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Essex in East Anglia has lots to offer for cottage holidays.  Whether you choose to rent a log cabin, a country cottage or even a large country house, you should find Essex an inviting holiday destination.

Located in the South East of England, Essex is one of the home counties bordering London and has a number of naturally beautiful coastal and rural areas, each of which has their own unique attractions.

 

Top Things to Do in Essex during a Cottage Break
 

  • Visit a Vineyard on holiday: Essex’s fascinating vineyards are a well kept secret.  There are a number of vineyards in Essex including one near Billericay and Chelmsford.  A visit to a vineyard with a chance to taste some Essex wine makes for a great day out for adults.  South Woodham Ferrers, Maldon and the Chelmsford area are all good central bases for visiting vineyards in Essex.
     
  • Enjoy a spot of Shopping: Whether you rent a cottage, a pine lodge or an apartment, Essex is a great part of England to enjoy shopping.  The main towns such as Chelmsford and Colchester have superb high street shopping centres and Lakeside in Thurrock is an enormous purpose built shopping centre. Antiques are big in Essex. Visit Battlesbridge near Wickford for a complete village dedicated to antiques and a lovely place to stay. Antique fairs are also held regularly in Coggeshall and other parts of north Essex.
     
  • Explore the countryside: from woodland parks to unspoilt countryside, Essex is home to some beautiful areas.  Some of the most scenic parts of rural Essex are found in the north of the county.
     
  • Visit the coastline: whether you want to visit a cheerful seaside town whilst taking a vacation or want to unwind a tranquil coastal village, Essex has a beautiful coastline to discover on holiday.
     

Discover Coastal Essex on a Cottage Break

  • Southend on Sea - with its pier, fun fair rides and attractions is probably the best well known Essex seaside resort.  Clacton on Sea, Frinton on Sea and Walton on the Naze are also well known traditional Essex beach resorts with good sandy beaches. Rent a cottage or apartment in coastal Essex and enjoy exploring some of the best of the seaside on a break away.
     
  • Maylandsea, Mersea Island and Burnham on Sea are less well known, more tranquil Essex towns with attractive waterside locations.  Brightly coloured beach huts are a feature of Mersea Island.

Book a cottage for a few days holiday in Maldon

  • Maldon - this  is a pretty historical Essex town with a quay from which historical Thames barge cruises depart.  During the summer, there is a large outdoor water splash park which is particularly popular with children.  Most of the small towns around the coast and river estuaries offer sailing via local yacht clubs.    Near Maldon is Heybridge Basin which is a very pretty spot with barges, a marina and two very good food pubs.  Popular in Essex with seafood lovers are the many seafood shacks selling cockles and mussels. Maldon has lots to offer for family self-catering breaks.


The best Essex rural holiday accommodation

  • The northern parts of Essex are known for being particularly pretty with beautiful winding lanes, country cottages and historical towns and villages.  Thaxted with its olde worlde medieval high street,  Guildhall and restored windmill is a lovely place to stay. Rent a period cottage or a quaint thatched cottage in keeping with the area.
     
  • Colchester - this is another interesting historical town with a rich history dating back to Roman times. Visit the castle for hands-on interactive exhibits.  Colchester zoo is a good choice for holidaymakers with children.  Also of note is the pretty historical village of Coggeshall near Colchester which has a large number of timber framed listed buildings, some of which date back as far as the 1500s. Be delighted with a holiday cottage in Coggeshall, north Essex.
     
  • Dedham is another very attractive village near Colchester which is part of beautiful 'Constable Country'.


Wherever you opt to rent a holiday cottage, a lodge or a log cabin, we hope you have a wonderful time discovering why the only way is Essex on a self-catering break.

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The Tallow Factory, Dedham, Essex, England

4 bedroom Unique Self-Catering, Constable Country .

Unique 4 bedroom spacious country cottage that is a converted Tudor candle factory, in the heart of the idyllic village of Dedham in one the UK's designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the Essex/Suffolk border.

