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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
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Estuary View Ref: E5409


A real gem, this delightful holiday property is set on a hill overlooking the river estuary; its decked balcony makes a perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying sunsets over the river, while the stylish interior offers a high standard of comfort, perfect for a family holiday whatever the season. Only 45 minutes from London by train (0.5 miles from station) and just yards from the old town of Leigh with its cobbled streets, traditional pubs, museums, restaurants serving local seafood and a man made beach. For the more adventurous, a good walk takes you into nearby Southend-on-Sea which offers family fun and an abundance of shops, restaurants and of course its famous pier. Shop and pub 100 yards.

18 steps down to entrance. Lower ground floor: Utility area. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with wooden floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom.

Gas CH inc (£25pw 2nd Oct-30th Apr). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. Five Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and furniture. Decked balcony. BBQ. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£326-£861
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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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

This detached holiday property is in a beautiful location with views over the River Colne and Blackwater estuarys. An ideal location for walking and bird watching, with Colne Point Nature Reserve on the door step (day passes provided by owner). Cart Lodge is a great place to unwind. The views are wild and beautiful, marsh harriers are seen every day and you can see barn owls hunting on the meadow in front of the cart lodge most evenings. Close to St. Osyth and within easy reach of Colchester, the Essex sunshine coast at Clacton, Walton and Frinton. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with Velux.

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£278-£579
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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
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Saffron Cottage Ref: E5300

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/kitchen area with beams and wooden floor. 2 steps down to 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Mezzanine: 1 twin bedroom.

Woodburner in living room inc. Satellite TV. W/machine. Wi-fi.

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

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NOW
£337-£704
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

Set in 2½-acre grounds with abundant wildlife


Enjoy a relaxing, rural holiday surrounded by 2½ acres of landscaped and natural gardens in one of these two properties which offer a fantastic location for a romantic getaway. With plenty of wildlife to spot, and beehives at the end of the garden, you can wander around the apple orchards or relax on your own private decking area, making this an ideal place for a countryside break. Converted from an old bakery and adjacent to the owners’ home, but very secluded, the cottages (refs 30314 and 30315) still boast original wooden beams, and have been decorated and finished to a very good standard. Langham is about half way between Colchester and Ipswich, close to the A12 which gives easy transport links for exploring the local area. The northern boundary of Langham is also the boundary between Essex and Suffolk. The famous Constable Country is 3 miles away with Flatford Mill and Dedham Vale, and historic Colchester is close by, famous for its cobbled streets, castle and zoo, and has a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Also within reach are Ipswich, Chelmsford, Orford, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe, or enjoy the beach at Clacton-on-Sea. Travel a bit further afield and you can explore the myriad attractions of London. Shop and pub within 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room French doors and beams. Kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Combi microwave/oven/grill.

Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2½-acre garden and orchard. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond in grounds.

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£235-£680
Shortlist
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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NOW
£408-£861
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Coast Cottage Ref: 29215

Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, located on the estuary of the rivers Blackwater and Colne, it is reached by crossing the Strood causeway (liable to be cut off for short periods during high/spring tides). Located in West Mersea next to the church and just a 250 yards from the sea, this cosy, Victorian, semi-detached cottage is the perfect place for a romantic holiday break. A superb location for walking, bird watching, swimming and cycling, Mersea boasts a sandy/shingle beach. Cudmore Grove Country Park with its adjoining beach is great for relaxing walks in its own vineyard. A country club with a health club and golf is a short drive away. Only 9 miles from the county town of Colchester, with its famous castle and zoo. Mersea is also conveniently located for exploring Dedham Vale, the Stour Valley and Constable country. Shop and restaurant 20 yards, pub 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Public car park 100 yards (£2.50 per day). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Step in garden.

WAS
NOW
£286-£662
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
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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