Book a good quality cottage break in East Anglia

Find a fabulous holiday cottage in East Anglia -  that section of England that juts out into the North Sea to the immediate north east of London. 

The counties of Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk make up East Anglia. This part of England is the driest and sunniest. Come for a cottage break with a hot tub and bbq in the garden to have a truly relaxing and wonderful time with the best weather.

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With the exception of Cambridgeshire, all counties share a coastline, which is densely populated in the south near London, more mud than sand in the south, with surprisingly good sandy beaches to be found further north at Clacton on Sea, Frinton on Sea, and Walton on the Naze in Essex, and many more good sandy beaches in Suffolk and Norfolk.  Sailing is popular in many of the coastal towns and estuaries - there are yacht clubs galore, fishing, crabbing and pleasant coastal walks. If this sounds like your kind of holiday, do read about the various types of holiday cottage rentals. The accommodation can be booked for short breaks over a weekend, mid week or an entire week at a time.

When people contemplate cottage holidays in East Anglia, most think of the seaside resorts on the north Norfolk Coast such as Wells-next-the-Sea or Southwold in Suffolk, or Walton-on-the-Naze. All these seaside towns offer very good seaside holidays in East Anglia but the countryside should not be overlooked. Much of East Anglia is flat and ideal for cycling or gentle rambles. It is also attractive to look at and has much to offer for photographic holidays and rambles with dogs.  Throughout East Anglia, you will stumble across charming villages with a green and frequently the obligatory duck pond complete with ducks.  Often a church or pub overlooks the green which is the central point of the village.  Anyone interested in antiques will find a host of antique shops, centres and fairs throughout East Anglia.  A considerable number of boot fairs are held on Saturday and Sunday mornings. East Anglia is a bargain hunter's delight. Find a holiday home to rent in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk or Cambridgeshire and experience one of the very best holidays you could ever have in Britain.  Let us guide you through the highlights of the various counties that make up East Anglia.  Each of these counties has a different character. 


Thaxted in Essex with pretty colourful thatched cottages and unspoilt countryside nearby
Thaxted in Essex

Highlights of cottage breaks in Essex:

Essex, perhaps because of its proximity to London is the most densely populated and travelling from south to north  becomes much more rural with charming villages - some with thatched cottages.  Interestingly enough,  Essex's only city is Chelmsford, the main town of Essex, which recently won city status.   Not too far from Chelmsford is Great Dunmow, which is a picturesque country town worth a visit.  Thaxted further north of Great Dunmow is also a pretty Essex town. See a selection of holiday lettings near Thaxted.

Colchester  is the earliest recorded town in England with much remaining evidence of its Roman occupation.  It has a very good shopping centre and an interesting section with narrow lanes and small specialist shops.  The castle and zoo are both well worth visiting.  Find  good quality holiday home to rent near Colchester. Coggeshall near Colchester is an incredibly pretty village to visit and with the number of historical buildings you may feel as if you have stepped back in time. View holiday cottages to rent near Coggeshall.

Most people have heard of and are familiar with the attractions of Southend on Sea and Clacton on Sea but there are also lots of small pretty places to visit by the sea in Essex.  Leigh on Sea near Southend is a charming place to visit with its cafes and pubs.  The coastline around West Mersea and Mersea Island is also charming and unspoilt.  In terms of estuary towns, Maldon is an interesting historical town that has a harbour where London barges are moored. Take trips to see seals or into London. Families love Promenade Park with its outdoor splash area and play equipment for kids. Book a family cottage break in Essex and have lots of good days out here. Burnham on Sea is also to be recommended for its waterside walks. 


The best of self-catered cottage holidays in Cambridgeshire:

Cambridgeshire is of course home to the world famous city of Cambridge.  With its impressive architecture and wealth of historical buildings, Cambridge has to be one of the best places to visit in Cambridgeshire.  There are also a variety of eateries, bars and shops in Cambridge.  From high end luxury options to places with a rustic vibe, Cambridge should have something for everyone. Lots of people visit Cambridge every year.

Find one bedroom holiday cottages to rent in Cambridgeshire that sleep two

Cambridgeshire is also known for its fenlands and countryside.  it is in thse rural areas that you find the most charming country cottages and quaint villages. By and large Cambridgeshire is a rural county with numerous farm shops to be found dotted around.  The small city of Ely in Cambridgeshire is also well worth a visit.  Ely has an impressive historical cathedral, a river and a number of historical buildings, what more could you wish for?


Suffolk's holiday rental Highlights:

Suffolk is a lovely county with many buildings dating back to earlier centuries.  Colour-washed and half-timbered buildings are plentiful. Sometimes it feels as though you have gone back in history to medieval times, especially in villages like Lavenham with a wealth of historic buildings. Long Melford is also to be recommended for its impressive green and for the nearby grand Kentwell Hall Country House complete with moat.  Find a holiday cottage letting near Long Melford. The villages are pretty, set in inspirational landscapes ( river scene from Stratford St. Mary).  This is Constable Country,  with a Heritage Coast, historic market towns and charming people.  Life runs at a slower pace in Suffolk and Norfolk and it is truly a delight to visit. There are plenty of pretty colour washed period cottages to rent for  holiday.
Historical houses in Norwich
Delighful Norwich in Norfolk

The best of holiday cottage breaks in Norfolk:

Norfolk, is one of the driest county of Britain and certainly one of the flattest.  It has a natural, unspoilt coastline with clean sandy beaches, where many people enjoy summer holidays.  There are holiday home rentals dotted all along the coast that would sleep two, four or more people.  It is famous for its fens which are drained and reclaimed marshes and bogs and for the 200 km of rivers and shallow lakes known as the 'Norfolk Broads', popular for boating holidays.   This is the county where swans, geese, wigeon and pochard overwinter, where particular wetland plants flourish and dragonflies make their home. Windmills, reminders of an industrial past, still stand as landmarks.

The cathedral historic city of Norwich is an interesting place to visit with a castle museum, award winning restaurants, excellent shopping and leisure facilities, river boats rides and tons of art and culture.  A visit to Norwich is not to be missed.

The Norfolk Coast Path runs from Hunstanton in the West to Cromer in the east and takes the visitor through a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wildlife is plentiful.  With many laid out paths and trails, it's an ideal location for ramblers. Being rather flat, Norfolk is also excellent for cyclists.  Some of the finest nature reserves in the country await your pleasure.   Bird watchers will be in their seventh heaven. The bird sanctuary at Titchwell has large reed beds, both sea and freshwater lagoons which are home to many types of wader.   Visitors can take a boat trip to visit the seals at Scolt Head.

The Royal Family have a palace in Norfolk, at Sandringham, which was originally purchased by Queen Victoria. Other places of historical interest are the 900 year old castle and cathedral in Norwich, Castle Rising Castle, a Norman Keep dating from 1140, Burnham Thorpe, the birthplace of Nelson, Downham Market (dating back to the Saxons) with its 12th Century Priory.

Families will appreciate a day out to the seaside resorts of Hunstanton, Great Yarmouth, Sheringham and Cromer, which have amusements, cafes and all the fun of the typical British seaside resort. The Bircham and Denver Windmills are open for demonstrations of how flour used to be milled in the old days.

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Self-catering Holiday Cottages in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk

Find a high quality self-catering cottage to stay in whilst exploring Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk

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