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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
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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£295-£768
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Lower Granary Ref: E5441

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.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Underfloor ground source CH and elec inc (£25pw 2nd Oct-30th Apr). Enclosed garden and furniture.

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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£337-£704
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Lake House Cottage Ref: 29883

Lake House Cottage is a quaint, thatched, semi-detached cottage with original beams and so much charm. Set on almost 2 acres of the owner’s grounds and surrounded by picturesque landscape, the highlight to this holiday property is the private carp fishing lake (use included, but bring own equipment), where you can spend a relaxing day. Enjoy lovely walks and bird watching surrounded by ducks, horses and plenty of wildlife. Visit the village of Finchingfield, reputed to be the prettiest village in Essex, for afternoon tea or the nearby historic towns of Colchester, Saffron Walden, Chelmsford or Sudbury. The area is renowned for its outstanding beauty and is frequented by walkers and cyclists alike. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with dining area and beams/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of washing machine on request. Freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Carp lake in grounds, 200 yards.

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£221-£570
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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.

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£266-£579
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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.

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£331-£679
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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
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
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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.

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£237-£669
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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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£271-£861
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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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£286-£664
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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
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Owl Barn Ref: 16981

On the outskirts of Dedham, in Constable Country, Owl Barn is set in the grounds of the owner’s 18th century rural cottage. With separate drive, the barn is decorated and furnished to a very good standard, incorporating an enchanting mix of styles. The barn is ideally situated for holidays exploring the numerous attractions in the area. Colchester with its castle and zoo is close by and the Suffolk Heritage Coast is not to be missed. Shops and pubs ¾ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with wooden floor, additional single and en-suite shower room with toilet.

First £10 electricity included, remainder by meter reading. NSH, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled garden area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£411-£672
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