Special features: free internet access.

Price range from £1680 to £2595 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 10 people in 4 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 4
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed
Next availability:
from 25 April 2019 to 10 May 2019; from 12 May 2019 to 13 June 2019; from 17 June 2019 to 06 September 2019;


Special Offer: from 24 April 2019 to 28 April 2019;

Wakes Hall Lodges, Colchester, Essex, England

1 bedroom Lodges, Colne Valley.

High quality wooden clad holiday lodges set in the stunning Colne Valley close to the Essex/Suffolk border and Constable Country.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Price range from £715 to £1208 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 2 people in 1 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 1
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed
Next availability:
from 25 April 2019 to 27 April 2019; from 28 April 2019 to 01 May 2019; from 03 May 2019 to 22 June 2019;

The Herons, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, England

1 bedroom House, East Anglia.

Well presented holiday cottage sleeping 2 in the pleasant town of South Woodham Ferrers, with riverside walks available near by as well as good train links in to London.

Special features: free internet access.

Price range from £300 to £600 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 2 people in 1 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 1
Pet Friendly: No
Rating: Not assessed

The Stables, Great Maplestead, Essex, England

1 bedroom Romantic Retreat, East Anglia.

High quality one bedroom holiday cottage with idyllic garden and a fantastic rural setting close to naturally beautiful countryside near Castle Hedingham in Essex, with a king-size bed this is an ideal property for a tranquil romantic break.

Price range from £222 to £599 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 2 people in 1 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 1
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Quality Rating: (4)

Lovejoys Mill, Belchamp Walter, Essex, England

1 bedroom Unique Holiday House, East Anglia.

Escape for a romantic break to Lovejoys Mill, a luxurious converted Watermill set within the wonderful rural scenery of the Belchamp Estate by the stunning countryside of the Essex/Suffolk border.

Special features: free internet access.

Price range from £525 to £882 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 2 people in 1 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 1
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed

Rafe Hall Coach House, Pebmarsh, Essex, England

2 bedroom Barn Conversion, East Anglia.

Relax and unwind in stylish luxurious surroundings at this beautiful 2 bedroom coach house, within half an hour's drive of Constable Country, Colchester and Long Melford and Lavenham for days out.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Price range from £605 to £1155 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 5 people in 2 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 2
Pet Friendly: No
Quality Rating: (5)

The Lovejoy Studio, Belchamp Walter, Essex, England

2 bedroom Unusual Self Catering, East Anglia.

Famous for where scenes were filmed for the popular TV series ‘Lovejoy’, this stunning luxury holiday cottage with it’s large airy spaces and contemporary furnishings has been beautifully converted from a stable block dating back to the 18th century and has a woodburning stove, large pond and walled garden as well as access to a tennis court that guests are free to use.

Special features: free internet access, tennis court.

Price range from £495 to £791 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 4 people in 2 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 1
Pet Friendly: Yes
Quality Rating: (4)

The Wobbin, Tollesbury, Essex, England

3 bedroom Country Cottage, East Anglia.

Secluded pet-friendly country cottage near Tollesbury with distant sea views.

Special features: free internet access.

Price range from £556 to £966 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 6 people in 3 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 1
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed

Lovejoys, Belchamp Walter, Essex, England

1 bedroom Unique Self-Catering, East Anglia.

Unique Essex holiday home for two which with a king-size bed and exposed wooden beams and a location within the parklands of Belchamp Hall is ideal for romantic breaks.

Special features: free internet access, tennis court.

Price range from £399 to £659 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 2 people in 1 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 1
Pet Friendly: No
Rating: Not assessed

Broman's Barn, Colchester, Essex, England

1 bedroom Barn Conversion, East Anglia.

Part of the Grove Cottages collection, Bromans Barn is a romantic cottage for two situated on a farm close to Mersea Island’s Nature Reserve.

Price range from £399 to £640 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 2 people in 1 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 1
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Rating: None