Choose from friendly rural farmhouses and quaint country cottages

When you choose self-catering accommodation in Essex, you give yourself the freedom to come and go as you please and explore the county at your own pace. With more sunshine hours and fewer inches of rainfall than anywhere else in Britain and lots of things to see and do, Essex is an ideal short break destination.

Former stables, now delightful self-catering cottages set in rolling countryside, and cosy Victorian cottages refurbished to provide every comfort whilst retaining period features, are the perfect place to unwind. Whether you're looking for something snug and romantic, or a great location for the whole family, you'll find a great range of suitable holiday cottages at down to earth prices.

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Featured self-catering accommodation

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Privacy is guaranteed in this un-spoilt sanctuary. You have a choice of accommodation, from the charming Manor House sleeping up to 20 to a small hamlet of 10 beautifully appointed period cottages offering rustic chic.

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Home away from home, the Tudor Lodge can sleep up to 17 people in comfortable, well equipped period surroundings. It's the ideal base for visiting Constable Country, Colchester, Cambridge and Newmarket.
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Heavily timbered converted Essex barn for two people in a quiet rural location. Comfortable ground floor accommodation with private garden and parking. Ideal for touring or a restful break. Convenient for Colchester and Constable Country.

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A very inviting barn where you won’t be visiting once, but hopefully time and again. Designed with the discerning guest in mind to assure your stay is as pleasant as possible.

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A beautiful Grade II listed 16th century holiday cottage in the historic market town of Saffron Walden. Renovated with modern conveniences. The perfect self-catering getaway!
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Enjoy the luxury of your own self-catering holiday lodge surrounded by a 500 acre estate in the tranquil beauty of the Colne Valley; complete with your own private hot tub!

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Holidaycottages.co.uk offer a wide selection of properties, catering for all kinds of holidays, from couples breaks to family escapes. With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, booking a UK break has never been easier. Read more..

Explore our county

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Discover Essex’s creative spaces. They come in all shapes and sizes and are crammed with artistic treasures, from international names to emerging local artists.
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Explore our 350 miles of coastline, the longest shoreline of any county in England, a place of surprising wild beauty, rich in wildlife and sprinkled with history and hidden cultural gems.

Essex’s history has been shaped by a wide variety of cultures. Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans – all left their mark. Echoes of their influence can still be seen today.
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A scenic patchwork of rich farmland speckled with pastelwashed villages of thatch and timber, the views interrupted by mighty oaks and ashes presided over by the hurrying skies.