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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
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 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
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Glass Room Ref: BVW

This delightful, holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s period property and its name refers to the stunning floor-to-ceiling window in the bedroom. It is set in an AONB in the Dedham Vale where the artist John Constable painted many of his famous scenes. Set in the owner’s grounds, with its own private area of garden, it is the ideal choice for a romantic break and is in an excellent area for walking and cycling. The nearby Roman town of Colchester has an excellent range of shops, as well as a zoo and castle. The peaceful Stour Estuary, Maningtree, and Mistley are a 6-minute drive, whilst London is less than an hour away by train. An excellent location to explore all the delights of both Essex and Suffolk. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Large living/dining room with kitchen area and French doors. First floor: Double bedroom with
6ft bed, floor-to-ceiling window and vaulted ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine (in owner’s utility, by arrangement)
  • Wi-fi
  • Lawned garden
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£325-£706
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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

This charming holiday property is set in the grounds of the owner’s 15th-century home in a countryside location. With views over Lamarsh Church, it is right on the border of Suffolk and Essex, deep in the Stour Valley, otherwise known as Constable Country. A short drive away are Sudbury, Clare, Lavenham, Bures and Long Melford. The Suffolk Heritage Coastline, Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Cambridge and Newmarket are within easy reach. Shops 4 miles, pubs ½ mile.

Large living room with electric woodburner, sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and stable door to garden. Kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking), brick floor and beams. Twin bedroom with zip and link beds. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Separate toilet.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large lawned garden with furniture
  • Shared 1-acre grounds and 12-acre meadowland
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking (for cars and horse lorry) and additional covered parking
  • Stabling available by arrangement with owner
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£359-£612
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. 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.

WAS
NOW
£318-£811
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Walnut Cottage Ref: 28643

Dating back to 1897, Walnut Cottage has been lovingly restored to provide a cosy holiday retreat. An ideal base to explore the delights of Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Set in a quiet location adjoining the owner’s home, the nearby village of Takeley has a couple of gastro pub/restaurants and a village PO. Just a few minutes’ drive from the M11 and Stansted Airport which has convenient rail links to London (45 minutes), and Cambridge. There are many delightful places nearby to visit including Hatfield Forest (a NT country park). Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor. Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and oak floor. 1 double bedroom with oak floor. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Use of owner’s washing machine. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£331-£679
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.

WAS
NOW
£226-£586
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
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. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room with bath, shower and 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.

WAS
NOW
£266-£579
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.

WAS
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£320-£802
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