainments, and the Colne Valley Railway, where you can sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award-winning period country railway. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Utility room. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room (no toilet), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. MP3 player. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 30 acres of natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£260-£861
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Nestling in a rural location on the edge of Castle Hedingham and situated on a working farm, this spacious, renovated, detached cart lodge, adjacent to the owner’s farmhouse, commands far reaching views over a valley towards Hedingham Castle. Guests have their own garden area and use of the owner’s garden and extensive grounds. Castle Hedingham lies in the valley of the River Colne on the ancient road between Colchester, 20 miles, and Cambridge, 30 miles. Places of interest include the Colne Valley Steam Railway and the market town of Sudbury, 7 miles. Shop and pub ½ mile.

Ramp to entrance. Spacious beamed open plan living/dining room with French doors, kitchen area and tiled floor. Beamed double bedroom with 5ft four-poster bed, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Single bedroom with additional pull-out bed (for +1) and en-suite wet room with toilet. First floor: Single bedroom.

  • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Wi-fi
  • Small enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Shared use of owner’s garden and 25-acre grounds
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£324-£802
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Crofters Rest Ref: W43219

Crofters Rest is a delightful Victorian terraced holiday cottage located in a quiet road, has a fully enclosed rear garden, and is just a short walk from the centre of Colchester. There is easy access to a wealth of activities and great restaurants in the area. Colchester, Britain’s oldest Roman town has a zoo, leisure centre, castle and museum. It also has a rail link to London which takes 50 minutes. Also conveniently situated are Brightlingsea, Mersea Island, Felixstowe, Frinton on Sea and Walton on the Naze. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with an additional single pull-out bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric woodburner in dining room included. First £10 gas central heating and gas included, remainder by card meter. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine (in external utility room). Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking (permit included). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£286-£588
Shortlist
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

WAS
NOW
£794-£2454
Shortlist
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. Travel 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
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.

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£244-£768
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