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    Once the eastern kingdom of the Saxons, Essex stretches from Suffolk in the north to London and the Thames estuary in the south. Its proximity to London and the function of many of its settlements as dormitory towns often overshadows the geographic impact of its long coastal reach and the beautiful countryside of its interior.

    Things to do in Essex

    The 17th century Audley End House at Saffron Walden was once renowned as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England; although now much reduced in size, it still has some stunning architectural features and varied collections to entice visitors.

    Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle are popular local attractions, whilst the Essex coastline has great beaches, rivers and estuaries to delight the visitor. At Southend-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze, visitors can enjoy typical seaside fun. The Stour Valley, which forms the border with neighbouring Suffolk, offers pretty countryside, whilst the coastal estuaries provide bird-watchers with amazing opportunities to view species such as curlew, sandpipers, sand martins, waders, gulls and terns.

    Top Destinations

    Dedham - Close to the town of Manningtree, and in the heart of ‘Constable Country’, Dedham has some of the most beautiful lowland landscape in England, much of it water meadows surrounding the River Stour.

    St Osyth - The driest recorded place in the UK, the village of St Osyth has a fine mediaeval abbey, and takes its name from a female saint. The Martello tower on the coast at Point Clear has now been converted into a war museum.

    Frinton-on-Sea - A town with a well-established reputation for its conservative nature, Frinton has only recently allowed pubs to open within its environs. A mile-long sandy beach makes it a popular location for swimming, sailing and windsurfing.

    Mersea Island - The most easterly inhabited island in the UK, Mersea is situated just off the Essex coast in the estuary of the Blackwater and Colne rivers. Joined to the mainland by a causeway, known as the Strood, the Island is cut off at high tide. The small town of West Mersea and the village of East Mersea, together with the small hamlet of Barrow Hill, are the main areas of population. Commercial activities focus on farming, fishing (particularly oyster gathering) and the leisure boat industry.

    Colchester - The oldest recorded town in Britain, Colchester is noted for its Victorian architecture, not least its Jumbo Water Tower - a well-appointed local landmark. Historic Colchester is also the home of Colchester Castle, an 11th century Norman keep, which was built on top of an old Roman temple. By way of contrast, just outside the town are the modern towers of the University of Essex. Colchester was the inspiration for many famous English artists, including John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Alfred Munnings. Other notable locals include (Old) King Cole (of nursery rhyme fame) and Dermot O’Leary.

    Maldon - Once a Saxon settlement, Maldon first started to attract leisure visitors in the 18th century, with the growth in interest in saltwater bathing. As with many small towns, Maldon was made more accessible by the extension of the railway - in this case to neighbouring Burnham-on-Crouch. Now the old railway line from Witham to Maldon has become a popular route for walkers and cyclists; whilst the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation - rivers formed into a 14 mile stretch of canal - offer a non-tidal route for leisure sailors. The town is still home to one of the last sea-salt  harvesting companies in England.

    Stock - Located just six miles from Chelmsford, this small village boasts four pubs within its main boundaries, together with three churches.

    Halstead - A popular rural town in the Colne Valley, Halstead derives its name from the Old English meaning ‘safe place’ or ‘place of refuge’. Local visitors can take a riverside walk across the town, or exercise in the nearby Forestry Commission-owned Broaks Wood.


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    photo of Grove Wood Cottage , Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, Maldon
    This detached barn conversion, accessed by a rough track, is tucked away in the heart of the countryside and offers great holiday accommodation. There are vast areas of woodland and stunning scenery where you can enjoy ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Estuary View , Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, Maldon
    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 ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 7
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    photo of Woodlands , Elsenham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex, Maldon
    Ground floor: Living/dining room with door to veranda/kitchen with breakfast area. Shower room with eco toilet. Steep, open tread stairs to first floor: King size bedroom.Elec CH inc. Small enclosed lawned garden with ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of Hycliffe , St Osyth, Essex, Colchester
    Hycliffe is a tastefully furnished, single storey detached holiday property with the beach a few yards away and extensive sea views over Point Clear Bay and the bird sanctuary. Known as the sunshine coast, this part of ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Beaches , Manningtree, Essex, Colchester
    Beaches is a single-storey holiday property, which is in a separate, self-contained, part of the owner’s home, situated in Manningtree, Essex. Just a few yards from the Stour Estuary and beach, this property is the ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Rose Cottage , Saffron Walden, Essex, Maldon
    Rose Cottage was built in the 1850s and has been lovingly renovated by the owners to retain its period charm while offering all the modern conveniences needed for a relaxing break. Formerly a two bedroom property, the ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of Bee Cottage , Langdon Hills, near Thurrock, Essex, Maldon
    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed/dining room. Steps down to kitchen. Steps down to bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Sea Breeze , Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, Colchester
    Sea Breeze is a single-storey detached bungalow, on the coast of Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex. This well-managed property has been decorated and furnished to a good standard. Boasting spacious bedrooms, a comfortable living ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of The Cartlodge At Lee Wick Farm , Lee Wick Lane, St. Osyth, Clacton on Sea, Essex
    The Cart Lodge is a beautifully converted farm building in a peaceful location in St. Osyth. Sensational views across the Colne and Blackwater Estuaries. Peaceful walks and cycling opportunities. The cottage has four ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 11
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of The Goat House , Little Bentley, near Colchester, Essex
    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom with additional single. Wet room with toilet. ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 3
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of The Old Cartlodge , Castle Hedingham, Essex, Colchester
    Nestling in a rural location on the edge of Castle Hedingham and situated on a working farm, this spacious, renovated, detached cart lodge, adjacent to the owner’s farmhouse, commands far reaching views over a valley ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 5
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    photo of The Stable , Southend-on-Sea, Essex, Maldon
    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French door. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft sleigh bed) galleried bedroom with free-standing roll-top bath. ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of Walnut Cottage , Takeley, near Bishops Stortford, Essex, Maldon
    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 ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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