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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These 4* self catering apartments are set in a beautiful Georgian building overlooking Southend seafront. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchenette, luxurious cotton linen and bedding. Perfect for a seaside break.

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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, and Cambridge.
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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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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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Stay in a beautifully converted farm building on a family-run working farm. Located in the idyllic village of Finchingfield, this accommdation offers a peaceful stay in the Essex countryside. 

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.