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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 The Beach House , Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, Colchester
    The Beach House is set on the coast of Clacton-on-Sea, boasting fantastic sea views making this seaside property the perfect coastal break for families and groups of friends. The property has been decorated and furnished ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 8
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    photo of Saffron Cottage , Langdon Hills, near Thurrock,, Maldon, Essex
    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with beams and wooden floor. 2 steps down to 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Mezzanine: 1 twin bedroom. ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of The Annexe , Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, Colchester
    Situated on the on the main promenade and overlooking the glorious beach in Clacton-on-Sea. Nestled quietly next to the owner’s home, The Annexe is a semi-detached bungalow, all on one level, and great for couples ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Tatters Barn , Coggeshall, near Braintree, Essex, Maldon
    Nestled on the owner’s working farm, Tatters Barn is a beautifully presented, detached barn conversion, which is located in the countryside of Withies Green, Essex. Decorated and furnished to an excellent standard, this ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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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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    photo of Little Willows , Naphill, near Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, All Buckinghamshire
    Little Willows in Naphill is an end-of-row, brick and flint character cottage, next to the owners’ home and located close to the town of Princes Risborough, and offers visitor accommodation of an excellent standard. The ...
    Bedrooms: 1
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    photo of Meadowview Cottage , St Osyth, Essex, Colchester
    Nestling within 3 acres of grounds, abundant with wildlife, these holiday cottages enjoy far reaching views over rolling countryside. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed at the nearby lake. This is excellent walking and ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Chinook , Castle Hedingham, Essex, Colchester
    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin with 2 additional singles. Wet room with toilet.Satellite TV (basic package). iPod dock. T/dryer. Wheelchair access. ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 8
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    photo of Farthngs , Colchester, Essex
    Located in the peaceful village of Boxted in the Dedham Vale, Farthings is a single-storey holiday home with valley views from the garden. One of a pair, furnished and equipped to a very high standard, the property has ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 8
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Bay View , Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, Colchester
    Boasting sea views from most rooms and a delightful balcony overlooking the beach, Bay View lives up to its name. This 3-storey, semi-detached townhouse, adjacent to the owners home, is located on the coast in ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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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 Old Calf House , Little Baddow, near Chelmsford, Essex, Maldon
    Situated in the Chelmer Valley with stunning views towards the River Chelmer, The Old Calf House is set on the owner’s 500-acre farm with footpaths and bridleways. This single-storey detached farm building is located in ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Toad Hall Cottage , White Colne, near Colchester, Essex
    Perfect for couples, Toad Hall Cottage offers a south-facing countryside getaway, ideal for romantic breaks. The open plan living area and the master bedroom both lead to the outside decked area, where you will find a ...
    Bedrooms: 1
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