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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
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.

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£278-£585
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Cart Lodge Ref: 29571


Enjoy a relaxing holiday in this detached, former cart lodge, in a peaceful, rural location in the owners’ grounds, surrounded by beautiful countryside of the Colne Valley with mixed arable and livestock farmland all around. There are vast areas of woodland and stunning scenery where you can enjoy walking, cycling, bird watching and getting up close to nature with the abundance of wildlife including roe and monkjack deer, badgers, owls and other birds of prey. Within close proximity to Britain’s oldest recorded town of Colchester and ‘Constable Country’ where attractions include Colchester Castle, Colchester Zoo, Flatford Mill in the beautiful Dedham Vale, the inspiration for John Constable’s paintings, Colne Valley Railway, home to Thomas the Tank engine, Mersea Island which can be reached on foot or by road at low tide, Beth Chatto Gardens, Audley End House and Gardens, and Hyde Hall Estate. Situated on the Suffolk border you will also have the opportunity to explore further afield and visit Gainsborough’s House, Kentwell Hall, a red brick Tudor mansion with rare breed farm, the medieval village of Lavenham, Jimmy’s Farm, Sutton Hoo, Framlingham Castle, Ickworth House and the charming seaside town of Aldeburgh famous for its fish and chips, and the market town of Snape with its Maltings. Also a short distance to two golf courses. Shop, pub and restaurant 3/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floors. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, (one 5ft), one with additional single (2ft 6in), both with Velux.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD/MP3 connection. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Private courtyard garden with decking and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday

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£450-£967
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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
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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
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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Old Calf House Ref: 29282

Situated in the Chelmer Valley with stunning views towards the River Chelmer, The Old Calf House is set on the owner’s 500-acre farm with footpaths and bridleways. This single-storey detached farm building is located in a beautiful, but little known part of the Essex countryside, ideal for cycling, bird watching or walking. Just a few minutes’ drive is Papermill Lock with canal and country walks, canal cruises and a tea room. Visit Maldon with a range of shops, restaurants and promenade park, the RHS garden at Hyde Hall and Marsh Farm Country Park. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with beams and 2 single sofa beds. Dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steps throughout.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Courtyard. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge, to be kept on lead, working farm. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond in grounds, 100 yards.

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£284-£662
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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.

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£286-£662
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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
Shortlist
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.

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£237-£669
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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NOW
£816-£2222
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Crow’s Nest Ref: 29314

Located above the Colne Yacht Club, the Crow’s Nest provides spectacular views across the Colne Estuary and out to sea. This second-floor holiday apartment is set in the historic Brightlingsea yachting harbour, where there is year-round activity available, including sailing (visitors enjoy temporary membership of the yacht club), a public open-air swimming pool, beach with colourful beach huts, and a local ferry to explore the charming Mersea Island. Brightlingsea has a wide range of shops and restaurants, as well as a museum, but is also conveniently located to explore the sunshine coast of Essex or, further inland, the county town of Colchester with its castle and zoo. Shop, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

External, open-tread, concrete stairs to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. NB: River, 15 yards.

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£228-£664
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Cart Lodge Ref: 27606

Set in the grounds of Rawreth Hall, this detached holiday home dates back to the 18th century. Visitors can explore south east Essex or spend a day in London, with direct trains from nearby Rayleigh Station to Stratford and London Liverpool Street. Nearby Battlesbridge hosts a large antiques centre and RHS Hyde Hall is just a short drive. Within a few miles is Leigh-on-Sea where guests can enjoy a plate of seafood from the famous cockle sheds. Cycling, walking and golf available locally. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional Z-bed (on request). Separate toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared use of 2½-acre landscaped grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond 10 yards.

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£0-£0
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